May 9th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Kathy Heuer joined incumbent state legislators state-wide in holding her Republican spot in Tuesdayâ€™s Indiana primary.
Heuer, elected to Indianaâ€™s House of Representatives in 2010 for the 83rd District, defeated Keith R. Potter handily with 69 percent of the vote (5,967) while on the other side of the aisle, Democrat John A. Good advanced unopposed to face Heuer in November.
As expected, Heuer defeated Potter easily in her home county with 77.8 percent of the vote.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Board received a budget update at Monday nightâ€™s work session from Business Manager Tony Zickgraf. Whitley County Consolidated Schools has a budget of approximately $24,000,000 with approximately $21,000,000 of that coming from the State of Indiana noted Zickgraf. WCCS received approximately $5,424 per student from the state, down from a high of $5,781 in 2005.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” All three Republican incumbents for Whitley County Council held on to the partyâ€™s nod for the panelâ€™s three available at-large seats during Tuesdayâ€™s primary.
â€śIâ€™m just glad itâ€™s over,â€ť said Councilman Thomas Western at the Northside Grille, serving as Republican Headquarters Tuesday night. â€śIt was a pretty close election and thatâ€™s exactly what I expected. I guess it really means that people are relatively happy with the way things are running in the county.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Republican Laurell Hodges received the majority of votes in the primary election Tuesday, making her a 2012 nominee for the county treasurer position.
The slot was vacated by Lisa Richmond.
â€śIt was just an opportunity that I saw, and Iâ€™ve been involved in local politics, and so I just thought it was time for me to take this leap,â€ť said Hodges.
With all votes reported, the day ended with Hodges at 44.34 percent, and her fellow Republican runners, Cindy Doolittle at 39.09 percent and Tami Plew at 16.57 percent.
For Hodges, the win came as a humbling experience.
Dale Parsley, 85, passed away peacefully on May 6, 2012, in Lewisville, Texas.
Born in South Whitley, Dale was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Phyllis, and is survived by daughters, Linda Marshall and Karen Howe, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Retired from International Harvester after 30 years, Dale was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and Korea and a life member of the VFW 10006 and American Legion 296.
A private grave-side service will be held in Fort Wayne at a later time.
Karl Richard Pesick, 80, of South Whitley, died at 5:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 1, 2012, at Peabody Retirement Center, North Manchester.
Born on March 27, 1932, in Chicago, he was the son of John and Blanche (Petrovic) Pesick.
On Oct. 21, 1974, he married Linda D. Hon in Chicago. He served in U.S. Navy from 1952-1956.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Joan Marie Mitchell, 84, of Columbia City, died at 4:10 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
She was born February 27, 1928, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Roy Cuppy and Ruth (Besson) Stanley.
She graduated from Washington Center High School and Warner Beauty College.
On Nov. 1, 1952, she married Rolland W. Mitchell. They made their home in Indiana and California, returning to Whitley County in 1972. Mr. Mitchell died Oct. 2, 1989.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City fell to East Noble 6-5 last night in a Northeast Hoosier Conference battle at Columbia City.
The Eagles have now lost three straight games by one run. Columbia Cityâ€™s record now stands at 9-8, with a 1-4 record in the NHC.
The Eagles scored five runs on 11 hits with one error, while East Noble scored six runs with 11 hits and no errors.
Whitkoâ€™s softball team lost to Rochester Monday, 7-0.
The Lady Zebras grabbed four runs in the second inning and three more in the sixth to make the final score 7-0.
Karissa Olinske pitched all seven innings for the Lady Wildcats. She had two strike-outs, gave up a walk, 10 hits, seven runs and five errors in 30 at-bats. Though the Lady Wildcats never made it to home plate, Whitko managed five hits, led by Olinske with two.
Audra Day, Cassie Jones and Emily Weigold all recorded one hit apiece. Weigold led the team in put-outs with four.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s golf team hosted and lost to Northeast Hoosier Conference foe East Noble Tuesday night at Eagle Glen.
East Nobleâ€™s Michael Sharp fired a one-over par as the matchâ€™s medalist with a 37, leading the Knights to the 160-176 win. The visitors posted three scores under 40.
The courseâ€™s ninth hole was again a problem for the Eagles, who posted three double bogeys and a triple.
â€śWe havenâ€™t played our home course very well,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Andrew Thompson said. â€śIn all reality, 16 shots werenâ€™t going to be made up in the ninth hole.â€ť