July 16th, 2013
A new event hit the grandstands Monday night at the Whitley County 4-H Fair.
Truck enthusiasts tested their skills in mud-bogging pits, with sludge as deep as four feet.
Pictured above is John Mosher.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Center for Whitley County Youth not only offers students a place for development, it also extends opportunities for service â€” for adults.
Craig Langohr, 66, works part-time for The Center as the facility director. However, his job is not about the work, but about his chance to serve.
â€śI see it as my chance to take care of some things around the building that donâ€™t necessarily need Jeffâ€™s (Wike) attention,â€ť Langohr said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Beta Upsilon of Delta Theta Tau Chapter recently elected its new officers, completed its geranium sale, and has been preparing to send Jody Klopfenstein to National Convention in Mississippi.
She will be headed for Whispering Woods Conference Center in Olive branch, MS. While there, she will get to enjoy going through Elvis Presleyâ€™s home.
Here's what's going on at the Whitley County 4-H Fair Tuesday. To see a schedule for the entire week of fair events, see the July 15 or 16 issue of The Post and Mail.
7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Large Show Arena
Sponsored by: Holzinger Seed Services, Inc.
Horse & Pony
Junior & Senior english
10 a.m. Horse Arena
Adult open class on Display
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 4-H Center
Mini Projects on Display
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Shelterhouse
4-H exhibits on Display
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 4-H Center
Master gardeners programs
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s 4-H Fair held its Parade of Champions Sunday.
The event highlights participants who have excelled in the 4-H program.
Ten-year project Reserve Champion was awarded to Jackie Leeuw. The Champion was Tiffany Schuman.
Tenure award winners were Haylee Gardner and Tiffany Schuman. This award recognizes 4-Hers for their achievement and tenure in 4-H.
Other awards included:
â€˘B.V. Award â€” Jessica Weitfield.
â€˘Hester Adams Award â€” Danielle Oliver and Jared Lamle.
â€˘Jim Teghtemeyer Award â€” Jared Lamle
The Whitley County 4-H Fair Demolition Derby was held Saturday night at the grandstands.
Pictured above, Kane Johnson (28) backs up while Eirc Romine (88) crashes into him. Also pictured is David Ernst (72).
Jeff Hinen won the Saturday night feature.
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.