Archive - 2013 - News Article
FORT WAYNE (AP) â Friday night storms that dumped up to six inches of rain on Fort Wayne swamped city streets and trapped some motorists in their cars, while swirling floodwaters closed the city's zoo for the day Saturday after staff moved hundreds of animals to higher ground.
Fort Wayne Fire Department Assistant Chief Jim Murua said his crews had to rescue people marooned in their cars by high waters.
He told an area newspaper the Red Cross also was helping residents evacuated from their flooded apartment.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Farm Bureau has funded a grant to the Whitley County Agricultural Museum and 4-H Learning Center for the purchase of a 55 inch Smart TV and components.
The television will be used in the Maple Syrup Learning Center.
Each year the museum selects new themes for the center floor display, and this year the themes will be maple syrup and wheat.
The television will allow visitors to view videos of the history of maple syrup from pioneer days until the present and also show the different methods of production during the same time period.
A car is stranded in deep water on County Road 200 North east of Lincolnway Saturday afternoon.
Many county roads suffered flooding after Friday nightâs storms.
SOUTH WHITLEY â âYouâre not at your grandpaâs factory, but youâre working on your grandpaâs equipment,â said David Parker, Whitko High School principal, in regards to the schoolâs Industrial Technology program.
With emphasis on exposing high school students to career classes, tech and welding programs are in high demand at WHS, but equipment is falling farther and farther behind the curve.
Editorâs note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a muli-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â âI knew my life wouldnât be right until I was a firefighter.â
Since he was 10 years old, Drew Jines knew what his career choice would be.
âI was hanging out at the fire station with my dad on his shift, and there was a structure fire. I got to go on the truck, and when we pulled up on the scene I saw the firefighter jump out, stretch the line (hose) to the door, and the next truck supplied us with water,â Jines said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Storms and wet weather relocated Whitley Countyâs Relay for Life event indoors, but that did not seem to dampen the spirits of those who came together to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society (ACS).
âA great big thank you to everyone for coming out to support their community,â said Tammy Gross, a committee member. âWe appreciate their willingness to go with the flow when we moved inside after many had already set up their tents outside.â
PIERCETON â A project hearing has been set for Whitko Community School Corporation that will begin the process of two major construction endeavors for the district.
Discussion will continue on building a new Pierceton Elementary School and remodeling the existing South Whitley Elementary School at a meeting set for June 17 at 6:30 p.m.
At the May school board meeting, members heard from Superintendent Steve Clason on a proposed building project.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Efforts are being made to pave a 1,600-foot long recreational path in South Whitley.
The Friends of the Eel River Trail experienced success after constructing the Columbia City Trailhead in 2010, located along the Blue River Trail on Whitley Street.
Now the nonprofit is working to establish a trail in South Whitley that will revitalize a retired train trestle off of Calhoun Street.
Further developments are being discussed to connect the trail with one within the town limits that is a current project of Whitley On The Move.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Red and blue gowns adorned Whitko High School seniors as they paraded into WHSâs gymnasium for its commencement ceremony last night.
The Class of 2013 graduated 122 students and Superintendent Steve Clason described the group as the âbest achieving class in Whitkoâs history.â
Valedictorian Holly Frantz recounted the comical occurrences during the four years spent at Whitko. Practical jokes, pranks and good memories were relived.
(May 31, 2013) -- Whitley County Emergency Management Agency has advised the county of a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for all of Whitley County until 10 a.m. Saturday.
Update at 9:40 p.m.: The watch remains in effect. A large cell is coming to the county from the west in the next half hour. Citizens are cautioned to be prepared for high winds.