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.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Coming In For A Landing

A hummingbird approaches a feeder outside a home in South Whitley while a free lancing bee watches.

Tribune-News photo by TRSmith

Remember When For 9.1.10

5 years ago
from the Tribune-News
August 31, 2005
Whitley Mobile Homes delivered new modular classrooms for the Triad School district in Belleville, Illinois. The schools experienced growth and needed five new classrooms.
The Pierceton Police Department and the US Postal Service worked together on an ongoing case of faud involving postal money orders.
Pierceton Elementary School students enjoyed new playground equipment due to donations and grants from several private donors. The equipment was installed just before school started by Trump Construction Company.
Katie Barnett, a three year member of the Cleveland Showmen 4-H Club, won Gand Champion Market Lamb at the 2005 Indiana State Fair. Katie is the daughter of Cindy Barnett.
Liza Moore, a resident of rural South Whitley, recently earned her bachelor’s degree with honors, in environmental studies and law, letter, and society from the University of Chicago. Liza is the daughter of Stan and Dee Mari Moore and is a 2000 graduate of Whitko High School. She was also distinguished by being on the Dean’s List all four years at the University.
Benjamin C Reuter, a 2005 Whitko graduate, has been chosed for the Indiana University Marching Hundred for the 2005 performance season. The Marching Hundred consists of 250 members and they perform at all home Indiana University home games.
Katie Ruth Richardson, a senior at Whitko High School, was recently selected to participate in National’s 2005 Miss Teen Northern Indiana Pageant Competition. She is the daughter of Larry and Laurie Richardson of Pierceton.

10 years ago
from the Tribune-News
September 7, 2000
Kim Howell was sworn-in as the postmaster at the Pierceton Post Office. The new postmaster was welcomed with a reception at the post office by her other employees, Judy Swanson, Sherrill Day, John Camden, Norma Wood and Pam Bidwell.
Superior Precision will soon be opening in the SW Industrial Park. The owner is Tony Starkey, a South Whitley resident and Town Council President. The building experienced major renovations this summer.
The 2000 Whitley County Parade of Homes includes a beautiful home in Whispering Hills of South Whitley. The home was constructed by Tim Smith Construction Company and is owned by John and Darlene Rudd.
Noah T Smith of North Manchester, has been named to the position of Vice President of Commercial Lending for First Federal Savings Bank of Wabash. He is a graduate of Manchester College and brings with him several years of banking experience.
Air Force Airman Stephanie R Simpkins has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Stephanie is the daughter of Vinent L Simpkins of Pierceton and Francela Ripley of Colorado Springs, Colorado and is a 2000 graduate of Whitlo High School.

25 years ago
from the South Whitley-Pierceton Tribune-News
Wednesday, September 4, 1985
Pierceton Elemtary’s Assistant Principal, Charles Snyder recently accepted a donation of $1,600 from the PTO’s treasurer, Janelle Gebert. The funds will be used for social studies supplies and instructional kits including maps, globes, etc.
Kelly Burnworth, daughter of Mr and Mrs Dennis Burnworth of Columbia City, enlisted in the United State’s Air Force Delayed Enlistment Program. She will enlist in February 1986. She is a 1984 garaduate of Columbia City High School.
Approximately 25 antique cars, which were part of the Auburn Cord Duesenburg Car Tour, stopped in Pierceton Tuesday. The drivers were proud of their cars and told interested residents about their cars and their history. While in Pierceton, the drivers received maps of the local antique stores and a goody bag full of pens, pencils, calandars, etc which had been donated by the local businesses.
Ronald C Emery, a graduate of South Whitley High School, chair of electrical engineering techology, published a textbook, “Digital Circuits Logic and Design”, in March. Now, he is tackling the logistical problem of getting together representatives of numerous corporations which have contributed gifts of equipment and cash to create EET laboratories.
The Richard and Joan Kuckuck home just off US 14 on Keiser Road is included in the 1985 Historic Homes Tour sponsored by the Whitley County Historical Society. The home was built in 1895 by the Swihart family. Also included in this year’s tour is the Eberhard Lutheran Church.

40 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursay, September 3, 1970
Local members of the FFA earned awards at the Indiana State Fair. Ray Fisher and Richard Murphy received a gold emblem award in the beginning welding skill division. Melvin Miller and Carl Jenkins received a silver award and Gary Haupert received a bronze emblem. Mike Rowland exhibited a work-bench in the large woods division. Ralph Mullins participated in the greased pig contest.
Steven Bruns, son of Mr and Mrs W. J Bruns of rural South Whitley, has enlisted in the United States Army Reserves and will begin active duty on September 9 at Fort Jackson, Columbia, South Carolina. After basic training, he will report to Fort Gordon, a military police training center to complete his active training.
Dale Haupert, a local representative for the Mutual Security Life Insurance Company, is being honored by his company for outstanding leadership in the Life Insurance business. Mr Haupert is a member of the George H McGlennen Agency and has offices at 121 South State Street, South Whitley
The Whitley County Extension Homemakers Association elected officers for 1971 at their meeting on August 28. Mrs Henry Lefever, Jefferson Club was re-elected president. Mrs Russel Geiger, One Niters of Union Township was re-elected vice-president and Mrs Jack Msyers, Cleveland Club was re-elected treasurer. Mrs Richard L Hoffman, of Tawasi Club, Smith Township, was elected Secretary of the council.

50 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, September 8, 1960
Mrs Lizzie Kiefer of South Whitley familiarized herself with her new dial telephone which just started in operation this week.
Tomahawk Days are scheduled for September 16 & 17. This is the 6th annual event and features amusement rides for the children and a free show at the Kent Theatre. Also included are a parade, a liar’s contest and a pie eating contest. Don G Beard of South Whitley is the general chairman of the celebration.
A total of 43 youngsters enrolled for kindergarten classes this year. Their teacher will be Mrs Ann Reed.
Susan Lancaster of South Whitley was among 200 Indiana University freshmen who will preview campus life at the annual freshman camp Sepember 9-11 at McCormick’s Creek State Park. The camp is sponsored by the YMCA and YWCA in cooperation with IU Freshman (Junior) Division.
Mrs Paul Garber of South Whitley will return today to DePauw University at Greencastle where she will continue her duties as a house mother at the Sigma Nu Fraternity House.
Marine Private Robert L Brunner, son of Mr and Mrs Walter M Brunner of South Whitley is home on a 20 day leave after completing his basic training in San Diego. After his leave, he will report to Camp Pendleton in California for duty.
H B Allman, former South Whitley High School principal, was recently featured in the Indiana University newspaper as the “Man of Bloomington” marking his fifieth year as an educator. Next summer, Mr Allman will end his teaching his career, which began in 1910, and stretched around the world to Pakistan and will end with his position at the Indiana University.
Friday will mark the opening of a total electric model home three miles south of Columbia City. The home is equipped with electric heat, full housepower and modern electrical appliances. The house is owned by Mr and Mrs Henry Sievers of Columbia City. Area residents were invited to the Open House September 9, 10 and 11.

65 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, August 30, 1945
Reese Smith was appointed as the new manager of the Kroger store in South Whitley. He succeeded Monzel Denney as the manager. Mr Denney was promoted to the Kroger Super Store in Akron, Indiana.
Lee L Eve, former principal of South Whitley schools, accepted a three-year contract to become superintendent of Crown Point city schools.
A new dairy bar opened near the Southy Whitley High School. Don Aburn is the proprietor of the Pleasant View Dairy and plans to feature ice cream, milk drinks, candy bars and short orders in the dairy bar.
Kenneth E Heeter of South Whitley, formerly a T-4 in the Army in Germany, received his discharge on August 25-26 and is again in civilian life. He brought home six battle stars for participating in six major campaigns and a good conduct ribbon.

Friday, August 27, 2010

SR 14 Closed In South Whitley Starting Monday

SOUTH WHITLEY - The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) Fort Wayne District announces SR 14 between S. Line Street and S. Water St. is scheduled to be closed August 30, weather permitting.

