Friday, December 17, 2010

KC Basketball Hall of Fame inducts second class

Inducted into the Kosciusko County Basketball Hall of Fame Saturday were, from left, Dan Sands, David Sands, Steve Sands, Bob Ferverda, Sands, Dick Morris, John Sands, Larry Bibler, Virgil Gagnon, Clarence Dickey, Bill Speicher, Daryle Hill, Gene Likens, Lowell Barnhart, Kent Adams and Larry Pinkerton.
(Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

SYRACUSE – A second class of Kosciusko County Basketball Hall of Fame inductees were honored Saturday, December 11 between the Whitko and Wawasee High School boys’ basketball games.
The class of 2011 includes:
Atwood Greyhounds – Lyle “Skip” Witham--  Skip was a 1956 All-County selection and led the Atwood Greyhounds in scoring with 342 points. Skip led the 1956 Atwood team to 16 victories which is the second highest win total in Atwood history. Skip ended his career with 774 points and also led the 1953 Atwood baseball team to a county title. Skip went on to play baseball at Western Michigan University.
Beaver Dam Beavers – Larry Bibler—Larry’s 1958 single season scoring mark of 530 points ranks 3rd highest for Kosciusko County during the decade of the 1950’s. Larry led the county in scoring that year with a 25.8 average. Larry ended his career with 914 points and also led the Beaver’s to a county volleyball championship.
Burket Hawks – Virgil Gagnon—This 1953 All-County selection led Vern Campbell’s Burket Hawk team in scoring and finished his 4 year varsity career with 616 points. Vern also for former Burket Hawk player and popular coach Byron “Tim” Shoemaker for his first two varsity seasons.
Claypool Knights – Dick Morris- one of the 50’s best big men, Dick led the Knights in scoring his junior and seniors years. Dick was Claypool’s leading scorer during the decade of the 1950’s finishing his career with 904 points.
Etna Green Cubs – Dallas Stouder- Led the 1952 Etna Green Cubs to the county championship. Etna Green beat the Warsaw Tigers and the legendary Whitey Bell in the championship game 59-49. Dallas made the All-County first team and All- Sectional team that year. Dal ended his career with 618 points.
Leesburg Blue Blazers – Bob Ferverda 1950 graduate was one of the leading scorers in the county in 1950. Bob played for Burt Niles and Ted Ford and led Leesburg in scoring in both his junior and senior season. Bob’s sophomore season they were county runner-ups losing to Milford in the final game. Bob scored 340 points his senior year which ranked him as the second leading scorer in the county. Bob’s junior year he led all Kosciusko County scorers with 324 points.
Mentone Bulldogs – Clarence Dickey, this 1954 graduate led Abe Hoogenboom’s squad to the county championship and sectional titles his senior year. Mentone ended the season with a 25-2 record with Clarence scoring 410 points in his senior season. Clarence career total of 890 points was the 3rd highest total for Mentone in the 1950’s.
Milford Trojans – Bill Speicher 1948 graduate played on the historic Milford team that was the first in Kosciusko County history to win three straight county championships. Milford also won two sectionals in that same time period. The 1948 team had Kosciusko County’s first undefeated regular season to go along with a 25 game winning streak. Bill scored 254 his senior year and along with all four of his fellow starters, including his brother Lew made the All-Sectional Squad.
North Webster Trojans – Daryle Hill 1953 graduate helped lead the 1953 North Webster Trojans to a still county record of 27 consecutive wins and an undefeated regular season to go along with the county and sectional championships. North Webster lost in the Regional finals to eventual state champions South Bend Central. Daryle was All-county and all-Sectional that year and scored 389 points that year and 672 for his career.
Pierceton Cubs – Jim Stouffer 1955 graduate played for one of Burt Niles powerful Pierceton teams from the 1950’s. Jim led the 55 Pierceton team to a 17-7 record and led the Cubs in scoring with 433 points. Jim was selected first team All-Sectional and All-County First team in 1955. Jim finished his high school career with 751 points ranking him 3rd in scoring for the Cubs during the decade of the 50’s.
Sidney Wildcats –  Gene Likens 1953 graduate led his Wildcats to an 18-7 record believed to be the best in Sidney’s history. That year Sidney was runner-up in both the county tournament and Sectional losing both times to North Webster in the finals. Gene scored 372 points his senior year and his 898 career points was second highest among Wildcat’s during the 1950’s.
Silver Lake Ramblers – Carl “Moose” Sands 1947 graduate was the leading scorer for the Ramblers and led his team to a 23-4 record which included a Sectional Championship beating Warsaw in the finals. Silver Lake lost in the Regional finals to a powerful Fort Wayne South squad. Carl scored 293 points those years and over 500 for his career. Carl went on to star for Manchester College and coach the Beaver Dam Beavers in the early 50’s.
Syracuse Yellowjactets – Lowell Barnhart 1950 graduate played for Millard Sink’s 23-2 County champions. Lowell scored 291 points his senior year. Lowell also starred on Sink’s 1949 sectional champions scoring 215 points that year. Syracuse lost to Fort Wayne Central in the first game of the Fort Wayne Regional.
Warsaw Tigers – Kent Adams and Larry Pinkerton teamed up on Ken Norris’s 1955 Sectional Championship team. Warsaw was 19-7 that year and lost in the Regional finals to Mishawaka. Warsaw also won the powerful CIC conference that year with an impressive 7-1 record. Larry and Kent teamed up for almost 600 points with Larry leading the Tiger’s in scoring with 322 points. Kent and Larry were both named first team All-Sectional guards and both were on CIC All-Conference team.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Whitko Club Wrestling begins with pracices at Whtiko Middle School on January 4 and continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays for children in grades pre-kindergarten to sixth grade.
There are no fees to participate. Pre-K to second graders practice from 6 to 6:40 p.m. and third through sixth graders practice from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m..
For more information call Bret Bailey at  260-609-2664 or go to

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Whitko graduate co-authors writing book

By TRSmith
Ruth Myers Ayres is available to sign her new book “Day by Day: Refining Writing Workshop Through 180 Days of Reflective  Practice” at the Syracuse Elementary School, Thursday, December 16 from 2:45 to 5 p.m.
The 1995 Whitko High School is a writing coach for the Wawasee Community School Corp.
She and Stacey Schubitz, a literacy consultant in central Pennsylvania, are co-authors.
“Stacey and I cowrite a blog, Two Writing Teachers,” Ayers said. “ Stenhouse Publishers contacted us about writing the book.” 
“Day by Day” is designed for teachers and coaches already involved in writing workshops. It is marketed internationally and has already reached teachers in such far away places like Australia and Tailand.
“I’ve always been interested in the craft of writing,” Ayres said. “It is important to make sure that writing is meaningful and focused. In grades kindergarten through high school we teach students to concentrate on the idea.”
The premise of a writing workshop is to look at how writers in real world work.
She met Shubitz at the Columbia University’s teacher college conference. Shubitz wanted to share a blog about writing “and could only find me. It got pretty big. It became a place to talk about writing and to get ideas.”
She calls the book-writing experience humbling.
Her advice to high school students is: “It doesn’t matter what you write, just write. Its so important to develop that confidence. Our voices matter. A strong sense of communications is so important.”
To visit the blog go to

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Pierceton Council Hears From Emergency Planner

Tribune-News correspondent
PIERCETON – The town council spent a busy night at their December 13 meeting, passing three ordinances and dealing with matters as diverse as the arts and disaster management.
Ed Rock from Kosciusko Emergency Management  presented the county’s Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan for council approval.  This plan has been in the works for two years, Rock said.  It will allow the county to plan before an emergency due to natural hazards such as tornados and floods, thus reducing potential harm.  A plan like this needs to be in place for cities to work with FEMA, the Federal Emergency Disaster Agency.
“This is the key that unlocks the door to have grant money before disasters happen,” Rock said.  “FEMA pays a lot after a disaster...they are willing to pay some upfront before problems happen.” 
A resolution for Pierceton to accept the hazard plan passed 3 - 0.  Local resident Oliver Berstein then asked if the hazard plan would have any bearing on a storm water flooding problem he has been fighting for many years and was told that it could.
The council also passed an ordinance enabling Lifeline, a youth and family assistance agency with a facility in Pierceton, to refinance its original bond taken out in 2007.  Bond counsel Zach Klutz explained that refinancing would allow Lifeline to take advantage of lower interest rates while  not extending the length of the loan.  When making a motion to adopt the ordinance for refinancing, councilman Jerry Kreger commented that Lifeline “is doing a phenomenal job out there.”  This ordinance also passed 3 - 0.
Two other ordinances were approved, one establishing a $100 fine per violation for trucks “jake braking” (using the engine to slow a truck down).  The other changed the town’s agreement with Washington Township concerning a park board for Pierceton parks.  The ordinance will establish a town park board with the township having a nonvoting member on the board.
Park board formation turned out to be a timely topic.  A 10-year-old resident addressed the board about misbehavior at the town’s skate park.  She had written a letter to the town and followed up by attending the council meeting.  Living near the park, she described many problems including smoking, curfew violations, drinking, and said that neighbors didn’t feel safe. 
“Kids know right from wrong and right now, all I see is wrong,” she said.  “I know a lot of people worked hard to establish the park and (kids have) no gratitude or thankfulness for the park.”
Kreger responded, “You brought up a good point that people don’t feel safe.  I would like to see us use surveillance equipment.  I have a problem with someone not feeling safe in our parks.”
Town marshal Tim Sammons noted he had met with the girl’s mother after the letter was forwarded to him. 
     “We have made several arrests and the family is aware of this,” he said.  “They are also aware that we can’t be everywhere at once and they will help us keep an eye on it.  A lot of the arrests are people from out of town, Syracuse, Warsaw and so on.  The other side is young people here who want to use it (the park) and know it’s not a place to be.”
     Town Attorney Jim Walmer said he would take a look at statutes regarding park boards creating rules that police can enforce.  
     In other business, Brett Bailey, vice president of the Lakeland Art Association, discussed the yearly summer art festival.  Bailey headed the 2010 festival and, faced with flagging participation, wants to recreate the event for 2011 to include music, dance, drama and vendors.  Some of his ideas are to make it a three day event,  include gallery openings, and art and antique auction, and a taste of the town.
     “I hope to bring in several thousand people, not several hundred,” he said.
     The festival is set for the fourth weekend in July, 2011.  Council members approved use of town parks, but cautioned Bailey that his group needed liability insurance.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

New Eagle Scouts for Troop 85

Boy Scout Troop 85 added two new Eagle Scouts when the ceremony for Dallas Asher, left, and Riley Cokl was complete. The boys met all the requirements for the advanced rank and conducted a court of honor Sunday, December 12 at the South Whitley United Methodist Church. Dallas’ parents are Forrester and Deb Asher and Riley’s parents are Rick and Teresa Cokl.   (Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Wildcats defeat Warriors, 80-75

Alex Stoddard No. 11 prepares to pass the basketball to Logan Irwin No. 1 during the Whitko-Wawasee basketball game, Saturday, December 11 at Wawasee. The Wildcats defeated the No. 2-ranked Warriors 80-75.

