November 20th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After taking a break to plan his retirement, newly elected Whitley County Consolidated School board member Bill Tucker said he is ready for a second go-around.
â€śIâ€™m humbled by the support the community has given me, and Iâ€™m anxious to get back on the board,â€ť said Tucker.
Tucker first served as a WCCS Jefferson Township board member seven years ago, when he was approached by board members and asked to consider the job.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A Fort Wayne fireman was laid to rest at Churubuscoâ€™s Riverview Cemetery Saturday, after he was killed in the line of duty last week.
Fireman Mark A. Haudenschild II, Washington Township (Allen County), was killed after the tanker he was driving flipped over en route to a grass fire.
More than 1,000 people attended the funeral â€” firemen and fire trucks from every department in Whitley County were in attendance.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Christmas carols wafted through Indian Springs Middle School Saturday.
Members of Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s show choirs, City Heat and City Lights, performed for patrons at their annual holiday bazaar, Yuletide Treasurers.
The event was a fundraiser for the choir program and featured a large assortment of vendors.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Every two years, Whitley County bridges are inspected to ensure the existing structures are safe for use.
Currently, the county is working to hand over the plans for a bridge repair project located at CR 600 N. west of 450 E.
â€śItâ€™s the only one that we have left on the list thatâ€™s fracture-critical,â€ť said Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester.
According to Forrester, the bridge is 23 and a half feet in length and width and nearly 40 years old.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Eggnog, pumpkin pie, cookies and candies â€” itâ€™s enough to make anyoneâ€™s mouth water. The holiday season isnâ€™t complete without the tasty treats that come with parties and get-togethers. However, the weight gained during the months of November and December can make some don more than their gay apparel.
To combat bulging bellies, Whitley County YMCA is offering a holiday edition of its annual challenge, Whitley Weighs In.
David L. Sleighter, 55, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:28 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born Dec. 18, 1956, in Columbia City, he was the son of David C. and Mary M. (Busz) Sleighter.
Surviving relatives include two daughters, two sisters, a half-sister, four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and daughter, Janel Sleighter.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After nearly a complete turn-around of last weekâ€™s Columbia City girls basketball game â€” when the Lady Eagles had 38 turnovers and lost by more than 20 points to Snider â€” Columbia City came within two seconds of a win over Marion Saturday.
Despite Macie Hinenâ€™s comeback â€” scoring twice in the final minute to take a three-point lead â€” Marion scored twice in the final four seconds to win, 43-40.
Emily Whiteleather led Columbia City in scoring and rebounds with a double-double, 10 points and 15 rebounds.
Carl E. Sheets, 93, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:55 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City.
Born on May 23, 1919, in Jefferson Towsnship, he was the son of William and Myrta M. (Boney) Sheets.
Surviving relatives include his two sons, daughter, three brothers and several grand, great and great-great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to noon. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Salvation Armyâ€™s red kettles are out and bell ringers are making noise to bring in funds for the nonprofit organization.
The red kettle national campaign is the organizationâ€™s largest fundraiser.
Pat Mossburg is the Salvation Army of Whitley Countyâ€™s ministries coordinator. â€śThese donations help provide the monies for the year-round local programs and services for those in need in our community and continue to be one of our most important and well-known fundraising drives,â€ťMossburg said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” After the Indiana Department of Education released a report grading Indiana Schools, Whitko Community Schools was ranked with some of the lower scores.
With Pierceton Elementary School and Whitko Middle School bottoming out with Ds, both the South Whitley Elementary School and Whitko High School held Cs.
Steve Clason, Whitko Com-munity School Corporationâ€™s superintendent, said, â€śI am extremely disappointed with our grades. There are no excuses. They will improve.â€ť
The district is reviewing the stateâ€™s report to see what academic areas need improving.