January 23rd, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS â Julia A. Wickard, executive director of the U.S. Department of Agricultureâs (USDA) Indiana Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding producers that signup to enroll in the 2012 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) or Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) begins today and runs through June 1.
Eric Pfaff, of Lewis Center, Ohio, begins carving what would become the winning ice sculpture at the 7th Annual Fire & Ice Winterfest, which was held Saturday and Sunday in downtown Columbia City.
Brisk temperatures and clear skies made for the perfect scenario for the festival. Pfaff also won peopleâs choice and mayorâs choice.
Pfaff was stationed at the northwest corner of Courthouse Square midday on Saturday, using an electric-powered chain saw to begin his creation, which was a sculpture of a bear and a bull.
Carla Anne Cooper, 57, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:25 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Lutheran Hospital of Indiana, Fort Wayne.
On March 20, 1954, in Fort Knox, Ky., she was the oldest of three daughters born to Maynard E. and Beverly J. (Pence) Harrold.
As a child, she resided in Columbia City where she graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1972.
She graduated in 1976 from Indiana University with a bachelorâs degree in Psychology and French with distinction.
Carla earned a masterâs degree in Education in 1994 from Valparaiso University.
ELKHART â Maxine (Palmer) Hursey, 89, of Elkhart, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, at Elkhart Rehabilitation Center.
Mrs. Hursey was born April 10, 1922, in Whitley County to Jesse and Ethel (Garrison) DePoy.
She was married to J. Marion Palmer on Aug. 14, 1940. He preceded her in death on Jan. 31, 1985.
On Feb. 24, 1990, she married Edgar A. Hursey. He also preceded her in death Dec. 25, 1999.
Nathan Ronald Castor, 27, formerly of Kendallville, died Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012.
He was born March 9, 1984, in Bristol, Penn., a son of Ronald C. and Connie (Fulk) Castor.
Surviving relatives include his parents, Ronald and Connie Castor of Kendallville; a sister, Miranda Heitz of Clearwater, Fla; a nephew, Ezra Heitz; aunts and uncles Joanne Etersque, Vincent Castor, Maria Faight, Kathleen Thompson, Annette Castor, Christopher Makai, Joan Rose, and Steve Fulk; and numerous cousins.
Grace Akers, 89, a former resident of rural Churubusco in Noble County and widow of Donald G. Akers, died at 2:55 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, at Renaissance Village Nursing Home.
She was born in Van Wert, Ohio Sept. 4, 1922, a daughter of Homer and Lucy D. (Ingmire) Murphy.
She was married in Fort Wayne on Aug. 30, 1942, to Donald G. Akers.
Mr. Akers preceded her in death on April 26, 1994.
KENDALLVILLE â At Saturdayâs Northeast Hoosier Conference Tournament held at East Noble High School, a slow start by the Columbia City Eagles relegated them to a seventh-place finish.
Kyle Burns picked up the first win for the Eagles in the 138-pound weight class, downing Homesteadâs Andy Papadakis to advance to the semifinals.
The other Eagle to pick up a win in the first round was junior Russell Hazelet in the 182-pound weight class. Hazelet, the third seed, picked up his first round win.
SOUTH WHITLEY â The Lady Wildcats basketball team came into Saturday looking for its third win in a row. Northfield was looking for its fourth victory in five tries.
Unfortunately for Whitko, the Lady Norse achieved their goal, mounting a double-digit comeback to beat the Lady Wildcats, 59-47.
Jordan Hall got Whitko on the board early with an inside basket before the Northfield hit four straight from the foul line to take a 4-2 lead.
The Lady Norse scored 4-of-8 shots from the line in the first quarter, stemming from six Lady Wildcat fouls.
PIERCETON â By unanimous vote, Whitko Community School Corporation board vice president Jorell Tucker was elected as president for the WCSC Board of Finance and board secretary Roger Boggs as secretary for the Board of Finance in Monday eveningâs finance meeting.
Director of Financial Operations Tom McFarland discussed last yearâs total investments, which earned $21,886.95.
PIERCETON â With state legislatures having 167 bills which will ultimately affect school education, Whitko Community School Corporationâs Superintendent Steve Clason is unsure how many of the bills will require a committee hearing.
Clason provided a detailed update on a few legislature bills which may affect the corporation at its Board of School Trustees regular monthly meeting Monday evening.
âWho knows how many of them (167 bills) will get a committee hearing or actually get to the docket,â Clason said.