Editorâs note: The following is the first of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â A father, a husband and the cheif deputy of the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department. Marcus Gatton, 41, has more than one duty â heâs the second in command to the sheriff, a youth league baseball coach in the summer for his two sons, and a lifepartner to his wife of 16 years.
âWeâve always had a strong family,â Kay Gatton, Marcâs wife, said.
Churubuscoâs wrestling team competed in the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Associationâs team wrestling state finals on Saturday.
The Eagles made it to the final round, falling to Adams Central by a 46-23 score. Individual results were not available at press time.
Above, Shane Shroyer scores a win in the championship round as his teammates cheer in the background.
COLUMBIA CITY â Indian Springs Middle School, Columbia City, has been in existence for 17 years, and the future looks as bright as ever. The school has posted a solid track record in standardized test scores. For example, 97 percent of eighth graders at ISMS who took algebra passed the End-of-Course-Asses-sment. There are other areas where the school is trying to excel and is equally proud of its success.
COLUMBIA CITY â Twenty years in the making has put Whitley Countyâs Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in a position to focus on the future, rather than simply celebrate the past.
While reveling in its 20th anniversary, Alan Tio, president of the EDC, applauded the organizationâs capabilities to help launch new businesses in Whitley County as well as sustain existing ones.
COLUMBIA CITY â Christmas carols can conjure up warm, holiday memories. When sung by a choir, carols can have a magical quality to them. Christmas carols can evoke the child inside generating an excitement for the season. Christmas songs can transport hearts and minds across the miles as familiar words and melodies remind us of the ones we love.
Two songs in particular created such a feeling. The first, Bing Crosbyâs âWhite Christmas.â The song is most known for its presence in the movie musical, âWhite Christmas.â However, the song was first used in another movie musical, âHoliday Inn.â
COLUMBIA CITY âEven with months to go before the end of the school year, Whitley County Consolidated School students are making course selections for the 2013-14 school year. On Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. parents and incoming freshman are invited to attend an informational and interactive night to help make high school class selections.
Having Eagle Tech Academy (ETA) as an educational option opens up many learning opportunities, but at the same time can add to the overwhelming feeling incoming freshman may experience when selecting a study path.
CHURUBUSCO â Lacking funds for Smith-Green Com-munity Schools has resulted in a plan to reduce districtâs staff by a total of six teachers and one administrator. However, when school administrators announced the hiring of a new chemistry teacher, some of the public raised an eyebrow?
Churubusco Junior-Senior High School had been employing a long-term substitute in the Chemistry position since the beginning of the school year.
This position was left vacant when Jim Folland became CJSHS principal.
Churubusco's wrestling team is competing in the Indiana State Wrestling Coaches Association's Team State Finals on Saturday. The event was formed because the IHSAA got rid of the team finals tournament this season.
Oneta V. Bader, 101, of Columbia City, died at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City where she was admitted on Friday, Dec. 14.
She was born Sept. 2, 1911 in Allen County, a daughter of Albert and Rebecca E. Grover. As a child, the family lived in Canada before moving back to New Haven. She graduated from New Haven High School with the Class of 1928.
On March 27, 1929, she was united in marriage to Gaylord H. Lake. They made their home in New Haven. In 1939, they moved to Washington Township.
CHURUBUSCO â A quote seen at Smith-Green Community Schools reads, âLeaders are like eagles. They donât flock â you find them one at a time.â Mondayâs school board meeting focused on âSpotlight on Successâ recognizing several great leaders and proving that sometimes, Eagles do flock.
Lee Etzler, Zach Dock, Paul Sade, Clint Davis, Todd Lortie, Nate Wright, John Schmidt and Kyle Monk of the high school football coaching staff were recognized for not just being great coaches, but for their direction and life lessons offered to young athletes.