May 22nd, 2013
Laura Lefever organized a team of Whitley County residents to participate in the 11th Annual Lapper & Survivors Day event, a walk to benefit Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana.
More than 700 people attended the walk Saturday and helped raise more than $55,000 for the organization.
Cancer Services provides emotional support, practical resources and information to patients and their families dealing with cancer. The organization also serves Whitley County.
Lefever serves on the Board of Directors for the organization.
Heath Fearnow, one of Columbia City‚Äôs Police Department‚Äôs newest reserve officers, went through an unpleasant training exercise Saturday night.
Fearnow, along with fellow reserve Tony Kumfer and CCPD‚Äôs newest hire, Jon Stoffel (pictured left), underwent taser training at City Hall.
Pictured, from left: Stoffel, Fearnow, taser instructor and CCPD Officer Thor Hodges, and Sergeant Trey Insley.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs girls track team did all as expected Tuesday night at Northrop‚Äôs regional meet.
Three Lady Eagles qualified for the state finals in June.
Samantha Roush is advancing in the mile run, Kalisha Goree hit the state-qualifiying leap in long jump, and Carlee Hearld is moving on again in the high jump.
Hearld and Roush placed 10th in the state meet last season.
Roush placed second at Tuesday‚Äôs regional with a time of 5:04.9 in the 1,600-meter run.
Roush also ran the 800-meter, with a non-state qualifying finish.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Cafeteria food pricing and lunch menu mandates by the state of Indiana had food service workers overheated at Smith-Green Community School Board of School Trustees meeting Monday.
Pam Hill, a cafeteria worker, told board members of a problem with students charging their lunches, causing a deficit of more than a thousand dollars.
Hill discussed at length her frustration with the federal government‚Äôs mandates on pricing and menu.
‚ÄúThe kids still don‚Äôt like the food,‚ÄĚ Hill said. ‚ÄúWe try our best to tweak it and encourage them to try it, but they just throw away so much.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ There was no shortage of suggestions at last night‚Äôs aquatics facility public forum.
Since the announcement of Burnworth Memorial Pool closing in 2014, a task force has been working on a replacement for the public pool option.
Kevin Post, of Counsilman-Hunsaker, led the forum with his expertise on facility design and execution.
‚ÄúThe typical pool has a life of 30 to 50 years. Burnworth Pool is out of that life expectancy. It is definitely time to look at another aquatics option,‚ÄĚ Post said. ‚ÄúBut the idea of what a pool is has evolved over the years.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City High School saluted its top students at its Honors Convocation Monday evening. Awards were handed out to students for academic achievements, scholarships, service work and excellence in athletics. CCHS Principal Jennifer Reiff praised the top Eagles of 2013, lauding their hard work in the classroom and the community.
Dennis Robert Firestone, 60, of South Whitley, died at 6:54 a.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013, at his home.
He was born December 31, 1952, in Whitley County, a son of Robert G. and Mildred A. (Schneider) Firestone.
Surviving include his two children, two grandchildren and his domestic partner, Sarah Mills, South Whitley.
A memorial gathering will be held Saturday at the VFW Hall, South Whitley, from 2 to 6 p.m. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Condolences may be made at www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs baseball team dropped an extra-inning NECC game Monday.
The Eagles fell to Lakeland, 6-5, in 10 innings.
Churubusco took a 5-0 lead after three innings. The Lakers slowly crawled back, chipping in a run in the fourth and four more in the top of the fifth.
Lakeland finally broke the scoreless struggle that went into extra innings by notching one run in the top of the 10th.
Columbia City‚Äôs softball team suffered a season-ending loss to Carroll in the first round of sectionals Monday.
After taking a 1-0 lead, the Lady Eagles fell 11-1 to the Lady Chargers. Pictured above is Allie Vodde.
ANGOLA ‚ÄĒ Whatever momentum Columbia City‚Äôs baseball team had built up heading towards sectionals was lost Monday night at Angola.
The Eagles were 10-runned by the Hornets by a final of 13-3 after five innings.
Columbia City was only down 5-3 in the middle of the fifth frame.
However, what started as a feasible deficit to overcome turned into an insurmountable one that ultimately ended the game without the Eagles getting another turn to bat. Angola scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth to win the matchup, 13-3.