October 25th, 2013
PIERCETON â Whitko Middle School teacher Rochelle Leininger was honored at the districtâs school board meeting Monday.
However, the recognition didnât come from school board members or administration, but a parent.
Cathy Juricak works at Raytheon, a company in Fort Wayne. When the corporation offered a grant for teachers, Juricak nominated Leininger for the award.
âShe was a teacher to my kids who are now graduated,â said Juricak. âI know how special she was to them and to me as a parent. I thought this was the best way to honor her.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Music appreciation knows no age limitations. Columbia City High School graduates are working to ensure the love of music knows no generational limitation as well.
Jason Klingaman and Todd Ward, both 1996 CCHS grads, founded Fort Wayne Jazz Orchestra (FWJO) that specializes in jazz and big band music.
The pair started playing while part of the schools band program and as age matured perspective, it also grew a passion for entertaining.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Common Council took the first official steps toward making the entire city an Economic Revitalization Area (ERA).
At Tuesdayâs regular meeting, the board moved to approve a blanket ERA for the city, a topic that had been discussed in previous council meetings.
After discussions, several council members agreed â âit makes sense.â
OSSIAN â Despite a four-touchdown rally in the fourth quarter against Norwell Friday night, Columbia Cityâs football season came to a close in Ossian.
The Eagles faced a 28-0 deficit with less than eight minutes left in the game, but took the momentum to score four touchdowns against their Northeast Hoosier Conference foes.
Despite their efforts, the Eagles fell 45-28 in the sectional opener to a team that beat them just a week before.
SOUTH WHITLEY Ââ After a strong year, Whitkoâs football season came to a close Friday night against Bellmont.
The Wildcats had the advantage of hosting the opening round of sectional action, but a competitive Bellmont team swooped in to steal the win and keep its season alive with a final score of 35-13.
Bellmont took a quick 28-0 advantage in the first half.
The Braves opened up the game with a touchdown within the first five minutes from kickoff, on their first possession.
CHURUBUSCO â For Churubuscoâs football team, the season will last at least one more week.
The Eagles defeating visiting Eastside by a final of 28-13 in a sectional quarterfinal Friday. âBusco will go on to play at Bremen next week in a sectional semifinal.
Churubusco had already beaten its Northeast Corner Conference rival once this year.
The Eagles beat the Blazers 31-13 for their homecoming game in âBusco.
Editorâs note: The following is the third of a four-part series highlighting women in businesses throughout Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â If a patron happens to meet Chris Redman while visiting Redman Plumbing and Heating, Inc. in downtown Columbia City, that customer has not only found a business owner, theyâve found a friend.
âYou have to have patience and always be nice to peopleâ Chris said. âPeople donât remember if you were nice to them, but they never forget if you were mean.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Spelling words like diluvial, propinquity and ungulate, the Indian Springs Middle School Spell Bowl team came in first place among seven Class 1 schools Tuesday at the Indiana Academic Spell Bowl Junior Division area contest held at Indian Springs.
A total of 18 schools competed in three different classes.
This area contest was one of 18 held throughout the state Tuesday night.
Eight rounds of nine words each are held for a total of 72 possible words in competition.
WHITLEY COUNTY â With Halloween events beginning this weekend, county and state officials want to ensure the safety of each and every âghoul and gobblin.â
County commissioners offered a word of warning at their meeting Monday.
âKeep a close eye on those little ones,â Commissioner Amber said. âWe want a safe Halloween, so we need to be mindful of kids out trick-or-treating.â
According to the Indiana State Police, a few reminders can help parents observe a safer Halloween holiday.
âąKeep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County residents have two opportunities to have a hand in the decisions made for the area.
Whitley County Commissioners recently announced a vacant position on the Whitley County Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals board.
A second seat is open on the South Whitley Plan Commission.
Both spots require that the Whitley County Commissioners appoint an individual. However, interested parties may submit their information for consideration.