April 23rd, 2012
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ It was a black and white affair and a full house at The Brownstone in South Whitley Thursday night as Leadership Whitley County Class Eleven celebrated its graduation.
‚ÄúThis is the 11th year for Leadership Whitley County,‚ÄĚ said Kelley Sheiss, director.
‚ÄúWe have the distinct honor of coming out of infancy by reaching our 200th graduate. We also welcomed our youngest members, three high school seniors, and they came up with a brilliant idea of an outdoor amphitheatre.‚ÄĚ
Douglas Michael Smith, 47, Syracuse, (Dewart Lake), died at 11:40 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2012 in Kosciusko Community Hospital, Warsaw.
He was born Jan. 28, 1965, in Wabash to Darrell G. and Sharon K. (Flowers) Smith.
He is survived by his parents and a sister, Lynn Smith of South Whitley.
Services will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester.
Visitation is Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the mortuary. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery, 600 Beckley Street, North Manchester.
Lois Janet Hoehn, 87, of Columbia City, formerly of Ossian, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2012, at The Oaks Living Center.
Born Nov. 1, 1924, in Culver, she was a daughter of the late Joseph A and Nellie (Anderson) Hathaway.
She married Duane Q. Hoehn on June 25, 1944. He passed away in 2007.
A 1943 graduate of New Haven High School, she was a lifelong homemaker, wife, and mother.
She is a member of the Waynedale United Methodist Church.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ In a pool of 17 teams, Columbia City‚Äôs boys golf team placed seventh at the Concordia Invitational at Foster Park Saturday.
Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Bellmont won the match with a 315, not far ahead of fellow NHC DeKalb (317).
Heritage (321), Concordia (328) and Bishop Luers (328) split another pair of NHC teams.
East Noble edged out Columbia City by seven points (329-336).
Also making a presence from the NHC was New Haven, which placed 14th.
SYRACUSE ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs baseball team participated in Wawasee‚Äôs invitational Saturday in Syracuse.
The Wildcats lost their first game to Heritage, 11-9, but won the second game over Churubusco 13-9.
In the first game, Heritage took a 6-0 lead in the first three innings before Whitko‚Äôs bats got warmed up in the bottom of the third.
The Wildcats scored four runs in the frame, with Riley Cokl crossing home plate first, courtesy of an RBI single by Ryan Weigold.
Weigold and teammate Colin Nicodemus were batted in off a double by Austin Mort to score the second and third runs.
LIGONIER ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs baseball team came away with the sweep over West Noble High School in a double-header on Saturday in Ligonier. The Eagles won the first game 13-2, then took the second 10-8.
Columbia City‚Äôs record is now 7-2.
In the early game, the Eagles scored 13 runs on 15 hits with one error, and the Chargers had two runs on two hits with two errors.
Pitcher Connor Slavich and third baseman Jordan Bickle hit two doubles apiece, while right fielder Landon Rehrer hit a double of his own.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ It was the girls‚Äô turn on the Churubusco High School track Saturday.
Much like their male counterparts did the weekend prior, the ‚ÄėBusco Lady Eagles shined in front of their home crowd.
Using a strong performance in the field events, Churubusco dominated the black division of the Turtletown Invitational Saturday, winning by 49.5 points over second-place rival Whitko.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Firefighters from three Whitley County departments responded to a fire alarm at Chromasource, Inc., located at 2433 S. CR 600 E., Columbia City Monday morning.
No injuries were reported and the fire has been marked under control.
According to Jason Brooks, Chromasource chief financial officer, company officials evacuated the building as a precaution when smoke entered a production area.
"We did have some smoke, but we had no damage," said Brooks. "We're back to work."
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs softball team traveled to Churubusco Friday for a competition between Lady Eagles.
Despite consecutive home runs by Columbia City to give the visitors a 5-3 lead, Churubusco battled back to win 8-6.
Though temperatures reached 70 degrees during the day Friday, the Lady Eagles fought off rain, wind and sub 50 temperatures.
Columbia City had a 1-0 lead at the top of the first inning, but Churubusco answered with two runs to take a 2-1 advantage.
‚ÄôBusco scored another run in the second, but Columbia City displayed a threatening third frame.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ A Whitley County businessman received an award for entrepreneurship by Indiana‚Äôs lieutenant governor during a ceremony at the State Capitol.
Jeff Johnson, owner and president of Numerix, Inc. in Columbia City, was one of two area business leaders who were presented with Economic Development through Growth and Entrepreneurship (EDGE) Awards in a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse.
Johnson was awarded in the Established Business category, while Lisa Compton from Second Steps, LLC, in Fort Wayne, received an award in the Emerging Business category.