September 24th, 2013
Lucas Michael Junk, 2, lovingly known as ‚ÄúMonkeybutt,‚ÄĚ passed away Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013.
Born in Columbia City, Lucas was a good, pure, kind, and loving boy. He loved his monkey, baseball, PBS kids, the remote control and baseball movies.
Lucas enjoyed construction equipment and loved to sing. He knew all the words to ‚ÄúJesus Loves Me,‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúTake Me Out to the Ballgame,‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúTwinkle, Twinkle Little Star.‚ÄĚ
Columbia City High School‚Äôs Alulmni Association held its 7th Annual Golf Outing at Eagle Glen Golf Course Saturday.
Eleven teams participated in the event.
The winning team, scoring a 55 (17 under par), from left: Doug Sauers, Gary Harris, Jeff Wright, Andrew Thompson (Alumni Association president, presenting trophy) and Troy Jagger.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys tennis team took on Manchester Monday, and the Eagles‚Äô Niko Rongos improved to 11-1 with a three-set win.
After falling 7-5 in the first set, Rongos came back to win 6-4, 6-1 in the final two to grab the win.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs volleyball team picked up a win against Blackhawk Christian Monday night.
Leading the Lady Eagles at the net was Gabrielle Hazen, with 14 kills and 12 blocks, but she also had strong back row play, serving up three aces.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ Funeral arrangements have been made for a toddler who drowned at a Whitley County residence this weekend.
Officials believe Lucas Junk, 2, fell victim to an accidental drowning Saturday at a family member‚Äôs home, 8009 W. CR 300 S.
Around 1:40 p.m., first responders were called to the residence after Junk‚Äôs family found him submerged in a small pond.
Indiana Conservation officers say the boy was outside with his family when they realized he was missing. The family estimates they found him less than 10 minutes after they noticed he was gone.
Whitko boys come in sixth at Knox
KNOX ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs boys tennis team came in sixth at the Knox Invitational Saturday.
The Wildcats scored 16 points overall.
On an individual level, Tyler Baugher, of Whitko, came in third in No. 1 singles.
Blake Castle was fourth in No. 2 singles and Cole Bechtold was fifth in No. 3 singles.
In doubles action, Reed Brace and Bailey Platt came in eighth at No. 1 doubles, and Alex Bechtold and Alex Robbins came in sixth at No. 2 doubles.
Whitko next competes tonight when it hosts West Noble at 4:30 p.m.
Morgan May, Zachary Rhea, and Rebecca Boyd, from Mr. Engelberth‚Äôs fourth grade class, are practicing their math facts using XtraMath.org.
Many teachers at Northern Heights Elementary School have been using XtraMath.org to assist in teaching students their math facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) at a quick rate of speed.
The goal of the program is to have all students master each math fact by showing they can answer the question in three seconds or less.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With the new school year starting, some area churches are also began their Wednesday night activities.
Two of these mid-week groups include the Pioneer Club of Trinity Presbyterian Church and AWANA of New Hope Wesleyan Church.
Pioneer Club meets from 6:46 to 8 p.m., and is for children ages four to seventh grade.
The time is filled singing songs, ‚Äúfun‚ÄĚ games, and learning Bible lessons.
Wednesday the group will have a special appearance by Jim Barron, WBCL (90.3 FM) morning radio host and illusionist.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Like minds, some seeds and a little ambition brought to life a community garden in rural Whitley County this year.
The Whole Health Wellness Center, located at 1065 W. CR 150 N, officially broke ground this spring with the mission ‚Äúdedicated to making a positive impact in the community by encouraging others and restoring lives.‚ÄĚ
Its founder, Aimee Clark, of Columbia City, wanted to offer greener choices for her family. She noticed the same desire in other community members who also saw a need for a garden to help feed those in need.
WINONA LAKE ‚ÄĒ Columbia City and Whitko‚Äôs girls golf teams saw their seasons end at an IHSAA golf sectional Saturday at Stonehenge Golf Club.
The Lady Eagles scored 425 for seventh place at the Lady Wildcats were at 10th place with 478.
The top three teams advanced to regionals. Those three squads were first-place Rochester, which shot a 349, second-place Northwood, which had a 351 and host-Warsaw with 369.