May 3rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It was altogether fitting that on Thursdayâ€™s senior night that the Columbia City Eagle Baseball team got standout performances from its senior leaders in the Northeast Hoosier Conference game with the visiting New Haven Bulldogs.
The Eagles used a dominating pitching performance from senior Jordan Bickle and multiple extra-base hits from seniors Derek Hinen, Andrew Biggs and Austin McCormick to hang a 14-1 loss on the Bulldogs.
Bickle turned in an outstanding game on the mound for the Eagles.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Little Turtle Elementary School teachers and administrators are working every day to fulfill the buildingâ€™s mission statement.
That statement is one the faculty hopes each student embraces, â€śI am here to learn.â€ť
Learning is aided for the students by Quality Circles, which are groups of teachers who work together within specializations. Academic quality groups include such areas as literacy and math.
â€śAll quality circles will support the schoolâ€™s goals,â€ť said Little Turtle Principal Tammy Weimer.
ANDERSON â€” Whitkoâ€™s baseball team traveled to Anderson Prep School Thursday night and took a decisive 14-2 win.
Tanner Gaff led the Wildcats from the mound and the plate.
Gaff pitched four innings, giving up one earned run and striking out nine. From the plate, Gaff batted 3-for-4, scoring three runs and two RBIs.
Ryan Weigold finished up on the mound for Whitko, pitching the fifth and final inning, giving up one of Andersonâ€™s seven hits.
Weigold also batted well, going 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man who pleaded guilty last month to two meth-related charges received a 20-year sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Joshua Lemmon, 34, was handed a pair of 10-year sentences, to be served concurrently, with none of the time suspended. The two charges to which he admitted his guilt were dealing in methamphetamine and manufacturing methamphetamine.
In his sentencing, Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer said he would recommend Lemmon for work release and said the sentences could be modified in the future.
Little Turtle Elementary School recently named its Spirit Award recipients.
The Peabody Public Library recently announced its Teen Idol winners. Taking first place was Dakota Schilling, who sang and played the guitar.
The contest was sponsored by the Whitley County Community Foundationâ€™s â€śCount Me In Program.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s tennis team swept a Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Thursday, defeating New Haven 5-0.
The Lady Eagles took the win on a special fundraising night. Columbia Cityâ€™s girls tennis team, led by Head Coach Kathleen Myers, raised money for Isaac Rentschler, a second grader who was recently diagnosed with cancer.
Isaac, a student of Myersâ€™, is currently undergoing treatment for a form of eye cancer.
The Lady Eagles honored Isaac in prime fashion, with Celine Rongos and Adriana Brown taking sweeping 6-0, 6-0 wins in No. 1 and No. 3 singles.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the final installment of a three-part series on prom season.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Boutonnieres and polished nails may be on the mind of Whitley County students this weekend, but as prom season starts for the county, school leaders, police and parents are concerned with safety.
In the next two weekends, all three Whitley County high schools will hold their proms in Fort Wayne.
Melanie Bechtold, prom advisor for CCHS and teacher, said safety is part of planning the annual event.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s golf team won its second match in two days Thursday night, topping Leo by a 159-171 score.
Freshmen Eagles Tyler Green and Spencer Klimek were co-medalists, scoring 37 apiece.
Green shot a birdie on Eagle Glenâ€™s No. 2 hole, a par 3. Klimek didnâ€™t have more than five strokes through the entire front nine, including a three on hole No. 7.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Cameron Slavich outdid Klimek on hole 7, scoring a two to help him to a total of 44.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thursday marked the 62nd Annual National Day of Prayer, and events were scheduled for participation throughout the day.
Events began as early as 7 a.m., with a breakfast at Grace Lutheran Church for local church leaders and government officials.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel read a proclamation to start the day.
â€śI say this every year, but if our nation ever needed prayerâ€”itâ€™s now,â€ť said Pastor Steve Johnson of Oak Grove Church of God.