Crews will be working on the storm sewer, with the project expected to be complete by the middle of September.

The detour uses S. Line Street, West Mulberry Street, and South State Street. All work is weather permitting.

INDOT advises motorists to take precautions while driving in work zones. In 2009, 700 people were killed nationwide in work zones. Most of the fatalities were not highway workers but drivers. Additional work zone safety information can be found at www.WorkZoneSafety.IN.gov.

Wildcats Meet CC Eagles Tonight

Whitko High School's Wildcat football team host cross-country rival Columbia City High School's Eagles on the Ryan Huff Memorial Fooball Field at 7 p.m.

NIPSCO Settles Natural Gas Rate Case

Holds the line on costs, with rate decreases across all customer classes
Continues strong support for customer assistance, energy efficiency programs

INDIANAPOLIS, Aug. 24, 2010 – Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) and other key customer stakeholders have reached a settlement agreement in NIPSCO’s pending natural gas rate case. The settlement was filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) on Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010, and is subject to commission review and approval.

The settlement, also signed and agreed upon by the NIPSCO Industrial Group, the NIPSCO Marketer Group and Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, will result in a rate decrease for all NIPSCO natural gas customer classes. The settlement also calls for continued strong support for low-income customer assistance, energy efficiency and conservation programs.

Among the settlement’s key provisions:

NIPSCO will reduce its overall natural gas rates by $14.8 million, based on a $5 million reduction for residential customers and a $9.8 million reduction for commercial and industrial customers. For NIPSCO’s 660,000 residential natural gas customers, the reduction equates to a savings of approximately $7.50 per year per customer. Rates for commercial and industrial classes will also be lower.

NIPSCO will adjust its rate design for the residential class to reduce seasonal volatility in customer bills and support energy conservation. This change helps separate fixed monthly service costs from variable, usage-driven costs, allowing customers to better track and manage energy consumption. This design will include increasing the utility’s monthly gas service charge from $6.36 to $11.00, instead of the $20.00 charge originally proposed. Reductions to the base rate’s volumetric charges will offset the service charge increase, especially in winter months.

NIPSCO will revise its low-income customer assistance program to make it similar in design to the Universal Service Program currently in place for Citizens Gas and Vectren Energy Delivery, and at the same funding level it contributes to the current Winter Warmth program. NIPSCO will contribute 25 percent of the program’s costs, which under current usage levels total approximately $1.5 million. The first $500,000 of NIPSCO’s funding will be used to continue a hardship program for non-eligible Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program customers.

NIPSCO will continue to offer a variety of natural gas energy efficiency and conservation programs. NIPSCO currently provides $1 million in annual funding for these programs, and will provide an additional $1 million in funding for future extensions or enhancements to the programs within 30 days following the issuance of an order approving the settlement.

The settlement addresses a number of additional natural gas rate related matters, including revision to NIPSCO’s depreciation and amortization expense levels, regulatory treatment of Alternative Regulatory Plan (ARP) revenues and other items.

“We commend all the parties involved for taking a constructive and customer-focused approach in developing this settlement,” NIPSCO CEO Jimmy Staton said. “We believe this represents a fair and reasonable outcome which serves the interests of NIPSCO’s customers and the public at large. This settlement is consistent with our expectations for the outcome of this case, and provides a strong platform for continued enhancements to customer service, reliability and our ongoing investment in Indiana’s energy infrastructure."

“The OUCC negotiated aggressively for an overall rate decrease for consumers, while preserving funding for low-income assistance during these difficult economic times,” said Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor David Stippler. “Our staff listened to consumers’ comments and kept those comments in mind throughout these negotiations. We are very pleased with the outcome of the negotiations that led to this agreement.”

“The settlement agreement provides much needed rate relief and improvements to payment assistance CAC has supported for some time,” said Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana Executive Director Grant Smith. “It also offers a reasonable solution to reducing seasonal volatility and a process for continuing gas efficiency programs. It shows what can be achieved when ratepayers and utilities work collaboratively.”

NIPSCO, with headquarters in Merrillville, Ind., is one of the nine energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI). With more than 712,000 natural gas customers and 457,000 electric customers across the northern third of Indiana, NIPSCO is the largest natural gas distribution company, and the second largest electric distribution company, in the state. NiSource distribution companies serve 3.8 million natural gas and electric customers primarily in seven states. More information about NIPSCO is available at www.nipsco.com.

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) represents Indiana consumer interests before state and federal bodies that regulate utilities. As a state agency, the OUCC’s mission is to represent all Indiana consumers to ensure quality, reliable utility services at the most reasonable prices possible through dedicated advocacy, consumer education, and creative problem solving. To learn more, visit www.IN.gov/OUCC.

Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan, member-based organization that was founded in 1974 and represents residential consumers before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Indiana General Assembly on utility, energy, environmental and health care policy issues. CAC is located at: 603 E. Washington St., Suite 502; Indianapolis, IN 46204; 317-205-3535. (www.cictact.org)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Larwill's Squawbuck Days This Weekend

LARWILL – The 156th annual Squawbuck Days is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 27, 28 and 29. The three day celebration is sponsored by the Larwill firemen, Lions Club and the Richland Township Community Association.
Everything is at the fire station, unless noted. The events begin Friday, August 27 at 4 p.m. with a tenderloin fry at the fire department. At 7 p.m. the ever-popular Bingo game is presented by the Larwill Lions Club.
Saturday starts at 7 a.m. with the Walk Through The Larwill Community Past with Bill Leffel, in the community room. From 7 a.m. to noon, crafts the flea market and garage sales are scheduled. From 9 a.m. to noon is the car show registration.
At 10 a.m. is the kiddie tractor pull and games. At 11 a.m., you can have your choice of a ham and bean dinner, sponsored by the Larwill Lions Club, or you can have dinner from the kitchen which is sponsored by the Larwill Wesleyan Church. From 1 to 3 p.m., there are games sponsored by the Lions. At 2 p.m., there is a cornhole tournament.
The car show awards are announced at 2:30 p.m. Also at 2:30 p.m., there is a miniature horse pull.
The busy day ends with a family night square dance and karaoke from 6 to 9 p.m.
Sunday events start at 10 a.m. with church services at the Larwill Wesleyan Church. The weekend festivities end at 11:30 a.m. with a carry-in lunch.
Table service and drinks are provided.
Electricity is furnished; no tents are provided.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vend-Her-Happy Saturday; Anomaly On Sunday

2nd Semi-Annual “Vend-Her-Happy!”
Saturday, August 28 All Day
Come one, come all to experience the joys of SWPL’s “Vend-her-happy” program. Local vendors come to the SWPL and display their products for your perusal. From creative hats, and chocolates to vinyl lettering, we’ve got something for everyone!
Summer Concert Series
Sunday August 29
at 6 p.m.
Come to the gazebo with your lawn chairs or blankets for a relaxing evening among friends as you listen to the band Anonamly with members Josh Tendziegloski, Ben Long, Kane Bradley and Jalen Gregory
For more information on these and other programs and services of the SWPL, please visit the library, call 723-5321, or go to the Web site at www.swhitley.lib.in.us.

