October 25th, 2010
FORT WAYNE — Guess who’s back at the state finals.
If you thought Columbia City girls’ cross country just happened to find its way to the state final in 2009 then they didn’t have a hard time remembering the way back Saturday.
FORT WAYNE — A large pack of boys’ runners at Saturday’s New Haven cross country semistate had one ’Cat emerge among the leaders.
Senior Brian Menzie fought off injury, bad luck and more throughout his career at Whitko to beat 152 other runners at Fort Wayne’s The Plex. Menzie’s eighth-place finish at the semistate level made him only the second Whitko boy to reach next Saturday’s state finals.
AKRON — The Columbia City Lady Eagles traveled back to Tippecanoe Valley Saturday in an attempt to take home a sectional title.
After a quick 3-0 semifinal game against West Noble, the Lady Eagles prepared to face NorthWood in the finals for the second year in a row.
“They wanted it bad after last year,” Lady Eagle Head Coach Trish Hinen said.
Last year Columbia City fell to NorthWood and came up with the same results this time around, losing 3-0.
CHURUBUSCO — It’s funny how sports presents second chances.
A new season and new brackets drawn up for the 2010 sectional round, Churubusco (9-1) had the same team welcoming them into the playoffs.
Last season, Adams Central (7-3) was moving on to the semifinal round after scoring 20 unanswered points against the Eagles.
BREMEN — Heroes are made in the postseason, and Bremen’s Braxton Miller became one in Friday night’s Sectional 26 opener.
After a Whitko field goal to start overtime, Miller’s three-yard touchdown gave Bremen a 20-14 victory to put the Lions in the second round against Fairfield, a 45-0 winner over Woodlan.
“It’s just too much, and the crowd just went wild,” Miller said of his game-winning score. “It’s just overwhelming. It’s awesome.”
COLUMBIA CITY — There were no surprises Friday night for the Eagles as they took on a winless DeKalb team, picking up a 41-21 win earning a trip to the second round of the sectional tournament.
The Barons came into Friday night’s game averaging just seven points a game and only 63 points on the season.
Though DeKalb tripled their average, it wasn’t enough to defeat the Eagles.
Columbia City jumped out to a quick 13-0 lead in the first eight minutes of the game.
Ethel Mae Ewing, 96, of Noble County, died at 11:50 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010 at Northridge Village, Albion.
She was born Oct. 5, 1914 in Sandusky, Ohio, a daughter of Franklin C. and Bertha (Corl) Ellis. She is a widow of Ernest Leland Ewing.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, Mary A. Clark and Yvonne K. Baker.
The funeral service will be held at noon Monday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. The burial will be in Covington Memorial Gardens, Fort Wayne. The visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Monday at the funeral home.
A representative from the company that is investigating the possibility of erecting large windmills in Whitley County says a project built here could benefit the county in several ways.
John Doster, Director of Business Development for Wind Capital Group in Chicago, which has an office in Columbia City, said Friday the benefits of his company building in the county would be numerous.
â€śWe do have three met (meteorological) towers that are measuring the wind to see if the wind is suitable to make it a potential project area,â€ť Doster said.
(This is the second in a series of stories about church remodeling and growth in Richland Township)
â€śWhen we got here, there was no hot water,â€ť said Tom Beck, pastor of the Larwill Wesleyan Church.
This wasnâ€™t at the turn of the last century, but this one. The year was 2000.
The church membership was seven with an average age of 62, according to Beck, and he said the building had not been maintained properly for about 20 years.
Jennifer Rinehart Black, 61, of Fort Wayne, died Monday in Parkview Memorial Hospital.
She was born in New Castle Aug. 13, 1949, a daughter of L. Dean and Elaine (Wyatt) Rinehart.
Survivors include her husband of 34 years, John Black, executive director of the United Way of Whitley County; a daughter, Laura Black; her mother, Elaine Rinehart; and a brother, Brad Rinehart.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Culberson Funeral Home, Hagerstown with Rev. Ray Armstrong officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Cambridge City. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.