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June 5th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City High Schoolâs band program received recognition from the Indiana State School Music Association â the first time in the programâs history.
âThis is a very big deal,â said Helen Hockemeyer, the band programâs director. âThese kids have worked since the beginning of the school year to earn this.â
CCHS was named an All-Music School by ISSMA, which means students had to earn gold medals in five categories during 2012-13.
CHURUBUSCO â Churubusco Elementary School fifth graders were in charge of a town â operating a bank, managing a restaurant, checking electric meters, voting for a mayor, and balancing checkbooks â during a field trip at the Junior Achievement BizTown May 20.
Students studied basic market economics and were placed in a job in one of the 14 BizTown businesses and services.
Rose Clason was honored with the 2013 Friend of Education Award at the May board meeting of Whitko Community School Corporation.
Clason is the wife of the districtâs superintendent Steve Clason and spends many hours volunteering in the schools.
In the nomination letter written on Clasonâs behalf, it was said she was often the first and the last person seen in the schoolsâ libraries.
She also spent time landscaping and caring for the plants around the different building in the district.
COLUMBIA CITY â It wasnât the 80s movie, âThe Karate Kid,â that inspired Dean Houser, of Columbia City, to start learning martial arts.
A simple encounter with a ânice guyâ convinced Houser to sign his son up for classes and eventually, Houser himself was hooked.
He now teaches various forms of martial arts and wellness in his studio, Living Arts, in Columbia City.
In addition to teaching structured classes, Houser offers his expertise to the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force.
Q: How did you get started in martial arts?
COLUMBIA CITY â Concerns from a local union on strike were heard by the Whitley County Commissioners Monday.
Joyce Lane, who represents United Auto Workers 249, said her group has felt unsafe lately as they have been on strike from Coupled Products, LLC for two years.
Lane was invited to the meeting by Commissioner Tom Rethlake. She said that one person swerved their vehicle toward a group of striking workers, and her union was also aware of a threat made against a person.
The issue was, according to Lane, a lack of reaction from the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department.
COLUMBIA CITY â It wasnât Memorial Day or Veteranâs Day. It wasnât even Armed Forces Day. But a national holiday was not necessary community members to take time out of their Saturday to honor those who have and who are serving the country.
Salute a Soldier was held Saturday in Columbia City. The event was planned in order to raise funds for Associated Churches Military Families Ministry, which distributes aid to soldiers in need.
Gretchen Wood, an employee of Shindigz in South Whitley, launched an initiative to bring people together to honor soldiers.
Editorâs note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â Though Todd Cook has been around law enforcement for more than 20 years, everyday is something new for the Whitley County Sheriffâs sergeant.
From riding in the squad car during his high school years to dispatching and being a firefighter, Cook has a wide variety of skills.
By his 21st birthday, he logged more than 1,000 hours of job shadowing with the Columbia City Police Department.
COLUMBIA CITY â Aimee Clark, of Columbia City, had a vision to offer healthier options to families within Whitley County.
Like many parents, Clark wanted to search out chemical-free foods and cleaning items to protect her children from possible side effects.
When she began her research online, Clark found she was not alone.
In February, nine people were standing in her kitchen discussing how to make healthier options available to others.
Hundreds of white paper sacks lined Indian Springs Middle Schoolâs indoor track Saturday as part of Relay for Lifeâs Luminary Ceremony.
Kathy Greenawalt was a relay committee member that recently passed away from cancer.
Emma Hindbaugh was a six-year-old lost to cancer in January.
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.