November 1st, 2010
By RUTH STANLEY
Voters will be headed to the polls Tuesday to make their choices about their representation, and to make their opinion known on a couple of questions.
Voters statewide will decide whether to add tax caps to the stateâs Constitution, and voters in the Whitko Community School Corporation will decide whether to grant the district the ability to raise the tax levy to make up for shortfalls in funding from the state.
With each week and another win added to the their records for the season, both Columbia City and Churubusco football are making their way up the records books at their respective schools.
Much debate has been brought up about whether this could be the greatest high school football season for Whitley County.
As the two Eagle squads head into the sectional championship week the seasons that stack up against 2010 are becoming less and less.
Several roads in downtown Columbia City will be blocked off Nov. 13 while runners from all over the country pound the pavement here for the second annual Veteranâs Day Marathon.
City parks director Mark Green submitted a request Friday to the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety for road closings during the event.
âItâs similar to last year, but weâre having more people this year,â said Green, reporting that there were 580 runners signed up for the marathon.
Mayor Jim Fleck suggested the addition of signs that would let motorists know of the marathon while itâs happening.
The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety discussed the transition to 800 megahertz (MHz) communications by public safety personnel at its weekly meeting Friday.
According to Terry Wherry, Columbia City Director of Communications, the county police, dispatchers and emergency personnel are converting to 800 MHz systems Monday.
For Columbia City personnel, the transition will begin with the purchase of a base unit and a cross-band box located in the communications office costing $71,444.
TERRE HAUTE — The Indiana high school cross country season came down to one last race Saturday.
Both Columbia City and Whitko had a representative at the state finals meet on Terre Haute’s LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course.
A season after running in 16th-place overall, the No. 17 Lady Eagles used an all-state finish by freshman Samantha Roush to place 13th overall.
ANGOLA — What is it about the fourth quarter and Columbia City football?
After countless penalties and lost leads, the Eagles found another way to win in the final period.
No. 8 Columbia City (10-1) saw an early 14-0 first-quarter lead disappear Friday night at Angola (9-2). Over two struggling quarters, the Hornets had the Eagles trailing —that is, until the fourth quarter.
PONETO –– The Churubusco Eagles took the long trip to Southern Wells Friday night to take on the Raiders in a sectional semifinal match-up.
Neither team would go down without a fight, but with 24.6 seconds left in the game, it was Churubusco that walked off the field with a 12-6 victory.
“We hung in there — we knew it was going to be a 48-minute football game — and they hung in there,” ’Busco head coach Lee Etzler said.
Seventy people waited to hear their names called with the familiar phrase, âCome on down!â Thursday at the Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City, but only six lucky contestants made it on stage for âThe Price is Right.â
âBobbyâ Barker, aka Kristy Maloney from Sycamore Village, hosted the pared down version of the popular game show, with the lovely Ann Louise Baas, a senior center volunteer, as her assistant. Calling the contestants to the stage was Tim Leonard, another volunteer.
Three young teens on the construction crew for the Alexander More familyâs new barn in the late 1800s, were kept on the property during construction as travel of the time was difficult at best. This was the tradition of the day and the site, on the De la Balme Road in Whitley County was near a property that was touted to be haunted.
Showing off their bravery over their dinner, the young men from nearby South Whitley discussed taking a trip over to the haunted Hazel Cot Castle.
James âJimâ Leroy Shelmadine Sr., 72, of Fort Wayne, passed away Sunday, Oct. 24, 2010 in Lawton, Okla. Born Aug. 14, 1938 in Columbia City, he was a son of Ray and Ruth (Underwood) Shelmadine.
He entered service with the United States Marine Corps Aug. 31, 1955 at Fort Wayne, and was honorably discharged Aug. 28, 1959 at Patuxent River, Md. Jim traveled Thailand, Japan and other countries as a cross country prisoner chaser. He then transferred to the Ninth Marine Corps Reserve and Recruitment District. Jim received the Good Conduct Medal.