July 5th, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS â€” State health officials continue to encourage Hoosiers to take steps to protect themselves at county and 4-H fairs around the state this summer following detection of 12 cases of variant influenza A (H3N2v), also known as swine influenza.
At least 10 individuals had exposure to swine at the Grant and Hancock County Fairs and one individual had contact with swine at their home farm.
Variant influenza A H3N2v was identified in Indiana last year, with a total of 138 cases in 2012.
Columbia Cityâ€™s fire department responded to a small house fire at 213 N. Oak St. Wednesday evening. Firefighters were able to put out the blaze quickly, leaving minimal damage to the home. Left, a group of firemen convene after the fire was under control.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Department of Natural Resouces is warning boaters to beware of the inconvenience that might arise when maneuvering around Round, Little Cedar and Big Cedar lakes in Whitley County.
During the next four or five months, the DNR will conduct a dredging project set to begin in the middle of July.
Those that frequent the lake could begin to see equipment being set up next week. Anyone out on these lakes throughout the remainder of the year should be aware of navigational hazards, channel closings and equipment on the lakes, officials with the DNR said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Westville man accused of robbery and theft will have his trial in Nov. 19.
Troy Fritz, 31, was arrested in January for crimes that allegedly occurred at Walgreens in Columbia City.
He waived his right to have trial within six months of his arrest in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Case reports state Fritz allegedly stole Opana and Fentanyl by threatening the pharmacist in February of 2012.
LARWILL â€” Whitko Middle Schoolâ€™s new assistant principal is looking for ways to invest in more students.
Michael McClain, Jr. officially took his role as assistant principal Monday, and his recently-acquired position transitions him from an eighth-grade language arts teacher at Lakeview Middle School, Warsaw, to second in command at the middle school.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As each year passes, the importance of technology increases for Whitley County Consolidated Schools.
Anne Plunkett, technology director for WCCS, shared with the board of school trustees areas of progress within her department in the past year.
Relocating to Indian Springs Middle School was perhaps the largest change for the department.
The move took several steps, but Plunkett said the new location at ISMS is serving the department well.
The sky over Columbia City was lit up with a fireworks show Wednesday evening for the Fourth of July holiday. Morsches Park was flooded with people of all ages for pre-fireworks activities, such as a bounce house and music by the â€śJunkyard Band.â€ť See today's issue (July 5, 2013) of The Post & Mail for more photos.
Doris R. Sheets, 83, retired co-owner of Sheets Funeral Home in Churubusco and wife of Lester K. Sheets, passed away at 6 a.m. Wednesday, July 3, 2013, at her home in Columbia City following an extended illness.
Mrs. Sheets was born Dec. 17, 1929, in Kosciusko County to Marvin H. and Cora A. (Weaver) Leedy.
She spent her formative years in Columbia City where she lived with her parents Roy and Mildred Barnes, and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1947.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śThereâ€™s a reason they play the game.â€ť
That old-time phrase proved true Tuesday night at Morsches Park in Columbia Cityâ€™s Coaches Pitch Championship game.
Despite falling to the No. 1 seed, Trok & Krider, by an 11-4 score in the regular season, C.C. Veterinary Hospital (seeded third) pulled through for a 6-5 win to go home with the tournament title.
â€śWe knew it would be a tough game,â€ť Head Coach Cory Patrick said. â€śWeâ€™ve seen them play and theyâ€™re pretty solid.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) has renewed the nationally recognized Certified Preplanning Consultant (CPC) designation to Randy L. Grimes, CFSP, CPC, CFC, a funeral director with DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home in Columbia City.
The CPC certification program is considered the standard of excellence in funeral service for individuals who help families plan funerals in advance.
In order to become a Certified Preplanning Consultant, candidates must meet specific program requirements and pass an examination based on a standards manual.