January 25th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Drug Free Indiana (D-FI) was instituted to create a drug-free environment in Whitley County through education, formal assessment of needs, coordination of services, strategic use of prevention plans and the incorporation of consistent justice plans. The program is funded by fines collected by the Whitley County court system in drug cases.
Each year, D-FI submits a request for distribution of the funds back into various parts of the program. D-FI Coordinator Nancy Prickett submitted the 2012 requests to the Whitley County Commissioners for approval.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the Columbia City Parks Department preps for its annual Father-Daughter Dance, it remains quite busy with current and upcoming projects, according to Park Director Mark Green.
Green said tickets for the Father-Daughter Dance have sold out. The dance is Feb. 3 and takes place at First Church of God, beginning with dinner at 6 p.m.
FORT WAYNE â€“ Steel Dynamics Inc. nearly doubled its profits during the past year.
On Tuesday, Steel Dynamics reported 2011 annual earnings of $278 million, or $1.22 per diluted share, on sales of $8.0 billion. The profit is a 98 percent increase over the $141 million, or 64 cents a share, reported on sales of $6.3 billion the prior year.
The Fort Wayne-based steel maker with its processing facility in Whitley County released its performance numbers after markets closed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two construction bid packages received for the 320-square-foot Morches Park Trailhead building are approximately $40,000 to $55,000 higher than expected â€“ resulting in Columbia City Park Board members choosing to re-bid the project within the next two months.
Two bids were originally opened on Dec. 14, which included Desmonds, Inc. (Fort Wayne) with a bid of $123,700 and three alternate bids totaling $6,700; and W. J. Carey Construction (South Whitley) with a bid of $139,277 and three alternate bids totaling $7,000.
FORT WAYNE â€” Normas I. Werling, 88, a former resident of Long Island, N.Y., died at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012, at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation, Fort Wayne.
The funeral service will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Trinity English Lutheran Church, 405 W Wayne St, Fort Wayne.
The interment will be in the South Whitley Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Trinity English Lutheran Church, Taxi Service.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhomes.com.
Jeremy Byrer, 14, talks on his cell phone to raise money for the Whitley County Relay for Life 2012 recently. Organizers held a Carnival for a Cure at American Legion Post 98 to begin planning for the 2012 Relay for Life to be held June 2-3 at Indian Springs Middle School.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake grew up on farmlands in Huntington County where he attended the now defunct Union Center High School. While there, he played basketball and baseball.
He went on to play both sports for four years at Huntington College, being named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II all-conference team for basketball during a season in which he was one of the leading scorers in the state.
FORT WAYNE â€” Led by Head Coach Scott Kreiger and his father, Wayne Kreiger, former long-time Columbia City head coach as his assistant, Tuesday nightâ€™s match-up between Canterbury and Whitko was different than just the average game.
Wayne Kreiger spent 33 years as a CCHS Lady Eagle head coach â€“ 33 years of experience against rival Whitko. Along with the Kreigers is freshman Darby Maggard, who transferred to Canterbury this season from Whitko.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Free throws represent just that, an opportunity to score free points with the clock stopped and nobodyâ€™s hand in your face.
Failure to convert a high percentage of free throws usually spells doom for a team trying to play catch up.
That was the case for the Columbia City Lady Eagles as cold shooting from the free throw line and a physical inside game from the Northrop Lady Bruins gave Columbia City a 66-58 loss on senior night at the Donald S. Weeks gymnasium.
CHICAGO â€” Fifth-year senior Leah Eber earned the Big Ten Co-Field Athlete of the Week after her performance at the Gene Edmonds Cup against Indiana State over the weekend.
Eber won all three events in which she was entered and helped Purdue retain the cup for the 17th consecutive year. Eber started the day off by winning the long jump. She posted a mark of 6.25m, the second longest of her career and a meet record.