Archive - 2012 - News Article
Eric Pfaff, of Lewis Center, Ohio, begins carving what would become the winning ice sculpture at the 7th Annual Fire & Ice Winterfest, which was held Saturday and Sunday in downtown Columbia City.
Brisk temperatures and clear skies made for the perfect scenario for the festival. Pfaff also won peopleâs choice and mayorâs choice.
Pfaff was stationed at the northwest corner of Courthouse Square midday on Saturday, using an electric-powered chain saw to begin his creation, which was a sculpture of a bear and a bull.
PIERCETON â By unanimous vote, Whitko Community School Corporation board vice president Jorell Tucker was elected as president for the WCSC Board of Finance and board secretary Roger Boggs as secretary for the Board of Finance in Monday eveningâs finance meeting.
Director of Financial Operations Tom McFarland discussed last yearâs total investments, which earned $21,886.95.
PIERCETON â With state legislatures having 167 bills which will ultimately affect school education, Whitko Community School Corporationâs Superintendent Steve Clason is unsure how many of the bills will require a committee hearing.
Clason provided a detailed update on a few legislature bills which may affect the corporation at its Board of School Trustees regular monthly meeting Monday evening.
âWho knows how many of them (167 bills) will get a committee hearing or actually get to the docket,â Clason said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Ellen Hively is a true blue bona fide domesticated tomboy.
She sews, cans, hunts, butchers, gardens, fishes â but most notably she donates her blood.
This Whitley County gal has a heart of gold and she proved that when she received the American Red Cross distinguished honor of being named Whitley Countyâs Outstanding Donor during January which is National Blood Donor Month.
Hively has donated 216 pints of blood so far and in March she will hit the 27 gallon mark.
âIt renews my body. I build new blood platelets every time,â she said.
Trevor Ellis, 11, of Columbia City leaps from the top of a snow pile at the corner of Chauncey and Van Buren streets Saturday during the 7th Annual Whitley County "Fire and Ice" Winterfest. 11-year-old James Romano looks on. More photos, coverage and results will appear in the Monday edition of The Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Police Departmentâs newly-appointed detectives began their first full week on the job this week.
Robert Stephenson and Gary Archbold were chosen by CCPD Chief Tim Longenbaugh and Captain Tony Hively last week, to replace their (Longenbaugh and Hivelyâs) former positions.
âIts a great opportunity to expand my law enforcement background,â Archbold said.
Archbold and Stephenson have more than a decade of experience on the CCPD with 13 and 14 years respectively.
COLUMBIA CITY â Halfway through its inaugural school year, Eagle Tech Academy is exactly where it planned to be, according to Principal Brady Mullett.
The year began with an enrollment of 112 students, five full-time staff members and a focus on providing a project-based learning environment for both students and staff.
âWe want to create a true professional learning community where we can ask the question to each other of âwhy are we doing what weâre doing,â and become reflective on our own practices,â said Mullett.
COLUMBIA CITY â Seldom do you see an orchestra at an elementary school.
Students and staff at Mary Raber Elementary School got a special visit from some of the Fort Wayne Philharmonicâs string section Wednesday.
Members of the Meadowlark Quartet warmed up their instruments as the children entered the gymnasium.
The children used their active listening skills to hear the beautiful sounds of two violins, a viola and a cello playing J.S. Bachâs greatest hits.
Violinist Marey Trentacosti welcomed the children and told them the philharmonic featured 44 full-time musicians.
Indian Springs eighth grade Eagles won the Wawasee Tournament last weekend. Front row, from left: Luke Schrader, Drew Lamle, Josh Christen and Bryce Parnell. Back row: Matt Benedict, Carson Reed, Ryan Mosher, Andrew McFarland, Brachen Hazen, Luke Taylor and Head Coach Jim Pope.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County is ushering in a new committee in the hopes of improving communication and knowledge between departments.
A previously formed Land Committee will now be defunct to make way for a new board, to be known as the Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Task Force.
The GIS Task Force will consist of members from several different departments and will serve to help one another learn what decisions are made by specific departments and how those decisions affect other departments within the county, according to GIS Coordinator Dan Weigold.