Archive - 2014
Whitley County government officials allow for public comment during regular meetings, and Monday, Commissioners entertained a petition from John Bloom, a resident of Allen County.
Bloomâs residential property lines run along County Road 800 E., which is the dividing line between Allen and Whitley County.
His concern was for the safety of himself, as well as other residents who live on a road he called a âclear and present danger.â
County Road 800 East is used for commercial truck traffic traveling to manufacturing facilities located near U.S. 30.
Indianaâs baseball and softball teams are gearing up for sectional play that begins next week.
Whitkoâs baseball team is the lone sectional host.
The Wildcats are hosting a field of eight teams: Wawasee, West Noble, Tippecanoe Valley, NorthWood, Lakeland, Farifield and themselves.
Facing off in the first game at Whitko are Wawasee and West Noble Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. On Thursday, Tippecanoe Valley takes on NorthWood at 5:30 p.m.
Whitko begins sectional play Friday against Lakeland at 5:30 p.m.
March 21, 1937 â Oct. 3, 2013
Sharon Louise Beard, 76, of Bella Vista, Ark. since Sept. 1997, died Oct. 3, 2013.
She was born March 21, 1937, in Columbia City, a daughter of Forrest W. and Jean (Staley) Zumbrun. She graduated from Jefferson Center High School.
On Aug. 21, 1955, she was united in marriage to Donald R. Beard in Jefferson Township. Mr. Beard preceded her in death in 1992.
With no other place to turn, Whiltey County Consolidated Schools officials were forced to eliminate three teaching positions for the next school year.
âSchool districts are being financially strangled,â WCCS Superintendent Patricia OâConnor said. âThis is the unfortunate reality of what has happened to our funding.â
Several years ago, the state took control of the school districtsâ General Funds, collecting all money and passing it out to schools based on attendance.
With every year that has passed, school funding has become more and more of an issue.
Whitkoâs baseball team picked up a Three Rivers Conference victory Wednesday night over Rochester, 3-2.
The Wildcats faced a 1-0 deficit in the first inning, and went on a three-inning drought before finally scoring in the fourth frame to tie the score.
Wildcat Jared Craft reached home plate on a single by Ethan Nicodemus.
Rochester fired back in the bottom of the fifth inning to take back the lead, 2-1.
Whitko wasnât ready to give up the game, however, scoring two runs in the seventh to take the 3-2 win.
Indian Springs Middle Schoolâs golf team took home the NELMSC conference title at Raccoon Run Golf Course Friday night.
Despite a tough field and poor playing conditions, the Eagles battled their way to the win, scoring a 174 to beat second-place Plymouth by five strokes. Garrett Roehling lead the way with a 42.
Spencer McCammon fired a 43, Nick Decker had a 44, Lawson Hawn carded a 45 and Zach Harker had a 47. âThis is what weâve been working for all season,â said coach Tommy Baldwin.
June 9, 1950 â May 19, 2014
Margaret E. (Hiss) Thompson, 63, of Kissimmee, (formerly of Elkhart), passed away, May 19, 2014, with her husband âboyfriend,â of 41, years lovingly at her side.
She was born June 9, 1950, in Garrett, to Robert and Anna (Felke) Hiss and married Richard Thompson June 1, 1973.
Together they built and nurtured a blended family with sons Rick (Glenda) Thompson, Kerry (Dawn) Thompson, Kristopher (Laurie) Thompson, Mark (Jacqui) Pedley, and son-in-law Bob Storlie. Their daughters include Tina Thompson, Kristie (Maurice) Conley, and Kelli Storlie.
Oct. 13, 1995 â May 22, 2014
Kaylin Renee Pratt, 18, of South Whitley, passed away at 4:55 a.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014, at her home, surrounded by her loving and caring family.
Born Oct. 13, 1995, in Gary, she was the daughter of Donald Mark Pratt and Michelle J. (Blewett) Pratt, who survive her.
She has spent most of her life in South Whitley and attended Pierceton Elementary School. Kaylin was a member of Turning Point Church in South Whitley.
Pool season is just around the corner.
Burnworth Memorial Pool will have its final opening day this weekend.
The pool is scheduled to close for good at the end of this summer, and a new facility is in the works.
Burnworth will be open for all of Memorial Day Weekend, from noon to 5 p.m.
The pool will also be open the following weekend, May 31 to June 1 from noon to 5 p.m.
The facility will open on a daily basis starting June 3, after Whitley County Consolidated Schools are out for the summer. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. and noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays.
An annual award was presented to a community leader and school volunteer at Whitko Community School Corporationâs board meeting Monday.
The Friend of Education award was given to Tonya Weeks, of Larwill, who has worked within the district to teach life-saving tips to students, faculty and families.
âTonya has provided cardiopulmonary resuscitation instruction for our students, staff and community members for the past six years,â said Sara St. Clair, WCSCâs nurse.