May 6th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A group of women spent Saturday remodeling and cleaning a home as part of National Women Build Week.
From May 4-12, women across the country are rolling up their sleeves, donned work gloves, and set about the initiative sponsored by Habitat for Humanity.
During the week-long event, women are devoting at least one day to the effort. Saturday, a home on Main Street in Columbia City received some much needed attention.
On the job site was Laura Richcreek, of Columbia City, who was participating in the work project.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Saturdayâ€™s baseball game between the host Churubusco Eagles and the Garrett Railroaders gave fans a preview of what appears to be on the road to becoming a Northeast Corner Conference match-up, as the Railroaders are on the verge of accepting an invitation to join Churubusco in the NECC.
Saturdayâ€™s game was the second half of a mixed double header as the Railroaders fell to New Haven by a 6-1 count in the opener.
The start of the Eaglesâ€™ and Railroadersâ€™ game was delayed also as both teams waited for players who were completing the SATs.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Former Governor Otis R. Bowen died Saturday at age 95.
Bowen overhauled Indianaâ€™s tax system as governor, before helping oversee the federal response to the burgeoning AIDS epidemic during President Ronald Reaganâ€™s second term.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said in a statement Sunday that Bowen died Saturday at a nursing home in Donaldson, a community about 25 miles south of South Bend that is near Bowenâ€™s hometown of Bremen. He didnâ€™t disclose the cause of death.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€”Whitkoâ€™s baseball team picked up two wins Friday and Saturday, improving its record to 15-5.
The Wildcats beat sectional foe Bellmont Friday by a 7-2 score, and topped Triton 16-6 on Saturday.
Against Bellmont, Wyatt Wolf had a stand-out performance. Wolf pitched six innings, striking out five while giving up two earned runs and six hits.
Wolf also batted 2-for-3, scoring a run and adding an RBI for the first run of the game.
Wolf sent teammate Alex Stoddard home after hitting a double in the opening inning.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” System crashes and technological difficulties interrupted student ISTEP+ testing last week.
What was supposed to be an online testing process, turned into a web of computer mishaps and frustrations for teachers, administrators and students.
â€śIf I was taking these tests and my computer kept messing up on me, I donâ€™t think I could have had the patience these students have had,â€ť said Bruce Hansen, principal at South Whitley Elementary School. â€śWe are far from the days of pencil and paper, but sometimes I think it is better.â€ť
Helen Margaret Helmer, 101, of Columbia City, passed away at 3 p.m. Friday, May 3, 2013, at Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Born on Aug. 9, 1911, in Kendallville, she was the daughter of Howard S. and Martha Mae (Lysher) Wilson.
Helen was raised in Kendallville, and following her marriage to Kenneth E. Helmer Aug. 17, 1929, the two moved to Avilla.
Doris E. Fenker Pittenger, 92, a lifelong resident of Columbia Township, died at 10:07 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where she was admitted on Friday.
She was born April 19, 1921, in Columbia Township a daughter of Elmer Franklin and Dessie Bell (Smith) Schrader. She attended the Schrader School House and graduated from Coesse High School.
On June 8, 1941, she was united in marriage to Edward C. Fenker. Mr. Fenker died July 28, 1996.
INDIANAPOLIS (May 6, 2013) -- Having been informed by members of the immediate family of Governor Otis R. Bowen that the former governor passed away at 6:18 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at the Catherine Kasper Life Center in Donaldson, Indiana, Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement:
"Governor Otis R. Bowen's contributions to the life of this state and nation are incalculable, and I mark his passing with a sense of personal loss. His story is as inspiring as it is uniquely Hoosier.
Following the tragic events during the Boston Marathon, two Coesse Elementary School students approached Rachal Tanesky, a school guidance counselor, looking for a way to help those involved in the bombing. Tanesky contacted Boston area hospitals to see what type of support was needed. Based on their suggestions, Coesse Student Ambassadors sponsored a toy drive. Area families contributed 140 new toys, coloring books, etc. for the seven children in Boston hospitals.
With this weekâ€™s good weather, local youth baseball and softball teams have had an opportunity to get quality practices in at Morsches Park.
Pictured is Columbia City High School Assistant Principal Lyle Kuhmichel, who coaches a team of young players.