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Kumfer explores a new way to serve BY NICOLE MINIER

COLUMBIA CITY — With a career as a pastor for the past 35 years, Columbia City resident Tim Kumfer wanted to serve the community in another way. Kumfer won the Republican primary election last week for an open County Council

seat and is unopposed so far in the General Election. “I never thought I would get into politics — I try not to think of it as that,” Kumfer said. “I want to call it public service.” Kumfer has lived in Columbia City with his family for the past 15 years. He and his wife, Cindy, plan to retire in

Columbia City and stay here. “I feel people need to be involved in volunteering in one way or another. Everything I did in volunteering was because I was a pastor. I wanted to find something that wasn’t part of my job,” Kumfer said. “I’ve benefitted from living here and wanted to serve. I feel


Jack Junk is a talented artist who recently won an award in the Peabody Public Library’s writing contest. Junk has written and illustrated 14 comic books so far. He is a fifth grader at Little Turtle Elementary School.

COLUMBIA CITY — A group of pirates set out to steal treasure from the Royal Navy. The pirates are successful, but the Navy returns to sink the ship. Many didn’t survive, but two washed up on the shore of an island rich with gold. No, this isn’t the plot of the next Pirates of the Caribbean movie, it’s a comic written and illustrated by Little Turtle Elementary School’s Jack Junk, a talented fifth grader. The Peabody Public Library recently recognized Junk at its writing contest, awarding him the “best comic book” title. Although this is the first award Junk won for his comics, it’s not the first he’s created, as he is the author of 14 comics, including a series. “I was very impressed with his comic,” said LTES Principal Angela Ayers. “He’s an amazing kid and an amazing artist — very creative.” Junk picked the pirate theme for a friend, Garrett Shepherd. “He really enjoys pirates and he’s one of my friends. I thought I would do this for him,” Junk said. This is the first comic book Junk made public but it’s something he practices on a weekly basis, even giving up SEE COMIC, PAGE 2

Columbia City author appears on TED stage BY BRIDGETT HERNANDEZ bhernandez@kpcmedia. com

COLUMBIA CITY — There’s nothing particularly conspicuous about April Gerard. Wearing a ponytail and glasses, the petite, 5-foot-tall author blends into her surroundings at Brewha Coffee House as she types away on her laptop. She’s a fixture at the local coffee shop where she writes and works part-time. But on March 24, Gerard took center stage at the TEDx Fort Wayne Conference to bring the topic of homelessness into the spotlight. The

Columbia City resident was one of 11 speakers selected to present at the event. She has a background in the nonprofit sector, working with residents in northeast Indiana to help them gain affordable housing and prevent foreclosure on their homes. Gerard, who writes under the pen name, A.L. DeLeon, is the author of the upcoming fantasy novel, “Blue,” to be published this year with Dragon Moon Press. The genre is great for exploring social issues, she said. However, the work of

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KPC NEWS SERVICE COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School announced its valedictorians for the Class of 2018 last week. Eric Levi Burkholder is the son of Earl Burkholder and Beth Burkholder. Burkholder plans to major in mathematics at Valparaiso University. Eric Joseph Yater is the son of Kirk and Tanya Yager. Yager plans to attend Valparaiso University to study Yager Computer Science. The Class of 2018 will graduate 6 p.m. Friday, June 8, in the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium.

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fiction was not the focus of her TED Talk. In “The View from Poverty,” Gerard painted a picture of the reality faced by 600,000 families in the U.S. each year. She stresses that the talk is a view “from” poverty rather than a view “on” poverty. “I notice that the dialogue in general when it comes to poverty is ‘on’ poverty – it’s from the perspective of people who may not have ever experienced it or don’t understand the dynamics with it,” she said. Growing up in Whitley County, her family experienced intermittent


Gerard spends much of her time at Brewha Coffee House were she writes and works part-time.

homelessness. As a child, Gerard remembers living in a car, living in a trailer and wondering which

relative’s house they would sleep at next. She is sharing her SEE TED TALKS, PAGE 2


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story in an effort to bring awareness to a group that makes up a significant portion of the homeless population – children. One in 30 American children experience homelessness annually, according to the Bassuk Center on Homeless and Vulnerable Children & Youth. “It’s about bringing awareness to a topic that we think we know, but we really don’t know,” she said. When people think of homelessness, the first thing that often comes to mind is the picture of adults who have fallen on hard times or who are struggling with an addiction and/or mental health issues, Gerard said. While such individuals do make up a portion of the homeless population, the stereotype causes people to overlook children who experience homelessness, she said. Unfortunately, policy that deals with the homeless population is often based on stereotypes that don’t tell the whole story, Gerard said. For example, 71 cities have made it illegal to feed the homeless. “When you wrap your head around what the largest population of homeless is and how it’s illegal to feed them in these cities… We’re making it legal to not feed children?” she said. By sharing her story, she hopes that she can put a face on this population and change the way people look at homelessness. Gerard also hopes to open people’s eyes to the poverty that is all around them. If you haven’t lived it, you don’t know what it looks like, she said. “If you want a really good view of what poverty looks like, go out to Miami Village. There aren’t any resources within walking distance,” she said. Gerard remembers living in the trailer park as a child and having to walk to town for groceries because her mother

recess time to make comic books with his friends. He especially enjoys illustrating. “In our comic group, I do the actual book and the drawing, and they do the story part,” Junk said. “I’m not so good at writing, but I like drawing comics.” He is especially inspired by Stan Lee’s Marvel comics, and has watched videos to learn how to draw comics similar to Lee’s. He also enjoys newspaper comic strips. “My grandma and grandpa have a bunch of old newspapers from the 1980s and there are a bunch of old comic strips in there,” Junk said. “They gave them to me and that’s how I’ve learned.” Junk likes Garfield comics in newspapers, but especially like’s Marvel’s Wolverine and the X-Men. “I don’t agree with the movies, like ‘Logan,’ that was bad,” he said. “The X-Men in the comic books, I really like those. The Wolverine character is cool with the story of his life and his powers. It seemed really painful to grow his claws.” Illustrating comic books may be in Junk’s future, but first he wants to pursue a career in baseball. Junk wants to “get really good grades” and try to go to college at Notre Dame to play baseball.


April Gerard, of Columbia City, was one of 11 speakers selected to present at the TEDx Fort Wayne Conference March 24.

didn’t have a car. “In rural communities, it’s really easy to miss the signs of poverty because it’s so far removed,” she said. To watch Gerard’s full TED Talk, visit


Jack Junk has used Stan Lee’s Marvel comics as inspiration for his artwork. Pictured above is a portion of Junk’s award-winning comic book.

“Hopefully, I could be seen and make it into the major leagues and play for the Chicago Cubs because that’s my favorite team,” Junk said. His backup plan is to be an artist. Though he wouldn’t mind making newspaper comics, he especially wants to make comic books. “I would like to make my own series,” Junk said.

He’s already exploring ways to distribute his work, such as selling his books at his cousin’s barber shop or trying to get his comic books published, “which is really hard.” “I have a long way to go,” Junk said. Junk frequents many comic books stores, including the one in downtown Columbia City and others in Fort Wayne.

Chamber’s Education Forum brings together superintendents to share what’s new, what’s next CONTRIBUTED COLUMBIA CITY — Annually, the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center hosts leaders from the three local school districts for an annual Education Forum. This year’s lunch program will be held at noon on Tuesday, May 22, at The Center for Whitley County Youth located at 201 W. Market St. in Columbia City.

School superintendents attending the forum will include Patricia O’Connor from Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Steve Clason from Whitko Community Schools and Dan Hile from Smith-Green Community Schools. Each representative will have the opportunity to discuss the future of education in Whitley County and the most pressing issue facing their school

district. In addition, there will be a question and answer session for audience members. Cost for the event is $15 per person and includes lunch, which will be served at 11:45 a.m. To register, contact the Chamber office at 248-8131 or email office@whitleychamber. com. The deadline to register is Friday, May 18.

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said. “We can do more together than we can do individually. Anything to make it more efficient and effective — we should explore ways to make that happen.” Though Kumfer wasn’t born and raised in Whitley County, he chose to make Columbia City his home. “We could have gone many different places, but we made the decision to stay here. It’s a good place to live,” Kumfer said.

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SWCD celebrates Arbor Day with second graders CONTRIBUTED COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District celebrated Arbor Day on Friday, April 20, with the second-grade students at Mary Raber School in Columbia City. The afternoon program began with the students doing their tree-themed rendition of “Shoulder, Knees and Toes,” but it was “Roots, Trunks, Limbs, and Leaves.” The children sang songs about trees, read poetry about trees and told jokes with tree themes and punch lines. An example of one of the jokes was: “Did you hear the joke about Arbor Day?” “It will leaf you laughing!” The audience, which was made up of kindergartens, first graders, parents and grandparents, enjoyed the program. When the second graders completed their part of the program, Mayor Ryan Daniel read the proclamation declaring April 20 Arbor Day in Columbia City. He also explained that some of the trees growing along Columbia City’s streets are considered “city” trees and the city must maintain the health of those trees. This means that the city has the responsibility to remove the

KPC NEWS SERVICE The following people were booked into the Whitley County Jail: • Jay Johnson, 39, of Columbia City, was arrested May 4 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, for a body attachment (civil matter). • Michele Knafel, 49, of Columbia City, was arrested May 5 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, charged with OWI. • James Straub, of Columbia City, was arrested May 5 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, charged with theft. • Brian Cox, 23, of Columbia City, was arrested May 5 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, charged with violation of suspended sentence. • Nathan Crownover, 23, of Valparaiso, was arrested May 5 by the Indiana State Police, charged with possession of marijuana. • Reina Westerhoff, 30, of Pierceton, was arrested May 5 by the Indiana State Police, charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia. • Christopher Smith, 34, of Fort Wayne, was arrested May 6 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s


Camden Waybright, Journey Aikey and Tierney Gordon are taking their turn at the microphone with their tree presentation jokes.

trees whenever diseases or limbs could cause danger to city residents or their property. The city is then responsible for replacing the trees that it has removed. This is done with the help of the Columbia City Tree Board. As the second graders left the gymnasium, they were given Douglas Fir seedlings to take home and plant. The trees were a gift from the Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District. Nadean Lamle, office manager for the SWCD and Tree Board member, handed them out with the assistance of Gloria Banker and Ken Lundquist, both Tree Board members, as well as Mayor Daniel.

Department, charged with his second OWI, OWI per se, driving while suspended prior and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. • Jacob Kraemer, 18, of South Whitley, was arrested May 6 by the Indiana State Police, charged with minor in consumption. • Gabrielle Breske, 18, of Pierceton, was arrested May 6 by the Indiana State Police, charged with minor in consumption. • Taylor Reiff, 18, of Larwill, was arrested May 6 by the Indiana State Police, charged with minor in consumption of alcohol. • William Barber, 57, of Columbia City, was arrested May 6 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, charged with OWI endangering a person, OWI controlled substance and possession of marijuana. • Steven Sharp, 50, of Fort Wayne, was arrested May 6 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, charged with violation of suspended sentence. • Stephanie Cmar, 39, of Columbia City, was arrested May 6 by the Columbia City Police Department, charged with possession of marijuana, possession of parapher-


Levi Dellinger and Maddison Bernardon are at the microphone with Audrey McNew, Landin Caibaiosai and Adria Geiger waiting for their turn to entertain the audience with their portion of the program.



Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel reads a proclamation declaring April 21, 2018, as Arbor Day in Columbia City.

Gloria Banker and Ken Lundquist, both with the Columbia City Tree Board, assist Nadean Lamle, office manager for the SWCD and also Tree Board member, with handing out Douglas Fir tree seedlings as a gift from the Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District to second grade students. In the photo are Logan Atkinson, Madison Crow and Journey Aikey. Mayor Ryan Daniel in back, shaking hands with the students.

