March 22nd, 2012
HUNTINGTON ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys track team opened its season with a win at Huntington North Wednesday.
Senior Matt Rethlake, in his first high school track meet, won the 100-meter dash, long jump and high jump.
He was also on the 400-meter relay team with Zach Pequignot, Sam Dailey and Wayne Smith, which placed second. Smith won the 200-meter dash.
PIERCETON ‚ÄĒ Positive and encouraging news from the state legislature was reported by Whitko Community School Corporation Superintendent Steve Clason regarding the multiple Average Daily Membership (ADM) count, increased appropriation amount for full-day kindergarten and online courses for high school students.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ At last month‚Äôs meeting of the Whitley County Plan Commission, President Brandon Forrester stated very matter-of-factly regarding the ongoing wind issue, ‚ÄúOur recommendation to the commissioners will not make everyone happy; there is no way to do that with a topic of this magnitude.‚ÄĚ
Tonight, both happy and unhappy parties alike will get an opportunity to speak their mind at the public hearing being held during the commission‚Äôs meeting, set for a special time and place of 6 p.m. at the 4-H Center.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ An informative presentation of Theodore Roosevelt‚Äôs presidency entertained those present at the Whitley County Historical Society‚Äôs annual meeting, as Gib Young portrayed the 26th President of the United States. The event was held Monday at The Brownstone, located at 105 S. State St. in South Whitley.
Young walked around the room full of people, introducing himself as Theodore Roosevelt before sitting down to a meal. Afterward, he impersonated Roosevelt, speaking about the presidency for nearly 40 minutes.
PIERCETON ‚ÄĒ Several leadership changes and retirements will take place in Whitko Community School Corporation according to Superintendent Steve Clason. The transitions will become effective beginning with the 2012-13 school year.
‚ÄúThis is one of those times as a superintendent which is an exciting time and scary time as well,‚ÄĚ Clason said at the Board of School Trustees regular monthly meeting Monday evening. ‚ÄúWe (WCSC) have a number of people changing positions, changing roles, and doing things differently.‚ÄĚ
Gladys Loretta Reimer, 85, of Columbia City, passed away at 9:49 a.m. Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Oak Pointe, Columbia City.
Born May 16, 1926, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Harry and Nora Luella (Nelson) Johnson.
Raised in Fort Wayne, she attended Central High School.
She moved to Columbia City following her marriage in 1943 to John Stidham. After Mr. Stidham‚Äôs death, she moved to South Whitley in 1966 and later bought a home in Columbia City.
Ailsa L. ‚ÄúBillie‚ÄĚ Schuman, 93, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:55 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2012, at Miller‚Äôs Merry Manor, Inc., Columbia City.
Born March 27, 1918, in Ormas, she was the daughter of Donald C. and Goldie B. (Adair)Goodrich.
She graduated from Ligonier High School with the class of 1936.
For 22 years, she lived in the Pierceton and North Webster areas before moving to Columbia City in 1990.
She worked at the Pennsylvania Railroad for six years prior to working as a secretary for Columbia City Freight Lines for 22 years.
Nina Grant, 87, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:40 a.m. Monday, March 19, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born March 26, 1924, in Whitley County, she was the daughter of Wilbur and Lucille (Weeks) Pressler.
A lifetime Whitley County resident, she graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 1942.
On Dec. 20, 1943, she married Jack Grant. For 40 years, she worked at Gates Law Office, Columbia City, retiring in November, 2004.
Lorraine A. Willyard, 82, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 2012, at her home.
Born Aug. 6, 1929, in Churchville, Md., she was the daughter of B.W. and Ada (Blackburn) Parlier.
When she was an infant, she moved with her family to Bedford, Ohio, where she graduated from Bedford High School with the class of 1947. She completed her education when she graduated from Cleveland Bible College, Cleveland, Ohio.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs boys and girls track seasons began Tuesday with wins over Southwood.
The boys won 87-35 and the girls defeated Southwood 83-39. Both teams combined for 26 first-place finishes.
Connor Stouder, Jordan Sims and Micaela Sylvester led the Wildcats, winning two events apiece. Sims and Sylvester swept all four hurdle races. Stouder won the 100- and 200-meter dash.
Alec Wilkinson won the pole vault by five feet with a 12-foot vault. Jude Stieglitz won the 800-meter run with a 2:09.0 time, with teammate Dallas Asher three seconds behind for a second-place finish.