The Whitko Wildcats came from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to defeat the Wawasee Warriors 80 - 75. 
The Wildcats trailed by a score of 43 - 34 to end the first half.  The Warriors were nearly perfect from the charity stripe in the first half and were hot from all over the court. 
Going into Saturday’s game the Warriors were ranked second in the state in points per game scored, near 85. 
Logan Irwin; normally deadly from the charity stripe shot 6 for 10 foul shots in the first half.  The Warrior boosters yelled “Over-Rated, Over-Rated” at each of his attempts at the line.   
The third quarter was more of the same, with the Wildcats trailing by 11. Wawasee’s Jacob Thompson, (No. 30) poured in baskets scoring an unofficial 33 points on the evening. 
The fourth quarter began and most of the Whitko fans and certainly the Wawasee fans were wondering how much Whitko would lose by; then something extraordinary happened. 
Coach Rob Irwin would not let his Wildcats give up; and sure enough, behind a full court trapping defense, the pressing ‘Cats forced turnover after turnover.  The closer the score became; the more the Wildcats put the pedal to the metal in an all out assault. 
Logan Irwin lead the way for a Whitko with a 31 point fourth quarter by doing everything and more a point guard could do by breaking the press, making shots, and/or assisting. Whitko’s second leading scorer, Zac VandeWater, fouled out; and Max Elder and Derek Snep stepped up with rebounds, shot blocks, and scoring on Irwin’s assists. 
Irwin finished the night with 35 points.  VanDeWater added 18, Elder and 12 and Alex Stoddard’s 8 points.
The Wildcats demonstrated tonight that to beat a ranked team on their home court; you cannot rely on the officials. 
The boys elevated their game to here-to-fore unseen levels and beat a very, very good team.  What happened tonight was indeed rare and frankly a marvel to watch. 
Despite the first half’s over-rated chant about Irwin, Wawasee fans have to now be thinking (quietly), “Not only is that kid under rated, the entire Whitko team is under rated.”
The junior varsity Wildcats defeated the Warriors 39 - 35.  Jordan Sims lead the ‘Cats with 11 points and some excellent guard play. 
Kolten Krull scored 9 points and pulled down a half dozen rebounds in 2- 1/2 quarters of play. Ryan Wiegold had a stellar performance adding a season high 8 points for the winning cause.
The  4-1 Wildcats play Tippecanoe Valley at TVHS Friday, December 17 at 6:15 p.m. Tippy gave highly ranked Warsaw a good game losing by 12 points.  Columbia City lost by more than 12 points to Warsaw. 
Tippecanoe will be tough to beat on their court as coach Bill Patrick is always tough at home especially in conference play.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Holiday Basketball Tournament Is December 29 and 30

North Miami is hosting this year’s Miami County Boys and Girls Basketball Holiday tournament on December 29 and 30 which also includes Whitko, Peru and Maconaquah high school teams.
December 29th events include junior varsity boys at 11 am, girls’ carsity at 1 pm and 3 pm and the boys’ varsity at 6 and 8 pm.
On December 30, the action begins at 12:30 pm with the  boys’ junior varisty consolation and championship followed by the girl’s consolation game followed by the boy’s consolation game.  That night, the girl’s championship game beings around 6 pm followed by the boys’ championship game.
This year, student-athletes who have excelled in the classroom will be recognized between the championship games.  Also, AmericanTrust has graciously offered to give a $500 scholarship to a deserving boy and girl Basketball player.
The draw is at Beef-O-Brady’s on Monday, December 13 from 7 to 8 pm.
Pre-sale tickets for the varsity games are $15 for all-sessions.  Pre-sale tickets can be purchased at any of the participating schools until school is dismissed for Christmas break.   Pre-Sale Tickets may also be purchased at AmericanTrust and Beef-O-Brady’s until the beginning of the tournament.
All tickets sold at the door are single-session only.  Single-session prices for day 1 are $5 for the girls’ varsity first round/boys junior varsity games and $5 for the boys’ varsity first round.  Ticket prices for day 2 are $8, which will get you into all sessions.
This year’s tournament sponsors include:  AmericanTrust, Beef-O-Brady’s, Winning Edge, Kesslers, American Stationery, Red Dot Trophies, Break-Away Bike Shop, and David Floyd CPA.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Wolfe returns to Larwill Town Council

Larwill resident Lore Wolfe, above at left, was elected by a Whitley County Democratic caucus last Tuesday to serve the remaining term vacated by former council member Phil Cameron. Wolfe is congratulated by Whitley  County Democratic Party chairman Scott Allison.               (Tribune-News photo by Tony Romano)


A caucus of Whitley County Democrats met Tuesday, December 7 to select an individual to serve on the Larwill Town Council.
Former councilwoman Lore Wolfe was chosen to fill the council vacancy. Wolfe was elected to the council a few years ago.
She resigned when she had to move from the district. She has recently returned to Larwill and is happy to be on the council once again.
In November, councilman Phil Cameron resigned from the post because he moved out of the district, leaving the Democratic vacancy on the board, which Wolfe filled.
Wolfe will begin serving in the role immediately.

Santa Clause visits South Whitley!

Come one; come all to the South Whitley Public Library to celebrate this holiday season! 
First, visit with Santa Claus on Friday, Dec. 10 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. as he takes time out of his busy schedule to hear your Christmas wishes.  If the line is long, feel free to participate in other activities, including making your own Polar Express Bell ornaments to hang on your tree.
Then, at 7 p.m. Santa must bid farewell to take your list of Christmas Wishes to the North Pole, and that is when the Polar Express movie begins!  Enjoy free popcorn and cocoa while you watch the movie with your family and friends.
If you’d like Santa to view your Christmas list before that night, you can drop off your letters to Santa in the Children’s Department, and Miss Meghan will be sure to deliver them to Santa for you.  Bring your Favorite Teddy to This Year’s Christmas Tea!
Sign up in the children’s section for a tea party of “Teddy” proportions on Saturday, December 11 at 1:30 p.m. 
Bring along your favorite teddy bear (or stuffed animal) and a parent for an afternoon of fun, games, and of course, tea!  Then, leave your stuffed animal friend at the library until Monday for “Teddy’s Takover of the Library.”
Return and pick up your friend on Monday and see what mischief they have been up to while library doors are closed.  Registration is required, as available spots for child and teddy are limited. Sign up in the Children’s Department.  This program is free!

Santa at the Kent on Saturday!
The South Whitley Lions Club President has received a call from Santa Claus. He said he will be at the Kent Theatre this Saturday, December 11 at 12 p.m. and he will greet the children from 12 to 1 p.m.  At 1 p.m., Mark Pratt will show “Santa Paws”.
Terry Eberly, of Eberly Photography, is taking pictures of Santa and the kids.  You will be able to purchase pictures on his Web site and they will be ready for Christmas.
This is a free movie with pop and popcorn for each child.  Other goodies can be purchased at the concession stand for the grown-ups.
Come and enjoy Santa and the show.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Grant requests sought by SW Facilities Committee

The annual meeting of the South Whitley Community Facilities Inc will be in January 2011.  The agenda for the meeting includes reviewing grant requests, election of new board members and election of officers.
This local foundation is currently accepting requests for funding.  Letters of request should include:  organization name, description of project, amount requested, and contact information.  Requests should be sent to:  Cindy Barnett, 115 S Line St, Columbia City, IN  46787 or  For more information, call Barnett at 244-7615 or 723-5951.  Letters of request must be received by January 6, 2011. 
In 1975, a foundation was established to raise funds and build a medical center for the community.  The interest from the principal is awarded annually to support local projects.  The purpose of the foundation is to promote the health and well being of the South Whitley/Cleveland Township area. 
More than $150,000 in interest money has been allocated to various community betterment projects over the past 35 years.
The 2010 officers are:  Al Germann-president, Steve Mundy-vice president, Joe Grant-treasurer and Cindy Barnett-secretary.  Other board members include:  Scott Darley, Marv Goble, Mark Rickerd, Todd Jones and Marlene Mishler.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Remember When, week of December 1

Compiled by Stephen D. Miller
10 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, December 6, 2000
At the Whitko Band awards banquet last Saturday, the organization gave special honor and thanks to Booster President Kerry Slater.
The Habitat For Humanity home in South Whitley was dedicated last Sunday by Whitley County Habitat president Ron Moeller.  It took one year to complete the Buffalo Street home.  Marsha Ruckman and her two sons Tommy and Danny are the lucky owners.
Staff Sgt Michael W Howk, son of Mike and Chris Howk of South Whitley, was recently honored as Indiana’s top US Army recruiter for the year 2000.  His wife Robin is the daughter of Robert and Donna Brandt of Churubusco.
The I.C.E student of the week is Abby Crawford, daughter of Ray and Peggy Crawford.  Abby is working at Stump’s Party Place in the customer service department.  She hopes to attend either New York University or UCLA and major in marketing or computer graphics.

