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Archive - Sep 17, 2013

B.A.B.E. plans diaper drive for Day of Caring

September 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The staff of the Whitley County Community Foundation will be conducting a diaper drive to benefit B.A.B.E. as their 2013 United Way Day of Caring Project.

This is the fifth year for the event.

For those who like to know their charitable donations go a long way, the community foundation will be matching all donations, package for package, up to $1,000.

All sizes of diapers are needed from infant through toddler.

Anyone interested in donating to the Diaper Drive may drop off packages of diapers at the Community Foundation now through Thursday.

Sigma Eta sings, shares, serves

September 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Epsilon Chapter, Sigma Eta Fine Arts Sorority, met in September at the Quiet Corner.

Chorister Sandy Whiteleather led the group in singing “September Song,” “My Shepherd” and “I Love Christmas.” She also led the creed set to music by Mary Helfrich. Joyce Dubach accompanied the group.

Hostess Kris Richey served chai, green, herbal and decaf teas; coffee; pumpkin pie; dump cake; nuts and assorted chocolates. Susan McClish assisted.

Student recognition

September 17, 2013

Breece Bays (left) was nominated by her kindergarten teacher, Jenn Bruce (center), as Pierceton Elementary School’s Student of the Month.

Pictured above, Whitko Community School Corporation’s Superintendent Steve Clason (right) presents Bays with the award.

GOING BACK TO SCHOOL: Parents encouraged to attend conference night

September 17, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Parents will fill the classrooms at Whitko High School as administrators open the doors for parent-teacher conferences Wednesday.

From 4 to 8 p.m. parents will have the opportunity to meet with their student’s teachers and get a first-hand look at their academic progress.

It’s an invitation not enough parents take advantage of, according to WHS guidance staff.

“We always encourage parents to get actively involved in their student’s education,” said Mark Rickerd guidance counselor.

Keeping up with the best

September 17, 2013

Blane Culp, of Columbia City, is one of the best wing-class drivers in the state.

Culp is currently ranked third in Indiana.

Another Whitley County resident, Brian Busz, is seeded 10th in the state, according to Indiana Micro Sprints.

Whitko linksters take 4th in TRC

September 17, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s girls golf team placed fourth at the Three Rivers Conference match Saturday.

Winning the TRC was Rochester, followed by Southwood and Wabash.

Placing fifth was North Miami, followed by Tippecanoe Valley, Manchester and Northfield.

Whitko was led by April Bishop, who scored a 97.

Harney nearly breaks record

September 17, 2013

AKRON — Columbia City’s Evan Harney is setting the pace for the Eagles’ cross country team.

At Saturday’s invitational at Tippecanoe Valley, Harney finished two seconds short of the 30-year-old CCHS record at 15:50, a personal record for Harney who took second at the meet.

The Eagles came in fifth overall, and the girls squad took fourth, led by Samantha Roush.

Roush placed third out of 87 runners with a time of 18:41.

Brooke Werstler was Columbia City’s second best girls runner, finishing 15th at 21 minutes flat.

FESTIVAL: Plow Day turns soil, touches hearts

September 17, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Thousands of people from the South Whitley community and throughout the tri-county region converged on the farm of Roy and Mary Rubrake for the 7th Annual South Whitley Plow Day Saturday.

Antique tractors, horse-drawn plows and contemporary machines all worked together to plow acres of farm land while other activities were offered at CR 350 West in South Whitley.

“This is a fun day,” Mary said. “We are blessed to be able to have this here. It’s a perfect day for it.”

FUTURE FACILITIES: WCCS to survey parents, citizens

September 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools began a survey of the community Monday.

The WCCS district is looking for input from parents, guardians, teachers, staff and other members of the community in regards to a future district referendum, or vote, for funding of a new high school facility, as well as upkeep of current schools and new safety and security measures.

DOGFIGHTING HOST: Churubusco man handed three year sentence

September 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man will spend three years in jail for staging a dog fight in Whitley County.

Edward E. Smith, Jr., 37, was sentenced to three years at the Whitley County Jail for promoting an animal fight, a Class D felony. He was given a concurrent three-year sentence for purchasing an animal for use in a fight and a concurrent one-year sentence for possession of paraphernalia.

The sentences were the maximum Smith could receive for the crimes, a fact noted by Whitley County Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Sigler.

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