April 15th, 2015
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Today marks the 150th anniversary of one of the seminal moments in U.S. history.
On this date 150 years ago, at 7:22 a.m., President Abraham Lincoln died from a gun shot wound he received little more than nine hours earlier while attending the theater across the street.
Less than a week earlier Lincoln saw the end of the bloodiest four years of war that the United States has ever seen, with the surrender of Robert E. Lee and the Army of Northern Virginia. Lincoln was able to bring the country through that conflict battered, but still as a single nation.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Winning games in dramatic fashion is becoming a habit for the Columbia City Lady Eagle softball team.
After winning the season opener against Marion in its final at-bat, Columbia City used two home runs in the bottom of the seventh ‚ÄĒ including a two-run walk-off shot ‚ÄĒ to down Wawasee 6-4 Tuesday night at Morsches Park.
The Lady Eagles faced a very good fielding Wawasee Lady Warrior team lead by pitcher Meghan Fretz. Fretz picked up 10 strike-outs in the game, including the first four Lady Eagles that she faced.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Sunday marked the beginning of Public Safety Telecommunications (PST) Week designated by a proclamation signed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.
PST Week began in California in 1981 and has been nationally recognized by the United States Congress since 1991. Locally, PST Week has been marked in Indiana since 1999. As it takes place from April 12-18, the focus is to remind Hoosiers that the first step to receiving help is to call 911.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Unlike other seasons, the planting season can have different starting dates each year. As the soil temperature increases and April showers dry out, farmers begin entering the fields for their first pass of planting.
According to Whitley County farmer Brady Wright, ideal planting conditions include ground temperatures at or above 55 degrees at 7 to 8 a.m.
The soil also must not be too saturated from heavy rainfall.
‚ÄúThe other thing I think is very important is what the next four or five days after planting is going to be like,‚ÄĚ Wright said.
The Salvation Army‚Äôs Light the Way event was held Monday at First Church of God. The annual event is held to bring awareness to child abuse and neglect. Along with the Salvation Army, the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force was also present. Pictured, Adam Ousley, a Columbia City High School graduate, sings to attendees.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚Äď A special four-page informational piece is being inserted in today‚Äôs Post & Mail explaining ‚ÄúWhitley County Promise,‚ÄĚ a unique investing tool that can allow local children to attend college.
Utilizing Indiana‚Äôs College Choice 529 Direct Savings Plan, parents, grandparents and other relatives can assist in future college funding for youngsters.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Despite eight errors by the Carroll Charger defense, Churubusco‚Äôs varsity baseball team gave up its early lead and lost at home in extra innings Monday night, 10-7.
The first score of the game came from the Eagles off an RBI single by Drew Buffenbarger that sent Brandon Jencks home.
‚ÄôBusco scored once more in the second and once in the third before a three-inning drought.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The second annual Family Trout Fishing Derby in Columbia City will be Saturday morning at Morsches Park.
The free event runs from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and is free to the public.
‚ÄúWe are excited to have this unique event at our park again this year,‚ÄĚ said Mark Green, Columbia City park director.
Saturday is one of four free fishing days offered by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
The pond will be stocked with more trout this week.
No trout fishing will be allowed in the pond until Saturday morning, so there are more fish available for the derby.
ARGOS ‚ÄĒ The Whitko Wildcat baseball team traveled to Argos Saturday and took a pair of lopsided wins against the Dragons. The Wildcats took game one 16-6 in six innings, and game two 15-1 in five innings.
In game one the Wildcats put runs on the board in every inning, taking an 8-1 lead after the fourth inning.
The Wildcats tacked on two more runs in the top of the fifth, and withstood a Dragon rally that saw the hosts push across five runs in the bottom of the fifth to close to within four at 10-6.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs baseball team had to play from behind Saturday afternoon against Fort Wayne Canterbury. The early deficit was too much for ‚ÄôBusco to overcome, and the Cavaliers left with a 4-3 victory.
‚ÄúThe kids stayed in it and worked their way back, we just ran out of innings,‚ÄĚ said Eagles Head Coach Mark Grove. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôve got to stop digging ourselves holes early in games.‚ÄĚ
Eagle errors gave Canterbury an early lead. ‚ÄėBusco had two miscues in the first inning and the Cavaliers capitalized. Canterbury pushed three runs across the plate before the Eagles had a turn at bat.