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nalia and OWI. • Janelle Hill, 27, of Laotto, was arrested May 7 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, charged with failure to return to lawful detention. • Derek Adkins, 19, of Warsaw, was arrested May 7 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, charged with public indecency. • Ian Mullins, 21, of Fort Wayne, was arrested May 7 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, charged with failure to comply. • Anastasia Dumbacher, 18, of Columbia City, was arrested May 8 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, charged with minor in possession of alcohol, OWI and OWI per se. • Gage Marcuccilli, 19, of Warsaw, was arrested May 8 by the Columbia City Police Department, charged with maintaining a common nuisance, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of paraphernalia. • Zackery Gallup, of Milford, was arrested May 8 by the Columbia City Police Department, charged with visiting a common nuisance, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and possession of parapher-

nalia. • Autumn Hollar, 22, of Milford, was arrested May 8 by the Columbia City Police Department, charged with visiting a common nuisance and possession of marijuana. • Alyssa Lovinger, 20, of Columbia City, was arrested May 8 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, charged with minor in possession of alcohol. • Richard Schaefer, 69, of Columbia City, was arrested May 8 by

the Columbia City Police Department, charged with theft. • Jefferson Nunley, 36, of Losanteille, was arrested May 9 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, charged with fraud and theft. • Osvaldo Albor, 24, of Fort Wayne, was arrested May 10 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, charged with OWI and OWI controlled substance. • Joshua Neff, 41, of Plymouth, was arrested

May 10 by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, charged with violation of suspended sentence. • Brodey Rhoades, 24, of Columbia City, was arrested May 11 by the Columbia City Police Department, charged with battery in the presence of a minor, driving while suspended prior, disorderly conduct, strangulation, criminal confinement, interfering with the reporting of a crime and false informing.


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Plans in the works for CCJHS reunion CONTRIBUTED COLUMBIA CITY — Members of the reunion planning committee for the 50th reunion of the Columbia City Joint High School Class of 1968 met recently at BrewHa to continue planning. The main event will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Eagles Nest Event Center in Eagle Glen. A dinner and time of reminiscing are scheduled, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Earlier activities on Saturday will include a tour of the high school building. Coinciding with Homecoming at the high school, special activities are also planned for the Friday night football game on Sept. 7. Class members are encouraged to enter/update contact information on the Columbia City High School Alumni Association site at Details will be updated

there. The committee is endeavoring to contact all class members by Internet or mail. Committee members attending the most recent meeting were Beverly Goss, Mary Helfrich, Dorothy McCoy, Leona Walker and DiAnna Weiss. Other committee members are Jo Ellen Hueber, Susan McClish, Susan Riecke, Lureen Vaught and Margaret Wise.


From left are Dorothy McCoy, Leona Walker, Bev Goss, Mary Helfrich and DiAnna Weiss, who worked on planning the 50th class reunion for CCJHS, which will be held in September.

BABE plans annual outing BY TRAVIS STAHL

This is no ordinary miniature golf tournament. Teams can pay extra to throw obstacles at their opponents. For $5 apiece, teams can purchase “dirty diapers” and have them delivered to a team, which adds five strokes to the total score. Teams can also purchase “road blocks” at a price of $10, and force their opponents to have to putt around wooden blocks on the hole of their choice. At the end of the round, teams can also buy a “wipe” for $10 each to clear away a score from a hole that might have been higher than they wanted it to be. Stahl said BABE is trying something new this year too by pre-selling “bundles.” The bundles consist of five dirty diapers, two blocks and one wipe. Plus, the bundle comes with one “bag of cheats” to help golfers lower their score on the course. Pre-sale

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COLUMBIA CITY — Playing miniature golf at Paige’s Crossing is a fun family outing. There are twists and turns on every hole to challenge golfers putting for the lowest score. But on June 14, the competition heats up at Paige’s. That is when BABE of Whitley County hosts its annual Miniature Golf Outing fundraiser. This is the seventh year BABE has hosted the event. Teams are comprised of four golfers each at a cost of $120 per team. There is a new category this year also, as teens can enter as a team for the price of $40 per team. Last year at the event, 42 teams took to the greens. “Our goal is to have more than that this year,” said BABE Director Jacie Stahl. “We would like to have over 50.”

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bundles are $50 and can be purchased prior to June 8. Stahl added that having the add-ons to the golf provides an extra challenge. “That’s what makes the day fun,” said Stahl. “It really helps build camaraderie among the teams.” BABE is a program for expectant mothers, mothers and children up to six years old. The program provides a number of free services to community members. BABE began offering classes called “Everyday Joys” for mothers and their children. The classes are provided by the Peabody Public Library, the Dekko Foundation and the Purdue Extension Office. Also, a new mom’s group called “Momma Bears” meets the third Friday of every month. It gives new and expectant mothers the chance to sit down, relax and discuss

the things that are happening in their lives. “We’ve had new moms come every month,” said Stahl of the Momma Bears group. “It’s just kind of whatever they need.” Mothers can earn coupons for BABE from 55 different businesses in Whitley County. Those coupons can then be redeemed at BABE for just about anything a child could need including diapers and clothing. BABE has been operating in Whitley County since 2001. Teams can still register for the miniature golf outing. Several area businesses sponsor teams and often times bragging rights for the year are on the line. While the course at Paige’s is usually for a leisurely golf experience the BABE fundraiser will definitely get competitive all while helping out local families.

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New Purdue Extension educator BY MATT GETTS

ALBION — The Noble County Purdue Extension Office’s newest educator is very familiar with northeastern Indiana. Ann Kline, the part-time extension educator for agriculture and natural resources, was born in Steuben County and raised on a dairy farm MATT GETTS in the Hudson area. For New Noble County Purdue the last 10 years, she Extension educator Ann worked in Columbia Kline sits at her desk in City. Albion. Now, the ChurubusUniversity where she co-area mother of earned bachelor’s and three will be assisting master’s degrees in the residents of Noble agronomy, the study of County. She began her crops and soils. new job two weeks ago. After graduating “The people I have from college, she met have been very worked for Pioneer encouraging,” she said. Hybrids in Illinois. She has come to a After she and her county with a strong husband had two farming industry. children, they decided “Agriculture is one to move back to this of the key industries in area to be closer to this county,” Kline said. family. “It’s one of the key Kilne and her things that makes this husband now live in county what it is.” Churubusco. Her duties at the For the last 10 Noble County Extension years, she has worked Office will include as regulatory consuloverseeing the county’s tant for a Columbia Master Gardener City company, helping program and providing companies register pesticide application pesticides with both the training sessions. She Environmental Protecalso will be the person tion Agency and states’ to go to for homeowners regulatory bodies. and farmers with Anyone with questions about insects, questions for her can weeds, trees and plant call 636-2111 or email diseases. her at kline60@purdue. If she doesn’t know edu. the answer, she will find When she’s not out. working, she enjoys “We have a lot of reading, gardening and resources in different coaches youth league specialties we can reach soccer in Churubusco. out to,” Kline said. She also is active in the Kline brings a wealth Sugar Grove Church of of knowledge to the God in Noble County. position herself. Kline also hunts deer. She graduated from “I like the solitude, Prairie Heights High just sitting and being School in 1996. She quiet in nature,” she attended Huntington said. “You don’t get that College for two years, a lot with kids.” then went on to Purdue

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Making Churubusco proud

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Three Churubusco Elementary School groups performed in the FAME festival at the Grand Wayne Center March 17. The Turtle Town Turners showed off their jumping skills to the delight of the audience, as they clapped along. The Churubusco Chimers presented a wide variety of songs, including folk songs that the audience recognized, and new favorites, like Westminster Chimes with its special effects. The Soundmasters choir filled the Grand Wayne Center with a wall of sound, fun choreography and an upbeat performance. Their favorite song was singing, “Candle on the Water,” with soloist Dan Hile, who also serves as the superintendent of Smith-Green Community Schools. Student artwork from CES was also on display at the FAME festival.

These Churubusco Elementary students participated in the Circle the State With Song festival at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne in February. The students learned seven pieces of music in advance, then spent the day rehearsing with over 200 other elementary students under the guidance of guest conductor Pam Pierson. The festival concluded with a public concert, sponsored by the Indiana Music Educators Association. Pictured in front, from left, are: Katie Jacquay, Gabby Grabach, Kylie Mapes and Starla Summers. In row two are: Gabby Orth, Bailey Ballinger, Amelia Refeld, Mace Hart, HollySue Holmes and Addison Reed. Row three: Lucy Weigold, Jaylyn Shively, Katie Driebelbis, Briella Vasquez and Manny Serano. Row four: Ethan Hess, Audrey Burgess, Drake Richards and Luke Hile.

Understanding agriculture – growing soybeans If you are one who is perplexed by simple questions about agriculture that you don’t understand, read on. Today’s article is a primer on growing soybeans, written especially for non-farmers who may have always wondered about this crop. In Whitley County, as in most of northern Indiana, the predominant crops we grow include corn, soybeans, and wheat and hay. We’ll cover soybeans today. According to the most recent statistics available, Whitley County harvested 65,300 acres of soybeans in 2017, with an average yield of 51.7 bushels per acre. In 2016, Whitley County ranked 44th among Indiana counties in soybean production, harvesting 63,200 acres of soybeans at an average yield of 58 bushels/acre. As I explained in a previous article, a bushel is the dry volume equivalent of 8 gallons. For an acre, if you imagine a football field from end zone to end zone, that is approximately 1.1 acres, just a little over an acre. Soybeans are used for many things, including livestock feed, biodiesel, cooking oil, baby food, crayons, candles, printing ink, margarine, tofu and many other uses. Farmers test their soil periodically to check for the pH (acidity or alkalinity), and for levels of major and minor nutrients. If the pH is too low (acid soil), farmers must add lime to raise the pH to enable nutrients to be more available to the plant. Farmers have to add nutrients to soybean

crop fields in the form of fertilizer if nutrient levels are not sufficient (as determined by a soil test). However, as a legume, soybeans supply their own nitrogen through little structures that grow on the roots, called nodules. Bradyrhizobia japonicum bacteria in the soil infect roots and develop a symbiotic relationship with the soybean plant by “fixing” atmospheric nitrogen, and supplying that nitrogen to the plant. Soybeans can appear yellow (nitrogen deficient) until this nitrogen fixation kicks in. Corn does not have this ability, which is why farmers have to add a lot of nitrogen to corn. Other common legumes include peas, alfalfa, clover and green beans. If you have a vegetable garden, soybeans look a lot like green beans. They typically get from waistto chest-high in a farmer’s field. As soybeans mature in the field, passers-by will notice the green-toyellow-to-brown color progression. Eventually soybeans end up as mainly stems with bean pods after leaves have fallen off. Many inputs are required for a successful soybean crop. Examples include seed, fertilizer, herbicides and other crop inputs. Different production systems (conventional, organic, no-till) will vary crop inputs used and how much they cost. Crop rotation was discussed in my recent article on corn, and the practice is important for soybeans for the same reasons of fighting diseases and insects with a proven non-chemical cultural practice. Purdue Extension

experts construct annual average crop budgets for corn, soybeans and wheat. This information is available at Purdue JOHN E. Center for Commer- WOODMANSEE cial Agriculture at Search for “Purdue Crop Cost & Return Guide.” Just to give you a feel for what farmers face in terms of costs per acre, let’s explore some of the costs outlined in Purdue’s guide (updated March 2018). For average productivity soil for soybeans in crop rotation, farmers could spend, on average for one acre: $47 for fertilizer, $67 for seed, $65 for pesticides, $11 for machinery fuel, $18 for machinery repairs, $5 for hauling, $8 for interest on borrowed money and $34 for insurance and other miscellaneous expenses, for a total of $255 per acre. If we assume the crop yields 53 bushels per acre, and the selling price is $9.90 per bushel, the total revenue for that acre is $525. This leaves $270 per acre for things like cash rent, labor and profit. In the most recent Purdue land values survey, average cash rent for average productivity soil in northeast Indiana was $187 per acre. That leaves $83 per acre. Of course, all of these are averages, but it helps a person understand some economics involved. Weather extremes,

production systems, price variability, and other factors and risks all come into play. At harvest, farmers combine soybeans and store the grain in a bin, or sell to the elevator or biodiesel plant. Some years, farmers may also have to dry soybeans or pay a discount at the elevator to dry it. This must be done so that soybeans can be stored safely without risk of spoilage. We have just scratched the surface on what it means to grow soybeans. And, granted, there are a variety of management systems that farmers employ. Find Purdue Extension publications on a wide array of subjects at the Education Store, mdc. JOHN WOODMANSEE is an extension educator in Whitley and Noble counties.

