February 18th, 2013
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Saturday night‚Äôs basketball game was most definitely a game of very contrasting halves.
The visiting Whitko Wildcats used stellar shooting from the field to win the first half, but the host Churubusco Eagles used a furious fourth quarter and an off-balance shot in the final seconds to win the second half, and the game, by a 42-40 score.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys basketball team proved it is ready for sectional play ‚ÄĒ topping Northrop Saturday, 55-49.
The Eagles had as much as a 15-point lead over the Bruins, who knocked Columbia City out of the state tournament last season and handed the Eagles two of its eight losses in 2011-12.
Northrop has lost its last three games in a row, with Concordia and Pike setting the stage for Columbia City to beat the Bruins for the Eagles‚Äô senior night.
WARSAW ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs boys swim team saw its season come to a conclusion at Saturday‚Äôs sectional.
The Eagles garnered 187 team points to finish fourth. Warsaw won the meet with 498.5 points.
Eagle coach Kristen Swonger was pleased with the performance overall of her team.
‚ÄúI think the boys did a fantastic job,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúWe came in fourth overall with just a few swimmers and they swam great.‚ÄĚ
INDIANAPOLIS ‚ÄĒ House Republicans tossed out Indiana Governor Mike Pence‚Äôs call for a tax cut Friday.
Indiana has an approximate $500 million annual surplus that Pence proposed could benefit Hoosiers if that money was turned back to the people.
However, House Representatives would rather see those funds used for education and transportation.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre continuing fiscal integrity, we will have a balanced budget, we‚Äôre making priority investments in education and priority investments in transportation,‚ÄĚ House Ways and Means Chairman Tim Brown, R-Crawfordsville, said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Indian Springs Middle School‚Äôs show choir, City Stars, held its 5th annual Sounds of the City Invitational.
Seven different middle school choirs competed Friday night, with Norwell Middle School taking the top honors. The choir also won Best Vocals and Best Choreography awards. As the night came to an end, City Stars entertained the crowd with its competition show, performing in an exhibition status.
‚ÄúThe invitational ran very smoothly thanks to all the hard work from parents and supporters of the choir,‚ÄĚ said Karyle Genth, City Stars‚Äô director.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ After a sticker shock of close to $500,000 to stabilize the Eel River bank, South Whitley Town Council members researched ways to cut costs and has found some viable solutions.
With erosion running rampant along the riverbank, it is only a matter of time before the Eel River uncovers newly laid wastewater lines.
Project engineers advised council members that the erosion could cause pipes to be exposed creating a possible threat to the wastewater lines.
But the council received some good news at Tuesday‚Äôs meeting when alternatives were suggested to fund the project.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Parents and teachers gathered for a chance to discuss the academic well-being of Whitko High School students recently.
The second round of parent-teacher conferences was held Wednesday evening to touch base on students‚Äô educational progress.
With a 30 percent attendance, the amount of parents choosing to take part in the evening was up approximately four percent from last year.
Parents had the chance to talk to faculty members and receive progress reports, as well as updated balances on book fees.
Ronald O. Eberhard, 70, of Mishawaka, passed away at 1:40 p.m., Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, in his home surrounded by family. Ron was born on Jan. 18, 1943, the son of the late Walter W. and Edith M. (Humbarger) Eberhard.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Sharon K. Eberhard; two daughters, Kimberly K. McGlothlin of Indianapolis and Jacqueline M. (Matthew) Termont of Richmond, Va.; with his first grandchild due in July 2013. He is also survived by a sister, Andrea M. Eberhard of Columbus, Ohio.
Richard D. ‚ÄúHoss‚ÄĚ Hawkins, 74, of South Whitley, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013 in Winter Haven, Fla. where he resided during the winter months. He had been in failing health.
He was born Aug. 29, 1938, in New Philadelphia, Ohio, a son of the late Clarence Dean and Elizabeth (Hootman) Hawkins. He spent his formative years in New Philadelphia.
On Oct. 12, 1961, he entered the U.S. Army. He became a heavy equipment operator and served during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the final installment of a two-part series on the special education services offered at Whitko High School.
PIERCETON ‚ÄĒ Developing students into contributing community members is one of the many goals for Whitko Community School Corporation. However, when those students are faced with certain challenges that threaten their education, that goal can appear to be impossible to reach.
Donna Lehman, director of Special Services for WCSC, works with a group of teachers and administrators to remove those obstacles.