Archive - Jun 10, 2013 - News Article
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.
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Master Gardeners 2013 Garden Walk will be June 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The walk will take participants through Loon Lake, Tri Lakes, Magic Hills in Thorncreek and Etna Townships in northern Whitley County.
Until June 21, tickets will be $7 each and can be purchased from:
A Master Gardener, Purdue Extension â€“ Whitley County Office, Jones Greenhouse in Churubusco, Hartmanâ€™s Lawn & Garden in South Whitley, Portside Pizza at Tri-Lakes, or June 22 at any of the gardens.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When someone first hears of eco-psychology, it may conjure up images of distorted therapy sessions, possibly conducted in nature.
But mostly, the assumption is made that eco-psychology is West-Coast, New-Age thinking.
However, according to Chad Eckert, of Columbia City, his study of eco- psychology has led him to appreciate the therapeutic benefits found in nature.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Some people need to walk a path different from others.
Eagle Opportunity is a pilot program that will launch for Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) next year.
The purpose of the endeavor is to provide an alternative for students who are expelled, allowing them a way back into the classroom. The target age group is grades 6 through 12.
Funding for the program will come from grant money obtained from the state by the district. This will provide funding for the first year of Eagle Opportunityâ€™s existence.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 2013 edition of Loomis Bros. Circus will be performing at the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds, Columbia City today and Tuesday. Shows will be 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. both days.
Circus producer and singing ringmaster Justin Loomis promises a spectacular show for 2013. The show is being billed as Americaâ€™s best circus.
Some of the featured acts this year include Miss Natalia Winn, queen of the air in a sensational display of breathtaking aerial feats without a net below her.
Indian Springs Middle School students wait for the bus.
Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ€™ last day of classes is today.
Pictured, from left are A.J. Burtuk, Jared Gille and Zach Vandeputte.
Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s graduation ceremony is Friday at 6 p.m.