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COLUMBIA CITY — Teofilo Ricardo Brunner, age 87, of Columbia City, Indiana, passed away at 4:02 a.m. Sunday May, 13, 2018, Mr. Brunner at his residence. Born on June 23, 1930, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, he was the son of Teofilo and Elena (Prendergast) Brunner. Teofilo attended Argentina schools and graduated college earning his engineering degree. On February 25, 1957, Teofilo married Maria Delia Osuna in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Teofilo worked in the food industry, which brought him to the United States, where he became an international business traveler and visited every continent on Earth. In 1995, Teofilo retired and made Jasper, Georgia, his home. While there, he attended Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. In 2017, he moved to Columbia City. Survivors include his wife, Maria Delia Brunner of Columbia City; children, Gerardo Teofilo Brunner of Erwin, North Carolina, and Laura (Steve) Kyler of Columbia City; grandchildren, Christopher Ryan Brunner of North Carolina, Robin (Kurt) Russman of Ohio, Brandy Nicole Kyler of Columbia City, and Holly Marie (James) Kyler Sibray of Attica; great-grandchildren, Teofilo Christopher Brunner of California, Renae and Camille Russman of Ohio, and Natalia Isabella of North Carolina; and numerous family members in Argentina and Uruguay. He was preceded in death by his parents. In accordance with the wishes of Teofilo, there

will be no services at this time. Arrangements are by DeMoney-Grimes, a Life Story Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. Visit www. to send the family a condolence.

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COLUMBIA CITY — Norma June Kyler, 86, of Clermont, Florida, died Thursday, May 10, at Parkview Randallia Hospital, Fort Wayne. A memorial service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, Columbia City, at a later date. Memorials can be made to Zion Lutheran Church or St. John’s Lutheran Church, Columbia City. Arrangements are entrusted to Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.

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Do these muscles look ‘old’ to you? The work is not BY AMY AND PATRICK CARPENTER Asking if your muscles look old is probably not something you hear every day. Now, you might ask a similar question about your face, your skin, your clothes or even your car … but, your muscles? Typically, when discussing our muscles, we focus on the size, the shape or the strength. But, have you ever stopped to wonder what’s going on deep down inside? We’ve all heard how important exercise is as we age. Including as much movement as possible, functional strength training to enhance activities of daily living, as well as mobility and stability training to keep us safe has become an anthem for those over 40. But, a new research study from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., recently found how you put those ingredients

together can have a profound effect on your body. The study divided sedentary men and women into four groups: intense strength training, interval training (riding a bike), moderate cardio and light weights (not in the same workout, on separate days) and non-exercise to study the effects different types of workout regimes had on the body. The results were compared based on modality, as well as age of the exercisers (half were under 30 and the other half were older than 64). As you would imagine, the muscle gains were most significant in the group that did heavy weightlifting, and the endurance gains were best in the group that did interval training. But, what surprised the scientists, was what they found when they biopsied the muscle

cells. The younger interval training group had 274 genes affected, 170 genes for moderate cardio and weights and only 74 for the strength training group. However, the older interval training group had almost 400 genes affected and just 33 for strength group and 19 genes for moderate cardio and weights. But, what’s that got to do with your muscles “looking” old, you say? Glad you asked — the cells that were affected are believed to affect the ability of mitochondria to produce energy for muscle cells. In other words, the decline typically seen in the cellular health of the muscles associated with aging was ‘corrected’ with exercise — and the more intense the exercise, the better. Bottom line, get moving early and often. But, even if you’re heading towards retirement and you’ve never

exercised, it’s never too late to start and receive the benefits. The amount of time you spend exercising can vary, but push yourself as you can since intensity seems to be the most important part. Finally, you may not see the results on the outside, but don’t quit. What’s happening deep down inside is truly magical. If you’re looking for a good workout for your muscles, give this interval bike workout a try: blog. push-30-minute-interval-biking-workout. AMY AND PATRICK CARPENTER are the

owners of Anytime Fitness locations in Churubusco, Columbia City, Bluffton and Huntington. They are lifelong residents of the area, small business owners and are dedicated to helping all people get to a healthier place.

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Last week residents in Smith and Green townships in the Churubusco area voted to approve a referendum that will raise property taxes by 62.8 cents per $100 of assessed value. The new revenue for the school, which is allowed to continue for the next eight years. The question some residents ask is can the school ensure it will be in a better financial position eight years from now. Unless the state changes its funding formula, the only way to ensure change is to push for growth in the town — more housing, more businesses and especially more young families, who can boost enrollment. Higher enrollment and higher assessed value equal more revenue for the school. Earlier this year, the Chamber of Commerce and Town Council came together to discuss ways to grow the town. Those ideas will need to

be put into action if the town wants to continue to thrive. Whitko schools are in a similar funding situation, with the future unclear as officials voted to shift students between different school buildings to save money. In the past few years, Whitley County has shown that it values education, as Smith-Green’s referendum is the second to be approved since 2015, when Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ referendum for a new high school building was approved. To learn more about the state of education in Whitley County, consider attending the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce’s Education Forum on May 22 at the Center for Whitley County Youth in downtown Columbia City. Reservations are required by May 18, and the cost, which includes lunch, is $15.

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Braun, Donnelly gird for Senate showdown More than a year ago, when U.S. Reps. Todd Rokita and Luke Messer began angling for the 2018 U.S. Senate nomination just as President Trump commenced a fitful start, there was the big question: Are you sure you want to give up safe House seats to run in a first Trump mid-term? MSNBC’s Steve Kornacke provided the grist: Since 1998, incumbent senators in “hostile states” (which went for the current White House occupant) were 21-3. The questions increased by mid-summer when Jasper businessman Mike Braun began exploring a run. With congressional approval at an anemic to torpid sub-20 percent approval, this would be a run through razor wire, minefields and shooting galleries. Both Rokita and Messer let their ambitions rule, though credible sources say that the latter was conflicted until just days before his mid-summer entry at a Morristown barbecue. When the primary dust settled around 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, there was Braun, a winner by more than 50,000 votes at 41 percent, poised to take on U.S.

Sen. Joe Donnelly. “This started happening about a year ago; all along I sensed that people thought it could not be done,” Braun told a small but BRIAN enthusiPOLITICAL astic REPORT victory party at a Brian Howey Whitestown brewery minutes after his victory had been sealed. “Many friends in Jasper said, ‘Do you need to have your head examined?’ and I said, ‘Maybe I do.’” Braun then said, “Someone from the private sector, maybe that’s the kind of new dynamic we need in Washington.” So Rokita and Messer join Marlin Stutzman whose congressional careers end, at least for now, in an attempt to reach for the upper chamber. Few are characterizing Braun’s victory as an upset. Outside of an incumbent’s safely drawn district boundaries, the barnacles and ballast associated with a congressional career are now well

documented. Rokita and Messer find themselves in the dustbin. Braun presents the most credible and dangerous challenge to Donnelly. The Howey Politics Indiana Horse Race starts the Braun v. Donnelly race as “Leans” Democrat. Morning Consult has put Trump’s approve/ disapprove at 47/48 percent in Indiana and he is -14 percent with Hoosier independent voters; the U.S. right/ wrong track is at 37/55 percent. But Braun appears to present the best GOP matchup against Donnelly. He has claimed the outside-the-swamp mantle of President Trump. He has no congressional voting record to defend and, as a self-funder, enters the showdown with Donnelly with the ability to compete in what will likely be a $100 million race by the time the dust settles this November. He enters the November showdown well-heeled, having spent $6 million on the primary. Donnelly is girding for a $100 million race. “The Koch Brothers have already spent $7 million and maybe more in Indiana,” Donnelly said.

“The Republican Party will have almost unlimited funding. I have never been under the impression we wouldn’t be out-spent.” As Donnelly headed to Terre Haute Wednesday morning to attend the funeral of a police officer, he told me that he figured early on that Braun would be the nominee. It was a similar calculation that he made in 2011 when he figured a challenge to U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar was a better option than running for reelection. “Actually, I saw this months ago,” Donnelly said. Asked whether Braun poses a tougher challenge than Rokita or Messer, Donnelly answered, “It doesn’t matter to me one way or the other. I didn’t worry who was going to come out of it.” Donnelly also took aim at the GOP’s botched Obamcare repeal and replace efforts. He accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of sabotaging the health care pools. “It will significantly cost more for health care premiums,” Donnelly insisted. “It will wipe out any gains of the tax cuts.” “It’s going to be

a choice,” Donnelly months after his vote for continued. “Who’s going Obamacare in the House, to support he narrowly affordable fended off health care? a challenge Who’s from then going to be state Rep. If you’re a an indepenJackie dent voice? Republican, the Walorski in If President then Braun nomination 2010, Trump is defeated right, I will is an early tonic. Richard support Mourdock It’s the GOP’s for the him every time. But Senate best-case my job is seat in not to be a 2012. Like scenario cheerleader Braun, for the Mourdock president. My job is had hoped the Hoosier to work non-stop for aversion to Obamacare Hoosiers.” was his path to victory. For his part, Braun It didn’t happen. characterized Donnelly’s Mourdock was a flawed, Senate career as “a fluke” undisciplined candidate. and is prepared to defend Braun is his antithesis. the tax cuts and exploit If you’re a Donnelly’s vote for Republican, the Braun Obamacare. “We’ve got nomination is an early to prove to the people tonic. It’s the GOP’s across the country that best-case scenario after free enterprise works,” a snotty, cafeteria food Braun said. “His record fight that Sen. Blutarski lines up with Pelosi of Delta House would and Schumer across have relished. the board and he has Now the real, epic disguised himself from battle commences. This real Hoosier values. will be a sensational I think his record is Senate showdown. going to be flushed out BRIAN HOWEY is publisher and I think that’s what of Howey Politics Indiana is going to carry us to at Find victory.” him on Facebook and Donnelly has heard Twitter @hwypol. such rhetoric before. Just

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County, city honored for work on streamlining business permitting CONTRIBUTED FORT WAYNE — Whitley County and the city of Columbia City were honored at a permitting recognition reception last month, hosted by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and the HPG Network. “We are proud of our strong business community in Whitley County. With collaborative efforts and a more efficient permitting process, we hope to better meet the needs of our growing business community, and exceed expectations,” said Whitley County Commissioner George Schrumpf. Streamlined business permitting is a top priority in the region’s business attraction efforts through the Vision 2030 initiative, spearheaded by the Regional Partnership. The HPG Network, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating thriving communities, manages the Permitting Excellence Coalition on behalf of the Regional Partnership. The collaborative effort aims to increase Northeast Indiana’s business-friendly environment by making it easier and faster for companies to obtain appropriate permits to build and expand in the region, encouraging economic

1 year ago Disney’s ‘Moana’ was picked for Columbia City’s downtown Movie on the Square. Whitley County Consolidated Schools hosted a Parent University event to educate parents on cellphone and internet safety. The Whitley County Community Corrections program was saving tax dollars, an estimated $700,000 in 2016. WCCS planned to begin e-learning days starting in the 2017-18 school year. Columbia City’s girls track team won the Northeast 8 Conference meet. 10 years ago Becky Skillman, lieutenant governor for the State of Indiana, presented the Churubusco Chamber of Commerce with an Indiana State flag, which previously flew over the State Capital in Indianapolis. The flag would be flown on “the point” in downtown Churubusco after it was refinished. Jill Long Thompson won the Democratic primary election for Governor, running against incumbent Mitch Daniels. Robert and Shirley

growth. The 12 participating jurisdictions in the PEC were: Allen County/ city of Fort Wayne, city of Angola, city of Decatur, DeKalb County, Huntington County, city of Huntington, city of New Haven, Rome City, Steuben County, city of Wabash, Wells County, Whitley County/Columbia City. PEC representatives met throughout 2017 to focus on process and communication improvements that align with the core customer values of consistency, transparency and easy access. Major accomplishments last year included: • Tracking and reporting of performance metrics, including the number of permits issued, total permit value and fees collected; • Development of printed and digital marketing materials; and • Continued surveying of permitting customers with assistance from Andy Downs of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics in the College of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Michael Lautzenheiser Jr., executive director of the Wells County Area Plan Commission said northeast Indiana is

