July 15th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H Fair was more than just a project for Justin Hinen, it was a lifestyle.
Hinen passed away at age 21 after a snowmobile accident in March, but his presence still carries on at this yearâ€™s fair.
At Saturday nightâ€™s demolition derby, a moment of silence was held for Hinen, and many of the derby cars had a sticker with his nickname, â€śSkinnyâ€ť and the number 7 (Hinenâ€™s derby number).
â€śThe demolition derby is a big deal in our family,â€ť Justinâ€™s brother Jeremy said. â€śMy brother and I grew up with it. 4-H and derbys are all we knew.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It doesnâ€™t seem plausible that a small, rural community such as Larwill, would be rocked with news of a horrific crime to a teenage girl.
However, the recent guilty plea made by Dean Pressler for child molesting, child seduction and sexual misconduct have some residents reconsidering the safety of their families.
According to law enforcement case reports, the victim, who was 12 years old at the time she met Pressler, was made a â€śprisonerâ€ť in her own home.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local financial institution is hoping to take a leap into the future.
For STAR Financial Bank, though, the jump forward in time will be connected to aesthetics.
Renovations are scheduled for this fall at the downtown banking location, 102 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City.
â€śThe downtown office we have was built in the early 1960s,â€ť said David Smith, market president for STAR. â€śThereâ€™s a little age to the building in general, and a little obsolescence.â€ť
The renovation will take nearly nine months to complete. It will have a price tag just shy of $2 million.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Angie Sievers took the term â€śsuper-momâ€ť to a new level early Monday morning.
Sievers was in her home, reading a book at approximately 12:15 a.m. Monday when she saw flames coming out of the back of her home.
She quickly got her husband and two young children out of the house, located at 6452 E. Edgewood Dr., near Churubusco, and called the fire department.
Though the home suffered considerable damage, Keith Sievers, Angieâ€™s husband, is thankful for his wife.
The National Weather Service for Northern Indiana is calling for heat indices this week starting in the mid 90s and approaching 100 degrees by week's end.
High heat indexes are do to high temperatures and humidity.
The NWS reminds people to drink plenty of water, check on elderly neighbors and never leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle.
Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H 4K was held Friday night. Pictured, a group of runners take off from the starting line on Park Street.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Precautions taken at this year's Whitley County 4-H fair regarding swine flu (H1N1) is nothing to be alarmed about, fair officials say.
Hogs will not be arriving at the fairgrounds until Monday as part of a precaution issued by the Indiana Board of Animal Health, but Fair Board President Cathy Heritier said fair-goers have nothing to be afraid of.
"As with anything else involving animals, it is important to wash hands and use hand sanitizer after handling animals â€” no different than visiting the zoo," Heritier said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County F.O.P. Lodge #131 is proud to announce their sponsorship of the Annual Country Music Benefit Show. The show will be held once again at Columbia City High School, 600 N. Whitley St., Columbia City, with one show Sunday, July 20 at 7 p.m.
This year, the F.O.P. will host a country music spectacular show featuring Georgette Jones.
Georgette will perform a tribute show to her mother Tammy Wynette, who passed away 14 years ago.
She will also perform her own music and songs by her father, George Jones.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Buyersâ€™ Support Club is taking donations of any size from individuals and businesses who want to help support a 4-Her by purchasing a livestock project.
Over the last seven years, the club has purchased 57 animals and supported 55 4-Hers, spending $6,275 on those projects.
The Buyersâ€™ Support Club works by gathering donations from anyone who wants to support local 4-Hers. Donations are then pooled together to help buy 4-H livestock projects at the auction.
Thorncreek Sons of the Soilâ€™s parade float was tie-dyed and peace-signed Friday night at the Whitley County 4-H Fair Annual Parade.
The 4-H fair began Friday morning with the dairy show.
See Pages A6 and A7 of the July 13-14 issue of The Post and Mail for more coverage.