April 8th, 2015
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As of Wednesday morning, the Indiana Storm Prediction Center has much of Indiana under a â€śslight riskâ€ť for severe weather on Thursday.
A slight risk means there is approximately a 15 percent chance that severe weather could impact the designated area.
â€śAs we get closer to Thursday, the probability could increase,â€ť said Charlie Heflin, Whitley County Emergency Management director.
MARION â€” The Whitko Wildcats opened their 2015 baseball season Saturday, traveling to Marion High School for a double-header with the host Giants. The Wildcats earned a split, falling in game one 6-5, after the Giants came from behind in the bottom of the seventh.
The Wildcats came back to take the second game 8-3 to earn the split.
In game one, the Giants jumped out on top, scoring two runs in the bottom of the first on a two-run home run by Javon Yeakle. The Giants got another run across in the bottom of the second on a fielding error by the Whitko shortstop.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A fired Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s deputy sued the department last week with claims of racial discrimination.
Terrance McKinney, 29, was hired in August 2013 and fired May 2014 before his probationary period was completed.
In court documents, the sheriffâ€™s department said he submitted false work hours, didnâ€™t submit a monthly report and improperly used his department gas card â€” all violations while attending the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield.
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SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The 10-run rule was enforced in Monday nightâ€™s varsity baseball match-up between Whitko and New Haven.
The Wildcats kept it close through two innings before problems on the mound and some cut-off man overthrows helped the Bulldogs end the game early with a score of 14-1.
Alex Bechtold was the only Wildcat to cross the plate for a score off of a Landen Goff RBI. Whitko recorded only three hits during the 5-inning game.
COESSE â€” Last week, a Coesse resident announced her intentions to begin a new church â€” a church with an illegal drug tied to its name and practices.
Jeannie Renninger is awaiting word from the state to incorporate her new church, â€śGodâ€™s Church of Cannabis,â€ť in a shed on her property in Coesse.
When The Post & Mail published the story last week, Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler was out of his office.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The temperatures were nearly perfect, even if the score wasnâ€™t, as the Columbia City boysâ€™ track team opened its outdoor season with an 86-46 loss to the visiting Huntington North Vikings Monday night at the Max Gandy Athletic Field.
The Eagle boys picked up wins in five of fifteen events, but were swept in the 3,200-meter run, the 800-meter run and were shut out in the relays for a big part of the scoring differential.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Born April 9, 1915 and quickly approaching his centennial birthday, Elmer Heinley has seen plenty of seasons â€” some good, some not so â€” but all of them providing an interesting backdrop for his hundred years.
Heinleyâ€™s grandparents came from Germany, passed through Columbia City, and settled in the area known as Hellâ€™s Half Acre, which at one time was a term synonymous with almost all of Whitley County.
A 100th Birthday Honor reception and open house will be held Friday, April 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the 4-H Community Center, Squawbuck Road in Columbia City.
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WHITLEY COUNTY â€” The Indiana Department of Transportation has begun signal improvements to numerous intersections along U.S. 30 in both Whitley and Kosciusko counties.
Beginning today, Shambaugh & Son of Fort Wayne started the $1 million modernization project near Etna Green in Kosciusko County, and is moving east along U.S. 30 toward Fort Wayne.
The project consists of new signal heads, cabinets and other upgrades designated for each area and the addition of flashing yellow arrows (FYA) on left-turn signals at select intersections.