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May 24th, 2013

GOING THE DISTANCE: For some, walking makes a world of difference

May 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Betty Nelson has run enough miles to have circled the earth almost three times.

At approximately age 35, this Columbia City woman started taking her first steps to lead her on a 30-year journey including 40 marathons and more than 70,000 miles under her sneakers.

Now at age 67, she is lending her expertise and experience to Whitley County residents who want to accomplish a goal – one step at a time.

TESTING TESTS: ISTEP+ results probed

May 24, 2013

PIERCETON — With computer malfunctions and online disconnects, ISTEP+ testing was deemed “a mess” by Indiana lawmakers.

The state-mandated test experienced technical difficulties when testing contractor, McGraw-Hill, was unable to keep up on the demand.

Testing results have a determination on overall school performance, as well as student and teacher evaluations. With the lack of testing consistency, concerns are rising across the state on how integral the testing results can be.

GARBAGE PICKUP: Local ties not enough for trash contract

May 24, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Bids for trash contracts were discussed in a special meeting of the Churubusco Town Council last night.

Four bids were submitted to the council and were opened for the initial review at the last council meeting.

Among the four bidders was current contract holder National Serv-All and Whitley Environmental, current recycling contractor for the county.

Only Steve Smith, of Whitley Environmental, was present for the special meeting.

Each proposal included a three-year and a five-year option. However, Whitley Environmental offered a third choice.

VOGELY'S VACANCY: Spencer named new WCSD detective

May 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With the recent conviction of former Whitley County Sheriff’s Detective Chuck Vogely for operating while intoxicated, some changes have been made in the department.

Second-shift Sergeant Jason Spencer is taking over Vogely’s position as detective.

On April 13, Vogely was arrested for drunk driving, and the sheriff’s department has made a decision on the future of his career.

Vogely pleaded guilty to OWI April 15, and WCSD Chief Deputy Marc Gatton said after the court proceedings, disciplinary actions moved forward by the department.

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May 24, 2013

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May 23rd

ISMS track awards

May 23, 2013

Indian Springs Middle School held its boys track awards banquet last week.

Pictured left, first row, from left: Daniel Watts, Initiative Award and Heath Atkins, Positive Attitude Award. Row two: Khale Rider, Leadership and Tim Hearld, Effort. Row three: Jake Matteson, Flexibility and Trefor Gatchell Perseverance. Not pictured: Brad Johnson, Cooperation and Flexibility and Derek Diamente, Most Improved.

Whitko JV downs Eastside, 8-7, breaks win record

May 23, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s junior varsity baseball season is ending on a high note, with a win against Eastside and another broken school record.

The JV squad has broken the school record for number of wins in a single season. Monday’s 8-7 victory over Eastside was the team’s 17th win on the year.

After suffering a 3-2 deficit, Whitko battled back to score five runs in the fifth and sixth innings to take the 8-7 win.

Monk to join Col. City tracksters at state

May 23, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Churubusco’s Katie Monk is joining three Columbia City athletes at the Indiana State Track Meet in June.

Monk tossed the discus 128 feet, 6 inches at Northrop’s regional meet Tuesday, qualifying for another trip to the state finals. Monk medaled last year, placing sixth with a throw of 129 feet.

In nearly a repeat of last year’s state finalists from Whitley County, Monk is to join Samantha Roush and Carlee Hearld — again — at Bloomington.

Whitko softball season comes to an end

May 23, 2013

OSSIAN — Whitko’s softball season came to a close Tuesday night, as the Lady Wildcats fell to Bellmont in the opening round of sectional action.

The Lady Braves beat Whitko 9-2, in a game that recorded 20 hits between both teams.

Though they only scored two runs, the Lady Wildcats had eight hits, compared to Bellmont’s 12.

Though the rest of the game was more evenly-matched, the Lady Braves tallied seven runs in the first inning — a deficit too tough to overcome.

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