August 2nd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Out of small, rural towns in Indiana, three young men had an idea to leave their protective, familiar circles and travel to Haiti.
Thaddeus McKee, 24, Jeff Royer, 22 and Alex Carlin, 23, all from Whitley County, recently returned from a long trip of service to the areas of Pierre Payen and Boreal, Haiti.
McKee spent six months in Haiti working with GAP Ministries before founding JUST Cause International (JCI) and convincing his two friends, Royer and Carlin, to join in the crusade.
Tom and Laurel Stockamp are in the process of having their barn re-built after a large portion of it was engulfed in flames Feb. 28. Workers were busy putting the green roof on the barn Wednesday. Mark Graf with Steel Core Construction Co. is responsible for the building design and Andy Hostetler is in charge of Ideal Construction from Warsaw. The Stockamps believe the barn will be finished by the end of the month. More photos will appear in the Friday edition of The Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While the Associated Press has reported outbreaks of whooping cough, also known as Pertussis, affecting parts of the country, Whitley County has avoided the infectious disease.
â€śWeâ€™ve not had any cases reported,â€ť said April Waugh, R.N., Immunization Nurse at the Whitley County Immunization Clinic.
CHURUBUSCO â€” As Sharon Jones, 60, of Churubusco prepares for another season of driving the bus that will take youngsters to elementary school in Arcola, she canâ€™t help but keep tabs on the swimming results coming out of London.
PIERCETON â€” After a summer of sleeping in and doing things on your own time, the alarm bell announcing the first day of school is just a few days away. Whether youâ€™re an anxious new full-day Kindergartener or a confident senior, heading back to Whitko Community School Corporation (WCSC) signals new classes, new teachers, new social scene and a time of transition as a special school board of trustees meeting was held Wednesday evening to announce personnel changes for the upcoming school year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s No. 1 singles netters are no rookies of the sport.
Seniors Derek Hinen and Celine Rongos have both been playing tennis since they were young.
â€śWhen I was five years old, my dad started taking me out to the courts and hitting with me for fun,â€ť Rongos said. â€śAfter that, I never stopped.â€ť
Hinen said his family has played together since he was young.
Both Hinen and Rongos made Northeast Hoosier Conference All-Conference Teams last season.Rongos was also All-District, All-State Honorable Mention and named the Most Valuable Player.
Nettie Ellen Ullstrom, 90, of Fort Wayne, died at 5:40 a.m. Wednesday, August 1, 2012, at the home of her son, Jimmie, where she had been residing since April.
She was born July 5, 1922, in Myland Center, a daughter of Frank C. and Caroline (Federspiel) Chester. Her formative years were spent in Allen County.
In 1961, she was united in marriage to Leslie V. Ullstrom. They always made their home in Allen County. Mr. Ullstrom died in 1990. In 2001, Nettie moved to Deland, Fla. for eight months, then returning to Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An Illinois man first stopped in Columbia City for speeding appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday on charges relating to a controlled substance.
Batbayer Tsagaan, 54, of Cicero Ill., said he was traveling from Illinois to Ohio.
According to a Whitley County Sheriff Department case report July 25, Det. Gary Archbold was asked to make the scene of a traffic stop being conducted by Officer Scott Leatherman.
The Phillies won the Pierceton Youth League minor division recently.
Front row, from left: Devon Akers, Jonathan Craft, Colten King and Luke Chalk.
Second row: Logan Akers, Peyton Warren, Tyis Donovan, Clayton Ebbinghouse, Alex Garcia and Blade Morrison.
Third row, coaches: Todd King, Roger Craft and Chad Ebbinghouse.
Not pictured: Noah Groves and Coach Brian Stratton.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two men were arrested on methamphetamine charges Tuesday afternoon after a routine traffic stop.
According to Detective Gary Archbold, officer Jeff Chapman conducted a routine traffic stop at approximately 3 p.m., which resulted in the arrest of Jonathan Wells, 39, of Fort Wayne, and Aaron Shepherd, 19, of Columbia City.
â€śWhen Officer Chapman pulled over the vehicle, he saw a meth precursor in plain sight,â€ť Archbold said. â€śHe got permission to search the vehicle and found more precursors.â€ť