May 3rd, 2013
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.
SOUTH BEND (AP) â€” Notre Dame unveiled a plan Thursday to add buildings and more than 3,000 revenue-producing premium seats in and around Notre Dame Stadium in a push to make that area of campus more of a community hub.
The stadium that opened in 1930 and was expanded in 1997 is used fewer than 10 times a year for football games, commencement and recreational events. The idea is to use the stadium as a centerpiece where academics, athletics, students' social lives and the surrounding community come together.
With temperatures reaching the 80s on Wednesday, many youngsters were playing outside. Pictured, a group of friends ride their bikes in Columbia Shores. From left are Leonidas Huskey, 6, Aiden Huskey, 3, and Alexis Pettigrew, 9.
MANCHESTER â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys golf team picked up a conference win against Rochester Wednesday.
The Wildcats beat visiting Rochester 167-181 at Sycamore Golf Club.
Leading the way for Whitko was Danny Zawlocki, who shot 40 to earn medalist honors. Colton LeTourneau was next for Whitko at 42. Cole Bechtold carded 43 and Will Peters shot 44. Jacob Silveus scored 47 and Matt Hathaway shot 52.
All told, the top four Whitko golfers beat or tied the top Rochester golfer.
Whitko will next be at the Northfield Invitational Saturday in Wabash.
MENTONE â€” Whitkoâ€™s softball team lost a shootout to TRC-rival Tippecanoe Valley Tuesday.
The Lady Wildcats fell to the Lady Vikings by a score of 15-14.
It was the first conference game of the year for the Lady Wildcats.
Whitko soared at the plate, crushing 20 hits in the contest. Tiffany Ousley was 3-for-5, including a two-run homer in the sixth inning that broke a 10-10 tie.
Christa Baughman was 2-of-5 with a double and five RBIs.
Hannah Himes was 2-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.
MANCHESTER â€” Whitkoâ€™s baseball team won an 11-0 shut out Wednesday night to Three Rivers Conference foe Manchester.
The â€™Cats tacked on nine runs in the sixth and seventh innings to take the lopsided win.
Alex Stoddard pitched all seven frames for Whitko, throwing a one-hit shut out, as Manchester managed one hit. Stoddard struck out five and walked four. He also batted 4-for-5 with two runs and two RBIs.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” An Indiana Department of Education spokesman says the agency hasn't received any reports of problems by schools administering a required standardized test after computer troubles caused testing to be halted earlier this week.
Daniel Altman says as of Thursday afternoon, everything appeared to be running smoothly. The department asked schools for a second straight day to reduce the number of students taking the test by half to avoid problems.
FORT WAYNE (AP) â€” The mayor of Fort Wayne is assuring residents of Indiana's second-largest city that public safety is a top priority of his administration after the second fatal police-action shooting in five days and the fourth in just over 10 weeks.
After police officers fatally shot a man who was shooting at them and nearby homes Thursday, Mayor Tom Henry issued a statement supporting Police Chief Rusty York and his department.