Fisher celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Farmers and Merchant’s Bank announced the hiring of Greg Veercamp to the Churubusco office as the Business Development Officer. Churubusco’s girls track team set three school records against defending conference champion Westview. Heather Monk set a shot put record, throwing 30 feet, four inches. Kasey Gibson set a hurdles record of 17.4 seconds. The 400-meter relay team of Gibson, Katie Monk, Paige Roe and Payton Summers set a new time of 54.5 seconds. 15 years ago A tornado was sighted near U.S. 30 in Columbia City. The first of two gypsy moth treatments took place for the gypsy moth infestations at Churubusco Community Park. The Churubusco Junior High English Academic Team placed first in the state competition against 16 other schools, held at Indian Springs Middle School in Columbia City. Developers Don and Dean Shearer of


From left: Jon Myers, president, Whitley County EDC; George Schrumpf, Whitley County commissioner; Nathan Bilger, executive director, Columbia City/Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Department; John Sampson, president & CEO, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership; and Ryan Daniel, mayor, city of Columbia City.

experiencing tremendous growth, and that means increased demand for permits. “By streamlining our permitting process, we can meet these increased demands with efficient, affordable and transparent processes to support our strong business climate,” he said. After more than four

years of collaboration, the Permitting Excellence Coalition has a strong foundation to continue work on its three core values of consistency, transparency and easy access. The group’s efforts in 2018 will allow it to better measure and communicate the effectiveness of the permitting process in

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Brothers Development asked the Churubusco Town Council if it would be willing to provide utilities to their development on State Road 205. The development involved about 58 acres, a quarter mile east of Blue Lake Road, a multifamily residential area. Chuck Jones was named the Churubusco Rotarian of the Year at the Rotary Club’s award banquet. The award was given to a Rotarian who goes above and beyond the call of duty and service to the club. 25 years ago Bert McLaughlin was ranked number one in the state in the 1993 Indiana High School Record Book in the category of free throw percentage and three-point field goal percentage. McLaughlin signed a letter of intent with Grace College. Children had fun and learned bicycle safety at the same time during the Bike Rodeo sponsored by the Churubusco Police and Fire departments. The youngsters watched a safety video, had bicycles inspected, registered their bikes, and took part in a series of five obstacle courses. After a lengthy and

contradictory discussion, the school board voted 5-0 to endorse the use of the Drug Canine Search program at Smith-Green. The Churubusco Woodworking Co. was hosting its annual Memorial Day paint sale. Some gallons of paint were on sale for $10.99. 50 years ago The Turtle Days Organization made plans for the 1968 Turtle Days. It was the 17th annual edition of the big celebration for “Oscar,” the elusive turtle of Fulk’s Lake. The race for Turtle Queen, with Jerome Krider and Mrs. Linda Green as co-chairmen, would be underway soon. The queen contest was always the big event of Turtle Days, with holders of winning the queen context tickets receiving valuable prizes, such as a color TV set. The Business and Professional Women’s Club of Churubusco would assist the Whitley County Plan Director in a neighborhood analysis survey of the Churubusco community. The survey was needed before Churubusco could qualify for any federal

order to meet customer needs. “In northeast Indiana, we are growing our region’s population from 790,000 residents to one million. Planning and building departments are essential local infrastructure that support the development of businesses and homes critical to our region’s

population growth,” said John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. “Thanks to the work of the PEC, northeast Indiana has a competitive advantage in attracting and supporting new businesses and talent.” To learn more, visit the website at permitting.

aid funds under urban renewal programs. Four new members were appointed to the Churubusco Plan Commission by Judge Edward Meyers Jr. Those individuals were Robert Zolman, Norman Egolf, Jack Gordon and Gary Wright. Baseball teams prepared for the Columbia City sectional, which included Churubusco and South Whitley, as well as Warsaw and other area schools. Columbia City would also host the regional tournament. Robert Gates was chosen as the Whitley County Republican Party Chairman and Willis Goble for the Democrats. A new dentist office would soon open in Churubusco with the completion of a new

building next to the office of Dr. Linus Minick on West Whitley Street. The new dentist would be Dr. Stephen Cullison. The alfalfa weevil was found in Whitley County fields for the first time in 1968. Damage was slight, but warmer weather could stimulate the insects’ activities considerably, according to Extension Agent R.J. Haworth. The primary election turned out 45 percent of registered voters in Whitley County – 3,000 Republicans and 3,429 Democrats. Bangs store in Churubusco offered vinyl gloves for 10 cents each, mirrors for $3.47, Indiana-made brooms for $1.59, 50 clothes pins for 49 cents, a pound of moth balls for 49 cents and sponges for 57 cents.

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SWES hosts reading event CONTRIBUTED SOUTH WHITLEY — It’s not everyday that a student gets to see a teacher read a favorite book to them while dressed as one of the characters but, to celebrate Read Across America last month, South Whitley Elementary students were in for a real treat as teachers did just that. Each student signed up to hear a favorite book read to them, and the teachers dressed as characters from some of most beloved children’s books. Because the school celebrated Read Across America during the week coinciding with Dr. Seuss’ birthday, the teachers also held a door decorating competition. A friendly competition, where the winner earned 30 minutes of extra prep time while the Reading Committee would

supervise their students in their stead. Teachers decorated their doors to look like “Horton Hears a Who,” “The Lorax,” “The Cat in the Hat” and many other well-known titles by Seuss. But the winning entry belonged to Angie Tranter, of SWES’ first grade, for her door entitled “Fox in Sox, 1st Grade Rocks!” which received the most votes through the SWES Facebook page. Planning for the event was weeks in the making and the efforts were led by Caroline Crowe and her team. Crowe also instructs the SWE Title One Programming. “As a Reading Committee, we wanted to join the Read Across America celebration that goes along with Dr. Seuss’s birthday. We decided to celebrate a week later as an extra ‘HOORAY’ for

completing part 1 of ISTEP for our upper grades,” shared Crowe. Unique to the event, grades were allowed to intermingle, as Crowe explained, “Our 273 students walked through a sea of book posters and were able to choose which book to sign up for. Each group had students from kindergarten up to fifth grade enjoying the book of choice, a tasty snack from our wonderful PTO, and a Dr. Seuss bookmark compliments of our library. We had 23 educators dress up along with their book to read to the groups of students. To get students excited, we challenged the staff to a door decorating contest filled with goodies for the winners. Our teaching staff winner was first grade teacher Angie Tranter. Our runner up was a tie between


The South Whitley Elementary Reading Committee is comprised of Vicki Sprunger, Peg Dyer, Tammy Datzman, Lisa Gawthrop and Caroline Crowe.

our speech teacher Ms. Menze and our librarian Mrs. Green.” Some teachers read excerpts from longer chapter books, while shorter stories were read completely through with time for an activity afterwords. Anne Leezer, from the SWES’ technology department, pulled double duty, dressing up with a “Wocket in her Pocket” and then later,

changing her outfit into a fun cow costume as she read to students Dr. Seuss’ “Mr. Brown Can Moo Can You?” Fourth-grade teacher, Jane Trump, read “Jumangi” and challenged the students listening to compare and contrast similarities and differences between the book and its two movies, one of which was released last winter. To see highlights and


First-grade teacher Angie Tranter stands in front of her winning door “Fox in Sox, 1st Grade Rocks!”

photos from the event, visit South Whitley Elementary School’s Facebook page and check out the school’s regularly occurring video series, “Whitko Weekly.”

MidWest America contributes $5,000 to CCHS BY NICOLE MINIER

COLUMBIA CITY — MidWest America Federal Credit Union recently presented a check for $5,000 to Columbia City High School as part of its debit card program, which was approved by the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees last month. The partnership with Columbia City High School and other area high schools

allows supporters to select a debit card with the school of their choice. Every time the debit card is used, the school earns proceeds to help fund school programs. The more cards used, the larger the contribution. Payments will be delivered to the school twice per year, at 4 cents per card swipe. “It’s a free money-maker for us,” said CCHS Principal Jennifer Reiff.

“The money comes with no strings attached. We thought it was a great opportunity.” Those who wish to participate can go to MidWest America, located at 393 W. Plaza Drive in Columbia City, and get a debit card with the Columbia City High School logo. The card is available to existing customers, or people can open an account. The cards are free and can be used in conjunc-

tion with a free checking account along with other checking account options. Reiff reported that Huntington University uses the program, as well as several school districts in the Fort Wayne area. Proceeds were presented to Jennifer Reiff, principal of Columbia City High School, by MidWest’s Vice President of Human Resources, Pamela Smith, and Columbia City Branch Manager Dan Ostrowski.


A check for $5,000 was presented to Jennifer Reiff, principal of Columbia City High School, by MidWest’s Vice President of Human Resources Pamela Smith, and MidWest Columbia City Branch Manager Dan Ostrowski.

Study measures county educational attainment trends Whitley County exceeds nation’s growth rate BY DOUG LEDUC DLEDUC@KPCMEDIA.COM A Purdue University study shows four of northeast Indiana’s 11 counties outperformed the state by meeting or exceeding a 25-year national growth trend for educational attainment. The report by Purdue’s Center for Regional Development, “People and Places: The Nature

and Location of Talent in Indiana,” showed Indiana failed to keep pace with other U.S. states between 1990 and 2015 in the share of adults with a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education. But, a comparison showed DeKalb, Noble, Steuben and Whitley were among 37 of Indiana’s 92 counties that matched or exceeded the nation’s 94.8

percent growth rate in the number of individuals with at least a bachelor’s degree. A county population’s educational attainment level is affected by its number of residents enrolling in and graduating from bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs and by the amount of educated talent choosing to live and work in the county. Researchers said population size also affects trend analysis because an increase in college graduates will have a bigger impact on a county with a smaller population. The presence of a university – Trine University in Angola – and a quality of life that makes its graduates prefer to stay in an area can help with talent creation and retention, and Steuben County has both. At Steuben County Economic Development Corp., “it is really hard to point to one item that has made this happen,” said Isaac Lee, executive director. “I would like to think that Trine University is a huge part of our ability to gain more education attainment. But I also must not remove the idea that some

of my communities are what one would consider retirement options,” he said. “Homes around the lake and in parts of the county are being sold to those who have done well for themselves in their careers. Most would assume, though not always the case, that those buying these homes are highly educated. This could also be a factor.” During the last decade, Trine has responded to the educational needs of DeKalb, Noble, Steuben and Whitley counties by aggressively recruiting students there with the qualities, interests and talents deemed important for success in a challenging academic environment, said Scott Goplin, enrollment management vice president. “The evidence of this success has been through our recognition by the Independent Colleges of Indiana as the fastestgrowing private post-secondary school in the state,” he said. “Our presence is felt through regular, statewide high-school visits by Trine representatives, attendance at numerous college fairs, Trine’s sponsorship of the annual Northeast Indiana College Fair, strategic marketing strategies to raise student and parent

awareness, and annually hosting various student programs.” High school age student programs hosted by the university include Indiana’s Hoosier Boys and Girls State programs, Walk Into My Future and Fort Wayne Heath Sciences Day. During the past four years, more than 99 percent of the university’s graduates have been employed or enrolled in graduate school within six months of graduation, said Jason Blume, executive director for Trine’s Innovation One incubator for creativity, invention and design. “In addition to providing career-ready skills through our academic programs, Trine puts an emphasis on internships and co-ops, many of which are served at northeast Indiana employers, and many of which eventually lead to full-time employment once students graduate,” he said. About 90 percent of the university’s students complete an internship or co-op during their time at Trine. Its employment resource center helps students develop skills in preparing a resume, interviewing and networking through on-campus seminars and events.

