August 16th, 2012
Rex David Kreger, 51, went to Heaven on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012. Rex was jogging at Strawtown Koteewi Park when he had a sudden heart attack that took his life.
He lived in Noblesville with the love of his life, his wife Laura. He was the beloved father of Chase and Marybeth.
Rex was born on Sept. 27, 1960, in Pierceton to Jerry and Joyce Kreger. He grew up in Pierceton with his two siblings, Jerry and Susan.
Myrtle J. Darstein died peacefully on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home.
Born May 22, 1919, in Durango, Colo., she was the daughter of Frank and Louise (Dornte) Frech.
Myrtle became a lifelong resident of Aboite Township when the family returned to Fort Wayne in 1932.
She attended Bullard School and graduated from Arcola High School in 1937. Myrtle was a member of Trinity English Lutheran Church. She will forever be remembered for her graciousness, kindness, strength, love and humor.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs and Columbia City‚Äôs tennis team‚Äôs opened their season‚Äôs with an intra-county match Tuesday night at DeVol Field in Columbia City.
The host team took a lopsided 5-0 win, despite a close No. 1 doubles match.
Columbia City‚Äôs No. 1 doubles team of Mason Coverstone and Blake Fearnow won the first game, 6-4, but Churubusco‚Äôs Brandon Wormcastle and Landon Pearson battled back to win the second game 6-3.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs girls golf home opener at Eagle Glen Tuesday couldn‚Äôt have been a tighter match.
The Lady Eagles beat Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Bellmont by one stroke, 194-195.
Jackie Leeuw and Jessica Klemm tied for match medalist for the Lady Eagles, both firing a 46.
Sydney Fort wasn‚Äôt far behind, scoring a 48. Allison and Bethany Yoder both shot a 51.
Though there was no official junior varsity match, Columbia City‚Äôs Taylor Daniel scored a 47, Mackenzie Lane shot a 48, Cheyenne Johnson finished with a 51 and Athena Arnold had a 55.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ The Churubusco Lady Eagle volleyball team opened a new season, hosting the Leo Lady Lions in Tuesday night‚Äôs non-conference match up.
The Lady Eagles shook off first game jitters, but despite putting up an increasingly competitive fight as the evening went on, the host fell in three games 25-13, 25-19 and 27-25 to open the season.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Fall Festival, originally planned to take place Sept. 22 has expanded into a two-day event.
‚ÄúIt has grown to be a bigger event than what we originally planned, which is great,‚ÄĚ said Park Director Mark Green at the Columbia City Common Council meeting. ‚ÄúI think it will be really neat.‚ÄĚ
Mayor Ryan Daniel said several people who were involved in the Fall Festival sat down last week and talked about turning it into a two day event.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Katy Hockerman‚Äôs nomadic lifestyle all began when she was just a little girl and wanted an Irish accent.
‚ÄúMy dad told me that if I wanted that accent I would have to go to Ireland and live there for a while,‚ÄĚ said Hockerman, 18, and a recent graduate of Churubusco Junior Senior High School.
After spending a year in Denmark in 2010-11, this young woman is taking a gap year from college and going to Taiwan for the 2012-13 academic year.
Hockerman has just been awarded one of 600 National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarships.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ School begins Tuesday for Whitley County Consolidated Schools, and it‚Äôs a toss-up who is more excited at Northern Heights Elementary School, the new principal or his three children.
Jake Hoag, 38, was born and raised in Columbia City. Now he is excited to be principal of Northern Heights Elementary School.
‚ÄúAll three of my children are students here, and they are as excited as I am. Not many people can say they work with their own children, but I can. I am so blessed,‚ÄĚ said Hoag.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With the Fall Festival approaching in September, an amendment was passed on first reading concerning the city‚Äôs Fireworks Ordinance at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday.
According to the City Fire Chief Tom LaRue, there were two issues being addressed in the amendment.
‚ÄúThere are two things. One portion of it is a clarification that we do not regulate anything other than consumer grade fireworks,‚ÄĚ said LaRue.
Public displays of fireworks are governed by Indiana Code, according to the ordinance.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko High School (WHS) will start the 2012-13 school year with numerous new faces. Five new teachers, out of a staff of 31, as well as a new athletic director and assistant principal, will be under the leadership of former Assistant Principal Dave Parker, who now sits in the seat of principal.
‚ÄúWe are going to stumble a bit early on, but it‚Äôs going to work out,‚ÄĚsaid Parker. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs nice to have new perspectives and ideas that come with new staff.‚ÄĚ