June 12th, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Debris and refuse from yards in South Whitley have created much controversy within the town.
Decisions over how to properly dispose of grass clippings have left town council members scratching their heads.
According to South Whitley Town Council President Tony Starkey, pink cards have been left at homes in recent weeks notifying the resident that if grass clippings were not picked up by the town, it was because the yard waste wasnâ€™t bagged.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A routine traffic stop led to a drug investigation Wednesday morning, as Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively discovered an active methamphetamine lab on his way to work.
Hively initiated a traffic stop on Ind. 205 near the Cider Mill Road intersection at approximately 7 a.m., and uncovered a one-pot lab in a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Charges pending, two unidentified suspects were detained. One was taken to the Whitley County Jail and the other was transported to Parkview Whitley Hospital for medical reasons.
Ann Arbor, Michigan â€“ Roy Sexton, originally from Columbia City, will take the stage in a unique musical role for Penny Seats Theatre Company, Ann Arbor, Mich.
Now in its third year of operation, Ann Arborâ€™s Penny Seats Theatre Company is set to produce its trademark summer show at the West Park Band Shell, 215 Chapin Street in Ann Arbor.
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls track team held its awards banquet recently.
Pictured, front row form left: Regan Decker, Mental Attitude Award; Kalisha Goree, Most Outstanding Track Athlete and Hannah Wappas, Rookie of the Year.
Back row: Megan Deutsch, Most Improved Field Event and Coaches Award; Marissa Evilsizer, Most Improved Runner; Samantha Roush, Most Valuable Runner and Carlee Hearld, Most Valuable Field Event.
Editorâ€™s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” More than 26 years ago, Larry Creech, an employee with Columbia Cityâ€™s Street Department, lent Police Chief Ron Glassley a helping hand.
His simple act of kindness led to a career with the Columbia City Police Department, including a term as chief and two decades of helping the community.
Creech began his work for the city in 1974, working with the street department.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle School held its transition program for the Class of 2017 Monday afternoon â€” the last day of school for Whitley County Consolidated Schools.
The class was sent off to Columbia City High School in prime fashion, with two speeches from classmates, pep talks from eighth-grade teachers, and a performance by the choir.
Awards were handed out for athletic and academic excellence, and students left the building for a final time as middle school students.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śYou have been so much better since youâ€™ve been off drugs, hopefully you stay that way.â€ť
Those were the words of Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer to Derek Kohut Monday, who received a 12-year sentence for manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony.
Kohutâ€™s sentence will require him to serve eight years to be served at the Whitley County Jail, with the remainder being suspended.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” June marks the official start of summer, graduations and Columbia Cityâ€™s festival â€” Old Settlers Days (OSD).
This year will mark the 110th annual Old Settlers Day & Legion Festival. Attractions and events will start Tuesday, June 25 and continue through Saturday June 29.
Tradition carries on with featured events consistently upheld each festival year, including the annual parade.
Dean Ramsey, of Columbia City, will be honored as the festivalâ€™s grand marshal for the parade set for Saturday June 25 at 5 p.m.
William Max Hurd, 86, of South Whitley, died peacefully at his home Sunday evening, June 9, 2013. He was born Feb. 2, 1927, in Warsaw, a son of the late Chauncey J. and Dessa V. (Anderson) Hurd.
His formative years were spent in the Columbia City area. He began seventh grade at South Whitley where he completed his schooling.
On Dec. 4, 1945, he entered the U.S. Army. He served as a paratrooper in the Pacific Theater and during the occupation of Japan. He was honorably discharged Jan. 11, 1947.
Wolf Lake High Schoolâ€™s Class of 1963 recently gathered for its 50th reunion.
Front row, from left: Don Chapman, Tom Wilkinson, Karen (Bollman) Stewart, Janice (Murphy) Rockey and Arlene (Weigel) Halsey.
Middle row, from left: Tom Reed, Roger Lemon, Don Targgart, Don Ott, Mary (Young) Stump, Phyllis (Maloney) Chapman, Kay Hawk, Carol (Kreider) Edwards, Barbara (Sherman) Campbell and Sandy (Barr) Halsey.
Back row, from left: Charles Tooman, Jim Coil, Jim Bowers, Russell Shew, Walter Buckles, Tom Stump, Joe Huntsman and Wayne Edwards. Not pictured: Ron Katt.