25 years ago
from the South Whitley-Pierceton Tribune-News
Wednesday, December 4, 1985
Rosemary Parsons will once again head the Pierceton Chamber of Commerce. The chamber held elections Monday.  Others elected were Tim Collier, vice president; Delores Kirkham, secretary; Ed Likens, treasurer and Mary Baker, director at large.
The businesses in  the South Whitley area invited residents to register to win a 5 lb canned ham to be given away on December 14. The businesses, all members of the Chamber of Commerce, are each giving away a ham, so there will be many winners.
Amy Haupert of South Whitley and daughter of Dale and Elaine Haupert, is now a part of the security staff at Glenbrook Mall in Fort Wayne.
Rodney Obregon, an 11-year-old Pierceton runner has qualified for the Junior Olympic cross country national championships.  He is a member of the St Joe Valley Team.  The team placed first in the state meet and first in the Region 7 meet held on November 23.  Rodney is the son of Mr and Mrs Art Obregon of Pierceton and attends Pierceton Elementary School.
40 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, December 3, 1970
This year’s candidates for the South Whitley High School Sunshine Queen are Peggy Fisher, Gwen Michael, Wendi Tschantz and Lynn Besson.
Eudolph Holycross of Larwill and a government teacher and head of the social studies department at Columbia City Joint High School, was named Indiana Teacher of the Year.  Mr Holycross has been a teacher in Whitley for 42 years. 
Peggy Metzger, daughter of Mr and Mrs Paul Metzger of Sidney, was sworn into the Air Force on October 23.  Her basic training was at San Antonio, Texas.  Airman Metzger is a graduate of South Whitley High School.
SP/4 Roger A Rhoades, son of Mr and Mrs Ronald Rhoade of South Whitley, was presented the Army Commendation Medal, while serving in Vietnam.  Rhoades received the citation for distinguishing himself by meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against an armed hostile force in Vietnam during the period of September 1, and October 20, 1970.
Marine Pvt Larry D Hall, son of Mr and Mrs Robert E Eib of South Whitley, grduated from basic training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego, CA.  Pvt Hall is a 1970 graduate of South Whitley High School.

50 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, December 8, 1960
Troop 244 held their Investiture Party on Novemer 30 at the home of Mr and Mrs Phil Glassley.  Their leaders were Mrs Rex Roberts and Mrs Alton Braddock.  The members of the troop were, Sally Jo Lewis, Kristine Wood, Debra Braddock, Margo Glassley, Patricia Able, Lana Beasley, Peggy Jo Fisher, Vicki Hurd, Terry Roberts, Denise Judy, and Kandie Beasley.
Raymond Ray, of Cleveland Township, has been named Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 3085, replacing Lee Eberly, who resigned after heading the local unit ince March of 1959.  Mr Ray is married to the former Freda Cullern of Columbia City, and has five children, Steven, Jeffrey, Gary, Brian and Pamela.
Miss Gaye Gilbert, daughter of Mr and Mrs Arthur Gilbert of South Whitley, was semi-finalist winner in the National Merit Scholarship examination given on December 3.  She was a student at Shimer College in Mt Carroll, IL and is busy in many areas, including girls sports editor for the school newspaper, president of the girls dorm and is active in the Green Curtain, a dramatics club.

65 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, November 29, 1945
Arthur Bechtold arrived home this week with his discharge from the Marine Corps in hand,  He was in the service 21 months and was overseas for one year and five months.
Sgt William S Raypole of South Whitley was recently released from the Army.  He wears the American Defense and Good Conduct ribbons.  Before entering the service, Raypole was employed by S S Lynn of South Whitley as a cream and egg route man.
Walter L Gray received an honorable discharge from the Army on November h.  He serviced in the service four and one-half years, enlisting in April 1941 and spent two years overseas.  He with with the landing party at Leyte and saw hard fighting in the retaking of Bataan and Corregidor.
Robert Steller, recently discharged after serving four years of service with the Army, has acceptied a position as linotype operator at the Stump Printing Co. in South Whitley.

'Cats lose shocker in Columbia City

The boys basketball season opener was full of all the excitement, anticipation, and expectations you could imagine for a heated rivalry in Hoosier high school basketball when the Wildcats went to Columbia City Wednesday, November 24.
The Wildcat’s lineup consisted of five returning starters, with speed, height, sharp shooting and a tenacious defense. 
The Eagles lineup was also evenly matched as they had their own sharp shooter in Drew Benedict (No. 3) and 6’6” center Tyler Mosher, one big brute of a fellow.  The gym was packed with many more Columbia City fans than Whitko and there was standing room only. Tension was definitely in the air for this ball game.
The game started with Whitko guards Logan Irwin (No. 1) and Mitch Yeager (No. 3) and Zac VanDeWater (No. 5) finding the hoop from three point land.  Not to be outdone; Drew Benedict also found the 3 point range for the Eagles and the game was close with the first half score Whitko 29 - Eagles - 27.
The second half was more of the same as both teams had spurts of 6 to 8 points. The Wildcats began to wear down the Eagles and late in the fourth quarter on good shooting by Logan Irwin and some great boards by VanDeWater, Max Elder (No. 15), Derek Snep (No.21) and Alex Stoddard (No. 11) the Wildcats looked as if they had the game in hand.
As fate would have it; with less than a minute to go and a 6 point lead; some bizarre things began to happen. Whitko was called for a foul guarding the Eagles at the Wildcat end of the court. 
The Eagles converted the one-and-one to make the score Whitko 58, CC 54. The net effect was the Eagles scored 2 points without consuming any time off the clock.  Zac VanDeWater was then called for traveling, which gave the Eagles another possession with seconds on the clock. 
The Eagles advanced the ball and at their end of the court, in the fight for a rebound, a leaping Eagle appeared to come down on a Whitko player. 
The Eagle player lost his balance and fell to the floor.; The foul was called on the Whitko player. The Eagle player fouled was injured on the play and subsequently; the best Eagle free throw shooter on the night shot the foul shot on behalf of the injured player. The Eagles converted the one and one with less than 20 seconds left to play making the score Whitko 58, Columbia City 56. 
Alec Stoddard was then  deliberately fouled on the end line pass; and missed the front of a one and one. 
The Eagles called timeout with about 14 seconds left on the clock. 
Drew Benedict then got the ball with 2 seconds on the clock and made what appeared to be a three point shot giving the Eagles a one point lead 59 - 58. 
The officials then huddled and one official changed it to a two point shot. 
This is the point where it gets confusing. 
The shot was taken right in front of the scorekeeper’s and media bench.  Apparently, the photographer for the Columbia City Post and Mail indicated Benedict’s foot was beyond the 3 point arc in one of his photos.  The three points were then allowed. 
Whitko took the ball with 1.7 seconds left and lobbed a long pass to VanDeWater who launched a three pointer as time ran out. 
Before the ball hit the rim; Zac was called for traveling again for the second time in less than a minute.  The game ended.
This reported checked with several reporters at the game and they indicated  Benedict's foot was in two point area when he shot the ball. 
Guess we will never know; but somewhere there is a game film that may or may not solidify the Eagles last second Victory.  Much to the chagrin of Whitko fans, three days later when the Whitko Wildcat girls team played the Warsaw Tigers, they drew two of the same officials. 
Near the end of the game, several players from both teams literally dived on the floor for a loose ball. The same official that overturned the two point CC shot to a three point shot called a technical foul on a Whitko player.
What was bizarre about this call is that Warsaw was ahead by 18 points with 10 seconds to go in the game.  Perhaps a Whitko player did push a Warsaw player as from my vantage point it was hard to see with girls strewn all over the floor.
In high school sports; players are taught to play by the rules and demonstrate good sportsmanship, even when the inevitable bad call goes against them and they loose.  That is life!
I’m not a player, I’m a reporter; and this is what I observed.
Two traveling calls, two fouls, and a disputed 3 point shot all but erased a 6 point lead in less than 40 seconds against a very good and very disciplined boys basketball team. 
To the Eagles’ credit; they converted four out of four free throws and made the game winning shot!!
To the Wildcats credit they demonstrated they will be a difficult team to beat in the days and weeks ahead.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Delts Bazaar this Saturday

The Delta Theta Tau. Theta Kappa Chapter of South Whitley has their fifth Annual Christmas Bazaar on Saturday, December 4 from 8 to 3 pm at the South Whitley United Methodist Church on SR 14.  There are crafts, nuts, soy products, baked goods, primitives, Longaberger and much more.  Lunch may be purchased between 11 and 1 pm and is served by the South Whitley United Methodist Church Friendship Class. 
The Delts are donating proceeds to the annual scholarship for 2011.  Help celebrate Christmas with us.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Primitives Show, Shop Hop This Saturday

By TRSmith
PIERCETON – “Primitive art is doing hand made crafts with the look and feel of the early 1800’s” said Sally Reuter, organizer of Saturday’s Heritage Gathering Primitives Show and owner of Country Heritage Primitives 1860. “They’re made to decorate, for feeling simplicity and comfort in the home.”
The show starts at 9 a.m. in the Pierceton Elementary school. The 27 crafters, from Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and South Carolina, have been juried to offer the finest handmades and antiques.
Especially at Christmas time primitive art has a lot of natural greenery, grapevines and pineapple motifs often painted with “attic” paint, a dry paint that looks like it was applied 100 years ago.
“There will be a lot of old fashioned dolls, homespun fabric, samplers, candles, punched tinware and Early American lighting,” Reuter said. “It used to be that antiques and handmades did not look well together, now  we’ve learned how to make things look old, although we don’t sell them as antiques.”
“I have a motto,” Reuter said. “‘Primitives – for them it was necessity, for us it is our heritage.’”
Reuter, who lives in South Whitley, has owned the shop in Pierceton for six years. Before that she traveled to primitive shows for 15 years showing her wares.
The Pierceton Chamber of Commerce and Kosciusko County Visitors Bureau are co-sponsoring the show and Holiday Shop Hop.
The shop hop begins at 10 a.m. Participating stores are Sydow;s Antiques, Village Antique Gallery, Blue Pearl, Purrfectly Unique Design Studio and Boutique, Blue Lion Coffeehouse, Weckmuller Fine Chocolates, Lakeland Art Gallery, Clothing Carousel, Pierceton Art Gallery & Ceramic Studio and Country Heritage Primitives 1860.
Shoppers pick up passports at one of the named stores and have them stamped as they shop and brows the wonderful treasures Pierceton has to offer.
Once the passport is completely marked it is placed in a drawing with a chance to win a $200 grand prize.
The very popular horse-drawn sleigh rides are offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., available for a freewill donation or canned goods for the local food bank.  The driver will start at Pierceton Elementary School and give you a wonderful view of our town in a horse drawn sleigh. Dress warm.
The participating shops are open  from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., so join in the fun and begin or finish up your holiday shopping! Go ahead and Shop Hop till you drop!  Don’t miss this fun-filled Saturday in downtown Pierceton.
For more information, call Sally Reuter, 574-594-3800.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Extension granted for building repairs