The center also brings employers to campus throughout the year for career fairs related to specific academic schools, as well as an all-majors career fair in the spring. “Trine has a very strong relationship with regional employers,” Blume said. “Besides internships and co-ops, area businesses and organizations provide real-life projects through Trine’s Innovation One incubator for students to complete, giving students hands-on experience while providing businesses access to Trine University resources to solve business problems. “With these types of relationships, we are finding a growing number of our graduates are choosing to stay and work in this region,” he said. Educational attainment is important to northeast Indiana’s economic development because the quality of its talent affects its attractiveness to employers. Lionel “Bo” Beaulieu, director of the center producing the Purdue study on educational attainment trends, said that economic development factor applies to the entire state. “It can’t only be Fort SEE TRENDS, PAGE 10

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Warriors nip ’Busco by a half-point


conference as a school for a long time. And I know a lot of guys, especially our CHURUBUSCO — The distance seniors, have worked Northeast Corner Conference really hard their entire career. track and field championEnding their high school ships came down to three career with that is awesome.” teams, all within a range of Angola and Churubusco two points — Churubusco, pulled out victories in Angola and Westview. events across Angola’s the board, Josh Taylor as Mason had just Anderson and achieved Sam Wood what was an won the 110upset victory and 300-meter against Martin hurdles, Miller and respectively. the Westview The two 1,600-meter NICOLE MINIER/ hurdlers relay by Churubusco’s Trevor also finished closing a near Holloway warms up second and 15-meter gap before the 100-meter third in the on the final leg dash preliminary race. opposite and executing events as well a pass in the to combine last 50 meters for 34 points of the home in just the two stretch. events. “As he’s Sam Wood running and would also he’s chasing win the pole him down, I’m NICOLE MINIER vault with a just thinking, height of 14 ‘Go, kid, go,’” Churubusco’s Jeb feet, 4 inches Angola coach Parsons runs to the — one foot Mike Winters finish line in the 3,200-meter relay. more than the said. field and two With no inches away from the NECC overall outcome of the meet record. Wood contributed 26 written in stone, the winning points as an individual. effort by Taylor could have Brayden Simmons and propelled the Hornets past Garrett Horn also swept the Churubusco and Westview. discus and shot put events, But the effort would prove to earning the team 36 points. fall short, as Westview was Eastside’s Trey Staley announced the winner of the stole the show in sprints, NECC Championship with finishing first in the 100- and 104 points. 200-meter dashes and taking Churubusco finished the long jump championship runner-up with 103.5 points, as well. He finished the 100 and Angola finished with in 11.40 seconds, the 200 in 102. NICOLE MINIER// 23.44 and the long jump with “NECC track — this is a Churubusco’s Joe 19 feet, 6 inches. tough track conference. It’s a Leazier runs a leg in the Angola took the great competition,” Winters 3,200-meter relay, Friday 400-meter and 1,600-meter said. “Hats of to Westview, at Churubusco. relays, and finished behind and hats off to ‘Busco. Westview and Churubusco in They’ve got great programs, but through adversity you several other events, keeping and they do a great job. persevere,” Winters said. the Hornets from making the Really proud of the NECC “We’ve got next week to comeback victory. conference and what we do. focus on right now, and that’s “Obviously it’s tough, We’re going to have NECC where our attention’s at.” guys moving on far into sectionals and regionals.” Westview had strong showings in the distance events, where its earned most of its points during the season. The Warriors took the top two spots in the 800-, the 1,600- and the 3,200-meter runs, thanks to victories from Matt Yoder in the 800 and 1,600 and Richmond Stoltzfus in the 3,200. They also won the 3,200-meter relay with a time of 8:17.28. Those seven places alone earned the Warriors 64 points. They also won the 400-meter dash, thanks to Dylan Nowicki, and Tomas Canellas placed second in both the high jump and the long jump. “It’s huge,” Westview coach Carter Ammerman said about the win. “This is my first year as a head NICOLE MINIER coach here, so it’s huge for Churubusco’s Joe Leazier hands off to Sam Keily, that, but also we haven’t won who ran the third leg of the 3,200-meter relay.


Churubusco’s Joey Emenhiser competes in the 200-meter dash in the NECC track meet in ‘Busco last Friday.


Competitors in the 110-meter high hurdles race for the finish line in one of three heats in the preliminaries of the Northeast Corner Conference at Churubusco Friday.


A Churubusco resident assists on the track during the meet.


Workers at the NECC meet in Churubusco measure a jump in the long jump pit.

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Driver competes Meyers posts top times in the world at cheer globals BY TRAVIS STAHL

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COLUMBIA CITY — Anybody who says cheerleading isn’t a sport likely has never seen a cheerleading competition. Cheerleading involves gymnastics, tumbling, strength training and the coordination of a dancer all while working in precise movement with teammates. Like any other sport, being the best in cheerleading requires a lot of work. Columbia City’s Rebecca Driver put hours of work in to being a top-flight cheerleader and it paid off recently as her team competed in the world championships in Florida. Driver competed with her team, the ICE Golden Girls, in Florida at Disney World in the Cheer Worlds 2018 Championships recently. Countries from across the globe traveled to Florida from as far away as Germany and Australia to compete in the event. A total of 40 different countries were represented. The ICE Golden Girls were the first Indiana team to ever make it to the world finals, and in one of the toughest divisions in cheerleading, the team placed 12th overall. The world competition featured 11,000 cheerleaders. Driver’s squad faced off against 46 other teams in the Junior Small Division Level 5. The team qualified for the championship at an event in Chicago. Driver and her Golden Girls teammates won the GLCC Nationals against the Lady Lightning, a team that finished first in the world championship the last two years. The victory earned the Golden Girls a fully-paid bid to the world event at the Disney Wide World of Sports complex. The world event marks the end of the cheer season for Driver, the daughter of Greg and Angela Driver. But she still has a lot going on at home. Driver was a cheerleader as an eighth


Rebecca Driver committed much time to cheerleading, competing at globals in Florida.

grader at Indian Springs Middle School this year and will continue to train. She also works hard in the classroom and maintains straight As on her report cards. Driver hopes to one day earn a scholarship to be a cheerleader for a Division I college cheer team. Like the trip to the world finals, cheerleading on a national team has required a lot of travel for Driver and her parents. Trips to Dallas, New York and Tennessee, among other destinations, means the family is always in the car or on a plane trying to make it to an event. Plus, cheer practices for Driver take place in Indianapolis and Westfield. All of the hours of practice and training paid off though for Driver and her team with the trip to the world finals. While a fall in their last routine cost the Golden Girls some spots in the final scoring, the team still performed well against tough competition. Now the team also knows what it will take to make another trip to the world championships next year.

COLUMBIA CITY — Every athlete wants to be the best they can be in the sport they are competing. Perhaps they want to be the best in their town or top in state. It is the rare athlete who can claim they are the best in the world at a sport. That is now where Columbia City’s Susan Meyers is swimming. Meyers was surprised recently to learn that she is ranked No. 1 in the world for her age group in two swimming events. The International Swimming Federation released its world rankings for the 2017 year. At the top of two of those lists is Meyers. In the 400 Individual Medley Short Course for women ages 75-79, Meyers is No. 1 with a time of 8:22.36. Meyers is also the fastest in the world in her age group in the 200-meter butterfly, thanks to her time of 4:21.23. Her butterfly time was nine seconds faster than any other woman in the world.

“It’s something I didn’t expect,” said Meyers. “It was a very pleasant surprise.” Meyers also has top 10 world times in 10 other events in the short course. In the long-course events she records six more top-10 world ranking times. While Meyers swims for the enjoyment of the sport, she said reaching such a lofty plateau has forced her to rethink some of her goals moving forward. For this upcoming swim season, Meyers is going to focus on more open water swimming events. She plans on swimming a 2-mile race in Virginia and a one-mile event in Illinois. Her goal is to earn enough points in the long-distance events to be named a Long Distance All-Star. While her goals have changed a little her motivation remains the same. “I love to swim,” said Meyers. “It’s such a fun thing to do and I know all the other competitors.” Meyers swims with a team from Sarasota, Fla. She met


Susan Meyers swims at an event in Budapest last summer. She won four events at the Masters National meet last weekend, as well as one silver.

the group during her time in Florida during the winter and it has provided her with some new opportunities. The team from Florida has so many members that they are able to put relay teams together for the bigger meets which Meyers says is always fun to swim. Like most great athletes, Meyers knows that holding on to her world rankings won’t be easy. When she set the marks she was the youngest in the age group. Now, there are new swimmers moving into the group who are

a year younger than Meyers. She says it will be difficult to keep her top-spot in those events. Meyers has been swimming competitively now for 20 years. In August, she will also swim in the Pan-Am games in Orlando and she will also compete in a long-course event in Minnesota. Meyers will also swim in Evansville at a qualifier event for the Senior Games. Those events will determine if Meyers swims fast enough to fend off the younger swimmers and hold on to her spot as the best in the world.

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Wayne-centric; it has to be really regional,” Beaulieu said. “With the rural counties in the region, we have to look at how we can really grow their economies and keep or attract talent.” Northern county educational attainment success and other findings of the study support a regional approach to economic development taken by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership. With many manufacturing employers in the region, its counties are going to see a growing need not only for highly skilled workers with

bachelor’s degrees, but for more middle-skilled workers with associates degrees or training certificates. DeKalb, Noble, Steuben and Whitley counties matched or exceeded national-growth trends for both categories of educational attainment, and Adams, Elkhart, Kosciusko, LaGrange and Wells counties matched or exceeded the national-growth trend for middle skills. Three out of every four counties in Indiana matched or surpassed the national growth rate when it came to individuals with some college education or

an associate’s degree. In the middle-skill category, “while it looks really good on paper … most don’t have any degree per se,” Beaulieu said. “They lack that degree and I think increasingly they’re going to have to have some type of degree or certification.” Improving the share of Indiana’s population with higher or middle skills will involve more than successful student recruitment efforts by educational institutions. It will require the kinds of jobs and quality of life that influence the location decisions of upskilled employees. “That’s a chicken and

egg issue,” Beaulieu said. “People with higher levels of education are more mobile.” Beaulieu hopes information from the study is helpful to economic developers and officials involved in helping create government policy related to economic development. Part of its usefulness may relate to helping the state and its regions and counties prepare for huge changes the workforce will see as automation and innovations such as artificial intelligence change the nature of many jobs, requiring mature workers to retrain for different careers, he said.

FOLLOW WHITLEY COUNTY SPORTS Thursday, May 17 Boys track sectionals Churubusco softball hosts Central Noble, 5:30 p.m. Churubusco baseball hosts Central Noble, 5:30 p.m. Whitko boys golf vs. Manchester and Tippecanoe Valley, 4:30 p.m.

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Friday, May 18 Columbia City baseball hosts Northrop, 5:45 p.m.

Saturday, May 19 Columbia City boys golf at NE8, TBA Columbia City baseball hosts Bishop Dwenger (DH), 10 a.m. Columbia City softball hosts Mishawaka (DH), 11 a.m. Churubusco softball at Jimtown, 10 a.m. Churubusco golf at NECC, 10 a.m. Whitko softball hosts Norwell (DH), 10 a.m. Whitko baseball hosts Prairie Heights (DH), 10 a.m.

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Tuesday, May 22 Churubusco golf hosts Bishop Luers, 5:45 p.m. Girls track regional

Wednesday, May 23 Baseball sectionals begin

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MUNCIE — Whitko’s boys track team is co-champion of the Three Rivers Conference, tying with Maconaquah at last week’s TRC meet at Indiana Wesleyan University. Both teams scored 101 points. Winning championships for Whitko were Shad Ebbinghouse in the 110-high hurdles, Alex Wilson in the 200-meter dash, and the 400-meter relay team of Wilson, Zack Freel, Dominick Moseley and Ebbinghouse. Placing second were Cameron Sapp in the discus, Ebbinghouse in the 300-meter hurdles, Wilson in the 100 dash and long jump, and R.J. Patrick in pole vault.


