August 22nd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City senior Seth Kissinger is stepping off the football field and putting on his running shoes this fall.
After playing most of his high school career with the pigskin, he made a tough decision to leave the squad and join cross country this fall.
â€śIt was a hard decision,â€ť Kissinger said. â€śI had to ask myself what the better option was for my future.â€ť
Kissinger took on the 800-meter run last spring in track and wanted to make running a more year-round practice to increase his chances of a scholarship.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thereâ€™s more to outfitting a sports team than color selection.
For area high schools acquiring sports uniforms their athletes need provides myriads of options.
Some school districts, such as Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS), make a formal contract with an athletic company.
SGCS just signed a three-year uniform agreement with Adidas.
Other districts do not enter into contracts in that sense and work with a variety of different companies.
Whitko Athletic Director Casey Stouffer said a variety of companies work with the school to provide Wildcat apparel.
LARWILL â€” Celebrating 159 years, Squawbuck Days returns to Larwill this weekend.
The three-day event is sponsored by the Larwill Firemen, Lions Club and the Richland Township Community Association, and is a joint fundraiser to raise money for the community.
Festivities will begin Friday at 4 p.m. with a tenderlion dinner at the townâ€™s fire department. The Larwill Lions Club will host a night of bingo at 7 p.m.
Saturday will start with a breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. along with crafts, a flea market and town garage sales.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A 150-year-old legacy was recognized by the state of Indiana recently.
Henry Hiner purchased the homestead located at 10418 S. Washington Rd. Columbia City in April of 1863.
Fast forward approximately 150 years â€” the Hiner-Geeting-Ware farm was recognized by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. A Hoosier Homestead Award was presented to Deloris Ware, 83, who currently resides in the family home where she was born.
â€śMy mom and dad drove the horses for the farm,â€ť Ware said. â€śIt was survival of the fittest. If you didnâ€™t work, you didnâ€™t eat.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A proposed Controlled Feeding Operation (CFO) has residents in Washington Township steamed at the thought of hundreds of hogs moving into the area.
Sandy Bates is a long-time resident on S. Ind. 9, just a mile and a half from the proposed hog feeding operation.
Her concern and complaint against the proposed CFO lies with the waste disposal from the animals.
â€śWhere is the waste from the animals going? What about the nearby ditches?â€ť Bates wrote in a Letter to the Editor submitted to The Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High School 2013 graduate Jordan Bickle is headed to the Big Ten to play NCAA Division I baseball.
Bickle recently signed with Purdue University to play baseball in the 2014 season.
â€śIâ€™m definitely on the team,â€ť said Bickle when asked about his status on the Boilermakers spring roster.
Bickleâ€™s path to playing collegiate baseball for the Boilermakers wasnâ€™t a straight one. In fact, his mind was not made up until after graduation day at CCHS.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Legislators have worked to change bullying laws within school systems to address harassment.
Changes in this legislation may necessitate changes in board policy â€” a topic that was brought up at Mondayâ€™s Whitley County Consolidated School Board of Trustees meeting.
Per the new laws, all staff, volunteers, students, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, etc. must be formally trained about bullying.
Coesse Elementary School Principal Dr. Laura McDermott had a presentation for the school board.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees took the first step in moving forward in an agreement with the City of Columbia City for a school resource officer (SRO).
At Mondayâ€™s meeting, Superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor presented board members with a draft of a memo of understanding (MOU) between the district and city.
The MOU is a necessary step in applying for a state grant to help fund the SRO, and must be approved by both the school board and Columbia City Common Council.
DECATUR â€” Though Columbia Cityâ€™s girls golf team suffered another loss Tuesday night, the Lady Eagles posted their best score in three years.
Bellmont, which is undefeated, hosted and dropped Columbia City by a 173-179 score at Cross Creek Golf Course.
Though the team went home without a win, Columbia City Head Coach Jim Thompson was very pleased with the Lady Eaglesâ€™ score.
â€śThatâ€™s as good as Iâ€™ve ever felt with a loss,â€ť Thompson said. â€śBellmont is a good team and we were playing on their course. All of our girls played well. We were in it until the end.â€ť
SOUTH WHITLEYâ€” A big fourth-game comeback helped Whitkoâ€™s volleyball team start 2013 with a win Tuesday.
Whitko downed visiting Lakeland Christian Academy 3-2 â€” 25-22, 19-25, 17-25, 25-13, 15-11.
By the middle of game three, the Lady Wildcats might have wondered if they would take the match the distance, let alone win. Lakeland took advantage of poor Whitko passing to win game two, then never trailed in taking the third game.
â€śWe struggled getting our passes to the net,â€ť said Whitko Head Volleyball Coach Brandy Smith.