August 5th, 2013
LARWILL â€” Larwillâ€™s Town Council turned an idea into a reality for Richland Townshipâ€™s residents.
A new basketball court has been constructed and is almost ready for use at the Larwill Community Building.
â€śWhen I heard about the councilâ€™s idea, I was pleased because of the lack of activities available to the residents in Larwill,â€ť said Darcy Hoopingardner, Larwill Township trustee.
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 Schoolâ€™s varsity swim team, and will be returning to the pool competitively this summer, hoping to break school records.
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. Hazenâ€™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 Hazenâ€™s summer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ 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 countyâ€™s environmental health specialist, was on site to assess what health hazards might be present due to the flooding.
â€śWe did have some people concerned that it was unsafe and unsanitary,â€ť Wagner said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 Mooreâ€™s graphic design class, participated in a contest put on by the cityâ€™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.
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 â€śquiet roomâ€ť off of a high school classroom.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
â€śI knew what it would take to get this done â€” the right paper work and a lot of hours,â€ť said Weaver.
â€śHowever, I thought the work was necessary. These channels are all but closed off now because of silt and vegetation.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
â€śReliable roads and infrastructure are essential to a strong economy,â€ť Banks said. â€śThis allows us to transport goods and services more easily.â€ť
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 teamâ€™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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A week after her accomplice admitted guilt, a Columbia City woman acknowledged her role in an attempted drug deal in June.
Savannah Hartman, 20, pleaded guilty to dealing in a Schedule II controlled substance, which is a Class B felony.
In a soft voice, Hartman admitted she aided or caused Krystal Thornsbearry to arrange a drug deal for 35 pills of oxycodone. Thornsbearry pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court last week.