June 2nd, 2015
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko High School recently held its Underclassmen Academic Awards. Jasmine Gregory and Maddie Shultz were awarded for three years of outstanding attendance. Juniors Nicholas Crosson, Nichole Crouch, Jacob Hyser, Veronica Palmer and Nathan Wiehe as well as sophomores Ronald Brown, Brandon Oaks and Emily Riddle received awards for two years of outstanding attendance.
Whitkoâ€™s 627 Awards were given to Casey Dierks, Mikayla Findley, Erick Loe, Morgan Miller, Veronica Palmer, Garrett Smiley and Cecilia White.
BUTLER â€” First came a conference tournament championship. Then came a Northeast Corner Conference regular-season championship. Monday night, Churubuscoâ€™s Eagle baseball team added an IHSAA sectional title with a nail-biting 6-4 win over the Bluffton Tigers in the title game of the Eastside 2A Sectional.
As they have throughout this yearâ€™s sectional, the Eagles used a big inning to build a lead. However, Monday evening, the Eagles had to hang on against Bluffton.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Churubusco High School announced scholarship winners from the class of 2015 Friday in the high school auditorium. Numerous local individuals and organizations offered financial assistance for graduates pursuing further education.
Awarded in the Gaylord Jackson Top Five were Valedictorian Valerie Pope, Salutatorian Peyton Brandt, Kennedy Sade, Devon Zeigler and Madison Bieber. Each of the top five received a $700 scholarship.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With a wide variety of academic levels in the district, Whitley County Consolidated Schools worked hard this school year to meet the needs of all students.
WCCS has a handful of students who have been labeled â€śhigh-abilityâ€ť and about 18 percent of its enrollment is â€śspecial education.â€ť
CULVER â€” Columbia City senior tennis players Macie Hinenâ€™s and Aubrey Wrightâ€™s season came to a close Friday evening in the Culver Academies tennis regional. The Lady Eagle doubles team fell in a three-set match to a team from host Culver.
Wright and Hinen took the first set 7-6, winning the tie-breaker 7-4. The Culver team of Amanda and Regina Padilla came back to take the second set by a 6-3 score. In the third and deciding set, the Culver duo won by a 6-2 score.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A phenomenon in which pranksters call in phony emergencies that elicit a strong police response is being used by video gamers in a twisted competition where success is based on the level of that response, according to a suburban New York police commissioner.
The phenomenon is known as â€śswatting.â€ť
More than 60 heavily armed officers were dispatched to a home in Long Beach, N.Y., an oceanfront community outside New York City, on what turned out to be a hoax.
BUTLER â€” In a game interrupted by rain and lightning, Churubuscoâ€™s Eagle baseball team took the next step toward an IHSAA sectional championship, overcoming a shaky first inning to post an 8-2 win over Woodlan in the Eastside sectional semi-final game Saturday.
The Eagles scored once in the top of the first inning when pitcher Jacob Howe drew a walk, and scored on a Jackson Wickliffe single.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When John Slabaugh began the Korean War Veteranâ€™s Honor Guard 12 years ago, he had no idea it would be as impactful as it has been.
â€śI wasnâ€™t thinking it would be much,â€ť Slabaugh said.
WARSAW, Ind. (AP) â€” Northern Indiana police say two teenage boys, one of whom was celebrating his 17th birthday, died in an apparent drowning in a private pond.
WSBT-TV reports the bodies of Korbin Foster and Kaleb Lampkin, both 17, were pulled Saturday afternoon from the pond in Warsaw.
The Koscuisko County Police Department is investigating the Warsaw teens' deaths.
Deputies were told there had been a "sleepover" of teenage boys at Lampkin's home to celebrate his recent birthday.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Approximately 132 seniors crossed the stage in Whitko High Schoolâ€™s gymnasium Friday night at the graduation ceremony for the Whitko Class of 2015.
Class Valedictorian Jonathan Johnson spoke about what lies ahead for him and his fellow graduates.