Tribune-News correspondent
Just as the November 29 deadline approached, another monkey wrench has been thrown into the Green Parrot building repair project.
After the leaning portion of the building, belonging to Betty Deaton and part of the former Hicks and Deaton Hardware, was torn down earlier this year, the remaining building was left with an exposed interior wall. Owners Randy and Linda Striggle were ordered to have the wall repaired. Citing confusion about ownership of the building, which they were trying to sell, the Striggles asked for and received an extension to November 29 to cover the wall.  The business and building have now been sold and Striggle assured council members at earlier meetings that new owner Adam Flores was aware of the order and would have it done by the deadline.
Striggle told the council at the November 23 meeting that there is confusion about the property line.
“Gary Hicks (former hardware owner) talked to Craig Wagner (Whitley County Building Inspector) and somehow, all of a sudden, part of the exposed wall is on his property. I don’t know why all of a sudden it’s come to this conclusion. I don’t know truly or honestly what’s going on,” Striggle said.
Council members granted another extension, until December 29.  However, concern about approaching winter weather caused them to request that both Hicks and Striggle attend the next council meeting on December 14 to resolve the situation once and for all.  Town attorney Greg Hockemeyer hopefully said that if the two parties can resolve the situation on their own, there will be no need for them to attend the council meeting.
Alan Tio, director of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) brought welcome news.  Tio said the EDC has been approached by Duke Energy, power supplier to South Whitley’s electric utility, about making improvements at the town’s Hathaway Drive industrial park.  The goal is to make a more “shovel ready” industrial site.  According to Tio, this type of site is attractive to companies who may be wanting to locate in the Whitko area.  Duke Energy is showing willingness to work together with the EDC and the town and to share in the cost.
“I wanted to look at this yet this year or next year to make sure we don’t miss the opportunity to work with Duke since they are willing to support the process financially,” Tio said.
This is not something to be done overnight: among the many steps Tio outlined were rezoning, creating a tax increment fund district and fixing a price per acre depending on location.  The council agreed to set up a committee to deal with the project consisting on councilman John Dunn, EDC representative Joe Kessie, Tio, current industrial park property owners, and someone from the town utility department.
     The Corner Cafe will be lit with new Christmas lights for all to enjoy.  Owner Tanner Moyer asked for permission to hook up to an unused town electrical outlet behind his restaurant for a power source.  Utility manager Dennis Eberhart said that the outlet is metered so that the cost can be fixed at a later date.
     Park Board representative Coleen French received a verbal commitment from the council to cover insurance for new park equipment.
     The process of lining up funding for the next phase of the sewer improvement project is beginning.  Financial advisor Jesse Nelson from Umbaugh & Associates, reported to the council on two methods of financing: using the state revolving fund (SRF) or issuing utility bonds on the open market.  SRF funding requires an application which receives a rating; a preliminary engineering report costing about $25,000 is also required.  There is no guarantee that the town’s application will be rated high enough to receive funding on the first try or that the $25,000 investment will be covered.  However, there are bond registration and underwriter fees to be met if bonds are sold.  Nelson concluded by recommending trying for SRF monies for the $2,500,000 project.
     Local resident John Bonebrake updated the council on his attorney’s position about a disputed 10-foot area along an alley near his State Street property.  A neighbor, Lori Kirkendall, has repeatedly complained to the council that Bonebrake uses the strip for storage.  Bonebrake said that there appears to be no encroachment and that the area may have been vacated in the past; investigation is ongoing.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Whitko Football Awards

“There is no substitute for hard work and effort beyond the call of mere duty. That is what strengthens the soul and ennobles one's character,” said Whitko High School coach Wayne Swender quoting the “father of football”  Walter Camp.
Hard work is what the members of the 2010 put in as they put extra time in the weight room, hit early morning practices, attended 7-on-7 contests as they celebrated their championship season Thursday, November 18.
This year’s Wildcats not only had an overwhelmingly winning season they secured the Three Rivers Championship for the first time in 20 years.
“We will miss you,” he said to the departing senior members of the team. “Make sure you come back and say hello when we’re on the field, in the locker room, you’re always welcome.”
Senior Benjamin Bryan set two records this season for longest field goal: 39 yards and most field goals in a season: 5.
Junior Derek Snep set records, too: the most receptions in a season – 37; career receptions – 73 and career yards – 1,106.
Snep was also awarded the Ryan Huff award, selected by coaches and players and given to a junior who exemplifies leadership, character and a “team first” attitude.
Major awards were presented to:  Dominic Arrowood-Fouce, Trevor Bauer, Cody Bays, Benjamin Bryan, Chris Bumbaugh, Benjamin Bryan, Brent Busz, Dillon Craig, Cord Feasby, DJ Fouce, Schyler Fugate, Jordan Gilbert, Dakota Harmon, Tyler Hathaway, Ben Hinora, Preston Keim, Austin LeTourneau, Javier Morales, Chris Morley-Tackitt, Austin Mort, Brandon Nettrouer, Tyler Newsome, Ian Pherigo, Joe Prater, Trent Sims, Scott Skiles, Derek Snep,  Alex Stoddard, Austin Striggle, Connor Stouder, Andrew Warren, Travis Weigold, Coty West, Tyler Wine, Kory Wood, Jacob Bolinger, Mgr.
Minor awards were presented to:  Josh Angiano, Chris Baker, Stephen Bennett, Doug Bolinger, Mike Carroll, Michael Dimmick, Dakota Funnell, Trevor Gilbert, Tyler Hinora, Josh Hough, Ian Keirn, Josh Kessie, Tyler Miller, Ethan Nicodemus, Jake Nissley, Thomas Ousley, Nathan Slater, Alex Smith, Ryan Weigold
Junior varsity plaque awards were presented to:   Offensive Lineman – Josh Kessie; Offensive Back – Ian Pherigo ; Defensive Lineman – Chris Baker; Defensive Back – Schyler Fugate
Varsity plaque awards were given to: Offensive Lineman – Cord Feasby; Offensive Back – DJ Fouce; Defensive Lineman – Coty West; Defensive Back – Dakota Harmon.
Connor Stouder received the Coaches’ Award.
Named to the 2010 Three Rivers Conference defensive team were – First team: 
D.J. Fouce – Linebacker;
Alex Stoddard – Secondary;
Ben Bryan – Special Teams
Second Team:  Travis Weigold – Defensive End; Cody Bays – Linebacker;
Brent Busz – Secondary
Honorable Mention: Austin Mort and Coty West
Named to the offensive tem were – First team: Derek Snep – Wide Reciever ; Ben Hinora – Tackle and Second team: Dakota Harmon – Running Back; Joe Prater – Guard; Cord Feasby – Center and Honorable Mention: Tyler Newsome
TRC Academic members are: Brandon Nettrouer; Scott Skiles; Derek Snep and Tyler Wine
Honorable Mention – Academic All-Conference players are Dillon Craig, Cord Feasby, Austin Mort and Kory Wood

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Town Council Hears About New Business

It’s possible that the building that housed the former Hicks and Deaton Hardware may find new life as a coffee shop/fabric and sewing machine repair shop.  Cherie Hartman informed the town council that she and her husband Jim are looking into these retail options as they consider purchasing the building. 
Hartman had several questions for the council concerning the possibility of running a drive-thru for a coffee shop in the alley that runs between the building and the neighboring Green Parrot building.  She pointed out that the alley is potentially wider than before with this summer’s removal of a small leaning building attached to the Green Parrot.  A drive-thru would be one-way and exit onto to State Road 5, she said.
Hartman also brought up the possibility of blocking part of the alley that goes behind State Street to the car wash to allow construction of a deck for outdoor seating. 
“People could sit outside, see the park and listen to music when there are concerts,” she said.
Council president Joanne Eberhart was cautious.
“I believe people go through the alley to use the car wash,” she said.
Town attorney Greg Hockemeyer laid out the steps involved in vacating a right-of-way.  With this information, Hartman said she would be able to make further inquiries and develop ideas.
Councilwoman Tonya Warner relayed an update on the status of the Green Parrot from owner Randy Striggle.  Striggle recently regained ownership after a contract sale of the business fell through.  Adam Flores, current manager of the Green Parrot, will become the new owner and assume responsibility for repairs ordered to be done by November 29, 2010.  In August, Striggle asked for and received a time extension until November for ordered building repairs.
Hockemeyer expressed some reservations about this plan.
“Are repairs being shoved off on a new owner?” he asked.  “We gave an extension because we waited to clear the ownership situation.  Frankly, I think it (the repairs) could be done before the next ownership change.”
Council members agreed to ask both Striggle and Whitley County Building Inspector Craig Wagner to come to the next council meeting to discuss the situation.
Hockemeyer said representatives from Duke Energy, supplier of electric power to the town utility, will attend the next meeting to discuss rate increases.  The council will also ask a representative from Umbaugh,  a financial advisory and accounting firm, to be present.  Warner added that business owners and employers such as Whitko Community Schools may want to attend as well.
Clerk-Treasurer Mitch Winger said that the police department will  purchase two new radios at a cost of $4,714 each in order to stay compatible with the radio system used by the county sheriff department.
In other police business, it was noted that Chuck Lewallen is due to graduate from the police academy and return to his town duties.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Remember When? Week of October 3

5 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Shelby Kreger, daughter of Jerry and Cindy Kreger, and Katie Strandlund, daughter of Steve Strandlund and Bob and Patricia Garcia, competed for Whitley County’s Junior Miss competition.  Miss Strandlund was awarded First Runner-Up.  Both girls are Whitko High School seniors.
The Whitko High School Marching Pride won the Silver Rating in the Indiana State School Music Association district contest and will advance to the Regionals in Class D.
Talented artist Carol Harter, from South Whitley, won the prestigious “Best of Theme” award at the Kendalville Apple Festival Art Show.
Whitko’s tennis team tied for first place in the Three River Conference.  This is the first title win in the school’s 33 year history for the boy’s tennis team.  Larry Shuh is the coach for the Whitko Wildcat Tennis Team.
The Whitko FFA members competed in the State Animal Science Skill-A-Thon and came away as the state champions.  The winning team included Linzey Terrill, Alicia Collier, Laura Kessie and Trent Gable.
ShindigZ launched a new website for customized banners.  The banners are made of high-quality vinyl and have designs for eny theme or event.

