Archive - 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Three Whitley County students recently spent a day in Indianapolis with Indiana Senator Jim Banks as part of the Statehouse Page Program.
Students were able to see what activities go on at the Statehouse, tour the historic building, meet the Senator and watch debates.
â€śI visited the state building for a field trip in fourth grade and I really wanted to go back to learn more,â€ť said Indian Springs Middle School sixth grader Mykaela Crowell. â€śI think someday I might run for Congress.â€ť
The Hooper House, formerly owned by Adams Young Hooper, is one of Columbia Cityâ€™s historic homes. Located at the corner of Jefferson and Chauncey Streets, the home was built in 1855 and has undergone several renovations. It now features three bedrooms, a living room, dining room and kitchen. Although the homeâ€™s exterior has fairly new paint, other modern-day amenities are missing from the building. According to real estate records, the structure has no bathrooms, range hook up or dryer hook up.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Sheriffâ€™s Department will be acquiring two new vehicles for 2013.
In a normal year, the department will purchase three new vehicles. Dodge Chargers will be the vehicle of choice, and they will be purchased for $23,307.25 each, according to Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton.
Oâ€™Daniel Chrysler in Fort Wayne will be the dealer for the vehicles, which are expected to arrive before summer. The Chargers came in cheaper than rival vehicles from Ford and Chevy, according to Gatton.
Columbia City High School Show Choirs competed at the DeKalb High School Invitational Saturday. City Heat earned Grand Champion, Best Choreography and Best Vocals awards. City Lights earned Grand Champion and Best Vocals awards. Pictured, from left, are Macie Minier, Jessica Sherbahn, Kirstie Crisp and Corinne Kauffman. Columbia City High School Show Choirs competed at the Dekalb High School Invitational Saturday. City Heat earned Grand Champion, Best Choreography and Best Vocals awards. City Lights earned Grand Champion and Best Vocals awards.
NEW YORK (AP) â€” The worst of the flu season appears to be over.
The number of states reporting intense or widespread flu dropped again last week, U.S. health officials said Friday.
The season started earlier than normal, spiking first in the Southeast and then spreading. But now, by some measures, flu activity has been ebbing for at least four weeks in much of the country. Flu and pneumonia deaths have been dropping for two weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Gas prices typically rise in the spring, and 2013 should be no exception.
What makes this year different from others is the timing. Instead of waiting for spring, pump-price increases have already begun.
The price of crude oil has risen in the past six weeks.
It currently sits at $95.93, up more than $10 from the period just before Christmas.
This accounts for a rise at the pumps, which normally does not occur until the early part of spring as travel is anticipated to increase.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” South Whitley United Methodist Church hosted an American Red Cross (ARC) Blood Drive Wednesday in memory of Ellie Olivia Walter and Emma Grace Hindbaugh.
â€śThey are now angels in Heaven with wings to carry our prayers to God,â€ť said event coordinators. â€śEllie and Emma both passed away too soon.â€ť
Ellie passed away at 3 months old and Emma was 6 years old.
Cory and Brittany (Waybright) Hindbaugh are the parents of Emma. Surviving grandparents are Larry and Deb Waybright and Ron and Janet Hindbaugh.
Marc and Brooke (Weber) Walter are the parents of Ellie.
Editorâ€™s note: During the next few weeks, The Post & Mail will be highlighting several graduates from Whitley County that were once deemed â€śLeaders of Tomorrowâ€ť in a 2007 special publication.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Adam Hoffman, a 2008 Columbia City High School graduate, was named a Leader of Tomorrow in 2007.
Hoffman was one of 19 students recognized as future leaders. At the time, he was a junior and was in the beginning stages of his psychology education.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Prosecutorâ€™s Office has issued a warrant for a DNA test in a sexual abuse case.
Dean Pressler was arrested in late December on multiple counts of sexual assault to a minor.
Case reports indicate the alleged victim had two children during the period of the alleged crimes. She stated Pressler was the father of both children, which include a child born in April of 2012 and June of 2010.
Pressler already gave a DNA sample for the younger child. He then asked that sample not be used to determine paternity of the older child.