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February 10th, 2014

Boogie night

February 10, 2014

Fathers and daughters hit the dance floor Friday night at the 4-H Center for the annual Father-Daughter Dance sponsored by the Columbia City Parks Department.

Dressed to dance

February 10, 2014

Greg Driver and daughter Rebecca,9, dress in coordinated black and white attire for Friday’s Father-Daughter Dance which was held at the 4-H Center.

Simmons: ‘Innovative’ educator

February 10, 2014

Editor’s note: The Difference Maker is a series spotlighting Whitley County’s best. For the next 13 weeks, each Monday, The Post & Mail will feature a school employee.

COLUMBIA CITY — In the School Edition of The Post & Mail’s 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, “engaging.”

Pretty in pink

February 10, 2014

Pretty in pink, Ryan Shimasaki escorts daughters Erika (left), 3, and Brooke, 6, to Friday’s 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’s 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 “date.”

Solutions not fixing methamphetamine problem

February 10, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the second of a three-part series on methamphetamine in Whitley County.

WHITLEY COUNTY — 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.

WCSC announces make up days

February 10, 2014

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.

Dancin’ the night away

February 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Parks Department sponsored a father-daughter dance Friday night for the eighth year.

Fathers and grandfathers, escorted each beautiful “belle” to a candy-themed ball held at the 4-H Center.

“We pre-sold 500 tickets starting Jan. 2,” said Mark Green, park director.
“This is a neat opportunity to show daughters how they should be treated. It’s 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.”

We want your photos

February 10, 2014

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

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.

Daughters spin around the floor with dads

February 10, 2014

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. “I work seconds, so I only get to see my daughter one hour a day,” Chad said. “Anytime I can spend more time with my little girl is a blessing.” Ella is a second grader at Northern Heights Elementary School.

United Way’s 2-1-1 expands area of service

February 10, 2014

FORT WAYNE — United Way of Allen County’s 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.


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