April 26th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śThe weather needs to change.â€ť
Kent Hoffman expressed a mutual feeling of most of his fellow crop growers after a week of flooding and cool temperatures.
Hoffman, a Whitley County farmer of 2,800 acres, is suffering the effects of the areaâ€™s wicked weather conditions.
â€śThe large amount of water has caused erosion, which means extra field work is going to have to be done to get them ready to plant,â€ť Hoffman said.
This is a totally different story than last planting season, when temperatures began to warm up in February.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It may not feel like it outside, but some individuals are beginning to anticipate warmer months.
PIERCETON â€” Whitko Community School Corporation has been evaluating the possibility of utilizing more technology in its classrooms.
One-to-One Technology is a plan to incorporate more devices in classrooms to enhance student learning and interaction, as well as equipping teachers with data in a digital format to assess student progress.
The district has been cautious in its movement toward more technology.
Concerns have centered around teacher preparedness and their ability to know the technology in a way that can be taught to students.
Rodney Bell Davenport, 89, of Warsaw, passed away at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013 in his Irish Lake home, surrounded by his family.
Rodney was born Nov. 24, 1923, in Los Angeles, and was the youngest child of Fred and Muriel (White) Davenportâ€™s three children.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s girls track team emerged victorious in a four-team meet Tuesday.
The Lady Wildcats defeated two conference foes, Manchester and Northfield, as well as Lakeland Christian Academy.
Whitko rolled up 91 points to edge past Manchester, which had 84.
Lady Wildcat athletes scored first in six events. Josie Sparks was first in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Miranda Terril grabbed a pair of wins in the high jump and the 400-meter dash.
Columbia Cityâ€™s cheerleading squad held its awards banquet in March.
Awards winners include, front row, junior varsity, from left: Megan Gawthrop, Positive Attitude Award and Spirit Award; Danielle Reust,Most Outstanding Cheerleader Award; and Mariah Dennis, Leadership Award.
Back row, varsity: Emily Wilder, Most Improved Award; Dezer-Ray Lauz, Leadership Award; Courtney Davis, Positive Attitude Award; Molly Drew, Most Improved Award; Kennedy Slavicek, Coaches Award; Bonnie Smith, Leadership Award; Riley Fry, Most Outstanding Cheerleader.
Indian Springs Middle School 7th grader, Jacob Hinen, took advantage of Mondayâ€™s cooperative weather, placing first in the long jump against Wawasee.
Both the 8th-grade boys and girls were victorious with scores of 77-29 and 58-48, respectively. The 6th- and 7th-grade boys and girls both fell to Wawasee, 68-38 and 75-30, respectively.
The teams are back in action Thursday at ISMS for their last home meet of the season. Monday is the county meet at Churubusco at 4:30 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Park Departmentâ€™s Opening Day Ceremony for youth league baseball and softball set for Saturday has been postponed.
The games on tap for Saturday have also been postponed.
Park Director Mark Green said excessive rain has caused the fields at Morsches Park to become overly-saturated.
â€śOur fields are soaked,â€ť he said. â€śHaving events of this size would put too many vehicles there.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Florida woman who once lived in Whitley County pleaded guilty to identity deception in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Rachelle Powell, who formerly resided in Larwill, pleaded guilty as part of a plea arrangement.
The deal included a suspended sentence of 1.5 years for the Class D felony charge.
Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said the Class D felony could be changed to a Class A misdemeanor if Powell served her probation well.
A count of forgery, a Class C felony, was dismissed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A requested extension for a home in violation of a city ordinance was granted at the meeting of the Columbia City Board of Works and Public Safety Tuesday.
Larry Jacobs, who lives at 980 S. CR 50 E., appeared before the board because his home was in violation of the junk ordinance. Jacobs was eventually granted an extension until July 31 to clean up the area around his residence. He hoped for a different outcome.
â€śI donâ€™t see that itâ€™s that big of a deal,â€ť he said. â€śMost people around me donâ€™t care. Itâ€™s my life and my livelihood.â€ť