Peabody Entertainers Perform Next Week

NORTH MANCHESTER–- The Peabody Entertainers will present their 2010 show – “Strolling Down Memory Lane” at Peabody Retirement Community on Monday, August 30 at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, August 31 at 2 p.m. Both shows will be held in Peabody’s Chapel, located at 400 West Seventh Street, North Manchester. The shows are free and the open to the public.
The show consists of music from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s such as Peppermint Twist, Rock around the Clock, Chapel of Love and many more. There will be chorus numbers, solo, a Beatle number by the Carolettes, a dance, piano duets, and a comedy routine.
The Peabody Entertainers were organized in 1998 by Carol Davis, a retired music teacher. The group performs in August through December each year. They have performed over 175 shows on the Peabody campus, at community functions, and area organization within a fifty mile radius of North Manchester. Most members are residents of Peabody Retirement Community plus two employees, and four from the community.
Director of the group is Carol Davis, accompanist is Lois Dickinson. The announcers are Wanda Woodward and Joyce Atkins.
Chorus members are Sue Babovec, Madelyn Bechtold, Carolyn Fedewa, Judy Glasgow, Kathryn Huntington, Bernice Mindala, Marsha Mort, Phyllis Penrod, Mary Louise Briner-Reist, Miriam Rusher, Donna Williams, Esther Malott, Rose Mary Storer, Angie Briner, Rosemary Ballinger, and Shirley Williams.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Remember When

5 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
The Sidney Market received a fresh coat of paint. It is hoped this improved appearance will prompt other business owners to clean/fix/paint their commercial properties.
South Whitley Elementary School was recently selected as one of only 36 schools in the state to participate in the 2005 Indiana Student Achievement Institute and Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to raise student achievement.
Anyone in the Pierceton area on August 17 witnessed about 50 students from Grace College, who were joined by volunteers from Walnut Creek Church for a Day of Caring. The volunteers focused on lead paint removal and repainting homes on Pine and Third Streets. They also demolished a rotting porch from a house on First Street.
Jennifer Beer was recently named as the new athletic trainer for the Whitko High School Athletic Dept. Jennifer is an employee of Orthopaedis Northeast (ONE) of Warsaw, and has been assigned to WHS to work with students and staff in athletic training.
The Whitko Middle School’s cheerleading squad earned first place in the Fulton County 4-H Cheerleading Competition on July 11th. The cheerleaders participating included Kristie Eber, Erica Alma, Ashley Stephens, Cerra Wilson, Ana Bumbaugh, Jenna Hall, Shayna Daniel, Olivia Gable, Kaylee Arnold and Kayla Kessie. Nola Alma is the coach.
10 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, August 30, 2000
Courtney Lamphier of Littleton, Colorado and Tessa Perryman of Harrisburg, North Carolina visited their aunt and uncle, Julie and Larry Underhill, this week and their first thing they wanted to do was to canoe the Eel River.
Tony Reed of South Whitley received top honors at the Indiana State Fair. He exhibited Best of Breed in the Havana variety of rabbits. Tony’s sister, Jolene Reed, exhibited the Best Opposite of Breed in the Tan variety of rabbits. They are the children of Steve and Carol Reed.
John Pflieger, a graduate of South Whitley High School but now a resident of Bielefeld, Germany, was here for a visit recently. John has toured all over Europe with his operatic career.

25 years ago
from the South Whitley-Pierceton Tribune-News
Wednesday, August 28, 1985
Robert Kneller of North Manchester was hired as the new Jouneyman Lineman for the South Whitley Electric Light and Power Company. Bob is a former Larwill resident and a graduate of Pierceton High School. The Town Board also named Larry “Butch” Lancaster as Town Utilities Manager. Butch will still handle his regular duties as Water Dept Manager. He is a resident of south Whitley.
Geneva Myers and Harold Cowin were presented with Gripco’s 1985 Community Service Awards at their annual family picnic. Mrs Myers has served 20 years on the local Library Board; is a member of the Fort Wayne American Business Women Association; is an active member of her church and was active with 4-H. Mr Cowin has been instrumental in organizing the South Whitley Bed Race and Fall Festival; is active with the local Chamber of Commerce and is active in his church choir.
Christine Schipper, daughter of Rex and Cinda Schipper of South Whitley, was awarded Champion Jr Showman in the Poland China class a the Indiana State Fair on August 15. Cory Schipper, son of Mr and Mrs Rex Schipper, placed 4th in the junior showman Poland China division. This was his first year in 4-H competition.
Rachelle Craig, daughter of Mr and Mrs James A Craig of Pierceton, won the Grand champion Landrace Barrow award at the Indiana State Fair this week. Her older brother, Brad, won the Senior Showman in the Landrace Barrow Division and won third plae in the January Gilt class at the fair. Another brother, Adam, was named Senior Showman in the Landrace Gilt Division and won the Reserve Grand Champion Landrace Gilt award.
South Whitley’s own Country and Western recording artist, Janie Fricke, has again been nominated as a finalist in the Country Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year competition.

40 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursay, August 27, 1970
David Carroll, son of Mr and Mrs charles Carroll of South Whitley, graduated August 21st from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Teacher Education. On August 24, Mr Carroll began his teaching duties in the Southern Montgomery School Corporation at New Market, south of Crawfordsville.
Rev Geoge E Yerger of Syracuse, has accepted the pastorate of the Collamer Church of God. Rev and Mrs Yerger and their two small sons will continue to reside in Syracuse while Rev Yerger persues his studies at the Menonite seminary at Elkhart.
Decication services for the new South Whitley Public Library will be held Sunday afternoon at the United Methodist Church. Dr Lee Eve, member of the Huntington College faculty and former South Whitley High School principal, will be the deducation program speaker.
Slater’s Farm Supply of Sidney won the second annual Sidney Invitational Pony League Tourney for boys 15 and under this past weekend.
Dr and Mrs Lawrence A Rupley have accepted teaching appointments at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria, West Africa for the next few years. Mr Rupley, son of Mrs Clarence Rupley, former local teacher, is a graduate of Manchester College. Mrs Rupley is also a graduate of Manchester College.

50 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, September 1, 1960
Richard A Wood, pastor of the Collamer First Church of God, will be ordained in a service to be held September 6. Mr Wood, who is beginning his sixth year as pastor of the Collamer First church of God, has served as Pastor of the Evergreen and Thorncreek Bethel Churches of God in previous years.
Paul and Harold Johnson of John Brothers Neon Sign Company have sold the lot just south of their business on SR 5 & 14. The new owners plan to operate a “Dog N Suds Root Beer Drive In” on the site in the spring.
Benjamin Tackitt, South Whitley, graduated from the Business Administration and Finance School of International College on August 25. He is the son of Mr and Mrs Robert Tackitt of near South Whitley.
Michael Winger, son of Mr and Mrs Joe Winger of South Whitley, was named most valuable player of the local little league last Wednesday. Michael has played in the league the last four seasons as a shortstop, second baseman and catcher.
Ronald E Conrad was appointed to the Farmers Home Administration county committee this week. Mr Conrad owns and operates a hog and beef farm in Thorncreek township. Two other members make up the committee and they are Merril Zumbrun, Smith township and J Paul Studebaker, Richland township. Each member is elected for a three-year term.

65 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, August 23, 1945
The old Hoop Mill in South Whitley, purchased by F R Bratton of Elkhart over a year ago, is in the process of being remodeled for a new business. Farm trailers and caravan type trailer homes are to be manufactured in the factory upon its completion.
Pvt Martn H Kreider, son of Mr and Mrs Howard Kreider of Washington Township, graduated from airplane mechanic’s school at Keesler Field, Miss July 17 and was transferred to Seattle, Washington to continue his schooling on B-29 bombers.
Pvt Virgil A Arnett has spent a furlough here with his family since Aug 8, but has left to report for duty at Fort Riley, Kansas. He had completed his basic training at Camp Blanding, Florida before returning home.
Cpl George J Wuertley, member of the 86th Air Depot Group in the 9th Air Force, has returned home after 22 months overseas as an aircraft mechanic. He was awarded the Unit Salutation, given for outstanding work in the whole Depot Group. Cpl Wuertley has been in the service three years and five months.
Meridith Slater, son of Mr and Mrs Warren Slater of South Whitley, is aboard a Destroyer in the South Pacific as a torpedoman’s mate second class, USNR. His brothers, all in the service, are Warren Jr, a Navy machinist’s mate second class; Dean, a Navy aviation storekeeper third class; and Stanford, a private first class in the Army.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Whitko, 20; Wawasee, 0 In Season Opener

Wildcat junior Derek Snep snags an Alex Stoddard pass over Wawasee's Camron Erb in the first half Friday for a large gain.
Photo by Phil Smith/www.htsphotographics.com

