March 21st, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Bringing home a national award is cause for celebration for any team, squad or group.
But for Vanessa Bills and the Whitley County Dazzlers, winning a cheerleading national title is somewhat shocking.
â€śI didnâ€™t even realize we would be competing like that,â€ť said Bills who is the Dazzlerâ€™s coach.
The special needs cheerleading squad is open to any age and gender in Whitley County who has a disability.
Last week, the squad took its first cross-country trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to compete in Cheer Ltd.â€™s national competition.
Carl W DeYoung, 84, formerly of Corunna, passed away Monday, March 18, 2013, at his home in Waterloo.
He was born Feb. 11, 1929, in Crystal, Mich. His parents were George and Dorothy (Doyle) DeYoung and he was raised by William and Pearl Thompson.
Carl was a graduate of Ashley High School, a U.S. Army Reservist, former Waterloo Volunteer Fireman and a member of Corunna Church of Christ. He loved to golf, bowl, fish and was a big IU basketball fan.
He worked for Indiana Decorative, Charleston Metal and Kitchen Quip of Waterloo before retiring in 1979.
Although March 20 was the first day of spring, snow storms are currently being tracked for northeast Indiana.
Meteorologist with the National Weather Service are showing the potential for significant snow Sunday, March 24 and Monday, March 25. Snow fall may start as early as Saturday night, March 23.
Sporting events for Columbia City's teams have been canceled for the rest of the week. Many area games and meets are being canceled due to cold weather conditions.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubusco Junior-Senior High School Athletic/Activities Director Andrew Wagner will resign following the 2012-13 school year.
The SGCS Board of School Trustees approved Wagnerâ€™s resignation at its March meeting Monday.
Wagner is in his second year in the position. He had served three years as athletic director at Indian Springs Middle School, in Columbia City, immediately prior to his tenure with SGCS.
In the meeting, Board President Cathy Petrie read a portion of a letter from Wagner.
Editorâ€™s note: All three Whitley County high school principals were asked to nominate three students who they deemed up and coming leaders.
Each student was asked a series of questions and have been highlighted during the last week. Connor Stouder was The Post & Mailâ€™s top pick in the Leaders of Tomorrow search.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” â€śNever take a day off.â€ť Thatâ€™s the advice Connor Stouder, a senior at Whitko High School, would give to students just starting their high school career.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to turn a fish hatchery property back over to the state of Indiana Monday.
The commissioners also discussed the Camp Samaritan property, which had been in the countyâ€™s control since 2010. Camp Whitley was interested in purchasing the land. The stipulation of the contract was if the county did nothing to make Camp Samaritan into a public park, then it would revert back to the DNR.
COLUMBIA CITY â€”ÂÂ Megan Jagger, an 8th-grade student at Indian Springs Middle School, won several regional honors in the Scholastic Art Awards competition for her photographs.
However, in a ceremony held at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Jagger was awarded a National Silver Medal for a photograph of an old tractor entitled, â€śAntiquity on the Farm.â€ť
Mary Hilger is Jaggerâ€™s art teacher at ISMS and was elated to see one of her students receive the artistic honor.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko senior Cagney Craig closed her career with a string of honors â€” and the biggest one was announced recently.
Craig was named honorable mention to the Indiana All-State Senior Basketball Team as selected by the IBCA.
â€śNext to making the Indiana All-Star team, this might be the highest acknowledgement for a basketball player in Indiana,â€ť said Whitko girls basketball coach Brandon Bradley.
Craig was also named first team for the Three Rivers Conference this season.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” High school softball is a game dominated by pitching and solid defense behind the plate.
When a team loses its ace All-Northeast Hoosier Conference pitcher and its All-NHC catcher, normally the other teams in the conference would be licking their chops in anticipation of this yearâ€™s season.
But that may not be the case this year, as the Columbia City squad still returns a senior-laden team full of experience.
Last year, the Lady Eagles posted a 19-9 overall record including a 7-0 sweep of the Northeast Hoosier Conference.