July 18th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Jared Lamle is no stranger to the show ring.
Wednesday afternoon, Lamle had the opportunity to exhibit his livestock wisdom in the Large Animal Round Robin.
He took first place out of a field of seven showmen from each large-animal species.
â€śHeâ€™s very composed in the ring. Thatâ€™s where he won it,â€ť said Judge Cody Reikart. â€śTo be able to keep his composure, yet still be very competitive and intense is where he excelled. Thatâ€™s the enthusiastic intensity it takes to win.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Just past the halfway point of the year 2013, the economy has an improved atmosphere, particularly on the local level.
Around the nation, surveys indicate increased optimism economically as the year 2013 reached July, and the local atmosphere is no different. In Whitley County, there are reasons to smile about the cash climate for area citizens.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In the 19th century, pioneers traveled from the east, and many of them settled in Colorado.
Annie Morsches, of Columbia City, will have her own pioneering experience in the Rocky Mountain State this fall.
Morsches, who graduated this year from Culver Military Academies, will be playing womenâ€™s lacrosse at the University of Colorado.
It will be the first year the Buffaloes have had womenâ€™s lacrosse.
However, being new to the sport of lacrosse is one hurdle Morsches has already surpassed. She did not take up the sport until her freshman year of high school.
COLIMBIA CITY â€” 4-Hers participated in the Dairy Goat and Specialty Show Monday at the Whitley County 4-H Fair.
Taking Best in Show Sr. Doe was Hanna Bridegam and her Alpine goat.
Earning the title of Best in Show Jr. Doe was Kaitlin Frank.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After several years of the dairy club having to dump its milk, Veterinarian and 4-H parent, Dave Brelage, will be purchasing the club's product.
Brelage will be buying the club's milk for 50 cents per gallon â€” less than they would make if a milkman came to pick it up, but that has been hard to come by.
"Since most of the milk cows go home after the first day of the fair, we don't produce a lot of milk anymore," said Brandy Studebaker, Dairy Club leader.
"It's great to actually make some money off of it."
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Judging is in for the open carcass results at the 2013 Whitley County 4-H Fair.
Below are results for the open carcass, the open on-foot carcass, the 4-H carcass results and the 4-H on-foot carcass results.
Open Carcass Results
Champion: Alena Hindbaugh.
Reserve Champion: Cate Cormany.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Adding approximately 20 teams, Whitley County 4-H Fairâ€™s Pig Wrestling Contest gained participation and popularity this year compared to 2012.
Last year, the event was the first of its kind at the fair and had a solid response with 40 teams participating.
This year, that number increased to approximately 60.
â€śWeâ€™ve had a great response to this event,â€ť said 4-H Board President Cathy Heritier. â€śI canâ€™t believe the amount of people that really get into this. Itâ€™s so much fun.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City woman accused of manufacturing methamphetamine had her first court appearance with her attorney Monday.
Braidon Hall, 19, hired Greggory Hockemeyer to be her attorney. Hockemeyer requested a continuance to Aug. 5 so he could become more acquainted with the situation.
Hall was arrested with Mitchell Bradley, who also had a pretrial conference continued Monday. Both individuals have court situations to resolve in other counties due to probation violations. Bradley will appear in Whitley County Circuit Court this Monday, July 22.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools is trying to prepare for the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obama Care, but changes sometimes come swifter than preparation.
â€śWe were preparing quite a detailed report for you,â€ť said WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf to the Board of Trustees. â€śBut the rules are changing as fast as we can print them.â€ť
The biggest change Zickgraf referenced was the employer requirement to offer health insurance. That requirement has been delayed and will not be implemented until January of 2015.
Pig wrestling offered muddy entertainment to Whitley County 4-H crowds at the grandstands Tuesday night.
Pictured are the â€śBacon Babesâ€ť celebrating their victory in manhandling the swine to the center pedestal. From left: Breanna Waugh, Hannah Cultimus, Emilee Hursh and Sydnee Anderson.
See Page A5 for results and more photos.