July 25th, 2013
Editorâ€™s note: The Post & Mail is featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” From a very young age, Jeremy Brice knew what he wanted to do with his life. Now, as an adult, he is working to achieve his goals, nearly following his fatherâ€™s footsteps.
Brice is currently an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), confinement officer at Whitley Countyâ€™s Jail and a Columbia City Police reserve officer. His father, Bill, is a long-time deputy with the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department and was also a paramedic and reserve officer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Bloodlines of the founders of Whitley Countyâ€™s Dairy Club were still present at the 2013 4-H Fair â€” both human and animal.
â€śThe echoes of our ancestors are in this barn,â€ť Matt Gaff, former 4-Her said.
The Whitley County Dairy Club was founded in 1957 and cattle at this yearâ€™s fair have bloodlines that date back to the first animals at the fair.
â€śThatâ€™s what makes this club different from the others â€” itâ€™s not terminal,â€ť Gaff said.
Gaffâ€™s family, the Mathiases, are part of a core group of dairy families that have been involved with the dairy club for years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Police arrested a mother and son on methamphetamine-related charges Wednesday morning.
Melodie Myer, 39, of Columbia City, and Robert Barnett, 22, of Columbia City, were booked on multiple drug-related charges after police found precursors in their residence, 220 E. Van Buren St., in Columbia City.
Two unrelated children were in the home at the time of the police raid, and were placed into temporary child protective custody.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Bradley D. Kincaid, 21, admitted to having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl in May.
Kincaid originally faced two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. As part of a plea agreement, one charge was dismissed in exchange for his admission of guilt.
Bernard H. Trombley, 79, of Columbia City, died Tuesday evening, July 23, 2013 at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born June 27, 1934, in Sault Ste Marie, Mich., a son of Orville and Helena (McGuire) Trombley. His formative years were spent in Sault Ste Marie.
On June 26, 1954, he was united in marriage to Augustina J. Vigneaux. They made their home in Sault Ste Marie for two years then they moved to Fort Wayne.
In 1957, they moved to Bear Lake, Noble County and in 1995 to Columbia City.
Two-wheel Drive: (1) Rich Hamilton, 1978 Ford, 293.11; (2) Aaron Oliver, 1997 Ford, 245.03.
5550 Gas: (1) Bob Maggert, 1977 Ford, 5550 pounds, 269.11 feet; (2) Troy Shank 1983 Chevy 2500, 5550, 265.09; (3) Jake Chittenden, 1979 Ford F250, 264.09; (4) Ethan Houser, 1975 Ford F100, 241.08; (5) Kirk Hoffman, 1985 Chevy, 238.06.
A special publication will be inserted in Thursdayâ€™s Post & Mail depicting life in Whitley County.
In June, residents were asked to photograph what they did on the longest day of the year, June 21. From those photo submissions, The Post & Mail compiled the snapshots to create â€śDay in the Life,â€ť a look at Whitley County through the lens of numerous shutterbugs.
Pictured above is T.C. McCoy returning an arm load of books to the Peabody Public Library. This particular photo was submitted by library staff and will be featured in the upcoming publication.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A mission to help kids get on the right foot is in jeopardy of falling short this year â€” by almost $3,600.
The Salvation Army of Whitley County has provided area children with new shoes and backpacks for several years. In addition to the shoes, school supplies are collected and distributed to children in need as well.
â€śThis is something weâ€™ve been doing for seven years,â€ť said Pat Mossburg, ministries director for the countyâ€™s Salvation Army. â€śThis year, I know we wonâ€™t be able to help all the children who need it because giving is so far down.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It was a bittersweet departure for Rotary Club outgoing exchange student Madisson Hodges â€” both when she left the U.S. for Mexico and when she left Mexico to come back to the U.S.
Hodges spent almost a year as an exchange student in Mexico as part of the Rotary Clubâ€™s program to offer studies abroad to local students.
When she shared her anticipation in leaving for the foreign country, she was not the least bit intimidated about the new surroundings even though she didnâ€™t speak Spanish.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Redevelopment Commission approved plans to potentially purchase the former Eagles Lodge #1906.
The Eagles Lodge, located at 306 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City, has been going through struggles as the clubâ€™s membership and finances have suffered. The club has discussed selling the building previously.
According to Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, previous negotiations to purchase the property have fallen flat in the past. However, this latest attempt, which was approved Friday, began at the state level.