May 27th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Both Columbia City's and South Whitley's Memorial Day Parades were cancelled today, due to weather.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man arrested in January in a fraud case from 2009 pleaded guilty in court Monday.
Andrew Bunger, 29, of Angola, admitted to writing a bad check in 2009, which constituted check deception. His acknowledgement of guilt was part of a plea arrangement.
As part of the deal, Bunger was sentenced to a year in the Whitley County Jail, with all of it suspended except for the approximately four months he has already served.
Bunger was released from jail Monday.
PIERCETON â€” Whitko Middle School students are taking steps to keep the peace in their school.
The Peacekeepers is a group organized to facilitate conflict resolution between peers has middle schoolers developing listening skills and coping mechanisms to help diffuse potentially aggressive situations.
Led by WMS teachers Mike Hanback and Tara Hosier, students shared with Whitko Community School Corporationâ€™s board members how the group conducts its mission.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City will honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice with a parade Monday.
The event, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will be sponsored by the American Legion.
Line-up for the parade will be on Walnut Street by Eagle Tech Academy.
From there, the parade will proceed down Van Buren Street. It will turn onto Madison Street and end at Greenhill Cemetery.
At the cemetery, the names of local soldiers who have died while serving the country will be read.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Concerns for better bids outweighed potential flooding worries for the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees (WCCS).
Despite the possibility of flooding in Columbia City High School, the district decided to rebid the sewer repair project rather than accept the bid from the one company that submitted one.
A lack of price information was the principle reason for the rebid. Business Manager Tony Zickgraff said with only one company biding on the project this past year, there were not enough facts to go forward.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) held a reception for teachers and staff retiring from the district this year.
Left, George Petersen, who taught for 20 years and is retiring from Indian Springs Middle School, speaks with Reisa Snyder, who taught for 28 years and is retiring from Columbia City High School.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Farmers Market has been a mainstay for many years.
The market provided fresh produce and an array of crafts for people interested in healthy-food alternatives as well as unique crafts that have been custom-designed and made in Northeast Indiana.
Chris Lilly, head market master for the last four years, was the guest speaker Tuesday at the Columbia City Rotary Club meeting.
He was joined by Jane Loomis, an organic farmer who provides fresh produce and food products at the market.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ As the weather turns warmer, the amount of recycling generated in the county is increasing.
According to Dwayne Knott, Whitley Environmental owner and the recycling contractor, the countyâ€™s recycling participants had seemed to level off at about 70 to 75 percent, but he is seeing that number swell to 85 percent.
â€śOur guys have been slammed these past two circulations,â€ť Knott said.
â€śItâ€™s a good problem to have. As it gets nicer out, people are cleaning up. That generates more recycling.â€ť
FORT WAYNE â€” Churubuscoâ€™s Austin McClure was the regional champion Thursday night at Wayne High School.
McClure heaved the shot put 51 feet, 9 inches to garner the title and earn his ticket to the state track meet May 31 in Bloomington.
McClure is the lone Whitley County boys trackster to head to state â€” along with four girls â€” including fellow â€™Busco thrower Katie Monk.
Monk is advancing in the discus.
McClure also competed in the discus, placing 13th with a throw of 120 feet, 2 inches.
HUNTERTOWN â€” Even under the pressure of the win-or-go-home sectional playoffs, pitcher Jordan Bickle continued to do what heâ€™s been doing all season â€” striking out opposing batters and pitching a lot of innings.
Bickle helped the Columbia City Eagles baseball team defeat the DeKalb Barons 5-1 Thursday night at Carroll High School in the first round of sectional play.
Bickle, the tall, hard-throwing right-hander, fanned 10 Baron batters in a complete game, his fourth outing of the year with double-digit strikeouts.