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February 10th, 2014
Editor‚Äôs note: The Difference Maker is a series spotlighting Whitley County‚Äôs best. For the next 13 weeks, each Monday, The Post & Mail will feature a school employee.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In the School Edition of The Post & Mail‚Äôs Difference Maker series, Shelly Simmons, a fifth grade teacher at Northern Heights Elementary School, is the first to be recognized.
She has been a teacher for seven years at NHES, and Principal Jacob Hoag calls Simmons, ‚Äúengaging.‚ÄĚ
Pretty in pink, Ryan Shimasaki escorts daughters Erika (left), 3, and Brooke, 6, to Friday‚Äôs Father-Daughter dance held at the 4-H Center and sponsored by the Columbia City Parks Department. In its eighth year, the dance offers dads and grandfathers the chance to escort their little ladies to a dance. This year‚Äôs event had a candy theme, decorated in pink and black. Dinner and candy were served, and a special guest appearance was made by Cinderella. Each dad had the chance to have his photo taken with his ‚Äúdate.‚ÄĚ
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the second of a three-part series on methamphetamine in Whitley County.
WHITLEY COUNTY ‚ÄĒ Methamphetamine use has been a problem throughout the Midwest, particularly in Indiana, for more than a decade.
It has been an existing problem for so long, that steps have been taken at the legislative level to curb both the use and manufacture of methamphetamine.
Despite these efforts, the problem is getting worse.
Whitko Community School Corporation has announced the following changes in schedule - School will be in session Friday for all students. The faculty in-service day is canceled. Monday will also be a regular school day.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Columbia City Parks Department sponsored a father-daughter dance Friday night for the eighth year.
Fathers and grandfathers, escorted each beautiful ‚Äúbelle‚ÄĚ to a candy-themed ball held at the 4-H Center.
‚ÄúWe pre-sold 500 tickets starting Jan. 2,‚ÄĚ said Mark Green, park director.
‚ÄúThis is a neat opportunity to show daughters how they should be treated. It‚Äôs also a real boost to local merchants. The girls like to get their hair done, and the dads buy them flowers. People go all out.‚ÄĚ
Whitley County residents -- did you snap a photograph during Super Bowl weekend? The Post & Mail is capturing life in Whitley County on this particular winter weekend, Feb. 1 & 2. So if you got a snapshot of your Super Bowl party, a family outing, some inside fun with the kids, sledding at DeVol Field, or any other winter fun, email you photos to email@example.com
Submitted photos should include first and last names of those photographed and a little about what is happening in your photograph. Photos will be featured in an upcoming special publication.
Active Reservist Chad Collier dances with his daughter Ella Collier, 8, at the annual Father-Daughter Dance Friday. Chad previously spent six years on the USS Conolly as an interior communication electrician first class. He now trains as a reservist in Indianapolis one weekend per month and spends two weeks a year in San Diego. ‚ÄúI work seconds, so I only get to see my daughter one hour a day,‚ÄĚ Chad said. ‚ÄúAnytime I can spend more time with my little girl is a blessing.‚ÄĚ Ella is a second grader at Northern Heights Elementary School.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ United Way of Allen County‚Äôs 2-1-1 Services, supported by Lutheran Health Network, announced that it has expanded to six new counties in northern Indiana. The expanded service area took effect Jan. 1, but was celebrated during National 2-1-1 Day.
The nationwide recognition is also being used as a way to bring awareness to the need for 2-1-1 as a required dialing code for all telephone service providers, just like 9-1-1.
Angie Smith, of Columbia City, works out at the Whitley County YMCA despite below zero winds chills. ‚ÄúI thought if I came here they would have electricity and I could stay warm while using their machines," she said. "I don‚Äôt let things stop me." The YMCA was one of several places open to help residents stay warm during an outage left more than 8,000 residents without power Friday.
With snow piling up on snow, Columbia City street crews seem to be working nonstop to remove the white stuff from city streets. Pictured are city employees working to haul snow from downtown street corners to various locations out of the way of drivers. Chief of Police Tim Longenbaugh is reminding residents who live in Columbia City to comply with the city‚Äôs ordinance and keep sidewalks clear of snow and ice.