May 13th, 2013
Deb Wade dressed as a World War I â€śdonut girlâ€ť to commemorate the Salvation Armyâ€™s 76 anniversary in Whitley County.
â€śDonut girlsâ€ť visited the front lines during the war to deliver the fried treats to servicemen as a way to show their support.
At the Farmers Market, Salvation Army representatives passed out free doughnuts as a way to show their gratitude for the countyâ€™s support of the nonprofit.
BLUFFTON (AP) â€” The developer of a proposed wind farm in northeastern Indiana is increasing the number of turbines it wants to install as part of a $336 million complex on about 37,000 acres of land.
Apex Wind Energy of Charlottesville, Va., will present its new design to local officials next month and says it expects construction to begin by the end of the year.
The design is a change from the 87 turbines on 18,500 acres that Apex initially proposed, an area newspaper reported.
NOBLE COUNTY â€” An 8-month-old boy was killed and four other children were injured in a vehicle accident Saturday.
According to area media, the car crashed into a tree near the Noble-Elkhart County line Saturday when the driver swerved to miss an animal that ran out into the road.
The driver, Angelica Ibarra, 39, of Ligonier, was cited for not having a license and other violations.
Police said Ibarra drove straight through a curve, slid sideways and struck a tree on the rear passenger side of the vehicle.
Ibarra was not injured, but Gael Ibarra, 8 months, died from his injuries.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Saturday dawned cold and damp, and the Whitko softball team had trouble warming up against the visiting Heritage Lady Patriots.
After working out of a first inning jam, the Lady Wildcats gave up seven runs in the top of the third inning. Despite a late-game effort the Lady Wildcats fell in a non-conference matchup by an 11-2 score.
With two outs in the top of the first inning, the Lady Patriots strung together two singles and a walk to load the bases against the home standing Lady Wildcats.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls tennis team split two matches this weekend, beating Peru and falling to Mishawaka Marion.
The Lady Eagles took a strong 4-1 advantage over Peru, dropping their only loss in the No. 2 singles match.
Celine Rongos won the No. 1 singles match in straight sets. In No. 3 singles, Adriana Brown took a 6-1, 6-1 victory.
The No. 1 doubles pair of Macie Hinen and Sydney Ford took a 6-0, 6-2 win. Alaina Beckner and Breanna Hicks won the No. 2 doubles match by a 6-4, 6-2 score.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s junior varsity baseball squad took both ends of a double-header Saturday, defeating John Adams 9-4 in game one and 10-0 in game two.
In the opener, pitcher Reed Brace earned the win with four innings of relief.
Brace didnâ€™t give up an earned run, while striking out three.
Riley Anderson went 2-for-4 from the plate with a double and an RBI, and Brady Weeks added a double and two RBIs.
The Wildcats posted strong third and fifth innings, scoring three runs apiece, to take a strong lead going into the final innings, when John Adams went on a run of its own.
LEO-CEDARVILLE Ââ€” After Saturdayâ€™s invitational, Columbia City freshman Tyler Green is the Eaglesâ€™ third linkster to join the medalist list at the Leo Invite.
Green joins Mike Schumaker (1997-99) and Tyler Gay (2003-04) by taking top honors in the 16-year-old event.
Greenâ€™s 73 was the top score at Cedar Creek â€” a par 71 course â€” and the Eagles came in fourth as a team.
GARRETT â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s baseball team outscored Garrett 18-7 combined in a double-header Saturday. Yet, the Eagles yet took a game and gave up the other to the Railroaders.
The morning game was the Ryan Kerschner show, both at the plate and on the mound. Columbia City won decisively 12-0 as Kerschner threw a two-hit shutout from the mound and hit his fourth home run of the season.
He struck out seven Railroaders and gave up one walk and one hit-by-pitch.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Chris Loft, 28, is a body mechanic by day and a youth mentor by night.
He doesnâ€™t view himself as anything extraordinary, but to The Center for Whitley County Youth, Loft is an outstanding volunteer.
At the annual benefit cook-off for The Center, Loft was awarded one of the Volunteer of the Year Awards.
â€śI am at The Center almost every day,â€ť Loft said. â€śI have the luxury of working a job that allows me to be there shortly after school to volunteer. I donâ€™t see it as an obligation, but a privilege to invest in the lives of these students.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Farmers Market opened its season Saturday to brisk temperatures and overcast skies.
Last year, the market opened a week earlier and experienced colder-than-normal temperatures. Pushing the start of the market back a week, Market Master Chris Lilly hoped the weather would cooperate.
Lilly said that although the temperatures werenâ€™t ideal, the first Saturday of market season was a success.