Tribune-News correspondent
The Wildcats won the coin toss and chose to receive the ball in the season opening football game with the Wawasee High School Warriors, Friday, August 20.
Scott Skiles fielded the kick-off and returned the ball 15 yards. Dakota Harmon then rushed for 14 yards, followed by a 7-yard reception by Derek Snep and a first down on a keeper by quarterback Alex Stoddard. The game’s first penalty was a face mask call on the Warriors. On third and 14, Stoddard barely missed his target, Darek Snep deep in the end zone. On the following Warriors possession, No. 35, Treavor McKibbon, broke free for a 25-yard gain with Stoddard making a tackle, averting a sure touchdown. On the next several series, both teams sporadically moved the football, with Snep catching a 30 yarder only to see the drive stall, followed by another good gain of twenty yards by McKibben for the Warriors.
The momentum seemed to shift on a blocked punt and recovery by Austin Striggle. This drive was cut short by two penalites, a holding call and a “chop block” called on the Wildcats.
The Warriors went four and out and then the Wildcats took control of the line, controlled the ball for nearly five minutes with two more receptions by Derek Snep, a major face mask call on the Warriors and several tough yards and ultimate touchdown by Dakota Harmon. Benjamin Bryan kicked the extra point with 11 seconds to go in the half putting the ‘Cats on the board 7-0.
The second half was all Wildcats on both sides of the ball. Key tackles were made by Austin Letourneau, DJ Fouce, Stoddard and Striggle. On Offense, the next drive by the Wildcats consumed most of the second quarter with a diversified running attack by Fouce, Stoddard, Harmon, Scott Skiles and the drive’s only reception; a touchdown to Austin Mort. The extra point was good giving the Wildcats a 14-0 lead with 2:43 to go in the third quarter. The Wildcats defense dug in and the Warriors were four and out for the rest of the game. The Wildcats again consumed most of the fourth quarter with an effective ground game. Fouce, Harmon and Stoddard each had good gains, with Stoddard scoring on a slant with the aid of some good blocking. Wildcats 20 -Warriors 0.
With three minutes to go, the second string added additional yards with a nifty run by Ian Pherigo.
After the game, Coach Wayne Swender indicated there was room for improvement “especially by cutting down on mistakes.” The Wildcats had three funbles, and recovered them all, and six penalties for 63 yards. Coach Swender did seem cautiously optimistic looking forward.
The Warriors Coach, Tom Wogomon, summed up the game noting the Wildcats were faster and frankly, “beat us up pretty bad. “They played downhill,” he said. The coach did indicate that his experienced players on the line were not very sharp tonight. Offensively, Treavor McKibben rushed for 60 of the Warrior’s 85 yards.
The game’s stats were lopsided as the Wildcats consumed most of the clock, with 299 yards verses 85 for the Warriors. Defensively, the Wildcats had four sacks lead by two for Striggle and 41 tackles lead by Fouce, Striggle and Harmon. Perhaps equally impressive was 11 other players combined for nearly half of all tackles.
The next game will be Friday, August 27 at 7 pm at home against arch rival Columbia City.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Garrett Scramble

The Whitko High School fall sports began Friday, August 13, with the football players traveling to Garrett High School for their traditional season-opening scramble. A bove, defensive tackle Andrew Warren, No. 78, forces a fumble. More photos are on page 6 of today’s issue. Whitko hosts rival Wawasee Friday, August 20, at home. The game starts at 7 p.m.
To purchase this photo and other Whitko sports images in full color, go to www.htsphotographics.com and click on Photo Store.
(Photo by Phil Smith/www.htsphotographics.com)

Whitko School Board Meeting 16Aug10

Several new Whitko Community School employees attended a reception prior to the board meeting Monday, August 16. Pictured above are, in front, from left, Bruce Hansen and Annalise Puentes; middle row, Jill Eberly and Michelle Baker; in back, Brad Clark, Tim Misiora, Theresa Daggett and Rob McKerr. (Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

By TRSmith
Whitko school board members started Tuesday’s agenda with a special meeting to review the 2011 budget.
The $11,019,000 budget includes, as one part of its revenue source, a 12.5-cent tax levy, which would bring in $500,000, if the tax referendum is approved in the November 2 general election.
The budgeted amount is based on the district having 20 fewer total students than last year.
For the next 18 months the district will operate on $16,663,000.
The board approved advertising the proposed 2011 budget, as required.
At the start of the general meeting, superintendent Steve Clason said despite the announcement of $27 million in federal funds coming to Indiana for kindergarten through grade 12 education, the need for the referendum is still there.
Gov. Mitch Daniels has also announced that he did not expect any reductions in education funding, Clason said.
“It just depends on who you believe,” Clason said.
There will be a public meeting Tuesday, October 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Whitko High School auditorium to discuss the upcoming referendum issue.
The board welcomed several new teachers to the district with a reception prior to the meetings.
High school principal Parrish Kruger introduced Tim Misora who will teach English and journalism; Brad Clark who will teach business vocational subjects, careers and PIC; Rob McKerr who will teach economics, government and social studies; and Theresa Daggett and Jill Eberly who are half-time teachers for family and consumer science and culinary arts.
Bruce Hansen was introduced as the interim principal at South Whitley Elementary School, a position he’s accepted for a year, as a consultant. Randy Miller declined the position August. 1.
Pierceton Elementary School principal Barb Ihnen introduced Michelle Baker as art instructor and Tricia Shoemaker as assistant music instructor.
Annalise Puentes was introduced as a special services teacher.
Kruger also announced that Trier Ford will conduct a Drive One For Your School program on Saturday September 18. For every test drive of a new Ford model, $20 will be given to the school in an area of the test driver’s choice. The event is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Requests for scholarships to offset the $80 athletic fees are coming in, Kruger said. Students may practice without paying the fee, but not play.
“Some of our coaches are sponsoring players themselves,” Kruger said. “The majority of the funds raised from the golf scramble will go to scholarships this year.”
He said the Whitko Wildcat Booster golf scramble proceeds has gone to equipment maintenance in the past, with the equipment in good shape, the money will go toward athletic fees. There were 35 teams in this year’s golf event.
Ten teachers, who were released last year, have been offered contracts for the 2010-2011 school year: Jessica Nettrouer, Julie Klepinger, Lisa Shisler, Jen Bruce, Megan Downs, Kim Kelley, Jessica Long, Jami PeGan, Sabrina Waterfield and Crystal Zielasko.Other employment actions include: Angela Trump moving from PES to Whitko Middle School as health clerk; Leigh Froebe, hired as PES health clerk; Sharon Obregon, hired as PES preschool homebound assistant; Tonia Weigold, PES Title 1 assistant; Sue Paulus, part-time PES recess-cafeteria assistant; Hollie McKinney, part-time PES recess-cafeteria assistant; Heather Simon, PES resource assistant; and Courtney Whitney, PES temporary teacher during the leave of Crystal Zielasko.Emily Shearer resigned as family and consumer science - culinary arts teacher at WMS; Leslie Singer resigned as part-time PES Title 1 assistant; Becky Damron was discontinued as 504 health needs assistant at PES; Melissa Craig was discontinued as seventh grade volleyball coach and Caitlin Sautter was discontinued as WMS cheer sponsor.
In other business, the board:
• Appointed Donald Kenipe to the Pierceton-Washington Township Public Library Board;
• Approved participation in the Whitley County Transit Emergency Management Plan, which effectively opens the schools to the public for shelter during emergencies;
• Approved participation in the Friends Mentoring Program at SWES as presented by Community Action of Northeast Indiana (CANI);
• Granted permission to advertise for latch key services; andSupported a resolution to return to the Central Time Zone which would provide another hour of daylight in the mornings, as recommended by the Coalition for Central Time.The next school board meeting is one week earlier than normal, the second Monday of the month, September 13, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
School board members are Terry Eberly, Deb Collier, Roger Boggs, Cindy Kreger and Jorell Tucker.

Halloween Fun At the Pumpkin 5K Run

COLUMBIA CITY -- Parkview Whitley Hospice will kick off National Hospice Care Month in November with its first Pumpkin Run, a 5K Run/Walk and 10K Run, on Sunday, October 31, 2010, at 2 p.m. The events will be held at the Whitley County 4-H Center, 680 Squawbuck Road, Columbia City. Check-in will begin at noon, and the entry fee is $20 for both events.

