August 26th, 2013
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ There may be many fish in the sea, but Jeff Melvin caught one that many fishermen will never see in their lifetime.
Melvin, of rural Whitley County, hooked a 15-foot, 900-pound largetooth sawfish shark during a fishing trip in Florida April 29.
An endangered species, Melvin only had a few seconds to snap some photos, measure, and release his catch back into the wild. By law, he couldn‚Äôt take the shark out of the water.
‚ÄúI couldn‚Äôt get the whole shark in the photo ‚ÄĒ he was so big,‚ÄĚ Melvin said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Minor injuries were sustained in a rollover crash on Ind. 205, south of Columbia City Saturday night.
Officers on the scene said the driver had minor cuts on his hand. The name of the driver is not currently available.
WARSAW ‚ÄĒ Columbia City senior captain Sam Dailey was hospitalized in critical condition after an injury sustained during Friday night's game at Warsaw.
He was taken into surgery shortly after the game due to pressure and bleeding on the brain.
Dailey was named captain of the team last week.
Some reports say Dailey's condition has improved today, Sunday.
For more information, see Monday's edition of The Post & Mail
See Monday's edition of The Post & Mail to learn more about the rare largetooth saw shark caught by Jeff Melvin, of northwest Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY‚ÄĒ A man admitted in court Monday that he burglarized a church in Columbia City last winter.
Cody Miller, 21, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty to burglary in connection with an incident at St. Paul of the Cross Church.
No written plea agreement was entered, but upon his plea Miller said he was told a charge of theft against him would be dismissed.
Miller will be sentenced Sept. 23.
COLUMBIA CITY‚ÄĒ A local scientific firm took advantage of business trends in the late 1990s to become a success story.
Scientific Regulatory Consultants (SRC), is a firm located in downtown Columbia City in the former law office of Thomas Marshall. It was begun by Rhonda Jones and Sally Hayes when they were faced with the prospect of being downsized.
‚ÄúRather than go out and look for positions that would take us out of Whitley County, we decided to start this business,‚ÄĚ Hayes said.
COLUMBIA CITY‚ÄĒ Many homes around Columbia City are moving into the future by upgrading the electrical capacity in their houses.
Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Shawn Lickey said these upgrades are in demand because of older houses using more electricity.
‚ÄúIt seems like everyone is using more and more power,‚ÄĚ he said.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúSome people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ is a quote by well-known basketball star Michael Jordan.
His words are mirrored in the actions of residents in South Whitley. When economic downturn took the town through a dark time, groups of community residents came together to see that the town of South Whitley be revived.
Town Council President Tony Starkey has a front row seat to the growth and energy now buzzing through the small town.
SYRACUSE ‚ÄĒ With just eight seniors on his team, first-year Whitko Head Coach Josh Mohr knew his young Wildcats would be tested in their opening football game at Wawasee.
The test came early when Warrior Clayton Cook snagged the opening kickoff and ran it back for a touchdown, giving Wawasee a lead in the opening 13 seconds ‚ÄĒ a lead it would never relinquish.
Wawasee, under the leadership of another first-year head coach, Josh Ekovich, went on to post a 42-20 win ‚ÄĒ its 12th in the last 16 meetings with Whitko.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Parks Department is exploring its options regarding the area of Kids Dreamland, West Van Buren Street.
Parks Director Mark Green said the condition of the playground, that is several years past its lifespan, is continuing to deteriorate.
‚ÄúSome of the problems are becoming unrepairable,‚ÄĚ Green said. ‚ÄúThe playground is beyond its years.‚ÄĚ
Green said a wooden playset has a 15-year lifespan ‚ÄĒ Kids Dreamland has surpassed the 20-year mark.