Whitko 3, Wayne 2

FORT WAYNE — Whitko took a 3-2 win over Wayne High School in Fort Wayne May 9. Winning for the Lady Wildcats in very windy conditions were senior Jackie Werstler at No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0; senior Natalie Iholtz at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-2; and the No. 1 doubles due of senior Jenna VanCuren and Junior Mahkinsey Myers, 6-3, 6-2. Leo 5, Columbia City 0

LEO — Columbia City’s girls tennis team capped a four-match week losing at Leo, 5-0, on May 10. Olivia Campbell fell in No. 1 singles, 6-0, 6-0. Lydia Morgan dropped a 6-1, 6-3 match at No. 2 singles. Sam Barcus fell 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3 singles. The No. 1 doubles duo of Jayma Acres and Hannah Behm lost a close match, 3-6, 6-3, 3-6. In No. 2 doubles, Hailey Cearbaugh and Addie Bishop fell 6-1, 6-0. In junior varsity action, Kelci Gilbert lost 6-0 in No. 1 singles. Erin Wight fell 6-3 in No. 2 singles. In No. 3 singles, Grace Martinez lost 6-0, and Callee Banuelos fell 6-3 in No. 4 singles. The No. 1 doubles team of Bailee Yount and Taylor Tinsley fell 6-2. Payton Hull and Courtney Weigel fell 6-0 in No. 2 doubles. In exhibition play, Isabelle Hatfield and Olivia Wegner fell 6-0. Peru 3, Whitko 2

PERU — Whitko’s tennis team lost a close match to Peru on May 10, 3-2. Winning for Whitko was senior Natalie Iholtz at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-0, and Junior Lilly Owsley at No. 3


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Rochester 5, Whitko 0

ROCHESTER — Whitko’s tennis team suffered a loss May 11 to Three Rivers Conference opponent Rochester, 5-0. The game was the Lady Wildcats’ final conference match of the season. Bellmont 3, Columbia City 2

DECATUR — Columbia City’s tennis team lost a close match to Bellmont, falling in the last match in a tiebreaker, 3-2. Grace Cotter won a close No. 2 singles match, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. The No. 1 doubles team of Hannah Behm and Jayma Acres won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, and the No. 2 doubles team of Halie Cearbaugh and Isabelle Kreienbrink lost a close match, 4-6, 6-4, 6-7. Also dropping their matches were No. 1 singles player Olivia Campbell, 6-1, 6-0, and Lydia Morgan in No. 3 singles, 6-4, 6-3. The following are scores of the junior varsity match: Sam Barcus (4-8), Bailee Yount (0-8), Erin Wight (4-8), Grace Newton and Addie Bishop (7-8), and Taylor Tinsley and Kelci Gilbert (6-8). Whitko eighth at Angola tourney ANGOLA — Whitko’s tennis team finished eighth at the Tony Wright Memorial Tournament at Angola on May 5. Jackie Werstler placed fourth with a win over Fremont, 6-1, 6-2, before falling to Norwell and Blackhawk Christian.


Columbia City 158, New Haven 200

NEW HAVEN — Columbia City’s boys golf team beat Northeast 8 Conference foe New Haven, 158-200, on May 10. Columbia City was led by medalist Nick Decker, who shot an even par 36. Wyatt Krider scored a two-over 38. Spencer McCammon and Evan Hochstetler carded 42s and Lawson Hahn capped the varsity squad with a 44. New Haven was led by Lukas Turnwald, who shot a 38. Whitko 183, Wabash 197

NORTH MANCHESTER — Whitko’s golf team picked up a Three Rivers Conference win over Wabash on May 10 with a score of 183-197. The Wildcats were led by Cade Bechtold and Kaleb Busz, who each scored 41. Kylar Bryan shot a 48, and Jonathan Strayer carded a 53. Storm Baldridge


Columbia City golfers Lawson Hahn, Evan Hochstetler, Wyatt Krider, Nick Decker and Spencer McCammon await the start of the Leo Invitational at Cedar Creek Golf Club in Leo on a chilly Saturday morning.

capped the Wildcats with a 93.

Whitko fifth at TRC meet

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s golf team placed fifth overall in the 10-team Three Rivers Conference match Saturday. Peru won the conference match with a team score of 340, followed by Manchester (348), Maconaquah (374), Southwood (378), Whitko (380), Rochester (382), Wabash (384), Northfield (393), Tippecanoe Valley (404) and North Miami (424). Whitko’s Kaleb Busz led the Wildcats with a score of 91. Kylar Bryant carded a 94 and Cade Bechtold shot a 95. Other scores for Whitko were Dale Reiff with a 100 and Jonathan Strayer with a 117.

Columbia City eighth at Leo Invite

LEO — Columbia City’s golf team placed eighth at the Leo Invitational Saturday at Cross Creek Golf Course. Bishop Dwenger won the invite with a team score of 299, followed by Homestead with 323. Concord (328) placed third, followed by Blackhawk Christian (331), Bishop Luers (332), Bellmont (334), Carroll (343), Columbia City (348), Leo (352), Concordia (365), Huntington North (372), Northrop (375) and Churubusco (388). Other schools that competed were New Haven, Heritage, Northside and Eastside. Columbia City was led by Spencer McCammon who shot an 82 to tie for 15th place. Nick Decker scored an 85, Lawson

Hahn carded an 85, Wyatt Krider finished in 93 strokes and Evan Hochstetler rounded off the Eagles with a 100. Columbia City 173, East Noble 204

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s golf team picked up a Northeast 8 Conference win on May 8, beating East Noble 173-204 at Eagle Glen Golf Course. Columbia City was led by Spencer McCammon, who was the match-medalist with a 41. Lawson Hahn carded a 42, followed by Nick Decker with a 44 and Evan Hochstetler with a 46. Wyatt Krider shot a 53. East Noble was led by Brock Kerst with a 42. Columbia City’s junior varsity also picked up a win, scoring a 208 to East Noble’s 233. The Eagles were led by Cameron Hall with a 48, followed by Tyler Barnhard with a 50. Other JV scorers were: Michael Johnson (52), Nick Hull (58), Cameron Smith (66), and Telly Varga (70). Whitko 180, Tippecanoe Valley 222

NORTH MANCHESTER — Whitko’s golf team hosted and beat Tippecanoe Valley on May 7, 180-222. The Wildcats were led by Kylar Bryant, who shot a 42, followed by Cade Bechtold who carded a 43. Dale Reiff shot a 47 and Kaleb Busz scored a 48. Jonathan Strayer capped the Wildcats’ match with a 60.

Whitko 8th at Northfield Inv.



Whitko’s golf team placed eighth out of 10 teams at the Northfield Invitational on May 5. Mississinewa won

the event with a score of 322. Whitko scored a 378. Other teams that competed were: SEE SPORTS, PAGE 12

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Peru (324), Oak Hill (346), Manchester (356), Eastbrook (362), Huntington (366), Maconaquah (374), Northfield (388) and Southwood (391). Kylar Bryant led the Eagles with a score of 91. Cade Bechtold scored a 93, Dale Reiff shot a 96, Jonathan Strayer finished in 98 strokes and Kaleb Busz shot a 100.

Churubusco splits West Noble, Lakeland

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco lost in a tie-breaker to West Noble in a three-way match with Lakeland at Eel River Golf Course. West Noble won on the fifth man’s score, which was two strokes lower than Churubusco’s. The Eagles were led by medalist Wyatt Johnson, who scored a 38 on the par 35 course. Cole Hart shot a 43, Tyler Miller scored a 55, Jaymin Longardner carded a 56 and Taylan Yontz finished in 57 strokes. Alan Resler rounded off the Eagles with a 66. Both West Noble and Churubusco finished with team scores of 192. West Noble was led by Brock Bohde with a 41. Lakeland scored a 195 and was led by Presten Mortola with a 41.


Columbia City 9, Churubusco 1

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s baseball team fell to county-rival Columbia City, 9-1, on May 9. Columbia City scored one run in the third, three in the third, one in the fifth and another in the top of the sixth to take a 6-0 lead before Churubusco scored in the bottom of the sixth. Columbia City answered by scoring three more runs in the seventh to make the final score 9-1. Columbia City tallied 11 hits to Churubus-

co’s 7. ’Busco had five errors. Columbia City’s Platt, Schaper and Clark each had two hits. Schaper, Clark and Martin all had two RBIs apiece. Platt pitched six innings, striking out two. Churubusco’s Blake Trostel pitched 3.2 innings, striking out two, and Gabe Richards pitched 3.1 innings, striking out one. Churubusco 10, Prairie Heights 9

CHURUBUSCO — Issac Smith’s walkoff hit led the Eagles to a one-run win over Prairie Heights May 8, 10-9. Prairie Heights took a 2-0 lead in the first inning and a 3-0 lead at the top of the second before Churubusco scored four runs in the bottom of the second to take a 4-3 lead. Prairie Heights took back the lead, scoring two runs in the third. The Eagles tied the game at 5 in the fourth inning. Neither team scored in the fifth, and Prairie Heights scored in the top of the sixth to lead 6-5. Churubusco scored three in the bottom of the sixth, making the score 8-6. Prairie Heights scored three runs in the top of the seventh, leading 9-8, but Churubusco’s Smith earned the game-winning hit, and the Eagles pulled out the 10-9 victory. Both teams totaled 11 hits. Parker Curry led the Eagles with three hits. Smith had two RBIs. Tanner Gill pitched five innings for Churubusco, throwing 13 first-pitch strikes and earning two strikeouts. Curry pitched two innings, earning three strikeouts. Heritage 6, Churubusco 2

MONROEVILLE — Churubusco struggled to get its offense started against Heritage May 7, losing 6-2 in

Whitko’s baseball team watches the game while the Wildcats took their turn at bat in the fifth inning.


Monroeville. The Eagles didn’t score their two runs until the seventh inning, while Heritage scored three in the first and three more in the third inning. However, Churubusco tallied more hits that Heritage, 9-6. The Eagles had six errors overall compared to Heritage’s one. Dalton Blessing and Mason Goniwicha each had two hits. Issac Smith and Colton Anderson each had one RBI. Smith pitched three innings with one strikeout, and Blake Trostel pitched three innings with three strikeouts. Westview 10, Churubusco 0

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a 10-run game to Westview on May 10, 10-0. Westview opened the game with two runs in the first inning, then scored four in the fourth, three in the fifth and four in the sixth inning. Westview had 11 hits to Churubusco’s five, and the Eagles recorded one error. Issac Smith pitched five innings for Churubusco, throwing 17 first-pitch strikes and earning three strikeouts. Columbia City 13, Whitko 10

COLUMBIA CITY — A four-hit day for Tanner Clark, Cameron Harris and Bryce Martin led the Columbia City Eagles over countyrival Whitko on Friday, 13-10. The Eagles tallied 22 hits overall, building a lead in the first three innings. Whitko got on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning with two runs, but Columbia City answered by scoring three runs in the bottom of the first. The Eagles scored five unanswered runs in the bottom of the second to lead 8-2. Whitko started to creep back in the game starting in the top of the third, scoring four runs to Columbia City’s three. The teams traded

runs in the fifth and sixth frames, then Whitko scored two final runs in the seventh to end the game with a 13-10 score. Clark led the team in RBIs with four, followed by Martin with three. Clark also led the team in runs with three. Martin pitched five innings, striking out four. Landin Markings pitched two innings, also striking out four. Whitko’s River West scored four runs for the Wildcats and tallied two hits in three at-bats. Whitko 19, Triton 2

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s baseball team took an easy win over Triton, 19-2, after an explosive seventh inning on May 8. Triton took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, then both teams were scoreless until the fourth, when Whitko tied the game at two. The Wildcats scored three more runs in the fifth and two in the sixth to extend its lead to 7-2. In the seventh inning, the Wildcats scored 12 innings to run away with the game, 19-2. Whitko tallied 20 hits to Triton’s six. Whitko had no errors compared to Triton’s two. River West earned the win on the mound, pitching a complete game. West allowed six

hits, struck-out eight batters and walked one. The Wildcats were led offensively by Evan Wilson, who had four hits and three RBIs. Spencer Sroufe, West and Nathan Smith all recorded three hits. Clayton Ebbinghouse, Austin Hollowell and Colten King all added two hits. Peru 18, Whitko 7

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s baseball team fell to Peru May 7 by a score of 18-7. Peru led 2-1 after the first inning, the scored four runs in the second, third and fourth innings to lead 14-2 — a deficit too large for the Wildcats to overcome. Whitko scored five runs in the last two innings, but Peru scored four of its own, making the final score 18-7. Peru had 13 hits to Whitko’s 10. Clayton Ebbinghouse took the loss on the mound. River West led the offense, going 3 for 4 with three runs scored. Evan Wilson, Spencer Sroufe and Austin Hollowell each added two hits. Columbia City 2, East Noble 0

