May 9th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Joan Marie Mitchell, 84, of Columbia City, died at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born February 27, 1928, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Roy Cuppy and Ruth (Besson) Stanley.
She graduated from Washington Center High School and Warner Beauty College.
On Nov. 1, 1952, she married Rolland W. Mitchell. They made their home in Indiana and California, returning to Whitley County in 1972. Mr. Mitchell died Oct. 2, 1989.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City fell to East Noble 6-5 last night in a Northeast Hoosier Conference battle at Columbia City.
The Eagles have now lost three straight games by one run. Columbia Cityâ€™s record now stands at 9-8, with a 1-4 record in the NHC.
The Eagles scored five runs on 11 hits with one error, while East Noble scored six runs with 11 hits and no errors.
Whitkoâ€™s softball team lost to Rochester Monday, 7-0.
The Lady Zebras grabbed four runs in the second inning and three more in the sixth to make the final score 7-0.
Karissa Olinske pitched all seven innings for the Lady Wildcats. She had two strike-outs, gave up a walk, 10 hits, seven runs and five errors in 30 at-bats. Though the Lady Wildcats never made it to home plate, Whitko managed five hits, led by Olinske with two.
Audra Day, Cassie Jones and Emily Weigold all recorded one hit apiece. Weigold led the team in put-outs with four.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s golf team hosted and lost to Northeast Hoosier Conference foe East Noble Tuesday night at Eagle Glen.
East Nobleâ€™s Michael Sharp fired a one-over par as the matchâ€™s medalist with a 37, leading the Knights to the 160-176 win. The visitors posted three scores under 40.
The courseâ€™s ninth hole was again a problem for the Eagles, who posted three double bogeys and a triple.
â€śWe havenâ€™t played our home course very well,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Andrew Thompson said. â€śIn all reality, 16 shots werenâ€™t going to be made up in the ninth hole.â€ť
NEW HAVEN â€” The Northeast Hoosier Conference Track and Field Meet had some expected outcomes Tuesday night.
Both the as-expected closely-contested girlsâ€™ competition, where second through sixth places were separated by only 28 points, and the favored Carroll boys held off host New Haven and Homestead to join the Carroll girls as team champions.
But there were also some surprises, as an improving Columbia City boys team more than doubled its point total from last year to take fourth.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Republican candidate for Whitley County Treasurer Laurell Hodges defeated Cindy (Greer) Doolittle to become the Republican candidate for Whitley County Treasurer in Tuesday's primary election.
Hodges received 44.34 percent of the vote (3,909) to Doolittle's 39.09 percent (1,999). Tammy Plew finished third with 747 votes, or 16.57 percent of the vote.
In the race for three at-large slots on the Whitley County Council, all three Republican incumbents held on to represent their party in the November election.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Cleveland Township resident Natalie Thorne signs her signature prior to casting her ballot Tuesday as Poll Clerk JoEllen Fitch assists. This year, Cleveland Northeast and Cleveland Northwest voting location moved from the Cleveland Township Fire Station to the South Whitley United Methodist Church, lower level.
LARWILL â€” Locally-based contract manufacturer Red Star Manufacturing, Inc. recently collaborated with Whitko High School to support component manufacturing for a custom-ordered 10-ton plastic injection molding machine.
In late 2011, Red Star owner Scott Werstler approached Whitko Engineering and Welding Technology teacher Jay Ocken about providing his students with hands-on experience with tools and techniques in component manufacturing.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High School band members are frequently seen in the community performing at football games and basketball games. They are a competitive team and a talented ensemble representing the community in parades as well as honoring our local veterans in several events. Although successful and growing, the band is experiencing a shortage of funds.
With help from the CCHS Band Boosters, a nonprofit organization in charge of raising funds for the program, Helen Foster, the director of bands at CCHS, is asking for the communityâ€™s help in funding the band program.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Prosecutors in Whitley County delayed the hearing Monday of a man involved in a fatal car crash April 29 in southern Whitley County that killed a three-year old boy.
According to officials in the Whitley County Circuit Court, as well as a spokesperson from the Whitley County Prosecutorâ€™s Office, the hearing slated Monday morning for Mya Tha Tun, 52, of Fort Wayne, was delayed and no future court date has yet been set.
Police say Tun was intoxicated when the vehicle he was driving slammed into a van carrying a family of six.