July 18th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The second annual 4-H Has Talent event had a large turnout.
Half the crowd was forced to stand through the performances due to a packed venue.
An area radio station emceed the event and collected pledges to aid St. Jude's Children's Hospital.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Robby Sheets was named Grand Champion at the Whitley County 4-H Dairy Steer Feeder Calf Show Saturday.
Jackie Leeuw was Reserve Grand Champion.
Kayla Schipper was first in the Whitley County Bred, Born and Raised category and Hailey Green was Reserve.
Wes Trabert was Grand Champion in rate of gain, and Sheets was Reserve Grand Champion in Rate of Gain.
Grand Champion: Robby Sheets.
Reserve Grand Champion: Jackie Leeuw.
Grand Champion Bred, Born and Raised: Kayla Schipper.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Five winners emerged from the Kiddie Tractor Pull held Sunday at the Whitley County 4-H Fair.
Under the leadership of the Whitley County Farm Bureau Young Farmers, the tractor pull attracted 18 participants.
Each child was placed in one of five classes based on their weight.
The classes were: The Peewee Class (under 35 pounds), Class 1 (35-45 pounds), Class 2 (46-55 pounds), Class 3 (56-65 pounds) and Class 4 (66 to 75 pounds).
1. Ethan Schuman
2. Zander Ziliack.
PIERCETON â€” Whitkoâ€™s Board of Trustees were updated on several important areas within the district.
Superintendent Steve Clason had spring testing results to report. According to Clason, the goal was for a 70 percent passing rate in the math competency.
However, Pierceton Elementary School scored well over 80 percent in English, reading and math.
â€śKudos to Pierceton,â€ť Clason said. â€śThey really focused in hard on this, and we are really pleased with the results. If we ever get clear results from the ISTEP+ testing, I expect the scores will be the same.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H Fair closed its grandstand for 2013 with a loud bang.
It was the powder puff demolition derby Wednesday night, and Arielle Griswold drove the #1 car to victory in the nine-driver field.
Katherine Ernst was second and Whitney Rethlake third. Alyssa Clark placed fourth. Rethlake was named the hardest-hitter in the ladiesâ€™ event.
Before the women took to the dirt, there was a menâ€™s pre-run demolition derby.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Providing clean, safe water for residents in Churubusco means understanding the Wellhead Protection Plan.
A detailed brochure was prepared by the town in order to educate residents on the importance of protecting the Churubuscoâ€™s water. These are available at the townâ€™s office on Main Street.
Wellhead protection is a way to ensure drinking water is safe by managing the area around the communityâ€™s water supply and barring it from contamination.
PIERCETON â€” Whitko Community School Corporation welcomed the newest administrator to its education team Monday night.
Nathan Polston will take the helm at Pierceton Elementary School as the new principal.
Polstonâ€™s position was voted on by the Board of Trustees during the July 3 work session.
â€śItâ€™s exciting to have Nathan on board,â€ť said Superintendent Steve Clason. â€śHe comes to us with great credentials. He is just what Pierceton needs to go to the next level.â€ť
This will be Polstonâ€™s first administrative position. Previously he was an elementary teacher at Leesburg Elementary.
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.