10 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, October 11,  2000
Beebe’s Antiques in Pierceton is in the process of liquidating all of their antique collections.  Beebe’s Antiques was established some sixty years ago by Fred and Nedra Wertenberger Beebe and has been in continuous operation under the supervision of the couple.  After Mr Beebe’s death three years ago, Mrs Beebe has decided to retire and liquidate the treasurers.
The Pierceton United Methodist Church is holding their Fall Bazaar October 21.  They will have all sorts of fresh baked goods available for purchase.  Hand-crafted rag rugs made by the ladies of the church are also being offered.
Ramone’s Restaurant owners Scott and Mellissa Hull have sold the restaurant and the new owners will take possession October 16. 
Whitko High School Marching Pride band placed 6th in Class C competition in the Homestead High School/Comcast Fall Festival of Bands in Fort Wayne last Saturday.  On October 14, the Marching Pride travels to Reginal competition at Carmel High School near Indianapolis.
Lisa Brookes, daughter of Jeffrey and Penny Brookes of Columbia City, was named Whitley County’s 2001 Junior Miss.  The first runner-up was Sarah Adams, daughter of Larry and Rebecca Walter and Dennis Adams, all of Columbia City.  Hilari Ayres was second runner-up.  She is the daughter of David and Sherri Ayres of South Whitley.
Whitko Middle School student Ross Adang competed in the Kiwanis club’s Punt, Pass and Kick competition and won that event and traveled to the state event and also won that one.  He is the son of Steve and Jackie Adang of rural Pierceton.
25 years ago
from the South Whitley-Pierceton Tribune-News
Wednesday, October 9, 1985
The newly-formed Whitley County Crime Stoppers held a meeting October 2 to kick off the Crime Stoppers “Crime of the Week” program.  This new organization is affiliated with the Allen County Crime Stoppers.
Last Saturday, the Whitko Marching Pride, under the direction of band director Michael Klinker, received a first place in the District Band Competition.  This is the first step in the Marching Pride’s quest to participate in the State Band Finals.
The South Whitley Elementary school celebrated Grandparents week, October 21-25, by allowing the students to have lunch with their grandparents in the school cafeteria.
U.S. 30 Auto Painting is celebrating it’s gand opening beginning October 5 in Pierceton.  The new business is owned and operated by Anthony Tuell of Warsaw and his brother Bill Tuell of Larwill.
Mrs Alice Wilson of Pierceton, was honored last week during the Fall Convention of the Indiana Nursing Home Association.  Mrs Wilson was president of this association in 1952.  She was the third president of the organization and was one of the pioneers of the Indiana Nursing Home Association.

40 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, October 8, 1970
Dr Lee L Eve, chairman of the Divisin of Professional Studies at Huntington College and a former principal of the South Whitley schools, will be the dedication speakerfor the South Whitley-Cleveland Township Public Library held on October 11.
Miss Anita Metzger, daughter of Mr and Mrs Loren Metzger of South Whitley, attended the 4-H Dairy Conference held in Madison, Wisconsin this month.  Anita was selected to attend on the basis of individual accomplishments in her 4-H dairy projects and leadership.
Miss Theresa Ann Stallings, daughter of Mr and Mrs George Stallings of South Whitley, and a junior at Ball State University, is one of 33 coeds vying for the title of Home-coming Queen at the university the weekend of October 17.
Jim Woods of South Whitley and Terry Day of Sidney were both divisional record holders in the second annual Manchester Invitational cross country meet.  Woods held the Reserve Division record with a 10:21 time and Day held the Junior High Division record with a 5:25 time.
Prof Michael Leckrone, director of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band has been named one of America’s Outstanding Educators for 1970.  Prof Leckrone is the son of Mr and Mrs Harold Leckrone of North Manchester.  Prof Leckrone’s father, Harold, is the principal of the Sidney school and was South Whitley band instructor for four years.
This is National Apple Week and the price of apples in 1970 were 39 cents for Jonathan or McIntosh apples and 49 cnts for red or golden delicious for 3 lb bags.

50 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, October 13, 1960
A county-wide 11pm curfew has been ordered by Judge Lowell Pefley of the Whitley County circuit court for boys and girls below the ages of 18 years.
Dave Bruch, son of Mr and Mrs Foster Bruch of South Whitley, will represent Indiana at the National Future Farmers of America Convention held this week in Kansas City, MO.  He will carry the State flag in the Star State Farmer Ceremonies.  Dave is a 1960 gradyate of South Whitley High School.
Larry N Krudop of Louisville, KY and son of Mr and Mrs Fred Krudop of South Whitley, has been appointed state representative of The National Foundation in northern Indiana.  Mr Krudop will work with the volunteers of 33 northern Indiana chapters as they help carry out The National Foundation’s programs to prevent crippling diseases.

65 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, October 4, 1945
Pfc Dorman Keller, son of Mr and Mrs Glen Keller and 1943 graduate of South Whitley High School, was on the Army Hospital ship “Marigold” and that ship was the first to arrive off the coast of Japan and arrived four days fefore the formal surrender ceremonies in Tokyo Bay.  His job has been to care for 1,000 liberated American prisoners of war aboard the ship.
Pvt Martin Kreider and Psvt James Lilly both arrived back in Whitley County for their first furlough since joining the Army.  Both boys are in training for airplane mechanics.
M-Sgt Firmer J Lee, son of Mr and Mrs Roy Lee, arrived home after receiving an honorable discharge from the Army Air Corps.  M-Sgt Lee served with the 314th Troop Carrier Group and served in Africa, Sicily, England and in France before returning to the states onboard the Queen Mary and arrived here September 28.
Mr and Mrs H M North received word from their son, Wilbert North SM 3-c, arrived in Yokohama Harbor, Tokyo Bay on September 12 from the Philippine Islands.  He enlisted in the Navy on May 7, 1943 and received sea duty in April 1944.
Mrs August Kehmeyer received word that her son, Wilford George Croxton, who has been a prisoner of war since early 1941, has been liberated, is well and is expected to be home soon.
Jesse G Hertsel, son of Mrs G.O. Hertsel of South Whitley, has been promoted from Private First Class to Technician Fifth Grade.  He has been a member of the 139th Field Artillery Battalion, 38th Division.  He has been stationed in Hawaii, New Guinea and Leyte.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Hospital Offers Flu, Pneumonia Vaccinations

Parkview Home Health & Hospice will host a series of flu and pneumonia vaccination clinics during October and November at Parkview Whitley Hospital. The flu vaccination is available for people nine years of age and older; the pneumonia vaccination is available for people 18 years of age and older.

Dates, times and hospital locations are listed below:

Tuesday, October 12, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., lower-level auditorium C
Tuesday, October 19, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., lower-level boardroom and seminar room
Tuesday, October 26, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., lower-level auditorium C
Tuesday, November 2, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., lower-level boardroom and seminar room
Tuesday, November 9, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., lower-level auditorium C
Tuesday, November 16, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., lower-level boardroom and seminar room

If individuals have proof of traditional Medicare Part B or a Medicare HMO, there will be no out-of-pocket expense. If individuals have any other insurance or no insurance, the out-of-pocket expense will be $25 for flu shots and $35 for pneumonia shots. Payment will be expected at the time of administration. Cash and personal checks will be accepted.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that individuals wanting to reduce the risk of contracting the flu should get a flu vaccine.

For more information, call the Parkview Flu & Pneumonia Information Line at 800-727-8439, ext. 37985.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Wildcats Defeat North Miami Warriors

