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January 28th, 2014

ISMS student awarded for photo

January 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — This past summer, Alissa Jagger traveled to Washington D.C. with her family.

While the photo (pictured right) is touching, the story behind the photo made emotions run high for Jagger’s art teacher, Mary Hilger.

“I had chills when she told me the story,” Hilger said.

The following story was written by Jagger’s mother, Amy, a columnist for The Post & Mail.

This past summer, the Jagger family went to Washington D.C.

They went to the Vietnam War Memorial Wall. They were there to look up a particular individual.

Circuit Court sees two trials in 2013

January 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After a year of no jury trials, Whitley County Circuit Court had one in 2013.

There were no jury trials in 2012, but in May of last year, George A. Martin, 56, was convicted by a jury of committing home improvement fraud.

There was also one bench trial in 2013.

Exchange program promoted by 4-H

January 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — 4-H members in northern Indiana have the opportunity to explore “and my world” next summer in Poland. Twenty 4-H members and adults from Indiana will travel to Poland next summer to share and learn about the 4-H program.

4-H members will stay with host families, participate in 4-H activities and learn about daily living in Poland. The adults will also participate in 4-H activities and learn about Polish culture and history. The exchange will include approximately two weeks between June 16 and July 5, 2014. Applications are due Feb. 1, 2014.

Learning becomes hands on

January 28, 2014

Learning number sense is very important for young students. It is the base of each student’s mathematics career. Kindergarten students at Northern Heights Elementary School are using their number sense knowledge to complete early addition skills. Pictured are students rolling two dice and then using their individual rekenreks to count and add the dots together. Once students have understood this concept, number sentences will then be written to perform addition problems using pictures and numerals. Pictured are Zane Pequignot and Holly Oelschlager (front).

Randall Scott

January 28, 2014

Randall W. “Randy” Scott passed away Jan. 10, 2014, at Miller’s Merry Manor in Columbia City, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Oct. 12, 1953, in Paoli, a son to Cody W. and Lillian M. Kesterson Scott.
He moved to Larwill in 1973, and later moved to Ohio where he worked for Carpenters Amusement.
He was a member of the U.S. National Guard. He enjoyed Nascar, football, action movies, country music, camping and spending time with his family.

Marjorie Saffer, 89

January 28, 2014

Marjorie J. Saffer, 89, formerly of Columbia City, died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Hamilton House in Fort Wayne where she had been a resident since January 2010.
She was born Nov. 17, 1924, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Leon B. and Blanche V. (Layman) Williams. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. She graduated from South Side High School.

School lunches come at a cost to kids, county

January 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The number of students across the state using the free and reduced-price lunch program is on the rise, and area schools are no exception.

Whitley County
More than 31 percent of Whitley County students needed help getting a meal in 2013, down from 32 percent in 2012. Even though Whitley County had a lower percentage of students in the program compared to other Indiana Counties, the percentage is drastically on the rise compared to 2009 when the percentage was less than 25 percent.

Patrick Wesseler, 31

January 28, 2014

Patrick Ryan Wesseler, 31, of Straughn, passed away Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was born June 17, 1982, in Richmond, to Jamie and Susan (Singer) Wesseler.
Patrick graduated from Columbia City High School with the class of 2001 and received his bachelors degree in communications from the University of Southern Indiana in 2006.
He was a well known on-air radio personality, most recently as “Big P” on Evansville radio 103GBF. Patrick enjoyed competing in martial arts, watching movies, and writing stories and screenplays.

Lucille Staples, 97

January 28, 2014

Lucille L. Lickey Staples, 97, formerly of Columbia City, died Sunday morning, Jan. 26, 2014, at Munroe Regional Hospital in Ocala, Fla.
She was born Jan. 17, 1917, in Washington Township, a daughter of Harmon and Opal (Miller)Lickey. Lucille graduated from Washington Center High School in 1937.
On March 27, 1938, she was united in marriage to William Donald Staples at the Eberhard Lutheran Church. They always made their home in Columbia City including their summer home at Big Cedar Lake. In 1984, they began spending their winters in Florida. Mr. Staples died April 1, 1988.

Harold Alexander, 82

January 28, 2014

Harold E. “Buss” Alexander, 82, of rural Columbia City, died at 2:10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Parkview Oaks where he was admitted on Nov. 27, 2013.
He was born April 10, 1931, in Whitley County, a son of Harry C. and Beulah B. (Juillerat) Alexander. His formative years were spent in Washington Township. He completed his education at Washington Center High School.
In 1951, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, serving in Africa and Greenland during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1954 with a Medal of Valor.