October 8th, 2013
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” With two weeks left of high school football, two Whitley County high schools are in the driverâ€™s seat for conference championships.
Whitko (5-2, 5-0) and Churubusco (7-0, 5-0) are both the only unbeatens left in their respective conferences, the Three Rivers Conference (TRC) and Northeast Corner Conference (NECC).
Whitko beat North Miami last week, 49-35. Rochester, the only other unbeaten in the TRC heading into the week, fell to Tippecanoe Valley 42-21.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The results are in.
After the state performed a head count of all Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ€™ students in September for tax purposes, Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor shared with the school board Monday that enrollment is up from last year.
Granted, enrollment is only up two students from last year, but Oâ€™Connor said the numbers are deceiving.
â€śThis is huge because we had 24 early graduates,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said. â€śLast year, the early graduates decreased our enrollment. This year, our new students have made up for the ones who left for early graduation.â€ť
Dave Stouder (left) and Glen Gilraine, from Community of Hope Church work to break up a concrete slab at The Lighthouse, a transitional home in Columbia City.
The foundation was located under an old garage, but the structure was removed to make room for a new playground.
Grace Lutheran Church hosted a Blessing of the Animals Saturday.
Church members and their animals gathered for Pastor Matthew Converse to bless numerous cats, dogs and even a hamster, as pictured.
The church, in downtown Columbia City, held a Blessing of the Animals for community members to bring their pets to be prayed over.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A South Whitley woman received a 10-year sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court last week for committing burglary.
Ashley Lemon, 28, was found guilty at a bench trial in August.
She received a 10-year sentence, with six years to serve and four on suspended sentence. Four of the six years to serve will be at the Whitley County Jail and two will be on home detention.
Judge James Heuer said he would have Lemon serve the home detention portion of her sentence first, so it would not be a hardship on Lemonâ€™s young daughter.
The Indian Springs Middle School varsity cross country girls squad didnâ€™t let a drenched course keep it from running to first place at the Carroll Middle School Invitational last Saturday.
The team took first out of the 15-school field and beat the always-strong conference rival Maple Creek for the third time this season.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new state law that went into effect July 1 is changing communication between police and school administrators.
Whenever a child is arrested or taken into custody for allegedly committing a crime, police are now required to inform the studentâ€™s school district.
Officials at the Whitley County Safety Commission discussed how that law will play a role with Whitley Countyâ€™s law enforcement agencies and school systems.
Unfortunately for decision makers, there is no set process for how that communication is supposed to happen.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys and girls cross country teams traveled to Fort Wayne for the Northeast Hoosier Conference cross country meet Saturday.
In a day with poor weather, both teams placed seventh out of eight teams.
â€śRunning conditions at race time were heavy rain, muddy and chilly,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said.
The girls were led by Samantha Roush, who picked up her fourth 1st-Team All-NHC title.
Roush placed fourth with a time of 19:33.
Columbia Cityâ€™s girlsâ€™ number two runner, Brooke Werstler, placed 25th overall.
NEW YORK (AP) â€” Gasoline prices have fallen steadily throughout September, and drivers should look forward to even cheaper fill-ups in the weeks ahead.
The national average price for a gallon of gasoline is now $3.42, down from $3.59 on Sept. 1. The price is the lowest itâ€™s been at this time of year since 2010 and is likely to keep falling.
In Whitley County Monday, prices were below the national average at $3.18 a gallon.
DENVER â€” Whitkoâ€™s football team continued its winning streak Friday, downing Three Rivers Conference foe North Miami 49-35 to remain undefeated in the TRC.
Devin Gerding tallied three of the Wildcatsâ€™ seven touchdowns â€” two in the air and one on the ground.
Gerding scored the â€™Catsâ€™ first two TDs of the game to give Whitko a strong 14-0 advantage in the first quarter.
His first score came off a 26-yard pass from quarterback Ethan Nicodemus with less than five minutes off the clock.