March 5th, 2015
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Department of Natural Resources in Indiana stocked 31.9 million fish in 70 counties in the year 2014. This is up from the normal stocking numbers of between 22 and 24 million per year.
Due to a near-record number of walleye eggs found by DNR biologists with a higher-than-normal survival rate, about 10 million more walleye fry were stocked than previous years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After big success at last fallâ€™s sale, B.A.B.E of Whitley County is hosting another consignment sale next weekend.
Stages, a used clothing store thatâ€™s part of B.A.B.E., is hosting the sale. Proceeds from the event will be used to help pregnant women and families in need.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City and Churubuscoâ€™s boys basketball teams are set for sectional semi-finals on Friday night.
Columbia City, which is hosting its own sectional, will take on Eastbrook in Friday nightâ€™s early game at 6 p.m., which will be followed by the Norwell-Bellmont game at 7:30 p.m.
Columbia City (17-7) and Eastbrook (14-8) have not played each other in the regular season, but have similar opponents in Norwell, Mississinewa and Whitko â€” all with the same results.
Passages Profiles â€™15 is a 10-week series of features published each Thursday about the people of Passages, the local organization that has been serving those with intellectual disabilities since 1954.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Nathaniel â€śThanâ€ť Boutelle is at Passagesâ€™ Creative Learning Center three days a week, but the rest of his week is filled with Passages-sponsored activities that have brought him so very far.
Boutelle has been working with Passages since 2006 when his mother passed away.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Alan Tio, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation, came before the Whitley County Council in its March meeting seeking approval for tax abatements for two Whitley County businesses.
The companies were looking to purchase new machinery to expand their business operations in Whitley County.
One of the companies requesting an abatement was 80/20, at 1701 S. CR 400 E.
HUNTINGTON â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s wrestling team claimed the Crestview Invitational tournament championship on Saturday.
Indian Springs went undefeated, beating Woodside 66-6, Adams Central 34-33, Riverview 33-21 and downing Southern Wells in the championship round, 37-24.
Indian Springsâ€™ closest match was with Adams Central, a team that had beaten ISMS previously in the season.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Indianaâ€™s First Lady Karen Pence visited Whitko High School Wednesday to congratulate 16 art students who received international recognition for their creative work.
Students of the Whitko Art Department submitted works of art to compete in the 45th World School Childrenâ€™s Art Exhibition in Taipei, Republic of China (Taiwan).
Over 30,000 entries from more than 50 countries were submitted to the exhibition.
LIGONIER â€” Just as Whitkoâ€™s girls basketball season was ended by Wawasee, the boys fell to the Warriors in sectional play as well.
Whitko opened sectional play at West Noble Tuesday night, falling to Wawasee, 71-59.
The Wildcats played a competitive game in the first half, but a third-quarter offensive slump cost the â€™Cats the game.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Indianaâ€™s College Readiness Report released by the Commission for Higher Education indicates that more of the stateâ€™s high school graduates are prepared for college-level courses.
The yearly report was released on Monday and included 2013 graduates who entered college immediately after high school.
The improvement could in part be related to high schoolâ€™s dual credit and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Those courses are offered at all three Whitley County high schools.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For the Columbia City boysâ€™ basketball team this year, the recipe for success has been pretty simple â€” establish the inside game and every thing else will follow.
In Tuesday nightâ€™s opening game of IHSAA Columbia City Sectional 23, the homestanding Eagles did just that, exploiting a height advantage on both ends of the floor to down the Mississinewa Indians, 70-45.