April 16th, 2013
Florence M. Heath, 80, of Albion, passed away at 8:15 a.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at Parkview Noble Hospital.
Born July 14, 1932, in Decatur, she was the daughter of Nelson W. and Ida E. (Busch) Lahrman.
Bonnie Elaine Knetter, 74, of South Whitley, passed away at 10:50 a.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at her home. Born Aug. 31, 1938, in Wolf Lake, she was the daughter of Lee Arthur and Ethel Pearl (Weeks) Brown.
She lived most of her lifetime in Whitley County, graduating from Columbia City High School. She worked at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Parkview Oaks and retired from Oak Pointe as a QMA. She was a former member of B.T. Roberts Free Methodist Church.
Benjamin C. â€śBenâ€ť Tackitt, 77, of Huntington, died at 9:50 a.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at The Heritage of Huntington.
Family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Bailey-Love Mortuary, 35 W. Park Dr., Huntington.
The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday with one-hour visitation prior to service at Bailey-Love Mortuary, with Rev. Matt Gapinski officiating. The burial will be held in South Whitley Cemetery.
NORTH MANCHESTER â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys golf team picked up a Three Rivers Conference win Monday night, topping North Miami at Sycamore Golf Club in southwest Whitley County.
The Wildcats won 175-205.
Whitko was led by Will Peters and Daniel Zawlocki, who both scored 43s.
Cole Bechtold finished one stroke behind at a 44, and Colton LeTourneau scored a 45.
Whitkoâ€™s Jacob Silveus finished with a 46 and Matt Hathaway was the Wildcatsâ€™ No. 6 with a 47.
Nearly all of Whitkoâ€™s scores were better than North Miamiâ€™s best â€”Â Corey Shirdiff, who scored a 46.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s baseball saw its five-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Garrett Saturday.
The Wildcats lost a pair of close contests to the Railroaders in a varsity doubleheader. Garrett won game one 6-4 and took game two 1-0.
Leading Whitko at the plate in game one were Alex Stoddard and Ethan Nicodemus, who both had two hits and a run scored.
Stoddard threw a complete-game, two-hitter in the second contest, giving up the lone run of the game unearned and having 13 strikeouts.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Putting up six runs in the first inning makes the game of baseball a lot easier. The Whitko Wildcats did just that and never looked back, taking a 13-3, five-inning win over the visiting West Noble Chargers Monday evening.
The Chargers got on the board in the top of the first, benefiting from a leadoff single, an error and a wild pitch that let the runner score from third. Wildcat pitcher Zach Snep settled down, recording a strikeout, picking off a runner, and closing out the Chargers with another strikeout.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” More than 50 students from all four of Whitko Community Schools will come together to present, â€śThe Wizard of Oz,â€ť Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27 at 7 p.m. with a Sunday matinee show April 28 at 2 p.m. at Whitko High School.
â€śThe students have been hard at work to create this springâ€™s masterpiece on the high school stage,â€ť said Director Dawn Hinthorn. â€śThis timeless story has been a beloved show for decades, and we are proud to finally welcome it to South Whitley.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€” Both the principal and assistant principal of Churubusco Elementary School (CES) will resign at the end of the 2012-13 school year.
CES Principal Shellie Millerâ€™s and CES Assistant Principal Nicole Veitâ€™s resignations from their respective positions were accepted at the Monday meeting of the Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Senior Colton Geiger has allowed the Future Farmers of America (FFA) program at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School to hone not only his agricultural knowledge, but also his leadership skills.
â€śIâ€™ve had the opportunity to be a leader in so many different areas,â€ť Geiger said. â€śI donâ€™t think I would have had those same opportunities if it wasnâ€™t for FFA.â€ť
Growing up on a farm, Geiger learned early on the hard work it takes to have a successful career in the agricultural arena.
â€śI became passionate about ag because I grew up with it,â€ť he said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s detective is not expected to return to duty in the near future after pleading guilty to operating a vehicle while intoxicated in Whitley County Superior Court Monday.
Charles Vogely, 61, was arrested for OWI Saturday. He pleaded guilty in court Monday and was sentenced to one year at the Whitley County Jail, with six days to serve and the remainder suspended.