March 28th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The third Columbia City football player this week has named his college choice.
Buddy O‚ÄôDell, senior defensive tackle for the Eagles, has committed to attend Earlham College and plans to major in human development and social relations.
He‚Äôs seeking a minor in business and nonprofit management.
LIGONIER ‚ÄĒ Despite the weather, Whitko‚Äôs girls tennis team scored a victory over West Noble in its opening match of the year.
The Lady Wildcats defeated the Lady Chargers by a final of 3-2. Whitko earned a victory at No. 1 singles from senior Laura Hippensteel, who won 6-1, 6-4.
Whitko‚Äôs Aressa Tackwell won the No. 2 singles match, 6-2, 6-2.
The clinching match for the Lady Wildcats was a comeback win at No. 1 doubles. Laura Alfieri and Abby Marshall erased a 3-0 hole in the first set to win 6-4, 6-4.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A proposed ordinance banning strip clubs in Columbia City will have some of its language clarified before being presented to the common council.
Ordinance 2013-11, which prohibits nude and semi-nude acts in commercial establishments in the city, did not take effect. The ordinance unanimously passed during its first reading at the March 12 meeting.
City Attorney Marcia McNagny said there were two parts of the ordinance that needed clarification.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ With seven township residents vying for the Cleveland Township trustee position, James Yeager was declared the winner at Tuesday night‚Äôs caucus.
Although Yeager is the newest trustee, not many changes are on the horizon for the township.
‚ÄúThere isn‚Äôt anything I want to change right now,‚ÄĚ Yeager said. ‚ÄúI need to learn what this position actually does and what I can and can‚Äôt do first. I think for the meantime it is going to be business as usual.‚ÄĚ
PIERCETON ‚ÄĒ South Whitley Elementary School will have a new principal effective July 1.
Donna Wiktorowski was approved for the position at Whitko Community School Corporation‚Äôs board meeting Monday night.
Wiktorowski comes from Goshen Community Schools where she currently works as a classroom teacher at Parkside Elementary School.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre excited and the teachers are excited,‚ÄĚ said Superintendent Steve Clason. ‚ÄúShe‚Äôs been an educator for many years and her husband works as the athletic director for Wawasee High School. She‚Äôll be a great leader for us.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ First steps were taken to withdraw Columbia City‚Äôs electric and water utilities from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) at Tuesday‚Äôs Common Council meeting.
The respective ordinances passed unanimously on the first readings. The second reading of each ordinance will be at the Tuesday, April 9 meeting of the council, along with a public hearing.
On hand to speak to the council was Buzz Krohn of O.W. Krohn, a firm that advises for electric and water utilities. He said the city‚Äôs desire to withdraw from the IURC was not negative on the regulatory commission.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The 2nd Annual Tyler Andreas Memorial Strength Meet was held March 16 at Little Turtle Elementary School in Columbia City.
The event involved football players from Churubusco, Columbia City and Whitko, who competed in several football-related drills, including the back squat, bench press and agility test.
Thirty-nine athletes overall took part in the event ‚ÄĒ which celebrates the dedication and warrior spirit of Tyler Andreas ‚ÄĒ while raising money for the scholarship named in his honor.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Stand-out Columbia City running back Adam Neely officially signed with the University of Saint Francis this week.
Neely was the Eagles‚Äô running back and punter in the 2012 season, and despite breaking his leg in the second game of the season, Neely finished the year with a strong performance.
‚ÄúHis warrior spirit in coming back from a seemingly season-ending injury lifted up the entire team as he carried us to a victory in the sectional,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Coach Randy Hudgins said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Three-year letterman Kyle Weigold has committed to attend Manchester University to play football this fall.
Weigold was an offensive tackle for the Eagles last season, and is continuing his football career under the direction of Manchester Head Coach Shannon Griffith.
‚ÄúKyle had been a mainstay on our offensive line since his sophomore year,‚ÄĚ Columbia City Head Coach Randy Hudgins said. ‚ÄúHe displays incredible love of the game and caring for his teammates.‚ÄĚ
Jerry Lee Shaffer, 75, of Washington Township, died at 12:55 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, 2013, at Oakbrook Village, Huntington, where he had been a resident since April 22, 2009.
He was born Sept. 2, 1937, in Whitley County a son of Landy and Cora (Hennemeyer) Shaffer. His formative years were spent in Washington Township. He attended Lincoln School in Huntington and graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1957.
On Oct. 5, 1960, he was inducted in the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged Oct. 4, 1966.