March 11th, 2013
OSSIAN â Columbia City High Schoolâs show choir traveled to Norwell High School Saturday for another weekend of show choir competition.
However, this weekend was a chance for the choirs to meet up with Austin High School for an emotional reunion.
In February, Austin High Schoolâs choir was on its way to compete at Northop High School when slick road conditions cause the schoolâs equipment trailer and truck to slide off the road, destroying much of the groupâs gear.
CCHS choirs decided to help AHS replace some the damaged items by holding a fundraiser and collecting donations.
Editorâs note: All three Whitley County high school principals were asked to nominate three students who they deemed up and coming leaders.
Each student was asked a series of questions and will be highlighted during the next week. A boy and girl will be selected by The Post & Mail as the overall Leaders of Tomorrow.
COLUMBIA CITY â Claire Kauffman is a senior at Columbia City High School.
Q: What activities are you involved in at school or within the community?
Gladys Vera Szelis, 91, of Huntington, passed away at 12:28 p.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Oakbrook Village.
Gladys was born April 14, 1921, in Huntington a daughter of Leander and Dorothy May (Brann) Mote.
Survivors include a brother and several nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held Wednesday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel, 2901 Guilford St. Huntington.
The funeral service will be held Wednesday, at 2 p.m. following visitation at the Myers Funeral Home Huntington Chapel with Pastor Joe Hostetler officiating.
Darwin R. Sievers, 64, of Fort Wayne, died at 3:13 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at Vibra Hospital. He was born April 24, 1948, in Wolf Lake, a son of Russell E. and Evelyn L. (Schrader) Sievers.
His formative years were spent in Columbia Township. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School, received his bachelorâs degree in English and history from Ball State University and his masterâs degree in education from Ball State University.
Madge M. Mathias, 94, of Richland Township, died at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Millerâs Merry Manor, Columbia City, where she had been a resident since Jan. 28.
She was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Grant County, a daughter of Ward B. and Hester (Craig) Sharp. As a teen, her family moved to Kosciusko County.
On April 16, 1938, she was united in marriage to Jess T. Mathias. They always made their home on the Mathias family farm in Richland Township, moving to their home on 600 West in 1974. Mr. Mathias died March 28, 1999.
Six Columbia City girls tracksters are headed to the Indiana Indoor State Track Finals after placing in the top 10 of their events Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University.
Pictured above, Samina Qureshi, along with her distance medley team of Carlee Hearld, Hanna Wappes and Samantha Roush placed fourth on Saturday.
Also advancing are Kalisha Goree in two events, long jump and 55-meter hurdles. Tiffany Harber came in sixth in the 3,200 meter run.
The state finals will also be held at Indiana Wesleyan this Saturday.
COLUMBIA CITY - A semi trailer hauling diesel fuel hit a car and rolled over while traveling west on U.S. 30.
The accident occured at approximately 11:45 a.m. today (Saturday) at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Armstrong Rd.
No injuries have been reported and the accident is under investigation. A hazardous materials team is on the scene to contain the fuel leak.
A full report will be made in Monday's edition of The Post & Mail
HUNTERTOWN â Puzzled. Frustrated. Confused. Melancholy. Dumbfounded.
Thatâs how many fans felt in the final seconds of Columbia Cityâs last game of the season against DeKalb.
A week after the blow, many Eagle followers are still scratching their heads â what happened?
The Eagles suffered a difficult, one-point loss to the Barons in the sectional semifinal last Friday after an extremely rare call by the referees in the last 2.5 seconds â a âblarge.â
A blarge is a slang term used by officials, when a block and charge are called at the same time.
COLUMBIA CITY â Recycling is good for the planet, but it is also good for the economy.
When the Whitley County Solid Waste Management District was in search of a new contract for recycling collection, Dwayne Knott, of Columbia City, saw it as an opportunity to build a business.
âAt the time, research showed cardboard was bringing in $110,000,â Knott said. âI saw that as a business opportunity.â
Knott formed Whitley Environmental and brought on his long-time friend, Steve Smith, of South Whitley, as a partner.
COLUMBIA CITY â More now than ever, mental health is a focus in society.
When crimes are committed, some people wonder if the person who perpetrated the crime is actually mentally ill. If so, is a jail or prison the best place for them?
Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said he is seeing more inmates with mental health problems than ever before.
âWe are finding, at least from our standpoint, what appears to be more and more mental health issues,â he said, referring to the inmate population at the Whitley County Jail.