May 6th, 2013
FORT WAYNE(AP) ‚ÄĒ A Fort Wayne man who drowned in the St. Joseph River in that city has been identified.
Allen County Coroner's Office and police reports say the body of 58-year-old Jeffery Bultemeier was found in the river at Shoaff Park on Sunday.
Bultemeier's family reported him missing early last week, and his car was found by a boat ramp at Shoaff Park.
Police said Sunday that foul play was not suspected.
An area newspaper reported Monday that the death remains under investigation by police, coroners and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Whitko‚Äôs junior varsity softball team was handed its first loss of the season Saturday at Morsches Park.
The Lady ‚ÄôCats split a double-header with Columbia City, dropping their record to 12-1.
NEW HAVEN ‚ÄĒ In a field of 11, Columbia City‚Äôs junior varsity golf team placed sixth at the New Haven JV invitational Saturday.
The Eagles were paced by Matt Benedict, who finished the day with 85 strokes.
Benedict scored a 39 in the front nine at Whispering Creek, and fnished the back nine with a 46. Out of 18 holes, Benedict tallied seven pars and two birdies.
Also scoring under 100 for Columbia City was Tanner Daniel, who finished the day with a 92. Daniel scored a 45 on the front nine, and shot a 47 in the last nine holes.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs girls tennis team dropped a Friday evening contest at Blackhawk Christian.
The Lady Eagle netters lost 4-1. The lone win for ‚ÄėBusco was at No. 3 singles, where Kayleen Mitchell beat Chloe Taner in straight sets.
Churubusco‚Äôs No. 1 doubles pair of Madi Cook and Camille Cseri took the first set in their match against Kayla Stewart and Larissa Clark, but ended up falling in three.
In No. 1 and No. 2 singles, ‚ÄėBusco‚Äôs Cheyenne Connor and Audrey Gierschner respectively lost to their opponents, Morgan Bemisderfer and Rebecca Kanpol, in straight sets.
GOSHEN ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls track team placed fifth at the Goshen Relays Saturday.
Fairfield won the close meet, where less than 15 points separated the top three teams (Plymouth, Bremen).
Though the Lady Wildcats didn‚Äôt have any first-place finishes, they took second in several events.
The 800-meter relay team of Taylor Zwick, Elaine Warner, Llyssa Bennett and Josie Sparks came in second with a time of 1:58.11.
The distance medley relay team of Michelle Kelsey, Holly Frantz, Miranda Terril and Brigit Nemitz also placed second.
A black fox squirrel appeared on Columbia Street, South Whitley, and was rather friendly. A few residents were not fearful of holding them.
Drew Christman, pictured, and his stepfather, Jim Hixson, were holding the squirrels Sunday in their backyard which captured the attention of neighbors.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Three Columbia City students were named winners for the 2013 edition of the PBS Kids GO! Young Writers Contest for the Fort Wayne Region.
In the first-grade category, Amelia Porter, of Columbia City, took third place for her submission entitled, ‚ÄúJonathan‚Äôs Pancake Party.‚ÄĚ
Taking second place in the in the second-grade category was ‚ÄúRosabell‚Äôs Orphanage Surprise,‚ÄĚ written by McKayla Adair, of Columbia City.
In the third-grade category, Emily Mullett, of Columbia City, took second place for her story, ‚ÄúThe Sleepover.‚ÄĚ
Soccer fields at Whitley County‚Äôs YMCA were teeming with young athletes Saturday morning for youth leagues.
Above, Gerik Petrosky (yellow) kicks the ball while Brody Borries (kneeling) defends him.
From left: Sean LeBlanc, Petrosky, Borries and Alexander Rongos (back).
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ As Indiana‚Äôs legislative session wrapped up last week, decisions regarding the state‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄĒ Celine Rongos is still undefeated, and Columbia City‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúI‚Äôm very pleased with the girls,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Coach Kathleen Myers said. ‚ÄúThey finished off strong during a very long week of tennis.‚ÄĚ
The Lady Eagles evened out their record at 7-7, and are 3-2 in the NHC.