May 6th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As Indianaâ€™s legislative session wrapped up last week, decisions regarding the stateâ€™s education system has local school leaders holding their breaths.
In recent months, Steve Clason, Whitko Community Schools superintendent, has kept board members abreast of pending legislation. With each update, Clason has been faithful to end with his cautious, wait-and-see philosophy.
DECATUR â€” Celine Rongos is still undefeated, and Columbia Cityâ€™s girls tennis team topped Northeast Hoosier Conference opponent Bellmont Friday night.
Rongos swept her opponent, Alysha Helmrich, winning 6-0, 6-0 in No. 1 singles.
The Lady Eagles played 10 matches in seven days, including seven away matches.
â€śIâ€™m very pleased with the girls,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Kathleen Myers said. â€śThey finished off strong during a very long week of tennis.â€ť
The Lady Eagles evened out their record at 7-7, and are 3-2 in the NHC.
NEW HAVEN â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls track team placed third at the Northeast Hoosier Conference meet Friday night at New Haven.
Carroll and Bellmont paced the conference, definitively taking first and second place.
The Lady Chargers scored 147 points to lead the NHC, while Bellmont was close behind with 131.5.
Columbia City came in third out of the eight conference schools.
Carlee Hearld was named 1st-Team All-NHC in the high jump with a leap of 5 feet, 4 inches â€” her personal best jump.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A group of women spent Saturday remodeling and cleaning a home as part of National Women Build Week.
From May 4-12, women across the country are rolling up their sleeves, donned work gloves, and set about the initiative sponsored by Habitat for Humanity.
During the week-long event, women are devoting at least one day to the effort. Saturday, a home on Main Street in Columbia City received some much needed attention.
On the job site was Laura Richcreek, of Columbia City, who was participating in the work project.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Saturdayâ€™s baseball game between the host Churubusco Eagles and the Garrett Railroaders gave fans a preview of what appears to be on the road to becoming a Northeast Corner Conference match-up, as the Railroaders are on the verge of accepting an invitation to join Churubusco in the NECC.
Saturdayâ€™s game was the second half of a mixed double header as the Railroaders fell to New Haven by a 6-1 count in the opener.
The start of the Eaglesâ€™ and Railroadersâ€™ game was delayed also as both teams waited for players who were completing the SATs.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Former Governor Otis R. Bowen died Saturday at age 95.
Bowen overhauled Indianaâ€™s tax system as governor, before helping oversee the federal response to the burgeoning AIDS epidemic during President Ronald Reaganâ€™s second term.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement Sunday that Bowen died Saturday at a nursing home in Donaldson, a community about 25 miles south of South Bend that is near Bowenâ€™s hometown of Bremen. He didnâ€™t disclose the cause of death.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€”Whitkoâ€™s baseball team picked up two wins Friday and Saturday, improving its record to 15-5.
The Wildcats beat sectional foe Bellmont Friday by a 7-2 score, and topped Triton 16-6 on Saturday.
Against Bellmont, Wyatt Wolf had a stand-out performance. Wolf pitched six innings, striking out five while giving up two earned runs and six hits.
Wolf also batted 2-for-3, scoring a run and adding an RBI for the first run of the game.
Wolf sent teammate Alex Stoddard home after hitting a double in the opening inning.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” System crashes and technological difficulties interrupted student ISTEP+ testing last week.
What was supposed to be an online testing process, turned into a web of computer mishaps and frustrations for teachers, administrators and students.
â€śIf I was taking these tests and my computer kept messing up on me, I donâ€™t think I could have had the patience these students have had,â€ť said Bruce Hansen, principal at South Whitley Elementary School. â€śWe are far from the days of pencil and paper, but sometimes I think it is better.â€ť
Helen Margaret Helmer, 101, of Columbia City, passed away at 3 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born on Aug. 9, 1911, in Kendallville, she was the daughter of Howard S. and Martha Mae (Lysher) Wilson.
Helen was raised in Kendallville, and following her marriage to Kenneth E. Helmer Aug. 17, 1929, the two moved to Avilla.
Doris E. Fenker Pittenger, 92, a lifelong resident of Columbia Township, died at 10:07 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where she was admitted on Friday.
She was born April 19, 1921, in Columbia Township a daughter of Elmer Franklin and Dessie Bell (Smith) Schrader. She attended the Schrader School House and graduated from Coesse High School.
On June 8, 1941, she was united in marriage to Edward C. Fenker. Mr. Fenker died July 28, 1996.