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April 24th, 2013

BACKING UP: Sewers raise a stink in S. Whitley

April 24, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Sewer discussions left a sour taste in some residents’ mouths at Tuesday night’s town council meeting.

Two residents came to members of the council with costly concerns, centering around sewer back ups in their homes.

David and Judy Richards confronted the council after returning home from a four-month stay in Florida to find the sewer line servicing their home had backed up into their basement.

“My son came and talked to you already,” David said. “I know you made a decision to not help cover the bill, but I wanted to know if you could explain it to me.”

EDUCATIONAL EFFORTS: Whitko leaders report positive progress

April 24, 2013

PIERCETON — Acknowledging strengths and weaknesses have been a common theme at Whitko Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustee meetings.

Each month, principals from the district’s schools give a report as to the progress being made on campus.

Some of those reports are positive and some point out areas needing improvement, but regardless, administrators are not skirting away from the reality at their respective school.

April 23rd

Eagles win over Manchester, 11-6

April 23, 2013

NORTH MANCHESTER ­— A 9-run onslaught by the Eagle batters in the first two innings was enough to give Columbia City’s baseball team an 11-6 victory in a sloppy game against the hosting Squires of Manchester Monday night.

Senior catcher Landon Rehrer led the way offensively for Columbia City, with two runs scored, an RBI, a walk and a double while going 2-for-4 at the plate.

The Eagles scored two runs in the top of the first inning and seven in the second to take a commanding 9-0 lead in the middle of the second frame.

Col. City tennis tops Whitko, 3-2

April 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s girls tennis team beat county-rival Whitko in a close 3-2 match Monday night.

The Lady Eagles picked up wins in No. 1 singles and both doubles matches, while Whitko was victorious in No. 2 and No. 3 singles, making the match competitive.

Though the score was close, Columbia City scored its three wins from lopsided matches.

In No. 1 singles, Celine Rongos took a 6-0, 6-4 win over Whitko’s Laura Alfieri.

The No. 1 doubles team of Macie Hinen and Sydney Ford won 6-2, 6-1 over Abby Marshall and Erin Murphy of Whitko.

’Cats take 10-4 win

April 23, 2013

NEW HAVEN — Whitko’s baseball team rebounded from a tough loss to Northeast Hoosier Conference Norwell Saturday to top fellow NHC competition, New Haven, Monday night.

The Wildcats posted a strong fifth inning en route to a 10-4 win at New Haven, improving their record to 8-4.

The opening innings were slow offensively, as Whitko scored the only run in the first three frames, while holding the Bulldogs off home plate.

Wildcat Derek Snep scored the opening run off a throwing error by New Haven’s third baseman.

’Busco softball falls in difficult 25-6 game

April 23, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Normally, when a team scores six runs in a high school softball game they can expect to be in the thick of things.

But that doesn’t apply when the other teams scores 10 runs in the first inning alone — sending 15 batters to the plate in the same inning.

The Churubusco Lady Eagle softball team found itself on the wrong side of that situation as it dropped a 25-6 contest to a hard-hitting Concordia team in a non-conference contest Monday evening at the Churubusco diamond.

The Eagles found themselves in a 10-0 hole at the end of the first inning.

LUCKEY'S LEGACY: Museum makes most of hospital memories

April 23, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the second part of a two-part series on The Luckey Hospital Museum.

WOLF LAKE — The Luckey Hospital, built in 1929, is now a one-of-a-kind museum at the corner of U.S. 33 and Ind. 109.

Dr. James E. Luckey, founded the hospital, which began operations in 1931.

Today the Luckey Hospital Museum is run by Luckey’s great-niece Sue Johnson and “the adopted Luckey” Sandy Huntsman, who is also the acting president of the museum’s board.

WATER HAZARD: Area golf courses still suffer effects from storms

April 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — From U.S. 30, it may appear that Eagle Glen Golf Course had an extreme makeover, but in fact, Mother Nature decided to do its own remodeling, turning the back half of the course into a giant water hazard.

Storms from nearly one week ago dumped several inches of rain in the county, flooding yards, parks and roads.

Eagle Glen wasn’t the only course to go underwater.

The front nine of Eel River remains closed to flooding, and many other courses in the area are feeling the effects of the rain.

CIRCUIT COURT: Alleged meth dealers have first hearing

April 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A pair charged with dealing methamphetamine had their first appearance in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Warren Goodman Jr., 41, Pierceton, and Rita Elswick, 19, Columbia City, were arrested Thursday and charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with intent to ma-nufacture and possession of paraphernalia.

Dealing methamphetam-ine is a Class B felony.

Both individuals pleaded not guilty to the charges and will have public defenders.

Elswick will be represented by Brad Voelz and Goodman by Brad Baber.

SCHOOL GADGET: WCCS outlines tech plan

April 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) Board of School Trustees heard an update on its technology plan recently.

WCCS Technology Director Anne Plunkett presented a plan to the board communicating the vision, mission and goals for her department.

The vision for the department is to provide technology resources that enhance communication, instruction, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to inspire excellence.

To that end, Plunkett has steps in mind.

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