April 12th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Eighteen-year-olds Jenee Schneider and Michaela Thomas, were selected as this yearâ€™s valedictorian and salutatorian, respectively, at Columbia City High School â€“ and the academic honors are opening doors.
Jenee is the daughter of Robert and Julie Schneider, and Michaela, the salutatorian, is the daughter of Micah and Michelle Thomas.
Both girls are good friends, playing volleyball together in high school and hanging out around Columbia City, as they both enjoy the lessons they have learned in high school.
OSSIAN â€”Whitkoâ€™s baseball team lost in 12 innings to Norwell (7-1) Wednesday night in Ossian.
After taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning, the Knights worked their way back in the ballgame to tie the score at four in the seventh inning.
The Wildcats went scoreless for six frames, and Norwell finally scored a run at the bottom of the 12th to end the game, 5-4.
Wyatt Wolf was the first to cross home plate Wednesday, scoring off a double by Colin Nicodemus. Nicodemus was close behind, getting the Wildcatsâ€™ second run from a single by Ryan Weigold.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The National Association of Counties (NAC) is an organization that helps promote County Government. April has been designated as Local County Government Month, with the 2012 theme being â€śHealthy Counties, Healthy Families.â€ť
In a press release issued for the month, Whitley County leaders have proclaimed they take seriously their responsibility to protect and enhance the health, welfare and safety of residents in a sensible and cost-effective way.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Mark your calendars for a leadership refresher April 20.
As part of Excellence in Servant Leadership Week, Leadership Whitley County is hosting a lunch and learn session.
The session is titled â€śLead From Where You Are.â€ť
The featured speaker is Bob Aibel, a Human Resources practitioner and instructor, with over 25 years of experience.
Aibel has worked and consulted in various industries, including medical device, consumer products, restaurant and hospitality, insurance and service organizations.
Jerry Lee Armel, of Scottsdale, Ariz., died April 5, 2012.
He was born in Columbia City, Ind. Nov. 11, 1933 to George and Gladys Armel. He moved to Arizona in 1957.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Armel; his sons, Lon and Jon Armel, and daughter, Suzanne Unger; and a sister, Gloria Aumsbaugh, of Columbia City.
Funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 13 at Camelback Bible Church, 3900 East Stanford Dr. Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253. Viewing will be at 10 a.m. Burial to be for immediate family members only at Green Acres Cemetery in Scottsdale.
Arthur Berton Kolberg, 90, of Syracuse, Ind. passed away on April 6, 2012 at the IU Health Goshen Hospital.
He was born Nov. 4, 1921 in Syracuse, Ind. to Arthur C. and Violet Anna Katherine (Prentice) Kolberg.
He was a 1941 graduate of Cromwell High School. On May 22, 1948 he married Margaret Eileen LeCount, who preceded him in death in 2008. He was a lifelong area resident and retired as a farmer and school bus driver. He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran and member of the D.A.V in Goshen.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s baseball team improved to 3-0 Tuesday, beating North Side in Fort Wayne, 5-0.
Eagle Connor Slavich pitched an 11-strike-out shut-out, with no walks and four hits on seven innings.
Columbia City scored two runs in the first inning, two in the last inning and one in the second, leaving the third, fourth, fifth and sixth innings run-less.
The Eagles finished the game with no errors, while North Side had two.
Landon Rehrer led the team in batting, going .666 from behind the plate. Though Rehrer didnâ€™t score, he helped the team with an RBI.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Lady Eagle tennis team started their season 1-0 Tuesday with a 3-2 win over the Norwell Lady Knights.
In No. 1 singles, Columbia Cityâ€™s Celine Rongos defeated Brittany Barger 6-1, 6-1. Lady Knight and No. 2 singles winner Lyndsey Havener beat Kennedy Slavicek, 6-3, 6-0.
Rounding out the singles action were the No. 3s. Alaina Beckner lost to Norwellâ€™s Rachel Phillips, 6-2, 6-4.
GOSHEN â€” Churubuscoâ€™s baseball and softball teams must have wondered where the sunshine and warm temperatures of last week went as they were greeted by frigid temperatures and gale force winds, as well as a Northeast Corner Conference foe when they traveled to Fairfield for a contests with the host Falcons.
For both â€™Busco squads, errors proved to be costly as the Lady Eagles fell by a 7-0 score and the baseball team fell behind 12-1 after the first inning on the way to an 18-7 loss.
For the Lady Eagles, a set of costly errors put them in a hole in the bottom of the second inning.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County has strong ties to Haiti as the local community continues to raise funds and serve on mission trips.
Amber Walker, of Columbia City, will soon be traveling to Haiti and taking with her more than 75 beaded bracelets, made by Lois Smith of Renaissance Village, for the Haitian children, and in February, a group of members of the Columbia City United Methodist Church (CCUMC) took a trip to Haiti to build new houses with the program â€śHomes for Haitians.â€ť
Another group from CCUMC church will travel to Haiti in early May.