Friday's football game was a classical match-up of two different styles of play.  The North Miami Warriors use a deadly wide open air assault; whereas; typically, the Wildcat's play a conservative ball control running game with a few passes here and there.
Whitko's opening drive was set up by Scott Skiles (No. 3) return to the 40 yard line.  Dakota Harmon (No. 32) and Rex Stoddard (No. 15) each had good gains moving the ball all the way to the 10 yard line.  The drive stalled when Stoddard was sacked in the backfield which prompted a 23 yard field goal attempt by Benjamin Bryan (No. 26) which was good.  Whitko 3  - NM - 0
North Miami's Austin See (No. 19) returned the kickoff to the 19 yard line.  Quarterback Aaron Barker (No. 7) then completed a 37 yard pass to Erik Aspinwall (No. 8).  Austin See then rushed around the right end for a 23 yard touchdown.  Whitko - 3   NM - 7.  Whitko went 3 and out and the Warriors again moved the ball to midfield when a Barker pass was intercepted by Derek Snep (No 22) on the 30 yard line followed by a 10 yard return.
D. J. Fouce (No. 31) rushed for 8 yards followed by a Stoddard pass to Travis Wiegold (No. 42) for a first and ten on the 30 yard line.  Stoddard was again sacked and Bryan's 37 yard field goal attempt missed wide left.  North Miami followed suit and after moving the ball down field attempted a 47 yard field goal which missed.  The first half ended  Whitko-  3  NM - 7
The second half opened with an 80 yard drive in 10 plays for the Warriors second touchdown.  The extra point missed.  Whitko - 3 NM - 13.  Whitko fired back with a 33 yard drive and 16 yard touchdown pass to Scott Skiles with 6:53 left in the third quarter. Whitko - 10 NM -13 
Whitko's defense held and on their ensuing possession and they orchestrated a 61-yard drive in 13 plays.  On this drive, Snep and Fouce caught Stoddard's passes and Fouce and Harmon pushed the ball to the 22 yard line. 
Bryan kicked his longest field goal of the year of 39 yards to knot the score at 13 apiece with 9:16 left in the fourth quarter. 
North Miami again moved the ball to midfield but were forced to punt backing the Wildcats near their end zone.  The Wildcat's went three and out and were forced to punt from their end zone when a game changing roughing the kicker penalty was called giving the Wildcats new life with about 5 minutes to go.
At this point in the football game, there was enought tension in the air to cut with a knife.  Virtually everyone of the fans on both sides of the field were standing, screaming and cheering as they game continued.   With the ball on the 20 yard line the Wildcats initiated an 80 yard drive in 11 plays with Derek Snep leaping high over all competition to catch the game winning 39 yard touchdown with 1:09 left in the game. 
Whitko then called a gutsy play going for a two point conversion which succeeded on another Stoddard pass.  Whitko 21 - NM 13.  The roar of the crowd was surely heard miles away as the Whitko fans went wild!
North Miami moved the ball quickly to midfield quieting the crowd which erupted again when Connor Stouder (No. 23) intercepted a Barker pass with 56 seconds left and Whitko thereby ran out the clock.
Coach Swender was very moved by his teams performance giving credit to the offensive line, his defense and overall good execution by his team.  He stated North Miami would attack his secondary which surely they did. 
Ironically, it was Whitko which had the only two touchdown passed on this night.  Rex Stoddard passed for 7 of 11 attempts for 95 yards to four receivers.  Harmon, Fouce, Stoddard, Bumbaugh and Skiles combined for 145 rushing yards as compared to 21 rushing yards for North Miami.  Barker passed 12 of 25 attempts for a total of 241 yards.
Defensively, Whitko had several sacks for a total of 30 negative yards.  Both teams brought their A-game defensively to Friday's football game.
Offensively, when the line gave Stoddard time; the Wildcat's freely moved the ball through the air; especially in the second half.  This pattern may come in handy down the road a bit as teams will find it more difficult to defend a two dimensional team. 
Whitko's running game seems to improve when Stoddard is on track with his receivers.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Fall Festival schedule

Friday, September 17

Photography Show and Book Sale    1 to 4 p.m.    South Whitley Public Library
Beef and Noodle Dinner    4 to 7 p.m.    AmVets Post 2919
Rick Barton    8 p.m.    Shindigz Stage
Memories Slide Show    Dusk    Carol’s Corner

Saturday, September 18

Dewy’s Run Registration    9 to 10 a.m.    Fire Station
Ford Drive One For Your School    9 to 5 p.m.    Whitko High School
Douthnut Eating Contest    9 a.m.    Gazebo
Talent Show    10 a.m.    Gazebo
Francine’s Friends Mammogram Bus    10 to 2 p.m.    Columbia Street
Lion’s Club
Tenderloin, Fish & Onion Fry    11 to 1 p.m.    Fire Station
10 Steps to Better Photography    12, 1 and 2 p.m.    Ebery Photography Studio
Photography Show & Book Sale    1 to 4 p.m.    Library
Ping Pong Tournament    1 p.m.    AmVets Post #2919
Elvis-Memories of the King  (Brent Cooper)    1:30 p.m.    Gazebo
Parade    4 p.m.    Along Mulberrry & Main Streets
Bedrace    5 p.m.    State Street
AmVets Chicken on the Grill    5:30 p.m.    AmVets Post #2919
Pool Tournament    7 p.m.    AmVets Post #2919
Bingo    7 p.m.    Fire Station
Karaoke    8 p.m.    AmVets Post #2919
W.C. and the Field    8 p.m.    ShinDigZ Stage

Sunday, September 19

5K Run Registration    6:45 to 7:45 p.m.    Fire Station
5K Run    8 a.m.    Fire Station
AmVets Breakfast    9 to 10 a.m.    AmVets Post #2919
Car Show Registration    9 to 11 a.m.    State Street
Community Worship Service    10:30 a.m.    Gazebo
Pastor Pratt of Turning Point Church
Whitko Gospel Choir, Troy Erbe
Hog Roast    11 a.m.    Fire Station
Cornhole Tournament    12 noon    Columbia Street
10 Steps to Better Photography    12, 1 & 2 p.m.    Ebery Photography Studio
Safe Assured Child ID    12 noon to 3 p.m.    Town Hall
Greased Watermelon Race    1 p.m.    Town Park
Huckleberry Blue Band    2 p.m.    ShinDigZ Stage
Pickle Spittin’ Contest    2:30 p.m.    Town Park
Car Show Awards    3 p.m.    State Street
Chicken Drop    4 p.m.    ShinDigZ Stage

Continuous Events:
Amusement rides by Top Notch Amusements        State Street Midway
Food and Vendor Booths        Front Street
Information Booth    Whitley County Chamber of Commerce    Front Street
Carriage Rides    Jim & Jeanette Eberhart    Front Street near Library

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Little League Coaches, Teams Grand Marshals For Fall Festival Parade

   Calling all local Little League coaches! The South Whitley Fall Festival is September 17, 18 and 19 in South Whitley.
   The festival committee is pleased to announce that they have invited all local Little League coaches (past and present) to serve as Grand Marshalls for this year’s parade.  They ask that coaches invite their players to walk along the parade route with as well as any assisttant coaches who helped during the season. Coaches and players should wear their uniform shirt and/or hat.
   The intention is to recognize volunteer coaches for their efforts and sacrifice and to also show the community how many youth and adults are involved in the Little League progam. 
   “We hope that it will positively impact involvement and support of the league in the future,” a committee member said. “Please consider participating.  We would really love to have everyone involved.”
   The parade is Saturday afternoon with the lineup at the high school.  Families are welcome to walk with with the coaches as well.

Whitko 27; Manchester 7

Whitko safety Alex Stoddard, #15, just misses fouling the touchdown catch of North Manchester's Austin Flack in a Three Rivers Conference game Friday, September 10 at North Manchester. The Wildcats went on to win the game 27-7. Their record now is 3-1; 2-0 TRC. Photo by Phil Smith,

Saturday, September 11, 2010

WC Autunm Art Festival Today!

 The ninth annual Whitley County Autumn Art Festival will be held Saturday, Sept. 11 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Whitley County Courthouse lawn. Admission is free.
WCAAF offers all ages a variety of opportunities to appreciate, explore, and experience the visual arts, music and dance.  Over 40 Artists, exhibitors, dancers and musicians are perfecting their art and many chocolate-themed venues are promising another best ever festival. 
This year’s theme is Patriot – Red, White & Blue:  The festival will be kicked off by the Korean War Veterans and the display of flags by the Veteran monuments.  There will also be a moment of silence for the anniversary of those lives that were lost on September 11  at 9 a.m.  Later, the history chalk walk will have the same theme and will be sponsored by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art – the winner will receive cash awards. 
There will be art demonstrators exhibiting their art and talent. The popular Children’s Art Tent will have many art projects, balloon art with Sweetcakes Comedy and caricature artist Mark Ryan of Fort Wayne.
Silent art auction items will be available for bids  in front of the Clugston Hotel from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  There will be music and dancing and the Indiana Pacemate Cheerleader’s will return for a dance routine on the west side of the courthouse. 
The Childrens Amateur Art Show will be housed at the historic Clugston Hotel lobby; the Whitley County Humane Society will have their pet road show and drawing contest on the east side of the courthouse. Downtown businesses will display painted window art, or chocolate venues (watch for balloons) and much more. 
Thanks go, in part, to grants from the Whitley County Community Foundation, The Journal Gazette Foundation and Whitley Parkview Hospital.
For more information, call Trudy Miller-Longhenry at 609-3485 or visit

Friday, September 10, 2010

Whitko Graduate Kylee Brown At Machester Tournament Sept. 18, 19

Kylee Brown, a 2007 graduate of Whitko High School will be playing her senior year for Millikin University volleyball team. Millikin is in a tournament at  Manchester College in North Manchester on September 18  at 4 and 6 p.m.  and on Sept. 19 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Kylee  an art-graphic design major,  who attends Millikin University on an art scholarship. This is her forth year of playing MU volleyball. Last year, Kylee lead the team in hitting percentage with .333 and was ranked third in the CCIW conference. She was second in blocking for the team with 112 and  made the '07, '08 and '09 CCIW Academic All- Conference team.

Kylee is the daughter of Scott and Kim Brown.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Call For Former Marching Band Members!

Former Whitko marching band members are being asked to play at the Whitko Homecoming Football game Sept 17.
If you are interested in being part of the alumni band  call Felisity  Bolinger-Gardner at 723-6432 or Carissa Trier-Jackson at 723-5752.

Remember When?

5 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, September 8, 2005
Sara St Clair was recently named Whitko School Corporation Nurse.  Sara is a resident of Larwill. 
Area residents and businesses, including Whitko High School, Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, Oak Grove Church, R&B Car Company, all stepped up to the plate and donated time, money and their spaces to help the victims of the Katrina Hurricane in New Orleans.
Bryeanna Richards recruited friends Cece Cherry, Kenley Stephens and Madison Shepherd to go door-to-door in South Whitley to collect stuffed toys for the children who lost their belongings during evacuation caused by hurricane Katrina.  They collected 332 stuffed toys and expected many more.
The Indiana State Coroner’s Training Board announced  that C Taron Smith, Deputy Coroner with Whitley County has been certified as a Mediolegal Death Investigator.  Mr Smith has completed a training course, an externship program with a board certified forensic pathologist and has passed a state certification exam.

