April 25th, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs 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 City‚Äôs 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 Monday‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Park Department‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúOur fields are soaked,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúHaving events of this size would put too many vehicles there.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ 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.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt see that it‚Äôs that big of a deal,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúMost people around me don‚Äôt care. It‚Äôs my life and my livelihood.‚ÄĚ
Columbia City High School students will present ‚ÄúCurtains, the Musical,‚ÄĚ Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for $8.
The whodunit musical comedy features entertaining dance numbers as well as two developing love stories. Pictured is Kirstie Crisp (left), Dan Yingst and Brooke Alexander.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees (WCCS) approved an agreement with a marketing company Monday.
Big Idea Company will partner with the district to provide professional services for community outreach and communication. The agreement passed by a 7-0 vote.
WCCS hopes the company can be a positive influence for the district in this period of educational choice.
Tawnya Lynn Jackson, 49, of Columbia City, passed away at 5 a.m. Monday, April 22, 2013, at her home.
Born May 30, 1963, in Grayson, Ky. she was the daughter of Hank and Anna (Brainard) Sexton.
She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1981. She then received her associates degree in accounting from Indiana Business College, Fort Wayne.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) ‚ÄĒ More details could emerge soon on whether the Republicans who control the Indiana Legislature can agree with GOP Gov. Mike Pence on the size of a possible cut in the state's individual income tax rate.
Pence has been pushing for a 10 percent cut, while legislative leaders have hesitated to go along as they look to increase state spending on schools and road projects.
House and Senate negotiators said Wednesday they were close to a budget deal ahead of Friday's expected adjournment of this year's legislative session.