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July 18th, 2013

Sheets named Feeder Calf Grand Champion

July 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Robby Sheets was named Grand Champion at the Whitley County 4-H Dairy Steer Feeder Calf Show Saturday.
Jackie Leeuw was Reserve Grand Champion.
Kayla Schipper was first in the Whitley County Bred, Born and Raised category and Hailey Green was Reserve.
Wes Trabert was Grand Champion in rate of gain, and Sheets was Reserve Grand Champion in Rate of Gain.

Results

Grand Champion: Robby Sheets.
Reserve Grand Champion: Jackie Leeuw.
Grand Champion Bred, Born and Raised: Kayla Schipper.

Kiddos take to tractor pulling

July 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Five winners emerged from the Kiddie Tractor Pull held Sunday at the Whitley County 4-H Fair.

Under the leadership of the Whitley County Farm Bureau Young Farmers, the tractor pull attracted 18 participants.

Each child was placed in one of five classes based on their weight.
The classes were: The Peewee Class (under 35 pounds), Class 1 (35-45 pounds), Class 2 (46-55 pounds), Class 3 (56-65 pounds) and Class 4 (66 to 75 pounds).

Winners

Peewee Class:

1. Ethan Schuman
2. Zander Ziliack.

All reports are positive at Whitko

July 18, 2013

PIERCETON — Whitko’s Board of Trustees were updated on several important areas within the district.

Test scores

Superintendent Steve Clason had spring testing results to report. According to Clason, the goal was for a 70 percent passing rate in the math competency.

However, Pierceton Elementary School scored well over 80 percent in English, reading and math.

“Kudos to Pierceton,” Clason said. “They really focused in hard on this, and we are really pleased with the results. If we ever get clear results from the ISTEP+ testing, I expect the scores will be the same.”

CLEAN AND CLEAR: Plans put in place to protect ’Busco’s water

July 18, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Providing clean, safe water for residents in Churubusco means understanding the Wellhead Protection Plan.

A detailed brochure was prepared by the town in order to educate residents on the importance of protecting the Churubusco’s water. These are available at the town’s office on Main Street.

Wellhead protection is a way to ensure drinking water is safe by managing the area around the community’s water supply and barring it from contamination.

POSITION FILLED: Polston picked as Pierceton’s new principal

July 18, 2013

PIERCETON — Whitko Community School Corporation welcomed the newest administrator to its education team Monday night.

Nathan Polston will take the helm at Pierceton Elementary School as the new principal.

Polston’s position was voted on by the Board of Trustees during the July 3 work session.

“It’s exciting to have Nathan on board,” said Superintendent Steve Clason. “He comes to us with great credentials. He is just what Pierceton needs to go to the next level.”

This will be Polston’s first administrative position. Previously he was an elementary teacher at Leesburg Elementary.

4-H TOPS: Jared Lamle wins round robin

July 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Jared Lamle is no stranger to the show ring.

Wednesday afternoon, Lamle had the opportunity to exhibit his livestock wisdom in the Large Animal Round Robin.

He took first place out of a field of seven showmen from each large-animal species.

“He’s very composed in the ring. That’s where he won it,” said Judge Cody Reikart. “To be able to keep his composure, yet still be very competitive and intense is where he excelled. That’s the enthusiastic intensity it takes to win.”

COUNTY ON THE RISE: Economic forecast appears positive

July 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Just past the halfway point of the year 2013, the economy has an improved atmosphere, particularly on the local level.

Around the nation, surveys indicate increased optimism economically as the year 2013 reached July, and the local atmosphere is no different. In Whitley County, there are reasons to smile about the cash climate for area citizens.

July 17th

Goat show takes center ring

July 17, 2013

COLIMBIA CITY — 4-Hers participated in the Dairy Goat and Specialty Show Monday at the Whitley County 4-H Fair.

Taking Best in Show Sr. Doe was Hanna Bridegam and her Alpine goat.

Earning the title of Best in Show Jr. Doe was Kaitlin Frank.

No more crying over spilled milk

July 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After several years of the dairy club having to dump its milk, Veterinarian and 4-H parent, Dave Brelage, will be purchasing the club's product.

Brelage will be buying the club's milk for 50 cents per gallon — less than they would make if a milkman came to pick it up, but that has been hard to come by.

"Since most of the milk cows go home after the first day of the fair, we don't produce a lot of milk anymore," said Brandy Studebaker, Dairy Club leader.

"It's great to actually make some money off of it."

Open Carcass results exhibit 4-Hers’ success

July 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Judging is in for the open carcass results at the 2013 Whitley County 4-H Fair.

Below are results for the open carcass, the open on-foot carcass, the 4-H carcass results and the 4-H on-foot carcass results.

Open Carcass Results

Champion: Alena Hindbaugh.
Reserve Champion: Cate Cormany.

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