April 19th, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS ‚ÄĒ The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced this week that Ind. 114 is scheduled to be closed Tuesday, weather permitting, to accommodate replacement of the bridge over the west fork of Clear Creek, between CR 200 W. and South Washington Road, approximately 12 miles east of North Manchester.
The official detour is from Ind. 5 to Ind. 14 to Ind. 9.
The bridge requires rehabilitation for continued safety to the traveling public, according to INDOT.¬†
Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of August.¬†
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Troy Alternative Center for Learning has been in contract negotiations with Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WWCS) to extend the agreement already in place.
O‚ÄôConnor said the center is an alternative and sometimes a last chance for many students, who are facing either expulsion or are simply not succeeding in a typical classroom environment.
‚ÄúAs we‚Äôve looked at the data, we‚Äôve seen the program has been successful for us,‚ÄĚ O‚ÄôConnor said. ‚ÄúThis placement is ideal for students in need of additional social considerations.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs county seat continues to display its passion for trunks, leaves, limbs and branches, having garnered nearly two decades of recognition as a safe haven for all things ‚Äúhardwood.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThis is our 18th straight year as a Tree City,‚ÄĚ said Mayor Ryan Daniel Wednesday, referring to the announcement by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources proclaiming Columbia City as one of 67 towns in the Hoosier State to be designated a Tree City.
The IDNR reported that among the awarded cities, Indiana‚Äôs Tree Cities planted 15,423 trees in 2011.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ According to Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat O‚ÄôConnor, third-grade IREAD test results are in.
Preliminary data indicates that 92 percent of third-grade students in the district passed the test.
‚ÄúWe are very, very pleased with these results,‚ÄĚ O‚ÄôConnor said.
O‚ÄôConnor said the district will send out letters to let all parents to know whether a student failed or passed.
Those that passed will of course move on to the next grade-level, barring the completion of other requirements to do so.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A law passed by the Indiana Legislature last July was allegedly broken in Adams County this week, causing the deaths of two small children in a vehicle-buggy accident that also seriously injured four others.
According to news reports, police accuse a 21-year-old Bluffton man of texting and driving, a crime in Indiana punishable with a $500 fine as of last summer.
According to local law enforcement, using a cell phone to create and send a text message while behind the wheel requires too much attention that should be spent on the road.
WARSAW ‚ÄĒ Police from Kosciusko and Wabash counties are investigating an early Thursday morning robbery and auto thefts that occurred in Kosciusko and Wabash counties overnight.
Sheriff‚Äôs deputies from Kosciusko County responded to the McClure Oil gas station in Silver Lake at 1:30 a.m. today after receiving a 911 call on a possible robbery. As officers were en route to the location, a deputy located an unoccupied vehicle near a county road intersection.
Police were told a vehicle matching the same description had apparently fled the robbery scene with two males suspects.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Trombone in hand, Foster Eber, a 17-year-old junior at Columbia City High School, is looking forward to playing and marching in the next Macy‚Äôs Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Foster said the reason he auditioned came when his family was watching the parade last year on TV.
‚ÄúWe were watching a band, and were saying, ‚ÄėThere‚Äôs probably some family in Kansas going there‚Äôs my kid on TV,‚Äô‚ÄĚ said Foster.
During the parade, Foster heard someone on the television say the kids in the band were in high school, and they auditioned to play and march.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Col-umbia City‚Äôs baseball team lost its second game in a row Wednesday night in a shortened game at Northrop High School.
The game ended after the fifth inning due to the 10-run-rule, with the scoreboard showing the Northrop Bruins ahead 16-2.
The loss gives the Eagles a 5-2 record on the season.
The Eagles had four hits, three walks and three strikeouts in 20 plate appearances after five frames, and were unable to knock Bruins pitcher Tyler Huth out of the game.
Whitko loses to C. Noble
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒWhitko‚Äôs softball team traveled to Central Noble Wednesday night and lost, 4-2.
Though the Lady Cougars recorded the win, they went five scoreless innings.
After the first four batters of the game scored, Whitko held Central Noble to no runs for the rest of the game.
The Lady Wildcats attempted a sixth-inning rally, scoring two runs in the final frame.
Indian Springs golf beats ‚ÄôCats
On Tuesday, the Indian Springs and Whitko Middle School golf teams competed at Eagle Glen.
ISMS won by a score of 218-336.
ROCHESTER ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls tennis team picked up its first win of the season Wednesday night at Rochester.
The Lady Wildcats won by a close 3-2 margin.
No. 3 singles player Laura Hippensteel is undefeated after three matches. Hippensteel defeated her Rochester opponent 6-4,6-3.
Abby Marshall won in a three-game match over Lady Zebra Makayla Stockberger in No. 1 singles. She won the first game 6-3, lost the second 6-3 and won the third 6-1.
In No. 2 singles, Aressa Tackwell also won in three games. Tackwell won the first 6-4, lost the second game 6-2 and won the third game 6-4.