The running events are being held to increase awareness of the benefits of Parkview Whitley Hospice services, recruit hospice volunteers and raise funds for Parkview Whitley Hospice.

Participants are encouraged to honor the memory of a loved one by adding a commemorative sign in the Pumpkin Patch at the event by contributing $35 per person commemorated. A loved one’s name also may be added to individual T-shirts, which are orange and long sleeved. The cost is an additional $3 to have a loved one’s name printed on the T-shirt.

All proceeds from the events will benefit Parkview Whitley Hospice, which provides family-centered care for the patient, and emotional and spiritual support to everyone involved. Parkview Whitley Hospital includes nurses, social workers, chaplains and trained volunteers.

Awards will be presented to the top finishers in the following age groups: Elementary School, Middle School, High School, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89 and 90+.

Businesses in the community are encouraged to support the running events as sponsorship opportunities. The sponsorship opportunities deadline is September 1. Sponsorship levels include:

Presenting Sponsor ($2,500) – Listed as Presenting Sponsor in all publicity materials; banner prominently displayed at the event; logo recognition on event banners and on event T-shirts.
Host Sponsor ($500) – Host Sponsor sign at the event; logo recognition on event banners and on event T-shirts.
Pumpkin Patch Sponsor ($400) – Sponsor sign at the perimeter of the Pumpkin Patch (an area of remembrance with names of loved ones); logo recognition on event banners and on event T-shirts.
10K Course Sponsor ($400) – Sponsor sign on the course; logo recognition on event shirts; logo recognition in printed event materials.
5K Course Sponsor ($300) – Sponsor sign on the course; logo recognition on event shirts; logo recognition in printed event materials.
Shirt Sponsor ($300) – Logo recognition on event T-shirts; logo on printed event materials.
Runners’ Snack Sponsor ($200) – Sponsor sign at awards ceremony; logo recognition in printed event materials.
Awards sponsor ($100) – Sponsor signs at awards ceremony; logo recognition in printed event materials.

For additional information, contact Candice Yeakle at (260) 248-9802 or Candice.yeakle@parkview.com. Online registration is available at Foundations.Parkview.com/Pumpkin Run.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Indiana Art & Earth Trail Seeks Participants

The Northern Indiana Art & Earth trail is now accepting applications for new partners.
Weckmuller Fine Chocolates, the Blue Pearl Art and Antiques, Lakeland Art Gallery and Purrr-fectly Unique Design Studio and Boutique are the Whitko-area participants, all based in Pierceton.
The trail, launched earlier this year, features more than 150 artists, crafters, agriculture producers, unique accommodations and specialty restaurants in seven northern Indiana counties.
Visitors on the trail experience the talent and cultural diversity found in the region.
The Art & Earth Trail is managed and marketed by the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission. all trail partners are featured on a Web site and in the guide publicatoin. The trail is also featured in regional and mid-western markets.
Kosciusko Coutny is known as the Lakes Loop and has the second largest continget of artists and agriculture producers on the trail with 27 participants. The other loops are in Porter county - the Indiana Dunes loop; in Laporte County - the Michigan City - LaPorte and Shipshewana loops; south Bend - the Notre Dame Loop; Marshall County - Time to Unwind Loop; and in Elkhart County - the Heritage Trail Loop .
Kosciuisko County artists, ag producers, unique lodging and dninic facilties, farmers' markets and special event coordinators are encouraged to apply. A small group of artists, craftsmen, agricultural tourism and cultural experters in northern Indiana jury potential trail stops.
Applications are available now by contacting the Kosciusko County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800.800.6090. Applications are accepted until October 1.
For more information call Mary Kittrell at 574.269.6090 or 800.800.6090.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Kosciusko County FOP Scholarship Winners

Individuals in photo are listed from left to right (Brenden Barber, Cassie Haecker, Brittney Miotto, and FOP Vice-President Mike Mulligan. Photo provided

On August 10th, 2010, the Kosciusko County FOP Lodge #149 awarded three scholarships to local students who are continuing their education in the field of criminal justice or medical professional. The scholarships are given in the names of local officer’s that have given their lives in the line of duty in Kosciusko County.
K.C.S.D. Detective/Sergeant Phil Hochstetler was shot and killed in 1994 during a criminal investigation. ISP Trooper Jason Beal was assisting a motorist on SR 14 in Kosciusko County when he was struck and killed by another vehicle in 2000. K.C.S.D. Sgt. Jeff Shaw was responding to a call of children playing on SR 14 in Kosciusko County when his vehicle was struck head-on and killed by a truck that had lost control and crossed the center line in 2009.
This year recipients are Brenden Barber, Cassie Haecker, and Brittney Miotto. Brenden Barber is a 2010 graduate from Warsaw Community High School and will be attending Anderson University to study Criminal Justice. Cassie Haecker is a 2010 graduate of Warsaw Community High School and will be attending IPFW to study Dental Hygiene. Brittney Miotto is a 2010 graduate of Warsaw Community High School and will be attending Manchester College to study Pre Med and Psychology.
The Kosciusko County FOP lodge #149 would like to congratulate these years’ scholarship recipients and wish them the best for their prospective futures.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Wildcats' Varsity Football Team

The Whitko Wildcats football team prepares for the 2010 season with a scrimmage against Garrett High School at Garrett on Friday, August 13 at 7 p.m.
This year’s varsity football roster is:
#3 – Scott Skiles, grade 12; #5 – Austin LeTourneau, 11; #7 – Ryan Weigold, 10; #12 – Dominic Arrowood, 11; #14 – Brent Busz, 12; #15 – Alex Stoddard, 10; #20 – Dillon Craig, 11; #21 – Tyler Hathaway, 12; #22 – Derek Snep, 11; #23 – Connor Stouder, 10; #24 Kory Wood, 12; #25 – Chris Bumbaugh, 11; #26 – Ben Bryon, 12; #27 – Ian Pherigo, 10; #28 – Cody Bays, 11; #31 – D.J. Fouce, 12; #32 – Dakota Harmon, 12; #33 – Austin Mort, 11; #34 – Mike Carroll, 10;
Also, #36 – Nathan Slater, 10; #40 – Jordan Gilbert, 12; #41 – Andrew Bumbaugh, 12; #42 – Travis Weigold, 12; #43 – Joe Haywood, 11; #44 – Joey Bowers, 10; #51 – Cord Feasby, 11; #52 – Austin Striggle, 11; #53 – Javi Morales, 12; #54 – Josh Kessie, 10; #60 – Michael Dimmick, 10; #62 – Schyler Fugate, 10; #63 – Joe Prater, 11; #64 – Josh Hough, 10; #65 – Jessy Bowers, 12;
Also, #66 – Coty West, 12; #70 – Trent Sims, 11; #71 – Bobby Mundy, 12; #73 – Tyler Newsome, 11; #75 – Ben Hinora, 11; #76 – Andrew Warren, 11; #78 – Chris Tackitt, 11; #80 – Preston Keim, 11; #81 – Brandon Nettrouer, 11; #82 – Tyler Miller, 10; #83 – Jake Nissley, 10; #85 – Alex Smith, 10; #86 – Quincey Jenkins, 11; #89 – Trevor Bauer, 10.

Head coach, Wayne Swender; assistant coaches, Josh Mohr, Brad Sprunger, Brad Walpole, Robbie McKerr and Matt Slusher; Manager, Jacob Bolinger.

(Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

Free School Supplies Available Saturday

By TRSmith
Turning Point Church is sponsoring a Day of Hope Saturday, August 14 at 2pm in the Whitko High School parking lot.
Church members led by Mark and Michelle Partt plan to give away backpacks full of school supplies and after school snacks. Two licensed beauticians are volunteering their time to provide free haircuts.
“We have 200 backpacks, 50 bags for every grade, filled with paper, pencils, pens, glue, folders, colored pencils...” said Mark Pratt. “We went off each school’s supply list.”
The backpacks came from the Columbia City Church of the Nazarene and the Salvation Army. The snacks, granola bars, fruit rollups and the like, were provided with a donation from the South Whitley Area Emergency Food Bank.
Expect a carnival-like atmosphere which includes a free pulled pork meal, a bounce house for the kids and musical entertainment provided by Troy Erbe of North Manchester.
If it rains the operation will move into the high school cafeteria.
Everyone with students in the Whitko school system is welcome.
In addition to school supplies expect the unexpected, like, toothpaste provided by the Warsaw Ministerial Association.
“We did our research,” Mark said about the drive. “There were back to school supply events in Columbia City, but we didn’t have one for our school district.
“But we saw a need, especially with the parents paying extra for activities because of the school’s budget situation. Parents get hit hard financially this time of year anyway. This will ease that burden.”
Other businesses and organizations donating to the Day of Hope include Crossroad and STAR banks, the South Whiltey Lions Club, Bolinger Tin Shop and the South Whitley United Methodist Church Ladies Missions Association. Many individuals also gave money and supplies, Mark said.
“We will donate any left over supplies to the schools to hand out during the school year,” he said. “We plan to do this every year.”
For more information go to the church’s Web site at www.turningpointchurchag.org or call 260-403-7908.

Vote 'Yes' For Whitko

By TRSmith
PIERCETON – The Whitko School Board of Trustees and a committee of concerned citizens is asking registered voters in the Whitko school district to “Vote Yes for Whitko” in the upcoming general election, November 2.
Voting yes on the Whitko referendum proposal is essentially approving a general fund “safety net.” The money can only be used for general fund expenditures and is only imposed to offset a possible loss in state revenue.
If the question does not pass with a majority of votes and if the state continues to cut funding, the school district will have to make additional cuts in personnel and programs. Because of state shortfalls the district has already cut $1.26 million – or 26 positions – for the upcoming 2010-2011 school year. Further shortages without support could mean the South Whitley Elementary School would close and those students would be bussed to Pierceton. The art, music, agriculture and other non-core subjects may not be offered. And extra cirricular activities simply may not exist as school sponsored programs.
The question on the ballot reads as follows: “For the next seven calendar years immediately following the holding of the referendum pursuant to Indiana Code 20-46-1-8(a)(1), shall the Whitko Community Schools impose a property tax rate that does not exceed 20 cents ($0.20) on each one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed valuation and that is in addition to the school corporations’s normal tuition support tax rate?”
The current, state-approved, balanced budget of $11,000,000 is lower than any budget since 2003. If the state cannot fund the budget, the district can raise some funds from property taxes, via the referendum, to make up the difference.
School districts have several funds and each fund is created for a specific purpose. Transfers of money between the funds is very limited.
The general fund is used to pay for teachers, administrative and support personnel’s salaries and benefits; 90.3 percent of the general fund is used for these salaries and benefits. It is also used to pay for a portion of utility costs and supplies.
The transportation operating fund is for the transportation staff, fuel and bus repair.
The bus replacement fund is for the purchase of busses.
Debt service: is payment on debts related to bonds and building projects. The district just finished paying off the middle school construction bond and is paying on the high school renovation project. Whitko schools only debts are the construction projects.
The capital projects fund is used for maintenance-related work on buildings and grounds, repairs to equipment, technology, furniture and the like. It may also be used to pay a limited portion of utility costs.
Funds raised through the referendum will only be used to shore up the general fund, in other words, to pay for salaries and benefits. At the maximum levy (20-cents per $100 assessed valuation or $823,000) only 12 percent of the general fund would be raised.
The state has indicated there may be cuts of $500,000. There may be cuts of $250,000; there may be no shortage.
For more information call or email Steve Clason, superintendent, 574.594.2658 or 260.327.3677, steve.clason@whitko.org; school board members: Terry Eberly, 723.4690, terry.eberly@whitko.org, Deborah Collier, 574.594.2546, deb.collier@whitko.org; Cynthia Kreger, 574.594.2192, cindy.kreger@whitko.org; Roger Boggs, 327.3672, roger.boggs@whitko.org; Jorell Tucker, 260.609.1818, jorell.tucker@whitko.org; committee members: Georgia Tenney, 574.594.2051, Larry or Janet Arnold, 723.4239, arnold.janet@gmail.com; Tina Ray, 260.839.0239, therays1987@gmail.com; or Kathy Wright, 574.594.2671, kathy.wright@whitko.org

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Volunteers Needed For River Cleanup

Eel River biologists have a pretty good idea of what volunteer cleanup crews will find when they don gloves and boots and hit the waters on Saturday, Sept. 18:
Hot water heaters, large metal boxes, pipes, cement blocks, a bicycle, an old push mower, incredible volumes of broken glass … and many, many tires. All in the waterway on the southeast edge of North Manchester, just downstream from the historic 1872 covered bridge.
“I wanted to cry when I saw how bad it is,” said Terri Michaelis, manager of the Middle Eel River Watershed Initiative that is coordinating the cleanup that will serve a valuable dual purpose of educating people about the trash and debris that mars the waterway. The Sept. 18 cleanup will focus on the water; the riverbanks are another sad story for another project at a later date, perhaps by a volunteer group.
Adult volunteers will gather at the covered bridge at Sycamore and South Mill streets at 8:30 a.m. for the morning task. (Get map.) The initiative will provide gloves, bug spray, sunscreen, snacks and drinking water. Volunteers will want to wear long sleeves, long pants and boots, tennis shoes or waters shoes for protection against poison ivy and stinging nettle. Because of the danger of the unwieldy trash, participants must be at least 18 and must sign a waiver.
This half-mile stretch is the worst of the Eel River when it comes to trash, Michaelis said.
The river is shallow right now, so clean-up crews will wade down the river, filling and pulling canoes behind. Miami and Wabash county trucks will be parked downstream at the waste treatment plant for filling and disposal of the trash at the landfill. Additional open-bed trucks are needed, Michaelis said. Much of the metal will be recyclable, should somebody want to collect it.
Volunteer groups, clubs and individuals are invited to pitch in. To register to help, contact Michaelis at 260-982-5101 or tmmichaelis@manchester.edu.
Registration and waiver forms also are available on the website of the Middle Eel River Watershed Initiative at www.manchester.edu/eelriverinitiative/index.htm, where visitors can learn more about the $1 million conservation and cleanup initiative of federal, state and local agencies, organizations and individuals.

Kole Craig Recovering From Accident

By TRSmith
Kole Craig no sooner returned from the National High School Finals Rodeo at the end of last month, than he was electrocuted in a bizarre accident July 28 at the Roger and Shelly Diehm farm in northeastern Noble County.
Craig, 16, is in stable condition at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne, according to his step father Jarrod Lancaster.
According to Lancaster, a double lightening strike electrified everything that would hold a charge in and around the Diehm’s barn. Kole put both hands on a feed trough and, following the laws of nature, the electricity surged through his body to find ground.
Lancaster said Kole’s recovery is slow and has effected his brain patterns, especially the ability to speak.
“He becomes very agitated, too, when we simply walk in the room,” Lancaster said. “We’re not allowing visitors at this time.”
Kole, 16, is an Indiana High School Rodeo champion bull rider and a freshman at Whitko High School. At the national competition he did not qualify for the two 8-second bull rides.

