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May 15th, 2013

Whitko welding program gains certification

May 15, 2013

Ross Harvey, a senior at Whitko High School, took the American Welding Society Welder Certification Test and earned national certification in the Gas Metal Arc Welding process May 9.

He demonstrated his skill at the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse Technology Center of Ivy Tech Community College on the Fort Wayne campus.

The test consisted of depositing a six-inch over-head butt weld with 100 percent penetration throughout the welded joint. The test was overseen and inspected by AWS Certified Welding Inspector John Christman.

Bridge open

May 15, 2013

The bridge on the Blue River Trail Extension is now open to the public, according to Columbia City park officials.

The entire extension on the trail will be completed by the end of this month, along with the new bathrooms at Morsches Park.

National Police Week

May 15, 2013

Dustin Papenbrock, the latest deputy to join the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, walks out of the Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

This week is National Police Week, and between 20,000-40,000 law enforcement officers are in Washington D.C. for the event.

See Friday’s edition of The Post & Mail for an article assisted by Mary Raber Elementary School students on the impact local law enforcement has on the community.

SUMMER HELP: Eber rises to ‘power’

May 15, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is a series highlighting unique summer jobs to be held by area students.

COLUMBIA CITY — Although students view the weeks between school ending and school beginning as a vacation, summer jobs can be a temporary way for students to earn cash.

For Foster Eber, a Columbia City High School senior, the weeks between graduation and starting his freshman year at Ball State University will be spent working.

However, he won’t just have any job. He’ll be employed at one of his favorite summer spots — Cedar Point, an amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.

METH CASE: Bocskey pleads guilty to dealing

May 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A second man who was charged with dealing drugs in the Walmart parking lot in Columbia City pleaded guilty Monday.

Shane Bocskey, 26, Columbia City, admitted to dealing in methamphetamine. Four other counts that Bocskey was charged with at the time of his February arrest were dismissed.

In February, Bocskey was arrested with Derek Kohut after a confidential informant exchanged $120 and two boxes of pseudoephedrine for 2.85 grams of meth.

ANIMAL ORDINANCE: Board grants exceptions to violations

May 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Ordinance enforcement has created more agenda items for the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety.

Those who violate Columbia City ordinances can appeal to the board. Two families who made appeals Tuesday had their requests satisfied.

Christine Broni lives on Old Trail Road near the edge of town. She and her husband were cited for having two horses on the property as well as chickens, a violation of the animal ordinance.

LIGHTS OUT: Sign ordinance changes

May 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It took no longer than the blink of an eye for the city to change its ordinance on flashing message signs.

Columbia City’s Common Council gave the final stamp of approval to an ordinance change regarding electronic message centers Tuesday. However, those signs, which flash in seconds, have been debated for months at the Columbia City Planning Commission.

Dave Sewell, of the commission, spoke to the common council and informed them of this ordinance change. Some were concerned with potential current violations, but Sewell noted all existing signs will be allowed.

May 14th

Mushroom hunting

May 14, 2013

Andrue Bechtold, of South Whitley, recently found a rather large Morel mushroom in a “secret location” in Whitley County.

Andrue is the grandson of Dennis Bechtold.

Decorated teen earns high rank among scouts

May 14, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — John Langmaid, IV was awarded his Eagle Scout rank at a ceremony held at Whitko High School March 21.

Langmaid, a student at WHS, planned, surveyed, organized, and helped build a 65-foot-long, 5-foot-wide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant sidewalk.

The project, which was completed during July 2012, was done for the school as his Eagle Scout project.

He earned the Eagle rank Sept. 13, 2012. The sidewalk gives disabled students access to the school and ease to leave the school during exercise and emergency situations.

A conversation with . . . Alex Husk

May 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Churubusco High School graduate, Alex Husk, has tapped into her many years of dance to launch a new business, Astound Dance Academy.

At the age of three, Husk started to dance, but it wasn’t until she was in middle school that she began perfecting her craft.

Now 24 years old and with many years of instruction experience, Husk is ready to pass on the love of dance to others in her own studio.

Q: What is it about dance that inspires you?