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City scored two runs in the second inning to beat East Noble May 8, 2-0. Dalton Bell and Zach SEE SPORTS, PAGE 13

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Platt scored the runs for the Eagles off a hit by Brenden Schaper. Others who recorded hits were Tanner Clark, Bryce Martin, Bell (2) and Platt (2). Clark pitched seven innings, earning eight strikeouts and giving up two hits. Leo 18, Columbia City 0

LEO — Columbia City’s baseball team suffered a difficult loss to Northeast 8 foe Leo, 18-0, on May 10. The Lions scored six runs in the second inning, nine in the third and three in the fourth, ending the game in the fifth inning by the 10-run rule. Columbia City tallied six errors and had one hit by Zach Lonsbury. Leo recorded 12 hits and had no errors. Jordan Lee pitched three innings, striking out one and giving up eight hits. Lonsbury pitched one inning, striking out non and giving up four hits. North Miami 12, Whitko 9

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s baseball team gave up an early lead to North Miami on May 9, falling 12-9. The Wildcats took a 7-2 lead in the first inning. North Miami scored two runs to Whitko’s one, making the score 8-4. That score held through the fourth inning, when North Miami scored seven unanswered runs to take the lead, 11-8. Both teams scored one more run in the final innings, making the final score 12-9. North Miami had 13 hits to Whitko’s 10. The Wildcats tallied five errors and North Miami had none. Austin Hollowell took the loss on the mound for the Wildcats. River West led the offense, adding three hits. Spencer Sroufe had two doubles and Austin Hollowell had two hits. The loss dropped the Wildcats’ record to 3-14. Bellmont 17, Whitko 4

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s baseball team fell to Bellmont 17-4 on May 4. Whitko scored all four of its runs in the bottom of the second to tie the game at four, but Bellmont went on to score three runs in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth, two in the sixth and seven in the fourth to run away with the win. The Braves tallied 19 hits to Whitko’s three. Evan Wilson took the loss on the mound for the Wildcats. Wilson pitched three innings. Kyle Knutson led the ’Cats offensively, going 1 for 3 with a run scsored and an RBI. River West and

Landon Grable each added a hit.


North Miami 2, Whitko 1

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s softball team lost in a low-scoring game to North Miami, 2-1, on May 9. Neither team scored until the third inning, when Whitko scored its lone run. North Miami responded by scoring two runs in the fourth, and neither team scored again, making the final score 2-1. Whitko had four hits compared to North Miami’s six. Ellie Snep took the loss on the mound in the tough Three Rivers Conference matchup, throwing eight strikeouts. Snep also hit a single on the offensive side. Madison Smith hit a double, Anna Ousley had a sacrifice bunt, Emmy Duggins hit a double and Augusta Garr hit a single. Leo 14, Columbia City 3

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s softball team fell to a strong Leo squad, 14-3, on May 9. Leo took a 3-0 lead through the top of the third inning, but Columbia City responded by scoring three runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game. The Lady Lions went on to score 11 unanswered points to make the final score 14-3. Leo tallied 19 hits compared to Columbia City’s six. The Lady Eagles had eight errors. Brooke Ebersole took the loss on the mound for Columbia City, pitching 4.1 innings. Anna Weigold earned two strikeouts. Delaney Stahl led the team in RBIs with two. Whitko 13, Heritage 2 MONROEVILLE — Whitko’s softball team took an easy win over Heritage Saturday, 13-2. The Lady Wildcats scored four runs in the first inning, two in the second, one in the third, one in the fourth and another in the fifth to lead 9-0 before Heritage got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the fifth with two runs. Whitko scored four more in the sixth to end the game on the 10-run rule. Whitko tallied 18 hits to Heritage’s four. Ellie Snep earned the win on the mound. Shi Bradley hit two singles. Reannon Hopkins hit two doubles and had a sacrifice bunt. Madison Smith had a sacrifice bunt. Anna Ousley hit three singles and had a sacrifice bunt. Harley Bradley hit two singles, Lexi Hall hit a single, Augusta Garr hit a single and a double, and Emmy Duggins

cranked two home runs and two doubles. Columbia City 10, Northside 0

COLUMBIA CITY — Anna Weigold didn’t allow a single run in the Lady Eagles’ game against North Side on Saturday, throwing a complete game shutout and leading Columbia City’s softball team to a 10-0 victory. Columbia City scored its first run in the first inning off a single by Allison Conrad. The Lady Eagles put up four runs in the second inning, and four more in the fifth, when Lauren Moon, Ciarra Ivy and Breyanna Barger each tallied RBIs. Weigold pitched six innings, allowing two hits and no runs while striking out nine. The Lady Eagles had 11 hits on the game. Conrad, Brayden Lickey and Ivy all had multiple hits. Conrad led the team with three hits in three at-bats. Felicity Clawson made the most plays with 12. Columbia City 7, Central Noble 2

ALBION — Columbia City’s softball team downed Central Noble May 11, 7-2, after a slow start. Central Noble scored the first run of the game in the first inning, then neither team scored in the second or third innings. Columbia City took the lead in the fourth, scoring two runs, and never looked back. The Lady Cougars tied the game in the bottom of the fourth, but Columbia City went on to scored five unanswered runs in the fifth and sixth innings to earn the win. Columbia City tallied 11 hits to Central Noble’s eight. The Lady Cougars had three errors to Columbia City’s one. Felicity Clawson led the team offensively, going 3 for 4 with two RBIs and scoring twice. Ciarra ivy, Haley Urban and Allison Conrad all had doubles. Brooke Ebersole and Natalee Gawthrop each had a sacrifice hit, and Anna Weigold tallied two. Ebersole started the game pitching 3.3 innings, surrendering two runs on three hits, three strikeouts and two walks. Weigold picked up the win, giving up five hits, no runs, one walk, and earning a strikeout. “We bounced back from our last defeat and played very well on the defensive side of the ball,” said head coach Dan Weigold. “We are going to work hard to keep this momentum going into next week.” Whitko 4, Peru 0



Columbia City’s baseball team held on to beat Whitko last Friday in a close game. Pictured is Whitko’s River West and Columbia City first baseman Dalton Bell.

— Whitko’s softball team topped Peru on May 7, 4-0. The Lady Wildcats scored one run in the first inning, another in the third and two runs in the fifth to end the

game with a 4-0 score. Ellie Snep earned the win on the mound, giving up three hits. Shi Bradley hit a single and a triple. Anna Ousley hit a single, Snep hit a single


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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Community Calendar 17. May

• Blue River Estates Garage Sales: The annual Blue River Estates neighborhood garage sales are May 17-19, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Blue River Estates is located on the east side of State Road 9, one-half mile north of U.S. 30.

19. May

• The annual Spring Flea Market at St. John Bosco Catholic Church: 216 N. Main St., Churubusco, is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The cost is $5 to reserve a space. Bring a dish to share in the pot luck lunch. If interested in a space, call 693-2429. • Lemonade Day: The Lemonade Day project in Whitley County encourages young entrepreneurs to plan and launch their own small business, a lemonade stand. Jenny Reffitt, owner of Sun Kiss Tanning, is the county chairperson for the event. Young participants are urged to register online at northeast-indiana. • Paige’s Crossing fundraiser: A fundraiser for the Salvation Army of Whitley County is at Paige’s Crossing Fun Center. Wristbands will be available 3-6 p.m. for $12 each. Attendees can ride go-karts, play mini golf and have fun while helping the Salvation Army.

20. May

• Old Fort Motorcycle Club Charity Ride: The Old Fort Motorcycle Club is hosting a Charity Ride at 4863 E. Lincolnway, Columbia City. Sign up is 9-11 a.m

22. May

• The Whitley County Educational Forum: hosted by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center at The Center for Whitley County Youth in Columbia City, allows attendees to hear from local school superintendents about issues facing their school corporations this year and in the years ahead. The cost is $15 per person and includes lunch. RSVP to office@ • Pink Ice Cream Fundrasier: Dairy Queen Grill & Chill will host a fundraiser for the Salvation Army of Whitley County, 4-8 p.m. Proceeds from the annual event will go to the Salvation Army.

23. May

• Womens Lunch Series, Embracing Change: The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center will host another segment of its Women’s Lunch Series titled, “Embracing Change,” at Parkview Whitley Hospital, 1260 State Road 205, Classroom B. The event is centered on “achieving your best health’ in your 40s, 50s and beyond. The event includes several local experts who will discuss meeting the challenges that come with perimenopause and menopause. The program is free and lunch is sponsored by Parkview Whitley Hospital, which includes anti-pasti skewers, parmesean chicken salad sandwiches, Pizzelle Cookies with fresh berries and whipped cream, and Berry Sparkling water with fresh berry garnish. Space is limited, RSVP by May 16 to attend. Contact the Chamber of Commerce by calling 248-8131 or email

24. May

Eagle Garden: The service for Churubusco Elementary School’s Eagle Garden is at 6:30 p.m. in the Eagle Garden. If there is rain, the service will be held in the Churubusco Jr.-Sr. High School commons.

25. May

• CHS Senior Awards Program: The Churubusco High School Senior Awards Program will be held in the auditorium May 25, 1-3 p.m. • The CCHS Honors Convocation: begins at 8:30 a.m. at Columbia City High School. • Youth Summer Job Fair: A Youth Summer Job Fair for high school and college students, will be hosted 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at Columbia City High School. The fair is open to high school students 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and college students may attend after 3:30 p.m. The event is jointly being presented by Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Center and the Whitley County Economic Development Corp.

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• The Columbia City Tree Board: will conduct a meeting in the Mayor’s Conference Room of Columbia City Hall at 4 p.m. Items on the agenda include updates on grants and ideas from the Department of Natural Resources.

31. May

• The Pond and Wildlife Management Twilight Meeting: at Northeast Purdue Agricultural Center is 6:30-9 p.m. Topics covered include fish stocking, fish habitat, managing harvest, managing field edges for wildlife, forest management for deer and turkey, and cover crops. To register, call Purdue Extension in Whitley County, 244-7615. NEPAC is located at 4821 E. C.R. 400 South in Whitley County. For more information, contact Extension Educator John Woodmansee at

1. June

First Friday: The first First Friday of 2018 is June 1 in downtown Columbia City, 6-9 p.m. All retail businesses will be open, there will be bouncy houses, live music featuring “Fog Delay,” kids activities, games, food trucks, a balloon artist, photo booth, free cotton candy, CPR safety demos, EMS truck display, car seat safety information and a vendors costume contest with prizes in the 80s-themed flashback event. There will be a showing of “Dirty Dancing” for Movie on the Square at 9 p.m.

2. June

• St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church’s ice cream social: is 4-7 p.m. There will be eight different kinds of homemade ice cream served, as well as sandwiches, desserts and drinks, all for a free-will offering. The church is located at the corner of State Road 9 and County Road 500 North. • 8th Annual Churubusco Charity Car and Truck Show: The annual event will be held in the C&A Tool & Engineering lot, 4100 N. U.S. 33, Churubusco. Registraiton is 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Judging is 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m., and awards are at 3 p.m. Pre-registration is $15 before May 20. Registration is $20 on the day of the show. For more information, contact Sherrie Brady at 460-0489 or Dennis Brady at 246-3417.

4. June

• Lady Eagle Soccer Camp: Columbia City High School’s annual Lady Eagles Soccer Camp is June 4-8 for grades K-8. Grades K-5 will practice 8:30-9:30 a.m., and gradkes 6-8 will participate 9:45-11 a.m. The camp will be held at the Columbia City High School practice field. The cost is $35. Register by May 21 to receive a T-shirt. Those who register after May 21 will pay a $5 late fee. Participants can also purchase a size 5 soccer ball for an additional $15. Contact Shanon Roberts at shanon., Karen Basham or coach Mike Cotter at, for more information.

