July 19th, 2012
SOUTH WHITLEY â Many athletes aspire to be a record-breaking quarterback, or an Indiana All-Star pitcher, or to average double digits for the basketball team.
Whitkoâs incoming senior Alex Stoddard has done all three.
Stoddard has been a varsity starter in football, basketball and baseball since he's been in high school.
Stoddard had over 1,200 passing yards last season as the Wildcatsâ quarterback, he collected 71 strikeouts (9.44 per game) and averaged 10 points per game in basketball.
Stoddard has been the starting quarterback for the âCats since he was a sophomore.
COLUMBIA CITY â Eight seconds seemed like an eternity to 20 riders at Whitley County 4-H Fairâs inaugural rodeo event Saturday.
The event, put on by King Brothers Rodeo of Centerville, Ind. began with a tribute to the many veterans in the crowd of 2,200.
As Annette Lamle, Whitley County 4-H Council member, sang the national anthem, a white horse rode by, carrying a cowgirl from King Brothers who held an American Flag.
A former Columbia City man admitted in federal court to knowing a crime was being committed and not notifying authorities.
Duane Ducharme, 70, was initially jailed April 13 in Collins County, Texas on charges of money laundering, a first degree felony.
The case against Ducharme was closed in Collins County, but news reports claim Ducharme pleaded guilty recently to misprision of a felony, or choosing to ignore personal knowledge of a crime.
Reports donât give the name or the location of the federal court or whether Ducharme has been incarcerated.
COLUMBIA CITY â 2012 Campaign Co-Chairs Jacqueline Worrick and June Keiser will step up to the plate to face Whitley County of United Wayâs challenges ahead in September.
âI am so glad to have these two women on board,â said UWWCâs director Cindy Baker.
Worrick and Keiser both accepted the request to be Campaign Co-Chairs, a volunteer position, in order to give back to their community. The announcement was made at UWWCâs annual breakfast in June.
âWe just want to enhance the organization and be able to fund the member agencies,â said Worrick.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ It is evident that Whitley County is experiencing the âdog days of summer,â and itâs not just humans suffering in the oppressive summer conditions.
Pets are panting after shaded or air conditioned environments and lapping up water by the bowl fulls, but another common nuisance is experiencing a surge due to the obscure weather in Indiana. A mild winter for Hoosiers, now means a larger flea and tick population for their pets.
Approximately 148 competitors representing 37 teams tried their muddy hands at wrangling a slimy porker into submission at the Whitley County 4-H Fair's pig wrestling competition. With 60 seconds on the clock, teams of four worked to grab their pig and place the it on a tire in the center of the ring. Mud and water combined to made for a down and dirty competition
Running Around Screen Printing won the regular season and the tournament in the minor softball division.
The teamâs record for the season was 20-1.
Front row, from left: Sadie Zumbrun, Ayn-Margret Schaekel, Noelani Stahl (Bat Girl), Grace Schaekel (Bat Girl), Natalee Gawthrop, Sammi Zumbrun, Emilee Pletcher, Sierra Elliott.
Second row: Coach Jeff Ebersole, Coach Wes Stahl, Felicity Clawson, Mackenzie Martin, Ava Underwood, Brooke Ebersole, Delaney Stahl, Breanna Malcolm, Coach Todd Pletcher, Sponsor Jo Ann Bird (Running Around Screen Printing).
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday it had closed on the sale of its office building, located at the corner of Line and Jackson streets in downtown Columbia City.
The building, which had housed the chamber offices, was purchased by Angela Grable-Garcia, owner of Grable & Associates Realty. Grable-Garcia, a member of the chamber, plans to open at the location in August.
Closing on the sale was July 11, according to a chamber press release.
COLUMBIA CITY â At the Whitley County Commissionersâ meeting Monday, the board voted to continue the burn ban and to consider it every two weeks.
Present at the meeting, Cathy Broxon-Ball, EMA director, approached the board informing commissioners that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 36 Indiana counties as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by the ongoing drought.
The counties were named as of Thursday, and the Farmers Service Agency (FSA) said farmers in eligible counties can apply for loans to help cover part of their losses.
COLUMBIA CITY â WITH THE TEMPERATURE AT 79 DEGREES AT 5 A.M. TUESDAY MORNING, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS REPEATED A HAZARDOUS HEAT ADVISORY FOR TODAY WITH TUESDAY AFTERNOON HIGH AT OR NEAR 100 DEGREES.
FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:
HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM EDT /10 AM CDT/
THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING...
* RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES AROUND 100 ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON.
* HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL PEAK AROUND 105.
* VERY HOT CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA AGAIN