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August 5th, 2013

WCCS TO CHOOSE TONIGHT: Curless seeking WCCS board seat

August 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City resident Dan Curless submitted his name to Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor for consideration for the open Board of Trustees seat.

Curless is married to Debby, and the couple has two children — Jessica, who lives in Louisville, Ky., and Johnathan, who lives in Fishers.

The Post & Mail had five questions for prospective board members. The following are Curless’ answers.

What do you think is the biggest need for WCCS?

NEW PLACE TO PLAY IN LARWILL: Hoopingardner happy about hoops project

August 5, 2013

LARWILL — Larwill’s Town Council turned an idea into a reality for Richland Township’s residents.

A new basketball court has been constructed and is almost ready for use at the Larwill Community Building.

“When I heard about the council’s idea, I was pleased because of the lack of activities available to the residents in Larwill,” said Darcy Hoopingardner, Larwill Township trustee.

Fast swimmers

August 5, 2013

The Columbia City Sting Rays club swim team competed in the City Championships in Fort Wayne this weekend. Pictured above is the 200-meter freestyle relay team that broke the team record for the second time in a row.

The group also had a record-breaking time in the 200-meter medley relay, but was disqualified by a disagreeable official.

Pictured from left: Nathan Koch, Robby Owen, Jonathon Fix and Jared Mertz.

The boys are all part of Columbia City High School’s varsity swim team, and will be returning to the pool competitively this summer, hoping to break school records.

August 2nd

Hazen on winning volleyball squad

August 2, 2013

Columbia City High School senior Gabrielle Hazen, pictured third from left in the back row, played this summer in the Team USA High Performance Tournament. The tournament drew teams from around the world. Hazen’s squad won the gold medal in the USA A1 junior red division. Hazen will be attending Northwestern University to play volleyball in the fall of 2014. Read The Post & Mail next week for a feature story on Hazen’s summer.

Flooding leaves tenants wet

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Whitley County Health Department officials were called out Wednesday to investigate two apartments that had flooded at Park Terrace Apartments.

According to apartment residents, a water line had broken and while crews were working to repair the break, the apartments flooded.

Scott Wagner, the county’s environmental health specialist, was on site to assess what health hazards might be present due to the flooding.

“We did have some people concerned that it was unsafe and unsanitary,” Wagner said.

CCHS student electrifies city with new logo

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City High School student turned a classroom assignment into a winning project that will leave a mark on the community for years.

Liam Wilson, a student in Chad Moore’s graphic design class, participated in a contest put on by the city’s electric department to design a new logo. The department would use the logo on its vehicles and letterhead.

Wilson won the contest, and now will see his creative work on display in the city for years to come.

SUMMER FIX: Prepping the school

August 2, 2013

Construction is seeing its final touch ups at Columbia City High School in preparation for students to return to school Aug. 13. Minor remodeling and repairs were done during the summer months at the school. Pictured is Steve Monesmith applying drywall mud to a new “quiet room” off of a high school classroom.

DNR digs into dredging project around Tri Lakes

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Creating cleaner lakes is the mission behind the Department of Natural Resources endeavor to dredge the channels throughout Tri Lakes.

Mark Weaver, an environmental contractor who lives on the channel at Karen Kove, was one of many residents who helped motivate the DNR to commit to clearing out the channels for boat passage.

“I knew what it would take to get this done — the right paper work and a lot of hours,” said Weaver.

“However, I thought the work was necessary. These channels are all but closed off now because of silt and vegetation.”

County’s road fund to see $1.36M boost

August 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County roads, bridges and highways will benefit from a $1.36 million increase in road funding.

According to Indiana State Senator Jim Banks, the increase was in place July 1, but will occur during the next two years.

“Reliable roads and infrastructure are essential to a strong economy,” Banks said. “This allows us to transport goods and services more easily.”

Volleyball champs

August 2, 2013

Minear Real Estate held a sand volleyball tournament on Saturday. Pictured above are event organizers and some tournament participants. The first place team consisted of Derek Hinen, Dylan Hinen, Tyler Mosher, Blake Downing. The second place team’s members were: Jake Fitzmaurice, Derek Yoder, Travis Chamamile, Josh Chamamile, Josh Martain, Aaron Martin and Ken Asfour and the third place team was made up of: TJ Minear, Nicole Minear, Jason Fore, Trevor Hull, Grant Bockelman, Kyle Rucks. Teams played a double-elimination rally score tournament that started at 11 a.m. and ended at 5 p.m.

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