9. June

• Tinkam’s Trail 5K Run-Walk & Breakfast: Camp Whitley’s Annual Tinkham’s Trail 5K Run Walk and Breakfast begins at 8 a.m. at Camp Whitley, 4305 W. Camp Whitley Road, Columbia City. The entry fee is $20 or $50 maximum per family and includes a T-shirt and pancake/sausage breakfast. Registration is from 7-7:45 a.m. Age groups for the 5K are 12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over. There will be awards for the top male and top female and top three in each age group. Contact Brian Bills for more information, bvbills@


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26. May

• Memorial Day BBQ: The Churubusco Lions Club’s annual Memorial Day BBQ by Nelson’s in the Sav U Mor parking lot, 10 a.m. until sold out. A half slab of ribs is $8 and a chicken half is $6.50. Purchase five to nine chicken halves for $6 apiece. Ten or more chicken halves are $5.50 apiece. The Lions Club will also be collecting eyeglasses and hearing aids. Drive-up is available. • Memorial Day Service: The annual Memorial Day Service at Eel River Cemetery is at 11 a.m. and is hosted by the VFW Post 3846 and American Legion Post 157.

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B.A.B.E. Miniature Golf Outing: The annual miniature golf outing to support B.A.B.E. of Whitley County will be held at Paige’s Crossing in Columbia City. The event is the only miniature golf outing in Northeast Indiana. There is a morning and afternoon tournament, and new this year is a teen flight for teens ages 13-17 for a reduced rate. All proceeds benefit B.A.B.E, which helps growing families with baby supplies such as diapers, wipes and clothing, as well as larger items such as strollers and carseats. Team registration is $120 per team, which includes 18 holes of mini golf and lunch. For more information, visit

• Cruise-In/Ice Cream Social: A cruise-in/ice cream social will be held at West Point Trinity United Methodist Church, 4980 N. Etna Road, to benefit The Impact Center Food Pantry. There will be homemade ice cream, sandwiches, drinks and desserts. The event is 4-7 p.m. • Anytime Fitness 5K: The Anytime Fitness 5K is part of the Churubusco Turtle Days Festival. Register at

23. June

• Whitley County Master Gardeners: will present a “Garden Walk” of exemplary gardens in Columbia City. Tickets can be purchased at the Purdue Extension Office, 115 S. Line St. For more information, call (260) 625-3313.

25. June

• Vacation Bible School at St. John’s Lutheran Church: VBS is open to all children ages 3-6. It will be held at St. Johns, 2465 W. Keiser Road, 6-8:30 p.m., June 25-29. There will be supper each evening as well as storytelling, singing, crafts, games and snacks.

26. June

Old Settlers Day Festival: The Old Settlers Day Festival is June 26-30 in downtown Columbia City, and includes many events, such as concerts, food and the midway on Van Buren Street.

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Old Settlers American Legion Parade: The American Legion Parade begins at 6 p.m. and runs along Main Street, from North Street to Ellsworth Street.

• The Churubusco Lions Club: meets every second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Papa’s Place at 6:30 p.m. • The Whitley County Farmers Market: is every Saturday from May through October, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the Whitley County Courthouse Square. Meet local farmers and artisans for homegrown, homemade products. There are over 50 vendors, local produce, plants and local artists. • AA and Al-Anon meetings: Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. at the Churubusco United Methodist Church. • A support group for families: of children with special needs meets 3-5 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month at Choices & Changes, 360 N. Oak St., Columbia City. The meeting March 17 will focus on community supports. The topic for April 20 is grieving and growing. For more information, contact Chris Garau at (260) 255-0708 or Christy Garau at (260) 255-0707. • C3 Youth Group: meets with youth pastor Brad Millikan 6-7:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Community Church, 316 N. Main St. in Churubusco. Students grade 6-12 are welcome to join. • Churubusco Elementary School: is registering all-day kindergarten students. Call (260) 693-2188 to schedule a registration time May 24 or 25 and a registration packet will be mailed to you. Students must be 5 years old by Aug. 1. The school is also accepting transfer students. • Churubusco United Methodist Nursery School: is accepting registration for the 2018-2019 school year. Children should be 3, 4 or 5 by Aug. 1. Enrollment is $50 and monthly fees will be $80 for the three-day program (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Morning sessions are 9-11:30 a.m. Afternoon sessions are 12:30-3 p.m. For more information, call the office at (260) 693-2154. • VFW Post 5582 hosts a fish fry: the first and third Fridays of each month, 5-6:30 p.m. The post is located at 415 E. Chicago St., Columbia City.


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“It was a nice team effort and everyone contributed tonight,” said head coach Michelle Garr. Columbia City 8, East Noble 6

KENDALLVILLE — Columbia City won a competitive game over East Noble on May 7, 8-6, in Kendallville. Columbia City started the game with a home run by Ciarra Ivy in the first inning to lead 1-0. East Noble scored three runs in the bottom of the second to take a 3-1 lead. The Lady Eagles tied the game in the top of the third by scoring two runs, but East Noble once again took the lead by scoring three more runs in the bottom of the third, making the score 6-3. Columbia City went on to score five more runs in the last three innings while holding East Noble scoreless, making the final score 8-6. Ivy went 4 for 5 at the plate, scoring twice. Brayden Lickey scored once with a double, Bella Ross went 2 for 3 scoring once, Felicity Clawson went 3 for 3 with two RBIS, a double, two singles and a walk. Allison Conrad scored once and had an RBI with a sacrifice. Natalee Gawthrop added a single and scored once. Brooke Ebersole laid down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the seventh, advancing Gawthrop to second so Ivy could drive her in for the insurance run. Ebersole pitched the last four innings of shut-out softball. “This team fought through some early situations and pulled themselves together when we needed to,” said head coach Dan Weigold. “This team showed a never-give-up attitude when down by three runs. I’m very proud.” Lakewood Park Christian 7, Churubusco 1

AUBURN — Churubusco’s softball team fell to Lakewood Park Christian in Auburn on May 7, 7-1. Lakewood Park scored four runs in the second inning to take an early lead that carried through the whole game. Churubusco scored its lone run in the top of the fourth, but Lakewood Park went on to score two runs in the bottom of the fourth and another in the fifth to win 7-1. Abigail Erwin led the team with two hits. Also recording hits were Kurstin Clark, Katy Krider and Madison Simmons. Krider scored the Lady Eagles’ run off an RBI by Clark. Kara Williams

pitched four innings, striking out one and giving up seven hits. Bri Brice pitched two innings, giving up one hit. Prairie Heigts 8, Churubusco 7

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s softball team lost a close game to Prairie Heights on May 8, 8-7. Prairie Heights took an early lead, scoring four unanswered runs in the first three innings until Churubusco got on the scoreboard with three runs in the bottom of the third. The Lady Panthers scored one run in the top of the fourth, and Churubusco answered by scoring two runs to tie the game at five. Churubusco took the lead in the fifth inning, scoring two runs, but Prairie Heights scored three runs in the seventh to win the game by one run. Abigail Erwin and Mariah Hosted each scored twice for Churubusco, and both players tallied two hits. Earning one RBI apiece were Amanda Erwin, Kurstin Clark, Katy Krider, Madison Simmons and Darian Manth. Other players with two hits were Deja Monroe and Krider. Scoring one run apiece were Simmons, Monroe and Manth. Westview 11, Churubusco 1

TOPEKA — Churubusco’s softball team traveled to Westview on May 10 and fell in six innings, 11-1. Westview scored at least one run in nearly every inning of the game, piling on six runs in the bottom of the sixth to end the game by the 10-run rule. Churubusco’s lone run, scored by Madison Simmons, was scored in the sixth inning. Simmons was batted in by Amanda Erwin. Recording hits for Churubusco were Erwin, Brianna Baughman, Brooke Nondorf, Mariah Hosted and Simmons. Kara Williams pitched four innings, striking out one and giving up eight hits. Bri Brice pitched two innings, striking out one and giving up five hits. Churubusco 7, Snider 2


FORT WAYNE — Churubusco snapped its losing streak by beating Snider, 7-2, on May 11. Snider scored the first run of the game in the first inning, but Churubusco tied the game in the top of the second, then went on to score three runs in the top of the third to lead 4-1. Snider scored its second and final run in the bottom of the third,

and Churubusco went on to score three more runs to earn the win. Brooke Nondorf scored three runs for Churubusco and tallied two hits. Mariah Hosted led the team in RBIs with two and in hits with three. She also scored one run. Others who had RBIs were Melanie Geiger, Kurstin Clark, Katy Krider and Darian Manth. Abigail Erwin had two hits, along with Krider, Clark and Baughman. Also scoring runs for Churubusco were Geiger, Baughman and Simmons. Kara Williams pitched all seven innings, striking out three and giving up six hits. Churubusco 15, Snider 9

FORT WAYNE — Churubusco won both games of a double header with Snider. Snider once again started the game with the lead, 4-2, after the first inning. Snider scored another run in the second and three more in the third to lead 8-2, but Churubusco responded with an explosive fifth inning, scoring 13 runs. Snider scored one final run in the seventh to make the final score 15-9. Brianna Baughman and Abigail Erwin each tallied three RBIs. Deja Monroe had three hits in five at-bats and one run. Baughman had two hits and two Runs, and Nondorf had one hit and two runs. Madison Simmons scored three runs and had two hits. Kurstin Clark scored two runs. Fairfield 14, Churubusco 3

GOSHEN — Fairfield made quick work of Churubusco on May 12, winning 14-3 in five innings, despite Churubusco earning an early lead. Churubusco led 3-0 through the top of the second inning until Fairfield scored three runs in the bottom of the third to tie the game. Churubusco never scored again, while Fairfield went on to score six runs in the fourth inning and five in the fifth. Brianna Baughman led the Lady Eagles offensively, tallying one RBI, one hit and one run. Madison Simmons led the team in hits with two. Others who had RBIs were Mariah Hosted and Abigail Erwin. Earning runs were Melanie Geiger and Brooke Nondorf. Recording one hit apiece were Geiger, Nondorf, Kurstin Clark and Erwin.

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Leo 13, Columbia City 0

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s junior varsity baseball team lost a difficult game to Leo May 10, 13-0. The Lions scored five runs in the first inning, two in the second and six in the fourth to end the game in five innings by the 10-run rule. The Eagles had one hit by P. Henschen, while Leo tallied 10 hits. J. Ianucilli pitched two innings, striking out one and giving up four hits. A. Huston pitched three innings, striking out one and giving up six hits. Angola 21, Columbia City 5

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s junior varsity baseball team lost 21-5 to Angola on May 9. NICOLE MINIER Angola had a 4-1 Whitko first baseman Spencer Sroufe stands ready to catch lead after the first the ball and tag out the runner. inning, then piled on the runs, scoring two in the second inning, eight in the third, two in the fourth and five in the top of the fifth to take a 21-1 lead. The Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the fourth to narrow Angola’s lead. B. Roy scored two runs for Columbia City. Others who scored were T. Urban, L. Markins and A. Hunter. Markins tallied two RBUs on two hits. Urban had one RBI on one hit. T. Ebersole had one RBI. Ivan Smith and Z. Martin each had one hit. Hunter pitched three innings. Markins pitched two innings, striking out two and giving up five hits. East Noble 17, Columbia City 3

KENDALLVILLE — Columbia City’s junior varsity baseball team fell to East Noble 17-3 in Kendallville May 8. The Knights took a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Columbia City scored one run in the top of the third, but East Noble answered by scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the inning. The Knights scored three more runs in the fourth to extend their lead to 17-1. Columbia City scored two runs in the top of the fifth, but it wasn’t enough to avoid the 10-run rule, falling 17-3. East Noble tallied eight hits to Columbia City’s four. The Eagles had four errors to the Knights’ two. Scoring runs for Columbia City were B. Roy, A. Bauer and J.


Acres. T. Urban had two RBIs. Recording hits were A. Huston, Roy, J. Ianucilli, Bauer and Acres.


ISMS 197, Whitko 268

COLUMBIA CITY — Indian Springs Middle Schools’ boys golf team completed its regular season with a win over Whitko. The victory finalized the second consecutive undefeated season for the middle school golf team, and

pushes the record to 15-0 for the regular season. ISMS topped Whitko by a score of 197-268 at Eagle Glen Golf Course. Leading the way for ISMS was Sawyer Bales with a score of 43. Tobey Krider also shot a respectable round of 49. Sam Eberly scored a 51, Jacob Reiff a 54 and Taelor Robinson carded a 55. COMPILED BY Nicole


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