May 18th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After 35 years of being an educator, Bob Hoke is retiring.
Hoke has been in education most of his life, and most of it was spent right here in Whitley County Consolidated Schools. He has been the principal of Northern Heights Elementary School for the last 10 years.
â€śMy educational experience all began in kindergarten,â€ť said Hoke. â€śI grew up on a farm in Goshen and after high school went to Ball State University.â€ť
Hoke began his teaching career at Goshen Middle School teaching seventh, eighth and ninth grade students.
Robert Nobbe, above, of Connersville, takes a look at one of his many insulators that he will have for sale at the Columbia City Insulator, Bottle & Antique Show today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Center. This brown giant insulator is from Montana. Robert, along with his wife, Darleen, have been coming to this show for at least 20 years. The couple has collected insulators for 45 years.
LARWILL â€” With the U.S. Postal Service proposing sharp cutbacks to hours of operation, more than 13,000 post offices across the country may experience changes to office hours in the future. For Whitley County, this could mean changes at the post office in Larwill.
â€śThe plan last year was that we had 3,700 post offices under review for possible closure,â€ť said spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service Mary Dando.
â€śThe strategy that was announced last week was that we keep them open.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Local police are investigating a student at Indian Springs Middle School, after 40-60 students were reportedly stabbed with a sewing needle.
According to the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, four reports came in Thursday evening about the crime.
â€śThe school sent out a letter that said 40-60 students got poked by the needle,â€ť WCSD Det. Chuck Vogley said.
Kim Porter, the aunt of a 7th-grade student at ISMS, said her 13-year-old niece was afraid to report the student.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s a time-honored tradition to have a Veterans Memorial Day Parade throughout Columbia City and ending at Greenhill Cemetery.
It is happening again this year and members of the American Legion Post 98 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars 5582 are inviting all veterans of any age to participate in this yearâ€™s parade.
Line-up begins at 9:45 a.m. at Walnut Street in front of the former Marshall Middle School, now Eagle Tech.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For six innings, the Columbia City Lady Eagles clung to a 1-0 lead over visiting Huntington North Lady Vikings.
In the top of the seventh frame, the Lady Vikings scored a run to turn what had been a quickly played ball game into an 11-inning siege.
In the top of the 11th, the Lady Vikings pushed across three runs with two outs to send the Lady Eagles down to a 4-1 defeat.
Columbia City starting pitcher Cassie Vodde had a one-hitter going through the first six innings, recording 11 strikeouts and only one base runner for the first six stanzas.
WAYNEDALE â€” Though neither Whitko nor Columbia City could top Homesteadâ€™s impressive 121 points Thursday night at the boys track sectional, Whitley County athletes qualified for regionals in 21 placings.
Churubusco competed at the North Side sectional and came in sixth as a team. Whitko placed second behind the Spartans with 95.5 points. Wayne (90) took third, New Haven (80) came in fourth and Columbia City placed fifth with 59 points.
â€śIn reality, Homestead is the best team,â€ť Whitko Head Coach Ron Cherry said. â€śTheyâ€™re the ones we were chasing all night.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY - The most recent www.thepostandmail.com polling results from online respondents shows Republican Richard Mourdock beating Democrat Joe Donnelly if the election for U.S. Senator from Indiana were held today. Results were 45% for Mourdock, 34% for Donnelly and 34% undecided or disengaged.
FORT WAYNE â€” Detectives of Indiana State Police Criminal Investigation Division's Fort Wayne post are investigating an early morning shooting involving a trooper that occurred just outside downtown Fort Wayne and which resulted in the death of a 33-year-old man.
The preliminary investigation indicates that a four-and-a half year veteran of the Indiana State Police was traveling west on Main Street when at the intersection of Cherry Street, he observed an altercation between multiple people.
Local police responded to West Buckeye Street in South Whitley Tuesday night after a car drove into a house. An ambulance was dispatched to the area, and according to police scanner traffic, the crash may have been caused by medical issues. Nobody in the house was injured. The crash remains under investigation by the South Whitley Police Department and the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department. Names of the person or persons involved in the crash were not available at press time.