10 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, September 13,  2000
Craig Sherbahn of South Whitley was elected to the Indiana State Fair Board, representing District 2.  Sherbahn has been the Credit Manager and Grain Merchandiser for Farmers Elevator in South Whitley.  He is a 1970 graduate of South Whitley High School.
Warsaw will host “Back To The Days of Kosciusko” on September 23.  Re-enactors will portray the people who created our nation.  You can see the clothing, customs, weapons and military tactics of our forefathers.
The Whitko Girls Golf team scored their best of the season with a 214 against West Noble and Northridge.  Ashley Schrader had her best of the season and her career with a low of 49.
Cheryl McDevitt and Dennis Norris helped out with FTD’s “Good Neighbor Day” by giving out 100 dozen roses to anyone who wanted them.  The only stipulation is that they give away 11 of the dozen each person received.  This was the second year for this event.
Stephanie R Simpkins graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.  Simpkins is the daughter of Vincent L Simpkins of Pierceton and Francela Ripley of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She is a 2000 graduate of Whitko High School.

25 years ago
from the South Whitley-Pierceton Tribune-News
September 11, 1985
Earl and Kathy Bower of South Whitley purchased the large home at 202 N Calhoun St and plan on constructing three apartment buildings on the site.  The new construction is expected to be completed by mid-summer next year.
Bob Saffer, the new executive director of the South Whitley Development Corp set up his new office in the town hall office on Front Street.  His duties will be promotion and marketing of the new 16 acre South Whitley Industrial Park.
Airman Bryan D Saving, son of Karen L Jefferson of Pierceton, has graduated from the US Air Force security police course at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas.  He is a 1983 graduate of Whitko High School.
Tammy Smith, daughter of Mr and Mrs Melvin Heinold of Pierceton, received her M.S. Degree with a major in accounting from Harding University
The Grand Champion Full-Blood-Purebred Chianina heifer at the 1985 Indiana State Fair was shown by Sam Yingst of Larwill.
Pvt 1st Class Scott E Gagnon, son of Russell C Gagnon, Jr of South Whitley, arrived for duty at Fort Monmouth, NJ.  The new cadet is a student at the US Military Academy Preparatory School.  Graduates of the one-year school are eligible for appointment to the US Military Academy at West Point.  Scott is a 1984 graduate of Whitko High School.
Marcia Ogden is taking the position of full-time assistant principal at South Whitley Elementary.  She has eight years classroom experience at Pierceton Elementary and 12 additional years in Illinois and Connecticut.
Chris Amburgy, son of Dan and Dianne Amburgy, placed first place in the “Kids Walk-Against Cancer”, sponsored by the American Cancer Society of Whitley County.  The event was held August 24 in Columbia City.

40 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursay, September 10, 1970
Rev Leonard Lutz has accepted the pastorate of the Yoke Parish, the South Whitley Church of the Brethren and the Pleasant View Church of the Brethren beginning September 1.  Rev and Mrs Lutz reside in rural South Whitley.
J Wilbur Haley of Fort Wayne will be the guest speaker at the ground breaking ceremony at the local school and at Pierceton.  Mr Haley is a 1917 graduate of South Whitley High School.  He is a retired teachr and assistant superintendent of elementary education in the Fort Wayne school system and serves as professor of education at St Francis College.
Lu Ann Smith, daughter of Mrs Melba Smith of Huntington, has completed the nursing course in the School of Practical Nursing at Fort Wayne.  She will be taking the state examination for licensing of practical nurses this month and will join the nursing staff of Huntington County Hospital.
David L Carroll of South Whitley earned his bachelor of science degree in physical education at Ball State University August 21.  Linda Schelenberg of rural Columbia City earned her Master of Arts degree in English.
Rex D Schrader, a member of Schrader Brothers firm, auctioneers, dealers in real estate and livestock, Columbia City, was designated as the 1970 Indiana State Fair Auctioneer.

50 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, September 15, 1960
Harley Mishler, son of Mr and Mrs Ford Mishler of near South Whitley, won a blue ribbon for his electrical exhibit at the Indiana State Fair.  He also won a purple ribbon and a trophy for a beautiful lamp and stand arrangements.  He as been a member of 4-H for five years.
Richard A Wood was ordained in ceremonies held September 6.  He is beginning his sixth year as pastor of the Collamer First Church of God. 
Robert Conley, the newly elected president of Larwill Lions Club, has asked members to recognize and help meet the needs of a better community rather than be merely a social organization for good fellowship.
Mrs Clarence Pook was named president of the Cleveland township Home Demonstration Club.  Other officers for 1961 are Mrs Richard Bolinger, vice president; Mrs Ford Mishler, secretary; and Mrs Don Tschantz, treasurer.
The Whitley County Fireman’s Association held their annual picnic Septemberr 11 at the Karen Kove Park in Thorncreek Township.  The picnic was interupted by a fire at the Bacon residence on Crescent Beach road where there was extensive smoke damage and a day bed was destroyed.
Army PFC Max L Elkins, son of Mr and Mrs Tom Elkins of South Whitley, is stationed in Korea and participated in a 1st Division’s 7th Cavalry combat demonstration.  The operation.
PFC Richard Bockelman, son of Mr and Mrs Jacob Bockelman of near Columbia City and PFC Carl L Goff, son of Mr and Mrs Dwight Goff of South Whitley are home on leave from the Marine Corp base in Camp Pendleton, California.  Bockelman served as a radioman with the 81mm morters and Goff served as a crewman with 81mm morters.

65 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, September 6, 1945
PFC Alonzo Roger Bricker, Jr arrived back in the US August 21 from the European theatre of war.  He participated in five major campaigns.
Mr and Mrs Russell Brock entertained at a dinner for Olin and Ralph Dailey.  The Dailey’s are home on furlough from the European theatre of war.
Homer C Schipper of South Whitley, and  won the Distinguished Student rating for scholastic achievement at Purdue University.  His is a sophomore at the School of Agriculture. 
Robert F Taylor of Columbia City, a freshman in the School of Agriculture at Purdue University won the Distinguished Student rating for scholastic achievement.
Eldon Richard Blechtold, USNR Gunner’s Mate third class of South Whitley, has returned to the US Naval Armed Guard Center in Louisiana from a six-months tour od duty at sea.  His ship visited ports in England, France, Egypt, Arabia and India.  His wife and two-year old son live in South Whitley.
Jack L Bishop, aboard the USS Mobile in the Pacific has been advanced to yeoman third class.  He is the son of Mr and Mrs Clair Bishop of South Whitley.
Richard Kreider, son of Mr and Mrs Howard Kreider of South Whitley, was chosen to represent Whitley County for the Chester White award for achievement in 4-H. 

Drive 1 4 UR Skl

Take spin in a new car from Trier’s and raise $20 per participant on Sept. 18 
By TRSmith
Test drive a new car for five minutes and Trier Ford Lincoln Mercury will plop down $20 for Whitko High School.
The "Drive One 4 UR School" event on Saturday, September 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. could bring in as much as $6,000 for the school by driving a Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle.
There will be a 2011 F250 4x4, a Ford F150 Supercrew, a Ford Fusion, Ford Edge, Ford Focus, Lincoln MKZ or Lincoln MKS, although vehicle models may change, depending upon availability, according to Grant Trier of the Columbia City-based dealership.
To reach the $6,000 mark, just 300 test drivers need to appear in the Whitko High School parking lot the day of the event and take their turn behind the wheel of a new vehicle.
A Trier representative will be in the vehicle during the 5-minute test drive.
The school will use the funds to fund Students at the Round Table and the athletic boosters.
Only one driver per household is allowed and they must be 18 years old or older and have a valid driver’s license in order to particpate.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Two Whitko Students In Junior Miss Competition Saturday

   Ten young women will be compete for scholarships and accolades this  Saturday, Sept. 11 during the annual Whitley County Junior Miss pageant -- among them Whitko High School students Kassie Paulus and Danielle Rose.
   Held in Newell Rice Auditorium in the  Columbia City High School, the event begins at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 per person.
   Paulus is the daughter of Samuel and Susan Paulus.  She will perform a piano solo during the entertainment portion of the show.
   Rose is the daughter of Dennis and Dawn Boggs.  She will perform a choreographed dance routine in the show.
   Other contestants include Marla Martinez, Ellen Bernhard, Olivia Western, Cassandra Petrie, Jamie Hiss, Katie Stetzel, Jessica Davis and Nicole Yingst.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Whitko quarterback Alex Stoddard looks for a man downfield while Southwood defensive back Levi Winget tries to read the play.
(Tribune-News photo by Phil Smith/

