CHURUBUSCO â€” A quote seen at Smith-Green Community Schools reads, â€śLeaders are like eagles. They donâ€™t flock â€” you find them one at a time.â€ť Mondayâ€™s school board meeting focused on â€śSpotlight on Successâ€ť recognizing several great leaders and proving that sometimes, Eagles do flock.
Lee Etzler, Zach Dock, Paul Sade, Clint Davis, Todd Lortie, Nate Wright, John Schmidt and Kyle Monk of the high school football coaching staff were recognized for not just being great coaches, but for their direction and life lessons offered to young athletes.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City just scored new resources for its parks.
The department, through its partnership with Pepsi Co., now has two new scoreboards for baseball and softball fields. The boards were provided by Pepsi as part of an agreement between the soft drink company and the department.
One of the new scoreboards will be installed at Field One at Morsches Park, which is the Columbia City High School varsity softball teamâ€™s field. The other will go to a new diamond that is being built out at DeVol Field.
Churubusco Junior-Senior High School's head football coach Lee Etzler is expected to officially submit a letter of resignation today. Etzler told his players in a text message yesterday that he wanted to shift his priorities more toward his family. Etzler was 85-40 in 12 years at â€™Busco, winning two Class A sectionals and regionals at the school and fell in the 2A sectional the last two seasons to eventual state champion Bishop Luers.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A gold coin was found in the offering plate at South Whitley United Methodist Church.The one-ounce Krugerrand coin was given to the church by an anonymous donor Sunday.
Rob Barton is the pastor of the 200-plus congregation. He said his inquiry into the coinâ€™s value showed it to be worth anywhere from $1,500 to $1,600.
Giving during the holiday season is encouraged by all kinds of nonprofit organizations wanting to reach out to those in need, but the church has never seen a donation quite like this.
CHURUBUSCO Ââ€” Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees expressed concern for school safety in light of the Newtown attacks.
Matt Widenhoefer, Churubusco Junior-Senior High School assistant principal, expressed sorrow and empathy for the families, students and teachers affected by the recent school shooting in Newtown last week.
Although administrators and board members discussed the increasing need for security and school safety, there was an air of relief for the measures already in place on campus.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The six-year-old girl who was struck by a vehicle Monday night has been identified. Evelyn Richcreek was hit by a car on West Ellsworth Street as she was walking home from her neighborâ€™s house.
Richcreek suffered multiple injuries, including a bruised liver, punctured lung and head lacerations.
According to police, Richcreek was walking from the south side of Ellsworth Street to her home on the north side at 614 W. Ellsworth St.
She was just a few feet away from her driveway when she was struck by a car that was traveling westbound.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The state of Whitley Countyâ€™s economy at the close of 2012 proves the area is continuing in its strengths and hoping to stay adaptive with the challenges and changes that the future might bring.
The occupations that are most in-demand in Whitley County are health care, specifically nursing, and skilled manufacturing, such as Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC)-certified individuals.
Looking towards the future though, there is still a need for skilled workers in the region.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śItâ€™s the end of the world as we know it,â€ś so sang the 1980s rock band R.E.M. Ask one out of 10 Americans and they would agree â€” the world is going to end when the Mayan calendar reads Friday, 12/21/12.
There is a fear of the worldâ€™s end tomorrow. Some believe that polar shifts will happen causing tsunamis and earthquakes. Some think a rogue planet will collide with Earth.
In a report filed with the Center for the Study of Life in the Universe many of the claimed fates waiting the world are debunked with practical evidence.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The Whitko boys basketball team lost to Plymouth on Wednesday at home.
The Wildcats fell by a final margin of 62-36. The loss drops Whitko to 1-7 on the season. Plymouth is now 6-1.
Whitko will play at the North Miami Tournament on Dec. 28-29.
After that, the conference slate picks up again for the Wildcats. The team will play Three Rivers Conference opponents in six of its first seven games of January.
The Wildcats currently stand at 0-1 in conference play, having dropped the inaugural league game on Dec. 14 against Tippecanoe Valley.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting has made some Americans fear guns â€” itâ€™s been nearly the opposite effect for local residents.
As guns appear to be flying off the shelves, many citizens are exercising their right to bear arms, as President Obama created a gun task force Wednesday â€” with the potential for more gun control.
The Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department has seen a dramatic increase in gun permit applications. WCSD Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said before the Sandy Hook tragedy, the department typically saw two to three permit applications per week.