June 4th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It wasnâ€™t the 80s movie, â€śThe Karate Kid,â€ť that inspired Dean Houser, of Columbia City, to start learning martial arts.
A simple encounter with a â€śnice guyâ€ť convinced Houser to sign his son up for classes and eventually, Houser himself was hooked.
He now teaches various forms of martial arts and wellness in his studio, Living Arts, in Columbia City.
In addition to teaching structured classes, Houser offers his expertise to the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force.
Q: How did you get started in martial arts?
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Concerns from a local union on strike were heard by the Whitley County Commissioners Monday.
Joyce Lane, who represents United Auto Workers 249, said her group has felt unsafe lately as they have been on strike from Coupled Products, LLC for two years.
Lane was invited to the meeting by Commissioner Tom Rethlake. She said that one person swerved their vehicle toward a group of striking workers, and her union was also aware of a threat made against a person.
The issue was, according to Lane, a lack of reaction from the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It wasnâ€™t Memorial Day or Veteranâ€™s Day. It wasnâ€™t even Armed Forces Day. But a national holiday was not necessary community members to take time out of their Saturday to honor those who have and who are serving the country.
Salute a Soldier was held Saturday in Columbia City. The event was planned in order to raise funds for Associated Churches Military Families Ministry, which distributes aid to soldiers in need.
Gretchen Wood, an employee of Shindigz in South Whitley, launched an initiative to bring people together to honor soldiers.
Editorâ€™s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though Todd Cook has been around law enforcement for more than 20 years, everyday is something new for the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s sergeant.
From riding in the squad car during his high school years to dispatching and being a firefighter, Cook has a wide variety of skills.
By his 21st birthday, he logged more than 1,000 hours of job shadowing with the Columbia City Police Department.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Aimee Clark, of Columbia City, had a vision to offer healthier options to families within Whitley County.
Like many parents, Clark wanted to search out chemical-free foods and cleaning items to protect her children from possible side effects.
When she began her research online, Clark found she was not alone.
In February, nine people were standing in her kitchen discussing how to make healthier options available to others.
Dale L. Craig Jr., 62, of Albion, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013 at his house on Bear Lake.
Born April 20, 1951 in Elkhart, he was the son of Dale LeRoy Craig Sr. and Marilyn Sue (Pippenger) Craig.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1976 and worked at Dana Corporation in Columbia City for more than 45 years.
On June 20, 1985, he married Susan K. Agler at Bear Lake. He was a member of the NRA and enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching sports and NASCAR Sundays.
Hundreds of white paper sacks lined Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s indoor track Saturday as part of Relay for Lifeâ€™s Luminary Ceremony.
Kathy Greenawalt was a relay committee member that recently passed away from cancer.
Emma Hindbaugh was a six-year-old lost to cancer in January.
FORT WAYNE (AP) â€” Friday night storms that dumped up to six inches of rain on Fort Wayne swamped city streets and trapped some motorists in their cars, while swirling floodwaters closed the city's zoo for the day Saturday after staff moved hundreds of animals to higher ground.
Fort Wayne Fire Department Assistant Chief Jim Murua said his crews had to rescue people marooned in their cars by high waters.
He told an area newspaper the Red Cross also was helping residents evacuated from their flooded apartment.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Farm Bureau has funded a grant to the Whitley County Agricultural Museum and 4-H Learning Center for the purchase of a 55 inch Smart TV and components.
The television will be used in the Maple Syrup Learning Center.
Each year the museum selects new themes for the center floor display, and this year the themes will be maple syrup and wheat.
The television will allow visitors to view videos of the history of maple syrup from pioneer days until the present and also show the different methods of production during the same time period.
A car is stranded in deep water on County Road 200 North east of Lincolnway Saturday afternoon.
Many county roads suffered flooding after Friday nightâ€™s storms.