August 29th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs streets are ahead of the norm for new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
Cities across Indiana had to make a transition plan to submit to the state by the end of December, 2012 â Columbia Cityâs was submitted in November.
Not only does Columbia Cityâs Street Department have a plan, but Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh is already putting it into action.
Cearbaugh recently attended a conference, in which he learned several cities in Indiana havenât submitted a plan yet.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitkoâs girls soccer team gained its first victory of 2013 at home against Rochester.
The Lady Wildcats took control of ball possession to beat the Lady Zebras, 5-1.
Jenny Brown and Rachelle Whitaker had the two Whitko goals in the first half. Brown was assisted by Mikayla Findley.
Rochester had its lone score in the first half as time was expiring.
The Lady Wildcats poured it on in the second half.
Sydney Sims notched a score, and was followed by Ellyana Blue, who was assisted by Reghan Craig.
CHURUBUSCO â Two friends put their heads together to offer a local experience built off of what they both love in life â music.
Nate Norris, of Churubusco, and Nicholas Weaver, of Fort Wayne, have attended several music festivals and have a growing appreciation for local talent.
âWe had seen so many festivals become overrated and saturated with sponsorships,â Weaver said. âWe thought it would be good to have a festival that wasnât about the hype, but about the music. We also wanted a stage to showcase independent talent.â
MANCHESTER â Whitkoâs girls golf team lost a Three Rivers Conference match-up to Wabash Monday.
The visiting Lady Apaches beat the Lady Wildcats, 202-217 at Sycamore Golf Club.
Whitko had a more balanced attack, with Kirsten Crawford having a 51 to pace her team, which had five golfers in the 50s.
That did not match up with the top two from Wabash, though. Jordan Rauh led the Lady Apaches with a 41, and Jaclyn Lewis had 47.
CHURUBUSCO â Churubuscoâs volleyball team hosted and swept county-rival Whitko Tuesday night.
The Lady Eagles took a 25-15 win in game one, 25-18 advantage in game two, and pulled off a close, 25-22 win in the third and final game.
Alyssa Anderson tallied nine aces for the Lady Eagles. Teammate Lacey Pulley had 11 assists, and Danielle Pippenger recorded two blocks.
âBuscoâs Molly Green had six digs.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs girls golf team lost a Northeast Hoosier Conference match up to DeKalb Tuesday at Eagle Glen Golf Course.
The Lady Barons shot 186 to beat the Lady Eagles by 18 as Columbia City had 204.
Katie Skidmore of DeKalb was the meet medalist with a score of 42.
Seven strokes behind her was Macenzie Lane, who led Columbia City with a 49. Sydney Ford carded a 50, and Taylor Daniel had 52.
Allison Yoder and Cheyenne Johnson rounded out the varsity numbers for the Lady Eagles, shooting 53 and 55, respectively.
COLUMBIA CITYâ A staple downtown Columbia City business came away from a professional conference with a big prize.
Sharon Hinen, of Hinen Printing, won a 2013, 1200 48 Harley Davidson Sportster at a conference in Orlando held by SP Richards.
SP Richards is an office-supply company that holds these events every year. Hinen Printing typically sends employees, but Sharon attending was somewhat unusual.
âJeff and Cindy (Hinen) normally go,â Sharon said. âThey couldnât go, and I won the motorcycle.â
Employees of Hinen Printing have won prizes before, but nothing at this level.
COLUMBIA CITYâ A summer college intern proved to be a valuable resource for Columbia Cityâs Water Pollution Control Plant.
Water Pollution Control Superintendent Mike Cook said Wil Mannes, who is a student at Indiana University in Bloomington, did several jobs around the plant this summer.
âHe got a little bit of everything,â Cook said. âHe did work in pre-treatment, worked in the laboratory and learned how to analyze samples.â
Work was also done by the intern at lift stations and did maintenance around the plant.
SOUTH WHITLEY â South Whitley Town Council members put wastewater treatment plant engineers in the hot seat at Tuesdayâs meeting.
David Harvey and Rich Grant, representatives from Fleis & Vanderbrink Engineering, Inc., were on hand to give explanation as to the failures in several areas at the plant.
âWeâve had pretty intense rainstorms,â Harvey said. âThe storm in early August was significant.â
SOUTH WHITLEY â As the 2013-14 school year got underway, it wasnât just students returning to the classroom with new school supplies, but teachers as well.
Whitko Community School Corporation rolled out its 1-to-1 technology plan with the start of the new year. The goal is to place technology, such as tablets and laptops, in the hands of every Whitko student.
A small group of high school students were introduced to tablets, and in just two weeks the devices have become an additional learning tool in the classroom.