The Southwood Knights opened the game with a 65 yard drive on 12 plays against the Whitko Wildcats Friday, September 3.  Will Adams (No. 48) carried the ball for tough yardage, Levi Winget (No. 86) caught a key first down pass from quarterback Conner Hobbs (No. 16), and Logan Schneider (No. 8) rushed around the end for a touchdown. The extra point was good by kicker Kyle Dickey (No. 10.)  Knights 7  - Wildcats 0.
The Whitko Wildcats’ Austin LeTourneau (No. 5) fielded the short punt and Dakota Harmon (No. 32) and Rex Stoddard (No. 15) each carried the ball for good gains but the drive stalled on the second series of downs as QB Alex Stoddard was sacked in the backfield. 
At this point, the game felt eerily like last week’s game against Columbia City. 
While the offense was waiting to gel; the Wildcats defense stepped up and, more often than not; the Knights were limited to four and out.  
The Wildcats again began moving the ball on an excellent catch by Travis Wiegold (No. 42) to end the first quarter. 
This drive was stalled by an offensive offsides and another sack of Stoddard. 
Each team went four and out and, with 7:17 left in the second quarter; the Wildcats began a promising drive with an outstanding catch by Derek Snep (No. 22) in double coverage.
Stoddard rushed for another first down and Travis Wiegold caught another first down pass followed by a “tipped” pass caught by Scott Skiles (No. 3) for a nine yard gain.
The drive ended with the Wildcats only turnover – an interception by the Knights’ Levi Winget (No. 86) in the end zone for an 18 yard return. 
The first half ended still Knights  7 - Wildcats 0.
The Wildcats controlled the clock in the second half with their tough defense and, yet, despite another good drive in the third quarter, they settled for a field goal attempt from the 28 yard line by Benjamin Bryan (No. 26) which missed low.
In the fourth quarter, the momentum of the game change when Derek Snep intercepted a Knights pass all the way to the 33 yard line. 
Harmon then rushed 15 yards for another first down on the 13 yard line. 
On second and six; Scott Skiles rushed for the touchdown and with a good extra point the game was tied 7 - 7.
Whitko's defense again held and with 6:44 left in the fourth quarter, the Wildcats moved the ball to the 50 yard line on fourth and 1/2 yard.
With 2:52 left in the game Wildcats ‘coach Wayne Swender opted to punt the ball.
Whitko’s defense held and the regular time ended with the score still tied.
The Wildcats won the toss, deferred and the Knights promply scored after two rushes by Adams, and an end around run by Tyler Denniston (No. 34).
The extra point was good Knights 14 - Wildcats 7.
The Wildcats possession resulted in a Stoddard rushing touchdown on the first play. 
The extra point was good Knights 14 - Wildcats 14.
The Wildcats then assumed possession and the Knights defense held. The Wildcats’ Benjamin Bryan kicked a 25 yard field goal making it Wildcats 17 - Knights 14. 
On the Knights ensueing possession; the Wildcats’ defense sacked Hobbs twice in the backfield and the game ended on another sack with the Knights were out of field goal range.  
Coach Wayne Swender’s post game comments summed up the first half of too many inconsistencies. 
When asked about the decision to punt the ball from the 50 yard line with the score tied and nearly three minutes to go. he said, “We had failed on fourth and short on three prior occasions.” 
The coach noted that “his team really stepped it up on both sides of the ball in the second half.”
As it turned out, the coach’s hunch was right because the Wildcats were soon first and goal in overtime and with confidence his defense would hold. “It did.”
Will Adams led the Knights offense for 70 yards on 27 carries.   D. J. Fouce played a stellar game leading the Wildcats with 17 tackles.  Harmon, Snep, West, Stoddard, Bryan, Bays, Wiegold, Mort and Hinora combined for 39 tackles.
Statistically, the Wildcats dominated virtually every category, especially in the second half.  After last weeks tough loss; the Wildcats demonstrated great team character in Friday’s come from behind win in overtime.
The Wildcats take their 1-0 conference record to Manchester, September 10 at 7 pm.
Homecoming is Friday, September 17 against Wabash. The Friday, September 24 game is away, at Northfield.
The Wildcats return home Friday, October 1 against North Miami; are away again the following Friday, October 8 at Rochester. The last game of the regular season is at Tippecaoe Valley, Friday October 15. All games start at 7 p.m.

Tri-Lakes Lions Club Plan Fish Fry

The Tri-Lakes Lions Club plans a fish and tenderloin fry Saturday, September 11 from 4 to 7 p.m.
Prices are $8.50 for adults; $4 for children ages 12 to 6 and children 5 and younger eat free.
Please bring a canned food item for donation to a Columbia City food pantry.
This is an all you can eat dinner, beverage and dessert. Carryout is available.
The event is at the Tri-Lakes Lions Hall on Colony Avenue, east of Shriner Lake on the south side of Round Lake.
Proceeds will benefit the Lions District 25B projects and local projects.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Whitko Wildcats Take on Southwood Knights

The Whitko Wildcats' varsity football team takes on conference rivals Southwood High School Knights this evening at home. The game starts at 7 p.m.

Construction At Peabody Effects Entrance For 8 Weeks

NORTH MANCHESTER – Beginning Tuesday, September 7th for approximately eight weeks, Peabody Retirement Community’s main entrance off Seventh Street will be closed.  In addition, parking in the front part of the campus will be restricted.

This action is necessitated by the renovation of Peabody’s historic Singing Tower, underwritten by a generous donation by the late Betty Krom. She was a Peabody South House resident, who resided on the campus for over 25 years. The 74 year old tower, which is also a carillon, was last renovated in 1994.

Stephanie Judy, Director of Building and Grounds added, “The 9th Street entrance of the campus will be the temporary main entrance until the renovation is complete”.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Wanderer

This hot air balloon floated over South Whitley Saturday evening astonishing many citizens as it meandered its way from the south, making a sweep of the east side of town before heading north and west. Known as the Wanderer, the multi-striped hot air balloon is the property of Wander Aloft Ballooning from Fort Wayne. The ride was commissioned by members of the Brandenburg family, the second such trip of the summer with different family members getting a bird’s eye view of the countryside. The balloon was piloted by Larry Lankenau with Valerie Lankenau serving as crew chief on the ground. The couple have been ballooning for 30 years. The spotting crew said winds were at about 6 miles per hour, perfect for a leisurely balloon trip.
(Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

School Board Holds Referendum Meeting

The Whitko School Board of Trustees plans a special meeting Thursday, September 2 at 6 p.m. to answer questions and hear concerns of citizens regarding the tax levy referendum.
The referendum will be an item on the November 2 ballot. Essentially voting yes means up to 20-cents per $100 assessed valuation would be added to Whitko-area property owners.
The funds would go into the school district's general fund and be used to pay employee salaries and benefits.
The meeting is at the Pierceton Administration Office, on the west side of the Pierceton Elementary School, on SR 13.

South Whitley Fall Festival Is September 17-19

Fall Festival committee members are planning an entertainment-
and contest-packed event for September 17, 18 and 19.
Above are, from left, in front Rhonda Srofe and Jennifer Krider.
In back are Cindy Duggins and Carol Eberly
(Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

By TRSmith
The 2010 South Whitley Fall Festival offers up an assortment of entertainments, contests and food offerings for everyone.
A tentative schedule has been released by the festival committee, headed up by Rhonda Srofe, Cindy Duggins, Jennifer Krider and Carol Eberly, for the September 17, 18 and 19 event.
The South Whitley Public Library is hosting a photography show and book sale from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Patrons and visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite set of photographs.
AmVets Post #2919 will have a beef and noodle dinner Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.; chicken on the g
rill Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m., followed by a pool tournament at 7 p.m. and karaoke at 8 p.m.; and breakfast Sunday from 7 to 10 a.m.
The Shindigz Stage, set up at Carol’s Corner on the corner of State and Columbia streets, features a performance by Rick Barton Friday at 8 p.m., followed by a Memories Slideshow at dusk sponsored by Eberly Photography and Videography; W.C. and the Field plays at 8 p.m. on Saturday and the Huckleberry Blue Band performs Sunday at 2 p.m.

Elvis Presley impersonator Brent Cooper gives his “Memories of the King”show at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Town Park gazebo. This event is sponsored by the Liberty Mills Church of the Brethren.
Continuous events include amusement rides by Top Notch Amusements who will establish a State Street Midway, food and vendor booths on Front Street, along with an information booth manned by Whitley County Chamber of Commerce members, also on Front Street.
The Cleveland Township Fire Department members will begin registration for the second annual Dewy’s Run, an Adam Schrader benefit, Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. The fire station is also the site of the Lion’s Club tenderloin, fish and onion ring fry from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Bingo at 7 p.m., sponsored by the Cleveland Townsh
ip Fire Department and area businesses.
The five kilometer run starts at the fire station with registration from, 6:45 to 7:45 a.m., Sunday. The race has an 8 a.m. start. The firemen are hosting a hog roast Sunday beginning at 11 a.m.
The talent show is Saturday at the Town Park gazebo beginning at 10 a.m. and a ping pong tournament starts at 1 p.m. at the AmVets Post.
Saturday’s parade line up is at 2 p.m. at Whitko High School. The kiddie parade line up starts at 3:45 p.m. at the corner of Mulberry and Main streets. The parade begins at 4 p.m. and proceeds east on Mulberry, turning north on Main Street.
The famous bed race starts at 5 p.m. on State Street.

The car show registration is from 9 to 11 a.m. Sunday on North State Street. The event is sponsored by Stafco, J.G. Cabinet and Counter, Blair Seamless guttering and the AmVets Ladies Auxiliary. Show awards will be announced at 3 p.m.
Turning Point Church will host a community worship service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the gazebo.
A cornhole tournament is at noon on Columbia Street Sunday; a greased watermelon race is at 1 p.m. in the town park; the pickle spittin’ contest is at 2:30 p.m., also at town park; and the chicken drop begins at 4 p.m. at the Shindigz Stage.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Eagle Scout For Troop 85

Harrison Hapner, left, stands with his fellow Eagle Scouts and brothers, Sam, center, and Max. Harry’s Eagle Court of Honor was Sunday, August 29. They are the sons of Ray and Melody Hapner of South Whitley.
(Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

By TRSmith
Harrison Hapner became the newest Troop 85 Eagle Scout Sunday, August 29.
Harry’s Eagle Court of Honor was held in the Church of God sanctuary with senior members of Troop 85 serving as color guard, family and friends serving as honor guard and a host of supporters and well-wishers present to witness the ceremony honoring the 11-year Boy Scouts of America member.
Harrison joined the BSA as a Tiger Scout in 1999. Along the way he has earned 25 badges: Archery, Aviation, Camping, Community Citizenship, Nation Citizenship, World Citizenship, Climbing, Communications, Cooking, Emergency Preparedness, Engineering, Family Life, Fingerprinting, First Aid, Fishing, Horsemanship, Leatherwork, Personal Fitness, Salesmanship, Scholarship, Personal management, Swimming, environmental Science, Wilderness Survival and Soil and Water Conservation.
He has held the leadership positions of quartermaster, assistant patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, Order of the Arrow representative and troop guide.
His Eagle service project renovated the public restroom building at Hagan Park in South Whitley.
Each Eagle Scout candidate designs his Court of Honor ceremony. Todd Jones served as master of ceremony and Scoutmaster Rich Cokl read a list of Harry’s accomplishments.
After reciting the BSA oath and the Eagle Scout oath, Harry’s brothers, Eagle Scouts Max and Sam, tied the Eagle scarf around his neck and placed the Eagle pin on his shirt. His mother and father, Melody and Ray Hapner also received Eagle pins. Walter Malicki was presented with an Eagle Scout mentor pin.
Members of Troop 85 also read letters of commendation from former US President and First Lady George and Barbara Bush; Gov. Mtich Daniels and several state senators.