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April 1st, 2013

Two Whitley Co. teens hospitalized from ATV wreck

April 1, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — Sunday at approximately 7:30 p.m., two 17-year-old girls from Whitley County were injured in an ATV accident.

At the time of the accident Shannon Kincaid and Nicole Karrer were both riding on a single ATV across an open field in the area of 3899 South CR 400 W in Whitley County. While traveling across the field, the ATV went through a rough, washed out area, causing both girls to be thrown from the vehicle.

Neither of them were wearing a helmet at the time of the accident, and both were initially knocked unconscious after hitting the ground.

Whitko linkers look to rebound in 2013

April 1, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s boys golf team is looking to rebound in 2013 from its first losing season in five years.

The Wildcats return four letterwinners and will have two newcomers.
Junior Daniel Zawlocki, the 2012 MVP for the Wildcats and an All-Three Rivers Conference golfer, returns.

He is joined by senior Colton LeTourneau, sophomore Cole Bechtold and sophomore Matt Hathaway as letterwinners.

Also returning for Whitko in 2013 will be Andy Bringman, Robert Hopkis, Cole Findley, Matt Myers and Bill Stump.

Whitko has some promising newcomers.

Whitko, Marion split baseball opener

April 1, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s baseball team finally opened its season, after difficult weather conditions, Saturday and split a doubleheader with Marion.

The Wildcats dropped game one by a margin of 9-5, but came back to capture game two by a 10-9 score.

A home run proved to be the winning blast in game two. Tanner Gaff hit a solo shot to break a 9-9 tie and give the Wildcats the eventual win.

“Tanner Gaff made a great hitting adjustment on his solo home run in the bottom of the sixth inning that proved to be the game winner,” Whitko Head Coach Erik Hisner said.

PIERCETON ESCAPEES CAUGHT IN CITY: Walmart bicycle theft sparks manhunt

April 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Two Pierceton Woods escapees were found in Columbia City early Monday morning.

The two runaways allegedly left the juvenile detention facility, 12 miles west of Columbia City, and stole bicycles.

According to police, the pair rode the bikes to Whitley County and stopped at Walmart on Plaza Drive.

Local police were tipped off to the escapees after a Walmart manager reported a theft.

The two juveniles allegedly stole two new bicycles, along with several other items from the store.

SCORCHED EARTH: Local grass fires occupy firecrews

April 1, 2013

A Richland Township fireman works to contain a large field fire on County Road 475 West, near the 999 south address. Crews from three fire departments, Richland, Cleveland and Columbia, worked to put out the blaze. Several crews in the area battled grass and field fires this weekend, due to windy, dry conditions.

AERIE RUMBLINGS: Fate of Eagles chapter ‘dim’

April 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Emotions made for strong opinions as Eagles members gathered Saturday to discuss the fate of the chapter, the building and the leadership of the Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE) 1906 chapter, Columbia City.

“The future looks very dim,” said Mike Cummings, an agent dispatched by the Grand Aerie, the state governing body of the FOE, to sort out Columbia City’s Aerie organization.

“I don’t think you should close,” Cummings said. “This didn’t break in one month, and it isn’t going to get fixed in one month.”

EDUCATIONAL PLANNING: A defining focus unifies Whitko schools

April 1, 2013

PIERCETON – A comprehensive five-year plan was laid out for Whitko’s school corporation at last week’s board meeting.

Superintendent Steve Clason presented the plan that included specific areas of focus to be implemented inside the school building and out in the community.

Higher academic achievement

Working to give students a better learning environment, WCSC is looking to adopt an education concept known as 1-to-1 technology.

This learning model incorporates traditional teaching tactics with new technology that can individualize and expand a student’s education.

2 killed in Fort Wayne shootings

April 1, 2013

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Fort Wayne area police are investigating a string of weekend shootings that left two men dead and two others badly wounded.
An area newspaper reports two of the four weekend shootings happened Sunday. In one, a man died after being critically wounded outside a nightclub. Later in the day, a second man was brought to a Fort Wayne hospital with a gunshot wound and later died.
Police say the other shooting death came Saturday morning when 65-year-old Robert W. Kanyuh was fatally shot during a home invasion at his Allen County home.

March 29th

MEASLES CASE: Confirmed in IU student

March 29, 2013

BLOOMINGTON (AP) — Indiana health officials say a student at Indiana University's Bloomington campus has a confirmed case of measles.

The State Department of Health said Friday that the student did not attend classes while infectious and does not live on campus. The agency said it's working with Monroe County's health department and IU to prevent the illness from spreading.

Officials say the student visited the IU Student Health Center on Monday while still infectious, but wore a mask during that visit.

PENCE VS. FEDS: Administration claims authority to negotiate Medicaid

March 29, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (HSPA) — Indiana lawmakers don’t need to approve legislation related to a Medicaid expansion because Gov. Mike Pence already has authority to negotiate with federal officials, his administration’s top human services official said Wednesday.

That was the assessment of Debra Minott, secretary of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, as she fielded questions from the House Public Health Committee. The panel has been working on a bill that would set parameters for an expansion of Medicaid through the federal health care law.

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