May 24th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ As the weather turns warmer, the amount of recycling generated in the county is increasing.
According to Dwayne Knott, Whitley Environmental owner and the recycling contractor, the countyâ€™s recycling participants had seemed to level off at about 70 to 75 percent, but he is seeing that number swell to 85 percent.
â€śOur guys have been slammed these past two circulations,â€ť Knott said.
â€śItâ€™s a good problem to have. As it gets nicer out, people are cleaning up. That generates more recycling.â€ť
FORT WAYNE â€” Churubuscoâ€™s Austin McClure was the regional champion Thursday night at Wayne High School.
McClure heaved the shot put 51 feet, 9 inches to garner the title and earn his ticket to the state track meet May 31 in Bloomington.
McClure is the lone Whitley County boys trackster to head to state â€” along with four girls â€” including fellow â€™Busco thrower Katie Monk.
Monk is advancing in the discus.
McClure also competed in the discus, placing 13th with a throw of 120 feet, 2 inches.
HUNTERTOWN â€” Even under the pressure of the win-or-go-home sectional playoffs, pitcher Jordan Bickle continued to do what heâ€™s been doing all season â€” striking out opposing batters and pitching a lot of innings.
Bickle helped the Columbia City Eagles baseball team defeat the DeKalb Barons 5-1 Thursday night at Carroll High School in the first round of sectional play.
Bickle, the tall, hard-throwing right-hander, fanned 10 Baron batters in a complete game, his fourth outing of the year with double-digit strikeouts.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Some of Whitko High Schoolâ€™s students will have their artwork displayed in a 2014 calendar.
The Electric Consumer recently hosted its 16th Annual Student Calendar Contest for 2014.
The contest provides young Hoosier artists an opportunity to express themselves and develop their artistic talent while possibly earning cash prizes and state-wide acclaim.
The contest is open to grade levels kindergarten through 12th.
(May 24, 2013) -- The toddler who drowned in a Whitley County pool Tuesday morning has been identified as Gilbert M. Strader, 2, of Fort Wayne. A Fort Wayne funeral home confirmed that the toddler was the son of Cole Strader and Emily Underwood of Fort Wayne.
Reports show that Strader drowned in a pool at his grandparents home, Phil and Elaine Smock, of Columbia City.
After visiting Vietnam for two weeks, Tim Davis, a Vietnam War veteran, received a heroâ€™s welcome Monday night at New Hope Wesleyan Church where he is a member.
When he originally returned home from the war in 1968, the homecoming was anything but welcoming.
However, 45 years later, Davis was ushered from Fort Wayne International Airport to New Hope Wesleyan in a motorcade of family, friends and supporters.
At the church, Davis was greeted by more supporters, as well as state and city leaders eager to show their appreciation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Betty Nelson has run enough miles to have circled the earth almost three times.
At approximately age 35, this Columbia City woman started taking her first steps to lead her on a 30-year journey including 40 marathons and more than 70,000 miles under her sneakers.
Now at age 67, she is lending her expertise and experience to Whitley County residents who want to accomplish a goal â€“ one step at a time.
PIERCETON â€” With computer malfunctions and online disconnects, ISTEP+ testing was deemed â€śa messâ€ť by Indiana lawmakers.
The state-mandated test experienced technical difficulties when testing contractor, McGraw-Hill, was unable to keep up on the demand.
Testing results have a determination on overall school performance, as well as student and teacher evaluations. With the lack of testing consistency, concerns are rising across the state on how integral the testing results can be.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Bids for trash contracts were discussed in a special meeting of the Churubusco Town Council last night.
Four bids were submitted to the council and were opened for the initial review at the last council meeting.
Among the four bidders was current contract holder National Serv-All and Whitley Environmental, current recycling contractor for the county.
Only Steve Smith, of Whitley Environmental, was present for the special meeting.
Each proposal included a three-year and a five-year option. However, Whitley Environmental offered a third choice.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the recent conviction of former Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Detective Chuck Vogely for operating while intoxicated, some changes have been made in the department.
Second-shift Sergeant Jason Spencer is taking over Vogelyâ€™s position as detective.
On April 13, Vogely was arrested for drunk driving, and the sheriffâ€™s department has made a decision on the future of his career.
Vogely pleaded guilty to OWI April 15, and WCSD Chief Deputy Marc Gatton said after the court proceedings, disciplinary actions moved forward by the department.