February 11th, 2011
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The best spellers of the county elementary and middle schools converged on South Whitley Elementary School Thursday evening to compete for the title Whitley County Spelling Bee Champion.
Janice M. Waikel, 83, passed away Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011 at Millers Merry Manor in Columbia City.
Surviving are her daughters, Jannelle (Butch) Kelly, Alica (Richard) Sherman and Patricia (Jay) Greer; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and daughter-in-law, JoAnn Waikel.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Waikel; parents, John and Madeline Galloway; and son, David Waikel.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council got a crash course in 800 MHz radios Tuesday night at its regular board meeting.
Ted Hurley of J&K Communica-tions gave the board and the cityâ€™s various department heads a slide presentation on 800 MHz technology thatâ€™s sweeping the nationâ€™s emergency response airwaves.
According to Hurley, although Columbia City is still slightly behind the rest of the county in changing over to the 800 MHz system from the old VHF technology, it wonâ€™t matter for awhile anyway.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Lehmberg Building in Columbia City is changing hands.
Attorney Peter Mallers of Beers, Mallers, Backs and Salin of Fort Wayne appeared before the Whitley County Board of Commissioners Tuesday to announce the building, located at 333 North Oak Street and owned by Whitley Memorial Hospital, Inc., will be sold to Passages, Inc.
According to Mallers, the bylaws of Whitley Memorial Hospital Inc. require the consent of the county commissioners before the sale of any of its real estate.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The teenager accused of killing a 14-year-old Whitley County girl in March of 2010 has pleaded guilty but mentally ill in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Joshua M. Wright, 18, appeared in court Thursday to change his plea on four counts related to the rape and murder of Kaylin Doggendorf.
If Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer accepts the change of plea, Wright could possibly receive a 100-year prison term.
Sentencing is set for March 28 at 9 a.m. in Whitley County Circuit Court.
COLUMBIA CITY — A win Thursday night had higher stakes attached to it in boys’ basketball Northeast Hoosier Conference.
In the final games of the conference schedule, Columbia City held on to hopes of a championship barring a little help.
The Eagles controlled their destiny for, at worst, a second-place finish. A win locks it up.
However, Columbia City’s chance at a NHC crown were dashed on the road Thursday by a senior-lead Carroll 47-40.
CHURUBUSCO — The host Churubusco boys’ basketball team used balanced scoring and a stingy high-pressure defense to run out to a 20-point lead at halftime en route to a 59-39 win over Northeast Corner Conference foe Hamilton Thursday.
The Eagles got 15 points each from senior Hunter Nicodemus and juniors Josh LeFever, and Tyler Arrowsmith. ’Busco forced 22 Hamilton turnovers for the game.
Whitko senior Brian Menzie signed his letter of intent to join the track and field and cross country teams at Huntington University. Menzie was a state qualifier in cross country this season finishing 48th and collecting a sectional championship in the process. The Wildcats most experienced distance runner holds a school record in the 1600-meter event in track and field at 4:33.93 and is a two-time Three Rivers Conference champion in the event. Menzie will be majoring in ministry at Huntington University. Sitting with Menzie are parents Phil Menzie, left, and Debbie Menzie, right.
After Monday’s Smith Green Community School board meeting, Churubusco High School began the search for a new athletic director.
Current AD Lee Etzler announced he will step down from the position effective at the end of the current school year.
Etzler notes time with his family was the driving force behind his decision.
One final hurdle stands in the way of nine wrestlers from Whitley County. Saturday, the Indiana high school individual semistate tournament splits the contenders from the pretenders.
Across 14 different weight classes, 224 wrestlers are vying for a top-four finish that will get them to Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the 73rd annual individual state finals tournament.
The path for five Wildcats and four Eagles goes through the Woodlan semistate held at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.