Archive - Mar 29, 2012
After two years at the helm, John Black is stepping down as executive director of the United Way of Whitley County.
Black has been offered a new position in management with a northeastern Indiana company.
He will be leaving United Way by mid-April, according to Barbara Bilger, United Way board president.
â€śWe have been fortunate to have John serve as our leader for these last couple of years. John has great passion for United Way, having served as a board member and volunteer for several years before becoming our executive director. We wish him the best in his new role.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Three years ago, 15-year-old Ivory West from Whitko High School picked up a guitar that had been hanging on the wall at her home in Pierceton and began strumming the chords. Her father, Rod West, told her if she would practice some basic chords he taught her, she could take lessons. Later, as a Christmas gift, he gave her a certificate for lessons.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In January, one lucky winner walked away with a Mega Millions prize of $72 million. The pot has since then grown considerably.
On Friday, an estimated record-setting $500 million will be up for grabs across 42 states and Washington, D.C.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” President Alan Tio and Community Development Coordinator Lori Shipman with the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) attended the South Whitley Town Council meeting Tuesday evening to present details on community development initiatives for re-development of the downtown area.
EDCâ€™s role in the re-development of the downtown area is to work with the town of South Whitley â€” whether itâ€™s job retention, activities, job creation activities, investments, business start-ups or responding to each need in the community as investors.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City High School girls basketball program recently had two of its own recognized by the Indiana Basketball Coaches Associatoin (IBCA).Â
Seniors Sidney Bunyan and Sarah Opliger were awarded the IBCA Academic All-State Honorable Mention for their efforts in the classroom and on the basketball court.
IBCA head coaches from high schools across the state nominated seniors who met specific criteria, which included a 3.5 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale, a rank in the upper 25 percent of oneâ€™s class, a minimum SAT score of 1,500 or minimum ACT score of 23.
WABASH â€” Whitko boys and girls track and field teams traveled to Wabash and game away with victories, 99-33 and 65-57, respectively.
The boys team had several tracksters win multiple events, helping the Wildcats triple the Apacheâ€™s point total.
Trapper Mize won the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:55 and the 3200 at 10:54. Whitkoâ€™s Jordan Sims also won two events, the 110-meter (16.9 seconds) and 300-meter hurdles (42.1). Finishing first in the 100-meter dash was Connor Stouder. Stouderâ€™s time was 11.5 seconds.
His time of 23.8 was also good enough for first in the 200 dash.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Facing an 8-7 deficit going into the final inning, Whitko scored three runs to win 10-8 at Churubusco Wednesday.
One of the three 7th-innintg runs was scored by Wes Gensch, who led the game with 1.000 hitting, two runs and three RBIs. On the defensive end, Gensch got the save, closing out the game with no hits in the final inning.
Whitko took a 2-1 lead in the first frame. Ethan Nicodemus scored the first run off an RBI by Gensch, then Gensch was batted in by Austin Mort. Churubuscoâ€™s Alan Meeks scored off a Whitko error, 1-of-5 the Wildcats had on the night.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s girls tennis team begain its season with a loss Wednesday.
The Lady Eagles faced Fort Wayne South Side and was shut out 5-0.
In No. 1 singles, Senior Morgan Young was defeated by South Sideâ€™s Norene Namani, 6-0, 6-1.
Churubuscoâ€™s Nikki Essingler lost 6-1, 6-1 to Mary Downelly in the No. 2 singles match. In No. 3 singles, Lady Eagle Kayleen Mitchell was defeated by Zin Naing, 6-2, 6-3.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) â€” Indiana's top climate expert says the state's streak of unseasonably warm weather should continue for the next three months, bringing with it an elevated risk of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms.
But state climatologist Dev Niyogi also says cold air could bring Indiana a frost or freeze at any time, threatening flowers and trees lured into early bloom by recent 70- and 80-degree readings.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a job fair during the Whitley County EXPO April 14 at Indian Springs Middle School
The event will be held from 9 to 11 a.m.
There is no cost for businesses to set up a table and accept applications, conduct interviews or meet potential employees. Participating businesses will need to bringÂ their ownÂ table, chairs and any information they'd like to provide to potential job candidates.
Reservations for the job fair are required by April 6. Space may be limited, so potential participants are asked to reserve a spot early.