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May 14th, 2013

Mushroom hunting

May 14, 2013

Andrue Bechtold, of South Whitley, recently found a rather large Morel mushroom in a “secret location” in Whitley County.

Andrue is the grandson of Dennis Bechtold.

Decorated teen earns high rank among scouts

May 14, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — John Langmaid, IV was awarded his Eagle Scout rank at a ceremony held at Whitko High School March 21.

Langmaid, a student at WHS, planned, surveyed, organized, and helped build a 65-foot-long, 5-foot-wide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalk.

The project, which was completed during July 2012, was done for the school as his Eagle Scout project.

He earned the Eagle rank Sept. 13, 2012. The sidewalk gives disabled students access to the school and ease to leave the school during exercise and emergency situations.

A conversation with . . . Alex Husk

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Churubusco High School graduate, Alex Husk, has tapped into her many years of dance to launch a new business, Astound Dance Academy.

At the age of three, Husk started to dance, but it wasn’t until she was in middle school that she began perfecting her craft.

Now 24 years old and with many years of instruction experience, Husk is ready to pass on the love of dance to others in her own studio.

Q: What is it about dance that inspires you?

Bauer wins logo contest

May 14, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Trevor Bauer, Whitko High School art student, is the logo contest winner for Whitley On the Move.

Bauer has previously won three state scholastic art awards this year — two Gold Keys and one Silver Key. Bauer’s Gold Keys were sent to New York for National judging.

Bauer is not just an artist. In addition to being involved in the art club for three years, he played football at WHS for four years and was involved with Fellowship of Christian Athletes for three years. Bauer plans to attend Ball State University for architecture.

CONFERENCE CHAMPS: Whitko’s boys linksters win

May 14, 2013

WARSAW — Whitko’s boys golf team took top honors at the Three Rivers Conference match at Stonehenge Saturday. The Wildcats won with a score of 338.

Wabash was three strokes behind for a second-place finish, and Northfield shot a 343. The Norsemen also had the conference’s medalist, Cole Trae, who scored a 77.

Whitko was led by Daniel Zowlacki, who was second overall with a score of 79. Zowlacki shot a 42 on the front nine and 37 in the back half.
Colton LeTourneau placed seventh for Whitko, shooting 42s two finish with an 84.

EAGLE OPPORTUNITY: WCCS ponders alternative students’ program

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — An alternative program for challenged students could be in the future for the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) district.

Columbia City High School Principal Jennifer Reiff and Indian Springs Middle School Principal Jan Boylen discussed with schools’ board of trustees the possibility of Eagle Opportunity to Success — a program aimed at alternative paths for students.

There are several primary goals for the program, they said.
Among them are increasing graduation among eligible seniors and decreasing the number of expulsions in grades 6 to 12.

SENTENCED: Damron handed 10 years for meth

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Larwill woman received her sentence for a pair of meth-related crimes in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Stephanie Damron, 27, was sentenced to 10 years at Whitley County Jail, with six to serve and four suspended, for manufacturing methamphetamine and dealing in methamphetamine, both Class B felonies.

Damron pleaded guilty in April. As part of a plea agreement, four other charges from the same arrest in December were dismissed.

ANGEL: Memorial grows hope

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Honoring the departed with something living — that’s what family members came out to do Saturday at the Angel of Hope Memorial Garden in Columbia City.

The garden is located in front of DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home on Countryside Drive. However, it is maintained by Columbia City’s chapter of The Compassionate Friends.

After the death of their daughter, Betsy Jane, Ben and Betsy Gates founded the compassionate friends in 2001. Now the group works to support those who have lost family members with grief support and healing through group discussion and special events.

TAX INCREASE: County raises Cumulative Capital rate

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s County Council voted unanimously to raise the Cumulative Capital tax rate for next year.

Currently, the rate is 1.62 cents. The council approved raising the rate to three cents. With the increase, approximately $400,814 will be raised in property tax revenue. A large portion of the funds are set for bridge repair.

During discussion, Councilman Bill Overdeer discussed using an incremental increase over a period of years. However, immediate needs within the county’s facilities motivated the one-time increase.

May 13th

Spinning at the Market

May 13, 2013

Jan Meyers creates natural fiber yarn on her spinning wheel.

Meyers is one of more than 50 vendors at the Farmers Market held around the Whitley County Courthouse each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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