Monday, August 9, 2010

South Whitley Fall Festival is September 17, 18 and 19

Plans are being finalized for the 2010 South Whitley Fall Festival which is September 17, 18, 19. This year’s festival has many of the fun filled events of years past as well as some new ones. The committee has been working hard to put together this annual celebration of our community.
This year will once again feature midway rides, a variety of food and craft vendors, and many events to participate in and entertain. The weekend begins Friday evening with a slide show of festival memories. Other planned events include The South Whitley Library’s photography contest.
Free concerts featuring W.C. and the Field, Huckleberry Blue, Rick Barton. Elvis Impersonator Brent Cooper, a Donut Eating Contest, The Parade, a Kiddie Parade, a Tricycle Race, The Bed Race, Bingo, a Talent Show, The Car Show, a Community Church Service, Greased Watermelon (yep, I said watermelon!) Contest, a Cornhole Tournament, the 5K Run, Pickle Spittin’ contest and the Chicken Drop Raffle.
Entry forms and schedules are being finalized and will be available for download at the festival Web site www.southwhitleyfallfestival.com, and at other locations throughout the community soon.
So mark the date for a fun-filled weekend right here at home! If you have questions, call 260-609-2207 or 260-609-8883 or you can email us at southwhitleyfallfestival@yahoo.com

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Pierceton Days Parade

Police vehicles led the 9th annual Pierceton Days "Home for the Holidays" Parade Saturday, August 7. Return here for more photos and parade judging results throughout the week!
Photo by TRSmith

Pierceton Days Car Show

The Pierceton Days Festival car show drew people to downtown Pierceton, Indiana, Friday, August 6. Tribune-News photo by TRSmith.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Pierceton Days Is Underway!

3 p.m. American Legion ALL- U-CAN-EAT FISH
3 p.m. History Theater Tent shares historic town photos in the park
4 p.m. Pierceton Lions Club Chicken BBQ & Pork Chop Dinner
5 p.m. Car Show Registration Starts
($12 fee per vehicle) Lake City Bank
6 p.m. Entertainment with DJ John Potts
6:30 p.m. Incognito Cloggers at Senior Center
6:30 p.m. Car show registration ends
7-11 p.m. Sum of Three & Surface
– Free concert in Brower Park
8:45 p.m. Car Show winners announced at DJ table

9 a.m. Pierceton Library ’Friend’s Annual Book Sale in library basement
9 a.m. Gospel Singing in Park
9 a.m. History Theater Tent shares historic town photos in the park
9 a.m. P-Town Derby Race on Keith Street by the Feed Mill
9 a.m. Bike Race and Tractor Pull on Keith Street by the Feed Mill
11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pierceton Masonic Lodge hosts blood drive at Community Building
NOON Brower Park and Amusements Open
NOON Skateboard Contest at Skate Park
ALL DAY Pierceton Lions Club Corn on the Cob & Melon Sale
NOON American Legion Cornhole Contest
1 p.m. Pinewood Derby Race
(check in at 1 p.m., starts at 1:30 p.m.)
1:30 p.m. Class Act Dance Troupe in the Park
3 p.m. Parade Line up at the Pierceton Elementary School
4 p.m. Pierceton Day’s Home for the Holidays Parade along SR 13 in Pierceton
Parade awards announced 1/2 hour after parade in the park
5 to 9 p.m. Free Carriage Rides around town
6 to 8 p.m. RE/MAX Hot Rainbow, tethered Hot Air Balloon Air Balloon Rides Weather & wind permitting, at the ballpark. Rides are available to everyone for a donation, 100% of funds raised goes to Riley Children’s Hospital
6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Ivory West & Breakdown free concert in the park

Thursday, August 5, 2010

South Whitley Elementary School Registration Is August 5 & 6

School will start soon at South Whitley Elementary! Registration will be held on Thursday, August 5 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and on Friday, August 6 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Stop by the school anytime during these hours. Whitko is an open enrollment district, so everyone is welcome. If you are from outside of the Whitko district, just stop by the Whitko Central Office (just off of State Road 13 in Pierceton) and pick up an application form for Whitko. The first day of school is August 19.
If you have any questions, feel free to call the school at 574-594-1687 or 260-723-6342.

Pierceton Registration Is August 9 & 10

School will start soon at Pierceton Elementary!
Registration will be held on Monday, August 9 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Tuesday, August 10 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by the school anytime during these hours. Whitko is an open enrollment district, so everyone is welcome. If you are from outside of the Whitko district, just stop by the Central Office (just off of SR 13 in Pierceton) and pick up an application form for Whitko.
All parents are invited to attend Pierceton Elementary’s Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 17. Each teacher will give three identical presentations in his or her classroom. Parents may choose which one to attend. This will give parents a chance to meet all of the teachers if they have children attending multiple grades at PES. Presentations will begin at 5, 6, and 7 p.m. in each classroom.
Children may bring school supplies (marked with their name) to put in their desks. The class lists are posted on the front doors of the school and on the school Web site, www.whitko.org.
The first day of school is August 19. Breakfast eaters may enter the building at 7:50 a.m. The doors areopen for everyone else at 8 a.m. The final bell will be at 8:10 a.m. Afternoon kindergarten will start at 12:05 p.m. School will dismiss at 3:05 p.m. If you have any questions, call the school at 574-594-2210 or 260-327-3677.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Bricker's Pit Road Pizza, South Whitley

Lisa Bricker of Bricker’s Pit Road Pizza opened the doors of the former Charlie’s Pizza July 1. The little restaurant offers a carryout menu with free delivery.
(Tribune-News photo by TRSmith)

By TRSmith
SOUTH WHITLEY – The gourmet pizza varieties include The Brickyard 400, the Daytona 500, the Indy 500 Meat Lovers and the Pit Road Taco. Perfect names for the little restaurant named Bricker’s Pit Road Pizza & More with the NASCAR-inspired decorations.
Lisa and Todd Bricker bought the business at 211 South State Street in South Whitley on July 1 and have a menu featuring pizza, sub sandwiches and salads along with appetizers, egg rolls and drinks.
“I love people,” said Lisa, “and I’m always thinking: what can I do to make them happy?”
How about throwing out the measuring cups?
“Nothings really measured,” Lisa says with a smile. “I make pizza by adding the meat, the vegetables, the cheese, until it looks right to me.”
The result is a big tasty pizza or a delicious sub sandwich.
In additon to the pizza alread listed other varieties (in 7-, 10-, 14- or 16-inch sizes) include Digger’s veggie lover, buffalo chicken, chicken club, Hawaiian, Mexican supreme, Canadian bacon and spinach and mushroom.
Featured sub sandwiches are the ham and cheese, stromboli, Italian, ham and bacon, BLT, meatball, American, BBQ chicken, chicken ranch and garlic chicken and bacon – or – make your own with five of 17 available toppings.
Appetizers include breadsticks and cheese, hot pepper cheese sticks, onion rings, rollups and wings. And, of course, a Dale Jr. Sausage Roll.
While the restaurant offers one table-for-two, it’s a good idea to plan on carry out or have your order delivered, just in case that table is occupied.
The Brickers decided to expand hours to include lunch and be open well into the evening on Friday and Saturday nights.
The business hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday; 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and opens at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Order ahead by calling 723-5675.
It’s not her first foray into the restaurant business. About seven years ago she and her mother, Mildred Sellers, and her aunt, Etta Smith, and cousin, Denise Smith, operated the Lincolnville Restaurant near Salamonie Reservoir.
Lisa and Todd married a year ago. They live in Pierceton. The couple have three children: Alicia, 18, Jacob, 14, and the late Jesse.

