May 9th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śThe sky is the limit for Celine.â€ť
Kathleen Myers, Columbia Cityâ€™s head tennis coach, believes in her No. 1 singles player.
But who wouldnâ€™t?
Celine Rongos is undefeated after 14 matches, topping all Northeast Hoosier Conference opponents that sheâ€™s faced.
Itâ€™s not uncommon to see a 6-0, 6-0 score next to Rongosâ€™ name â€” but the wins didnâ€™t come without hard work.
â€śCeline doesnâ€™t just play from March to May,â€ť Myers said. â€śShe works a number of hours outside the tennis season and has a very strong work ethic.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€” Amanda Martin has moved to the head of the Class of 2013 for Churubusco Junior-Senior High School.
Martin, daughter of David and Amy Martin, was named valedictorian.
Coming in at the number two spot was Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship recipient Chandler Brown.
Brown, CJSHSâ€™s salutatorian, is the son of Doug and Larisa Brown.
Looking back over their four years at CJSHS, the pair of academic achievers agree that the time was well spent.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Surrounded by members of his school safety working group, Governor Mike Pence Wednesday signed Senate Enrolled Act 1, which defines training requirements for school resource officers (SRO) and establishes a grant program to assist schools in enhancing their security.
â€śWe have no higher priority than ensuring the safety of our children,â€ť said Pence. â€śIn combination with our administrationâ€™s school safety working group, the legislation I sign today will provide new resources to make our schools safer so our teachers can focus on education and our kids can simply be kids.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two men who were arrested on drug charges in a traffic stop last week had their initial appearance in court Monday.
Michael Yoha and Vanness Oliver, both of Mansfield, Ohio, were arrested April 30 and charged with dealing a Schedule 1 controlled substance and possession of a narcotic.
Both men pleaded not guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court and were appointed public defenders. Yoha will be represented by Brad Voelz and Oliver by Brad Baber.
Both men will be in court June 3. Oliver was released on bail Monday.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” The investigation continues after a body was found in a wooded area in Whitley County Wednesday night.
Authorities suspect foul play after a man was found dead on County Road 800 East (County Line Road) north of Old Trail Road.
Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger said the body had been there for a while, and was found face down in the woods.
The probe, headed by the Criminal Investigation Division of the Indiana State Police, assisted by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, is ongoing at this time.
Betty J. McManama, 89, a resident of Columbia City, died at 5:35 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she had been a resident for the past month.
She was born Feb. 10, 1924, in Washington Township, a daughter of the late Clarence and Osie (Huffman) Juillerat.
Her formative years were spent in Washington Township. She graduated from Washington Center High School in 1942.
WHITLEY COUNTY, IND â€”The Criminal Investigation Division of the Indiana State Police from the Fort Wayne Post is investigating the the death of a man who was found this past evening in a wooded area near the Whitley/Allen County line.
According to First Sergeant Mark Carunchia, an unidentified male was discovered just after 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday night by a property owner in a heavily wooded area in the 800 block of County Line Road in Whitley County. It is not known exactly how long the deceased man's body has been there.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Police are currently investigating a death on County Line Road north of U.S. 30 in Whitley County.
No more information is available at this time.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko's girls track team split a three-way meet with North Miami and Tippecanoe Valley Monday night.
Whitko placed second to Tippy Valley, which had 81 points, but defeated North Miami, which finished with 17 points. Whitko tallied 66 points on the night.
The Lady Wildcats had several first-place finishes, led by the Craig sisters.
Reghan Craig placed first in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 18 seconds. Cagney Craig, her older sister, took first in the pole vault with a height of 7 feet.
Regan also came in second in the long jump at 13 feet, 7 inches.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitko's softball team dropped a double-header to Three Rivers Conference foe Northfield Monday night.
Despite outhitting the Lady Norsemen 8-7, Whitko fell 6-3 in game two, and 6-4 in game one.
In game one, the conference tilt was tied 2-2 at the end of the first inning. Each team scored again in the third, tying the score at three.
Northfield picked up an unanswered run in the top of the fifth, but Whitko found home plate again in the sixth, tying the score again at four.
The Lady Norsemen went on a 2-0 run in the seventh to take the win, 6-4.