March 20th, 2013
Editorâ€™s note: All three Whitley County high school principals were asked to nominate three students who they deemed up and coming leaders.
Each student was asked a series of questions and have been highlighted during the last week. Connor Stouder was The Post & Mailâ€™s top pick in the Leaders of Tomorrow search.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” â€śNever take a day off.â€ť Thatâ€™s the advice Connor Stouder, a senior at Whitko High School, would give to students just starting their high school career.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to turn a fish hatchery property back over to the state of Indiana Monday.
The commissioners also discussed the Camp Samaritan property, which had been in the countyâ€™s control since 2010. Camp Whitley was interested in purchasing the land. The stipulation of the contract was if the county did nothing to make Camp Samaritan into a public park, then it would revert back to the DNR.
COLUMBIA CITY â€”ÂÂ Megan Jagger, an 8th-grade student at Indian Springs Middle School, won several regional honors in the Scholastic Art Awards competition for her photographs.
However, in a ceremony held at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Jagger was awarded a National Silver Medal for a photograph of an old tractor entitled, â€śAntiquity on the Farm.â€ť
Mary Hilger is Jaggerâ€™s art teacher at ISMS and was elated to see one of her students receive the artistic honor.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko senior Cagney Craig closed her career with a string of honors â€” and the biggest one was announced recently.
Craig was named honorable mention to the Indiana All-State Senior Basketball Team as selected by the IBCA.
â€śNext to making the Indiana All-Star team, this might be the highest acknowledgement for a basketball player in Indiana,â€ť said Whitko girls basketball coach Brandon Bradley.
Craig was also named first team for the Three Rivers Conference this season.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” High school softball is a game dominated by pitching and solid defense behind the plate.
When a team loses its ace All-Northeast Hoosier Conference pitcher and its All-NHC catcher, normally the other teams in the conference would be licking their chops in anticipation of this yearâ€™s season.
But that may not be the case this year, as the Columbia City squad still returns a senior-laden team full of experience.
Last year, the Lady Eagles posted a 19-9 overall record including a 7-0 sweep of the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
Bernetta Seifert Welling, 74, departed this life to be present with Christ (II Corinthians 5:8) Monday, March 18, 2013, at 7:17 p.m. at the Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home in Fort Wayne where she was admitted Tuesday, March 12.
She was born Nov. 2, 1938, near Wind Ridge, Pa. to Charles and Dorothy (Hartley) Seifert and raised by her grandparents, Wilford and Louella Hartley. Her formative years were spent in Greene County, Pa., graduating from West Greene High School, Rogersville, Pa.
Phil L. Glassley, 93, of Columbia City, and formerly of South Whitley, passed away Friday, March 15, 2013 at The Oaks, Columbia City.
Born on Aug. 23, 1919 in South Whitley, he was the son of Russell and Winifred (Shriver) Glassley. He graduated from South Whitley High School in 1937. He married Eulah Mae Hornaday July 4, 1939. She passed away April 19, 1973.
He married Peggy L. (Rex) Glassley Oct. 13, 1973. They lived in South Whitley until 1980 when they moved to Tri-Lakes. In 1998 they moved to their present home in Columbia City. Peggy passed away Dec. 2, 2012.
Phyllis J. Monesmith, 76, passed away Monday, March 18, 2013 at Parkview Regional Medical Center.
Born in LaGrange County, Phyllis worked with Dana Corporation in Churubusco for 29 years, retiring in 1997. Her family, grandchildren and great grandchildren were her number one priority. She loved antique collecting and old-time county music.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Tri-Lakes residents could possibly see an increase in their sewer bills starting in June.
Expensive sewer repairs and rising maintenance costs have led the Tri-Lakes Sewer District to visit the idea of increasing rates .97 cents.
According to the District Administrator Carol Martin the average sewer bill will increase from $37.88 to $38.85 for Phase I customers. Phase II customers, on average, will see a new amount of $51.40.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Chuck Zumbrun has been farming off and on for nearly 40 years. He recently swapped farming notes with a visiting farmer from Australia.
As a fourth-generation farmer, Zumbrun connected through social media with Bryan Granshaw, a third-generation farmer from Queensland, Australia.
The two were able to come together to share ideas about soil sustainability and management through the concept of companion cropping.