April 1st, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs boys golf team is looking to rebound in 2013 from its first losing season in five years.
The Wildcats return four letterwinners and will have two newcomers.
Junior Daniel Zawlocki, the 2012 MVP for the Wildcats and an All-Three Rivers Conference golfer, returns.
He is joined by senior Colton LeTourneau, sophomore Cole Bechtold and sophomore Matt Hathaway as letterwinners.
Also returning for Whitko in 2013 will be Andy Bringman, Robert Hopkis, Cole Findley, Matt Myers and Bill Stump.
Whitko has some promising newcomers.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs baseball team finally opened its season, after difficult weather conditions, Saturday and split a doubleheader with Marion.
The Wildcats dropped game one by a margin of 9-5, but came back to capture game two by a 10-9 score.
A home run proved to be the winning blast in game two. Tanner Gaff hit a solo shot to break a 9-9 tie and give the Wildcats the eventual win.
‚ÄúTanner Gaff made a great hitting adjustment on his solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning that proved to be the game winner,‚ÄĚ Whitko Head Coach Erik Hisner said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Two Pierceton Woods escapees were found in Columbia City early Monday morning.
The two runaways allegedly left the juvenile detention facility, 12 miles west of Columbia City, and stole bicycles.
According to police, the pair rode the bikes to Whitley County and stopped at Walmart on Plaza Drive.
Local police were tipped off to the escapees after a Walmart manager reported a theft.
The two juveniles allegedly stole two new bicycles, along with several other items from the store.
A Richland Township fireman works to contain a large field fire on County Road 475 West, near the 999 south address. Crews from three fire departments, Richland, Cleveland and Columbia, worked to put out the blaze. Several crews in the area battled grass and field fires this weekend, due to windy, dry conditions.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Emotions made for strong opinions as Eagles members gathered Saturday to discuss the fate of the chapter, the building and the leadership of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) 1906 chapter, Columbia City.
‚ÄúThe future looks very dim,‚ÄĚ said Mike Cummings, an agent dispatched by the Grand Aerie, the state governing body of the FOE, to sort out Columbia City‚Äôs Aerie organization.
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt think you should close,‚ÄĚ Cummings said. ‚ÄúThis didn‚Äôt break in one month, and it isn‚Äôt going to get fixed in one month.‚ÄĚ
PIERCETON ‚Äď A comprehensive five-year plan was laid out for Whitko‚Äôs school corporation at last week‚Äôs board meeting.
Superintendent Steve Clason presented the plan that included specific areas of focus to be implemented inside the school building and out in the community.
Higher academic achievement
Working to give students a better learning environment, WCSC is looking to adopt an education concept known as 1-to-1 technology.
This learning model incorporates traditional teaching tactics with new technology that can individualize and expand a student‚Äôs education.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) ‚ÄĒ Fort Wayne area police are investigating a string of weekend shootings that left two men dead and two others badly wounded.
An area newspaper reports two of the four weekend shootings happened Sunday. In one, a man died after being critically wounded outside a nightclub. Later in the day, a second man was brought to a Fort Wayne hospital with a gunshot wound and later died.
Police say the other shooting death came Saturday morning when 65-year-old Robert W. Kanyuh was fatally shot during a home invasion at his Allen County home.
BLOOMINGTON (AP) ‚ÄĒ Indiana health officials say a student at Indiana University's Bloomington campus has a confirmed case of measles.
The State Department of Health said Friday that the student did not attend classes while infectious and does not live on campus. The agency said it's working with Monroe County's health department and IU to prevent the illness from spreading.
Officials say the student visited the IU Student Health Center on Monday while still infectious, but wore a mask during that visit.
INDIANAPOLIS (HSPA) ‚ÄĒ Indiana lawmakers don‚Äôt need to approve legislation related to a Medicaid expansion because Gov. Mike Pence already has authority to negotiate with federal officials, his administration‚Äôs top human services official said Wednesday.
That was the assessment of Debra Minott, secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, as she fielded questions from the House Public Health Committee. The panel has been working on a bill that would set parameters for an expansion of Medicaid through the federal health care law.
Doris Elaine Van Houten, 83, a resident of rural Columbia City, went to be with the Lord at 12:46 p.m. Thursday March 28, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne where she was admitted Saturday. She was born September 8, 1929 in Ari, Allen County, Indiana, a daughter of the late Wyland and Iva (Gump) Zumbrun. Her formative years were spent in Union Twp., Whitley County. She graduated from Coesse High School in 1947.
On Feb. 18, 1949, she was united in marriage to Dale Obert Van Houten. They have always made their home in Whitley County. Dale died Oct. 9, 1994.