April 23rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” From U.S. 30, it may appear that Eagle Glen Golf Course had an extreme makeover, but in fact, Mother Nature decided to do its own remodeling, turning the back half of the course into a giant water hazard.
Storms from nearly one week ago dumped several inches of rain in the county, flooding yards, parks and roads.
Eagle Glen wasnâ€™t the only course to go underwater.
The front nine of Eel River remains closed to flooding, and many other courses in the area are feeling the effects of the rain.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A pair charged with dealing methamphetamine had their first appearance in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Warren Goodman Jr., 41, Pierceton, and Rita Elswick, 19, Columbia City, were arrested Thursday and charged with dealing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with intent to ma-nufacture and possession of paraphernalia.
Dealing methamphetam-ine is a Class B felony.
Both individuals pleaded not guilty to the charges and will have public defenders.
Elswick will be represented by Brad Voelz and Goodman by Brad Baber.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) Board of School Trustees heard an update on its technology plan recently.
WCCS Technology Director Anne Plunkett presented a plan to the board communicating the vision, mission and goals for her department.
The vision for the department is to provide technology resources that enhance communication, instruction, critical thinking and problem-solving skills to inspire excellence.
To that end, Plunkett has steps in mind.
PIERCETON â€” School administrators have been exploring ways to better the education offered to Whitko Community School students.
At last weekâ€™s school board meeting, principals with each school reported a number of academic success stories, but a visit from the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) ruled positive for Pierceton Elementary School.
An evaluation for the stateâ€™s Title I program was conducted at the elementary school after PES received a low grade from the DOE earlier in the school year.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s baseball team fell to visiting Norwell Saturday.
The Knight pitching held Whitko to just one hit in an 11-0 loss. Wyatt Wolf had the lone Wildcat hit.
Norwell took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, 5-0 advantage by the second frame, and was ahead 8-0 by the end of the fourth before winning 11-0 by the 10-run rule.
Whitko is now 7-4 on the year and plays New Haven tonight.
Norwellâ€™s Luke Hunter was the winning pitcher, while Whitkoâ€™s Avery Robbins was handed the loss.
CHURUBUSCO â€” The â€śblack divisionâ€ť team championship of Saturdayâ€™s Turtletown Classic girlâ€™s track meet came down to the final two races.
When the smoke cleared, the Whitko Lady Wildcats topped host Churubusco by a narrow, 90-83, margin to claim the team title, while in the Gold Division for larger schools â€” the Columbia City Lady Eagle squad placed third behind Warsaw and Bellmont.
The Wildcats and Churubusco paced an 11-team black division that included teams from Woodlan, Fremont, Westview, Central Noble, Manchester, Canterbury, Culver, Garrett and Prairie Heights.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Unlike Saturdayâ€™s close battle at Churubuscoâ€™s track invitational â€” when Whitko topped the Lady Eagles by a close margin â€” â€™Buscoâ€™s softball team beat the Lady â€™Cats by a definitive 13-3 score.
Churubusco scored seven runs in the fourth inning to cut the game short, ending it by the 10-run rule in five frames.
The Lady Eagles tallied 13 hits to Whitkoâ€™s three, but the opening innings werenâ€™t so lopsided.
Churubusco scored its first run in the bottom of the first inning, but Whitko retaliated with a run of its own in the top of the second to tie the score.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Genealogical Society of Whitley County celebrated 175 years since the founding of Whitley County, April 1, 1838, at a ceremony held at the Peabody Public Library Thursday.
â€śThink of the courage our ancestors must have had,â€ť said President Charlotte Blair about the early settlers.
â€śTo leave everything, travel and settle here, despite uncertainty. Leaving everyone and everything behind so they could have the chance to work hard and make the land a better place for their children. Theyâ€™ve left us such a wonderful heritage.â€ť
LARWILL â€” LEGOs are more than just toys to students at Whitko Middle School. They are building blocks to futures in engineering, design and computer programming.
Last week, members of the Whitko Community School Corporation Board of Trustees heard from LEGO Robotics Advisor Teresa Knepple on her petition to turn what is an after-school club into a class.
â€śThe LEGO portion is just the tip of the iceberg,â€ť Knepple said. â€śWeâ€™re talking about giving students a chance to hit on math, science, forensic sciences and engineering.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Flood waters saturated Morsches Park last week, shutting down Columbia Cityâ€™s recreation hub by postponing games and cancelling practices, and leaving its new playground submersed in water.
While the park is drying out, more rain is expected Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, leaving many youth league and high school athletes wondering how much more the park can handle.
As of Mondayâ€™s presstime, Columbia City park officials said Saturdayâ€™s Opening Day for youth league baseball and softball will be on as scheduled.