March 28th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For the past decade, Bud and Karen Rothgeb have been coordinating events at Grace Lutheran Churchâ€™s Food Pantry and as of April 1 they are retiring.
The Rothgebs live right down the street from Grace Lutheran Church. The couple has always been active in the church but since Bud retired from DANA in Fort Wayne in 2001, heâ€™s been volunteering at the local food pantry. In 2007, when Karen retired from ITT in Fort Wayne, they became co-directors of the pantry.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Having reviewed proposed revisions from NEOLA, a consulting firm which provides school districts with a complete service for developing and updating board bylaws and policies, the committee in charge of reviewing those for Whitley County Consolidated Schools made its final recommendation to the school board, which approved the final adoption at last weekâ€™s board meeting.
NEOLA also deals with administrative guidelines, forms, staff handbooks and student/parent handbooks in both electronic and printed format.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” New rules and higher entry fees are ahead for the 2012 Whitley County 4-H Demolition Derbies. 4-H Clubs, Inc., approved a $50 entry fee for each car that enters the demolition derby scheduled July 15 and 18 at this yearâ€™s 4-H Fair. Last year the fee was $25. This fee includes one driver and one pit crew member.
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) â€” A real-life Hamburglar has struck at a Maine McDonald's.
Police say a young man, seemingly inspired by the pattie purloining character once featured in McDonald's advertising campaigns, ran between a car and the takeout window at the Augusta restaurant Sunday night as an employee handed a bag of food to a driver.
A witness flagged down an officer leaving a nearby convenience store.
Lt. Christopher Massey, acting on a description of the hungry thief, found him in the parking lot of a rival fast food restaurant diving into a McDonald's bag.
MONROEVILLE â€” The Churubusco boys and girls track and field teams left Heritage High School 2-0 for the day, with the boys winning by 37 points and the girls taking the meet by 27.
For the boys, Alex Zolman finished in first place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.5 seconds. Zolman also placed first in the 400-meter (53.9) and the long jump with a distance of 19 feet-10.5 inches.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A sixth-inning rally gave Churubuscoâ€™s softball team its second victory of the season Tuesday against Whitko.
After trailing 4-0 in the first inning and the score tied at four going into the sixth, the Lady Eagles got three runs in the bottom of the inning to take the lead, winning 7-4.
Center-fielder Kasey Gibson led Churubusco with a .750 batting average, connecting with 3-of-4 at-bats. She scored three runs and had an RBI.
Mariah Herendeen pitched for the Lady Eagles, with five strike outs and five hits.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Gas prices to the west of Whitley County jumped to $4.15 per gallon throughout Tuesday afternoon â€“ and pump prices in the local area and Fort Wayne followed suit later.
Earlier Tuesday gasoline prices had fallen to $3.89 at many filling stations in Whitley County. As of Wednesday morning, there were but a handful of gas stations locally at sub-$4.15 per gallon.
The surge by 25 cents was in full force by Wednesday's commute, which leads motorists to question if $4.15 per gallon is the new norm at the pump.
NEW HAVEN â€” Sometimes things start well and it sets a tone for the entire contest, but other times things just sort of fall apart. The Whitko Wildcats opened the 2012 baseball season with a trip to New Haven for a contest with the host Bulldogs. For the first two innings things went well with the Wildcats jumping out to a 2-0 lead, but in the third inning the Wildcats lost the lead and their starting pitcher. The Bulldogs registered a six-run outburst to send the Wildcats down to an 8-2 defeat.
Editorâ€™s Note: This is the first of a two-part series on Eagle Tech Academy. For part two, see Wednesdayâ€™s edition of The Post and Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After a two-year process, which included planning and the welcoming of its first students last fall the staff of Eagle Tech Academy is now close to saying farewell to its inaugural year and preparing for another first â€“ hosting a sophomore and freshman class â€“ in 2012-13.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Kindness is apparent around Churubusco, as hundreds of Smith-Green Community School children, teachers and parents have accepted Rachelâ€™s Challenge, showing acts of kindness everyday.
Three banners with hundreds of signatures written on them will be visible as people enter the schools of SGCS. The signatures came after Bill Sanders spoke all day Friday during Rachelâ€™s Challenge. Sanders is the author of the program directly inspired by Rachel Scott who died along with 12 others in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Littleton near Denver, Colo.