September 26th, 2013
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS) Board of Trustees heard no public comment at its hearing for the 2014 budget, and will look to adopt it in October.
The public comment was the final phase of the budget process before adoption.
Business Manager Todd Fleetwood said the advertised budget for this year is lower than what last year‚Äôs approved budget was and lower than 2012‚Äôs.
Fleetwood said the actual budget often is lower than advertised, because he overestimates based on the chance the district might need more faculty.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Tragedy struck again this week, as another young child drowned in Whitley County Saturday.
Lucas Junk, 2, was the second toddler in four months in Whitley County who lost his life in a matter of minutes after falling into a body of water.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ A small engine repair and tool rental business in Churubusco was damaged Wednesday in a fire.
At approximately 2:10 p.m., crews were called to Precision Sharpening and Engine.
Flames burned the attic of the one-story building, located at 8435 U.S. 33, fire officials report.
Officials say the fire started after electrical wiring in the attic shorted out and ignited the insulation.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs football team is about to run the proverbial gauntlet in the Northeast Hoosier Conference.
Three consecutive games with ranked opponents loom. The first, this Friday at 7 p.m., will be a road contest at New Haven.
The Bulldogs are currently ranked fifth in the Associated Press poll for Class 4A and are a perfect 5-0 for 2013.
After New Haven, the Eagles will take on East Noble, currently ranked ninth in Class 4A, on Oct. 4. The ranked slate concludes Oct. 11 when Columbia City travels to Carroll, ranked 15th in Class 6A.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ After an 0-2 start, Whitko‚Äôs football team has put its struggles in the past with a three-game winning streak.
More importantly for the Wildcats, the three consecutive victories have all come against Three Rivers Conference (TRC) opponents.
Whitko has scored 138 points in the three wins, including a 51-7 road win against Wabash last week.
Now, the Wildcats will welcome Northfield to the confines of South Whitley in an effort to move the streak to four in a row and stay in the hunt for a conference championship.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs football team is now ranked fourth in the Associated Press poll for Class 2A, and the 5-0 Eagles will once again welcome a larger school to their home field Friday.
One week after topping Class 4A Angola 14-7, ‚ÄôBusco will host West Noble Friday in a game set to kick off at 7 p.m.
The Chargers were shut out last week, 33-0, by Lakeland, which is the only other unbeaten squad in the Northeast Corner Conference besides Churubusco.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ An 18-year-old man will stand trial next week for attempted murder.
Dakota R. Kimbler, 18, will have his trial begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in Whitley County Circuit Court. The jury will convene at that time.
Kimbler was arrested Dec. 9 of last year, when he was 17 years old. In addition to attempted murder, he was also charged with receiving stolen property, battery causing bodily injury and carrying a handgun without a permit.
Outside of the Haunted Jail, in Columbia City, a dying tree was transformed into a ghoulish figure by its owner, Paul Harrington.
The Haunted Jail opens for a ‚Äúfriends and family‚ÄĚ weekend to serve as the attraction‚Äôs dress rehearsal.
The Halloween-themed affair will begin its season in the following weekends.
LARWILL ‚ÄĒ A community health fair is slated for Saturday at Whitko Middle School from 8 a.m. to noon.
Sara St. Clair, Whitko Community School Corporation nurse, is coordinating the event, and said the fair is intended to take a ‚Äúfun‚ÄĚ approach to health.
‚ÄúWe wanted to do something to give parents a way to meet their health needs,‚ÄĚ St. Clair said. ‚ÄúThe fair will put information in their hands about preventative care as well as present health care concerns, and it‚Äôs all under one roof.‚ÄĚ
More than 40 health care vendors will be set up to offer aid in social, mental and physical care.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls soccer team fell in a close, 2-1 match to Garrett Monday.
The Lady Wildcats attempted a comeback after the Lady Railroaders took a 1-0 lead in the first half, but fell short.
Scoring the lone goal for Whitko was senior Jenny Brown, with the assist from Reghan Craig.