March 5th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Linda L. Bisel, 64, of Columbia City, passed away at 2:20 p.m. Friday, March 2, 2012, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne.
Born Nov. 2, 1947, in Muncie, she was the daughter of C. Marvin and Betty L. (Stafford) Fager.
She spent her life in Albany until 1989 when she moved to her Big Lake residence.
She graduated from DeSoto High School with the class of 1966.
On July 25, 1980, she married Kenneth E. Bisel in Muncie.
She has worked at Wal-Mart, Columbia City, since opening day, 1990 in the clothing and soft lines department.
OSSIAN â€” The Whitko Wildcats, playing in the sectional semi-finals, battled double-digit deficits and poor free throw shooting to survive against Heritage and move on to the final tonight at Norwell High School. Whitko beat the Patriots 66-65 on â€” ironically â€” a last second free throw by Logan Irwin.
Whitko mustered just one point in the final four minutes of the first half, while Heritage only netted three, sending the teams into the locker room at halftime with the scoreboard reading 28-25.
Heading into the final eight minutes, the Wildcats led 43-42.
WATERLOO â€” â€śI love these guys. I love the way they play,â€ť Columbia City Head Basketball Coach Chris Benedict said after the sectional semi-final win over North Side.
The Eagles came back from a 47-40 deficit late in the third quarter to win 66-56 over the Redskins Friday night at DeKalb.
â€śI think they found themselves,â€ť Benedict said. â€śWhen they stay together they have a chance to be a really good team.â€ť
Columbia City senior Drew Burnsworth stole the momentum in the final seconds of the third quarter, scoring two buckets and leading the Eagles to the win.
Post and Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Post and Mail photo / Brianne Eichman
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Because of health issues, one local missionary couldnâ€™t follow her heart to distant lands. But now Miranda Shearer has stopped having seizures and is on her way to Haiti and Slovakia.
Miranda Shearer, daughter of Cindy and Steve Shearer, is on her way to Haiti and then to Slovakia.
Shearer graduated from Columbia City High School in 2004. She received her surgical technologist degree from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne in 2009.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€“ South Whitley resident Jorell Tucker has announced his candidacy for Whitley County Council At-Large.
â€śI am excited to bring a fresh perspective to the council and advocate for continued economic development and cost savings for the taxpayers of Whitley County,â€ť Tucker said.
Tucker has been the director of the Whitley County Solid Waste District since 2006, where he oversees the operations of the countyâ€™s recycling and conservation programs.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Indiana State Department of Education now requires third graders to take the Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination (I-READ3) test. This is the first year Indiana third graders have been faced with I-READ3, and they are specifically required to pass it before proceeding to fourth grade reading instruction.
If a student fails I-READ3, a window of remediation opens, and students are given the opportunity to take it again over the summer. If a third grader fails the test a second time, they cannot continue to fourth grade reading.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Empty buildings in the heart of South Whitley continues to be a concern for South Whitley Town Council members as Town Attorney Greg Hockemeyer addressed the board regarding issues of blight in downtown areas.
Hockemeyer gave the board information this week on the Redevelopment Commission which is responsible for developing plans and managing tools used to address conditions of blight and underutilized land of economic significance (economic development areas).
Severe storms move into southwest Indiana
Severe storms are moving into Indiana as the National Weather Service issues tornado warnings in the southwestern part of the state.
Posey County Sheriff Greg Oeth says a powerful storm damaged a house and several other structures near Wadesville about 1:45 p.m. Friday. No injuries were reported.
Sheriff's deputies reported several funnel clouds aloft, but Oath says officials believe the damage was from strong straight-line winds.
WFIE-TV in Evansville says weather spotters reported tennis ball-sized hail in the area.