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July 24th, 2013

Day in the Life inserted Thursday

July 24, 2013

A special publication will be inserted in Thursday’s Post & Mail depicting life in Whitley County.

In June, residents were asked to photograph what they did on the longest day of the year, June 21. From those photo submissions, The Post & Mail compiled the snapshots to create “Day in the Life,” a look at Whitley County through the lens of numerous shutterbugs.

Pictured above is T.C. McCoy returning an arm load of books to the Peabody Public Library. This particular photo was submitted by library staff and will be featured in the upcoming publication.

PACK-A-TRUCK: Salvation Army makes a plea for local aid

July 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A mission to help kids get on the right foot is in jeopardy of falling short this year — by almost $3,600.

The Salvation Army of Whitley County has provided area children with new shoes and backpacks for several years. In addition to the shoes, school supplies are collected and distributed to children in need as well.

“This is something we’ve been doing for seven years,” said Pat Mossburg, ministries director for the county’s Salvation Army. “This year, I know we won’t be able to help all the children who need it because giving is so far down.”

U.S. OR BUST: Hodges returns home

July 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It was a bittersweet departure for Rotary Club outgoing exchange student Madisson Hodges — both when she left the U.S. for Mexico and when she left Mexico to come back to the U.S.

Hodges spent almost a year as an exchange student in Mexico as part of the Rotary Club’s program to offer studies abroad to local students.

When she shared her anticipation in leaving for the foreign country, she was not the least bit intimidated about the new surroundings even though she didn’t speak Spanish.

DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION: City hopes to purchase Eagles building

July 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission approved plans to potentially purchase the former Eagles Lodge #1906.

The Eagles Lodge, located at 306 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City, has been going through struggles as the club’s membership and finances have suffered. The club has discussed selling the building previously.

According to Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, previous negotiations to purchase the property have fallen flat in the past. However, this latest attempt, which was approved Friday, began at the state level.

CLEAN UP BEGINS AT LICENSE BRANCH: Suspect of stolen vehicle pursuit was allegedly suicidal

July 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As clean up begins at Whitley County’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles, police are continuing to investigate the motive behind the man who drove a stolen car into the side of the building.

Danny Rose, 20, remains in custody at the Whitley County Jail with additional charges added and his bond raised Tuesday morning.

According to a press release by the Columbia City Police Department Tuesday morning, police were initially tipped off to Monday night’s events when a vehicle, believed to belong to his ex-girlfriend, was reported stolen.

July 23rd

Felines fancy the 4-H fair

July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Cat Club held its show and judging before the Whitley County 4-H Fair was in full swing.

Felines converged onto the fairgrounds June 29 and in the end, Dayra Fry and her cat Shadow were named Grand Champion.

COL. CITY VOLLEYBALL: Dynamic duo heading to Big Ten

July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City volleyball’s Kalisha Goree and Gabrielle Hazen have played on the same side of the net for countless games as Lady Eagles, as well as in off-season leagues, for several years.

Starting in the fall of 2014, hat is going to change for Columbia City’s dynamic duo, as Hazen and Goree will be conference rivals — in the Big Ten.

Goree has committed to Ohio State University and Hazen will play at Northwestern University.

HOMETOWN HEROES: Kris Bair - Smith Twp. Fire Department

July 23, 2013

Editor’s note: The Post & Mail is featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.

COLUMBIA CITY — Kris Bair and his wife, Missy, have both been involved in rescuing people for more than 20 years — both in their jobs and together.

Kris has been with Smith Township’s Fire Department for 23 years. Missy has been a medic for 20 years and is also a registered nurse.

Kris vividly recalls the couple working together to save someone’s life.

MAYOR REACTS: City assesses Friday’s fire

July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Though Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said there were no major complaints or problems by citizens after Friday’s chemical fire at C&R Plating, he said the city is assessing possible improvements to the management of emergencies.

“We are trying to make sure next time something happens, God forbid, we are prepared to address the situation more efficiently and more effectively,” Daniel said.

Daniel said city officials from the fire, police and communications departments met to go over Friday’s events.

73-YEAR-OLD CHARGED: Woman arrested for threats with screwdriver

July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A 73-year-old woman was booked Saturday for threatening employees at Superior Auto with a screwdriver.

According to a Columbia City Police case report, Jeanne Wiedman, of Columbia City, was upset after her vehicle was repossessed, and went to the car store to dispute the action.

Wiedman allegedly pulled out a screwdriver and told an employee she was going to stab him, holding the tool a few inches from his stomach, and saying, “I’m going to hurt you if you don’t give me my stuff now.”

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