May 23rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Drowning has been ruled the preliminary cause of death for a toddler who was found floating face-down in a Whitley County swimming pool this week.
A three-year-old boy drowned Tuesday morning at a residence southeast of Columbia City.
The relative told police that before finding the boy in the pool, they realized he was not in the house, and the back door leading to the pool was open, according to conservation officers.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitkoâs boys baseball team took out its frustration from dropping a double header to Norwell Saturday by pounding Bethany Christian Monday night.
The Wildcats handed their opponents a 12-2 loss.
Bethany Christian took a 2-0 advantage in the first two innings, but Whitko fired back in the second, third and fourth frames to combine for 12 runs, ending the game in the fifth inning.
Whitko began its tear when Trey Weber batted in Hunter Sroufe.
Weber hit 2-for-3, with three RBIs, two runs and two stolen bases.
SYRACUSE â Columbia Cityâs boys golf match came down to a tiebreaker Tuesday at South Shore Golf Course.
The Eagles traveled to Syracuse to take on Wawasee in a close match, as the score ended with a 157-tie.
With the tiebreaker coming down to the fifth varsity linksters, Wawaseeâs No. 5, Mason Ginonprez, outshot Columbia Cityâs Matt Benedict, 42-47, giving the Warriors the win.
Columbia City freshman Tyler Green was the match medalist, scoring par with a 36.
CULVER â Columbia Cityâs standout netter Celine Rongos won in the first round of regional action Tuesday night at Culver Academies.
Rongos beat Jordan Fraser of North Judson by a 6-1, 6-1 score in singles action.
She will be in action again Thursday night, taking on the winner of Wawaseeâs and Bremenâs No. 1 singles players.
Macie Hinen and Sydney Ford, No. 1 doubles from Columbia City, will be in action tonight against Northfield, also at Culver Academies.
SYRACUSE â Those in attendance at the baseball game between Columbia City and Wawasee Tuesday night were treated to a high-scoring affair.
The Eagles managed to come out on top of the Warriors 13-12.
The contest was back-and-forth, as there were eight lead changes.
The deciding run wasnât scored until the top of the seventh inning, when Eagle first baseman Zac Steinke hit an RBI single that drove in senior Derek Hinen from second. That run broke a 12-12 tie.
Pitcher Ryan Kerschner retook the mound for the bottom of the seventh to finish out the game.
Laura Lefever organized a team of Whitley County residents to participate in the 11th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day event, a walk to benefit Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.
More than 700 people attended the walk Saturday and helped raise more than $55,000 for the organization.
Cancer Services provides emotional support, practical resources and information to patients and their families dealing with cancer. The organization also serves Whitley County.
Lefever serves on the Board of Directors for the organization.
Heath Fearnow, one of Columbia Cityâs Police Departmentâs newest reserve officers, went through an unpleasant training exercise Saturday night.
Fearnow, along with fellow reserve Tony Kumfer and CCPDâs newest hire, Jon Stoffel (pictured left), underwent taser training at City Hall.
Pictured, from left: Stoffel, Fearnow, taser instructor and CCPD Officer Thor Hodges, and Sergeant Trey Insley.
FORT WAYNE â Columbia Cityâs girls track team did all as expected Tuesday night at Northropâs regional meet.
Three Lady Eagles qualified for the state finals in June.
Samantha Roush is advancing in the mile run, Kalisha Goree hit the state-qualifiying leap in long jump, and Carlee Hearld is moving on again in the high jump.
Hearld and Roush placed 10th in the state meet last season.
Roush placed second at Tuesdayâs regional with a time of 5:04.9 in the 1,600-meter run.
Roush also ran the 800-meter, with a non-state qualifying finish.
CHURUBUSCO â Cafeteria food pricing and lunch menu mandates by the state of Indiana had food service workers overheated at Smith-Green Community School Board of School Trustees meeting Monday.
Pam Hill, a cafeteria worker, told board members of a problem with students charging their lunches, causing a deficit of more than a thousand dollars.
Hill discussed at length her frustration with the federal governmentâs mandates on pricing and menu.
âThe kids still donât like the food,â Hill said. âWe try our best to tweak it and encourage them to try it, but they just throw away so much.â
COLUMBIA CITY â There was no shortage of suggestions at last nightâs aquatics facility public forum.
Since the announcement of Burnworth Memorial Pool closing in 2014, a task force has been working on a replacement for the public pool option.
Kevin Post, of Counsilman-Hunsaker, led the forum with his expertise on facility design and execution.
âThe typical pool has a life of 30 to 50 years. Burnworth Pool is out of that life expectancy. It is definitely time to look at another aquatics option,â Post said. âBut the idea of what a pool is has evolved over the years.â