Remember When August 4, 2010

Compiled by Stephen D. Miller
5 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, August 3, 2005
The Whitko School Board met July 28 to again discuss the renovation of the Whitko High School building. The public was invited to the discussion. Other business was also discussed, including textbook rental fees,
Pennsylvania Avenue Pizzeria & Cafe is the new name of the restaurant located in the Collier building at the south edge of Pierceton on State Road 13. New manager Michael Cravens is serving breadfast, lunch and pizza. A big hit is the free coffee served with the breadfast buffet.
Amy Woodsmall was named the Special Services Director for the Whitko schools. Woodsmall is a resident of Kendallville and comes to Whitko after seven years as the Assistant Director of Special Education for the Northeast Indiana Special Education CoOp based at Kendallville. Prior to that position, she was a general consultant and teacher of visually impaired.
The annual Larwill Squawbuck Days will be August 12, 13 and 14. Hal Trump, one of the coordinators for the festival, says there is a full slate of local activities for all three days. A tenderloin fry and games of bingo start the festivities on Friday evening.
Pierceton held their first annual Art Fair July 23rd. Award winners included Megan King, Kay DuBois, Sean Hoffman, Braxton Ekenberry, David Taylor. Robert A Hudson won the Best of Show award. Judges for the art fair were Cinda Culver of North Webster and Karen Klimper of Warsaw.
The South Whitley Area Emergency Food Bank building will have a new logo. It was designed by Mary Carney of South Whitley. Mary started in the graphic field in 1975 beginning with typesetting and paste-up. She has been employed the past 30 years by Fort Wayne Graphics.
Indiana National Guard Specialist Kelly Osborn of South Whitley, recently won the Army Commendation Medal for her meritorious service as a computer operator and trainer for the maintenance section. She also received an Army Achievement Medal for her outstanding performance of duty while serving on the out-processing team. Osborn was deployed to Afganistan with Headquarters Company 113th Support Battalion. Osborn is the daughter of Bob Osborn of Pierceton and Brad & Luann Dunlap of Columbia City and was a 1999 graduate of Whitko High School.
10 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Wednesday, August 9, 2000
The Pierceton Days celebration was once again a very well attended event. From the Friday night car show to the parade, to junk food alley, there was something for everyone. The parade had 100+ entries.
The Whitley County Genealogical Society has completed an updated “census” of the South Whitley Cemetery. The project to catalogue all the graves in Whitley County was started in 1998. The key people in this task were Betty Yann, Julia and Michael Hayes, Beverly Henley and Jeanette Brown. Ed Myers, caretaker of the SW Cemetery also provided priceless help in the research. The updated list of records is accesible to anyone by logging onto the county’s website at whitleynet.org/genealogy.
Two students participating in the Lions Club “Operation Friendship” visited South Whitley last week. SW Lions Club President Jim Barnett and club member Jack Bishop presented Peruvian guest Katia Samame and Turkish guest Bengu Uras with banners representing the South Whitley Lions Club during their visit. The two girls are staying with George Edwards of Albion, who is a member of the Columbia City Lions Club.
Area talent show winners stole the show at The Curtain Company Players’ annual Follies show last weekend. Nearly 200 people attended the three shows, which spotlighted over 30 different acts of music, comedy and dance. Mike Archambaulp of Kendalville, SaSundra Tadson of Churubusco, Heather Beck of Kendallville, Nathan Wordinger of Columbia City, Josh Henney of Columbia City and Nick Henney of Columbia City were just a few of the many talanted winners.
The Whitko cheerleaders served for the Pierceton Volunteer Fire Dept and EMS’s pancake and sausage breadfast last weekend. They worked for tips the whole morning and were surprised with a $300 donation afterwards. The cheerleaders plan on using the funds for supplies and new warm-up outfits.

25 years ago
from the South Whitley-Pierceton Tribune-News
Wednesday, August 7, 1985
Steve Lewis resigned last week from his position of head of the South Whitley Light and Power Co. He accepted a position with the Auburn Municipal Elexctric. Steve had worked for the Power Co for several years.
Dick Kranfield, the postal carrier for the east side and south of the bridge in South Whitley, retired after 20 years 9 months. When Mr Kranfield started with the postal service in 1964, they had just started city delivery. He plans on taking care of the hope place and small farm north of South Whitley. He also plans quite a bit of traveling.
Mr and Mrs Charles L Spillman are the new owners of the Pierceton Motel as of April 22. They are from Milford and have three grown children. Mr Spillman is a retired postmaster in Milford and Mrs Spillman is a retired restaurant manager in Syracuse.
TV channel 33 in Fort Wayne will telecast “Champion of Champions” August 11. The program will present the grand champion steers from nine counties in Indiana. Rhonda Wilkinson of Route 2, South Whitley, will be present with her steer at the contest. She won Grand Champion at the Whitley County fair last week with her steer.
The Astros South Whitley Little League Baseball Team won the 1985 league championship. The members of the team were Chris Burnworth, Matt Anderson, Jeff Walpole, Josh Hatton, Geoff McManama, Danny Harper, Jason Harper, Matt McManama, T J Himes, Chris Street, Robert Lysaght, Chuck Chriswell and Angie Walpole (bat girl)
Isaiah Keavenny, a 4-year old from Pierceton, was playing hide and seek with his friends August 1. The friends hid in a cornfield but Isaiah could not find them. The friends came out of the cornfield, but Isaiah did not come out. Neighbors, family and the fire dept helped in the search and he finally came out of the field on Kings Highway by the Beyer farm.

40 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursay, August 6, 1970
Craig Sherbahn, son of Mr and Mrs Kenneth Sherbahn of rural route 1, South Whitley, was the recipient of the Carnation Farms Sportsmanship award presented at the 4-H Exhibition this week. The award was presented to Craig for his atitude to other showmen during the beef show
The Mizpah Temple Band, who was highly honored at the recent National Shrine Convention in Indianapolis for taking first place in national competition for the best marching band with less than 50 men, will present a band concert here August 15th. The concert will be held in conjunction with the 22nd triennial school reunion. The band is under the direction of Russell Wharton and the assistant director is Robert Kreckman.
The annual picnic for The Gripco Fastner Division was held August 8. Service pins were awarded to their employees with 5, 10, 15 or 20 years service.
Roger B Thomson was promoted to the position of manager of engineering for home entertainment products for Arvin Industries, Inc, Columbus, IN. Mr Thomson is the son of Mr and Mrs Ralph B Thomson of South Whitley and a graduate of South Whitley High School.

50 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, August 11, 1960
Mrs Ruth Thomson was awarded a fifteen year pin for her service at the local telephone company. They had a party in her honor Monday morning and presented her with her pin. Mrs Thomson began working for the United Telephone Company in 1945 when the offices were above the Corner Cafe.
Jacob Kerch, 93, of Columbia City, won the oldest resident loving-cup this afternoon at the 57th Old Settler’s Day at Columbia City. The oldest continuous resident of Whitley County was also Mr Kerch, but since he won this honor last year, he was ineligible to receive the cup again. Mary Killian, who has lived her entire 93 years in Whitley County was the next longest continuous resident.
Miss Sophia Baker of South Whitley turned the first shovel of dirt to break-ground for the new Collamer Congregational Christian Church. Assisting Miss Baker was Dr Andrew Craig, the State Superintendent of the Congregational Christian churches.
Charles Harker of Chauncey Street in Columbia City, was named county chairman for the Whitley County Community Chest for 1960-1961. Mr Harker is a graduate of Columbia City High School.

65 years ago
from the Tribune-News
Thursday, August 2, 1945
Work on the greatest dredging project of recent years in Whitley County began two weeks ago. Crews have begun dredging the Eel River on the west embakment close to the Stump Printing Office. The crews are working around the clock, but completion of the whole river is not expected until next year.
Twelve counties participated in the district 4-H Home Economics judging and demonstration contest held at the Columbia City school Thursday. Donna Enz of Washington township placed first in the judging of baked goods and Pollyanna Mink of Cleveland township placed in the “A” group in the demonstration contest. Hazel Goodrich, also of Washington township, placed third in clothing judging.
Harold F Tschantz and Charles M Bowerman purchased the South Whitley Tribune on July 26 and took possession August 1. Mr Tschantz, his mother and his family live on their farm in Jefferson township. Mr Bowerman has lived most of his life in Columbia City, but a few years were spent on his grandmother’s farm in Cleveland township.
Several boys left Columbia City Tuesday for their physical examinations for the military . From this area, were Harold Eugene Snyder, Eldon James Kuckuck and Frances Layman North.
Jack L Bishop, S 1-c, son of Mr and Mrs Clair Bishop of RR1, is serving aboard the USS Mobile in the Pacific. The Mobile is a light cruiser and ducked a dozen Kamikaze planes; evaded mines, torbedos and suicide boats in order to smash more than 350 Japanese shore targets on her way to victory on Okinawa.
Private 1st class Robert Salesman is home on a 30-day furlough, than will report to Camp Atterbury. From there, he expects to be sent to Mobile, Alabama. Pfc Salesman has recently returned from the European theatre of war.