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June 14th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Officials in local law enforcement have been coordinating with administrators at Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) on safety plans and training for some time, and that will continue.
Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said officers in his department will be working on training in this realm, both in and out of the school district.
âWe have met with the state police,â he said. â(Indian State Police Sergeant) Aaron Cook shared about training with the state police and the school corporation.â
CHURUBUSCO â For 64 years, the town of Churubusco has reserved time during the summer to celebrate Oscar, âthe beast of âBusco.â
âOscar was the Godzilla of turtles,â wrote Gary Kauffman in his account of Oscar, a legendary large-scale amphibian (See Turtle Days publication inserted in todayâs edition of The Post & Mail).
Although the debate is still alive over the reality of Oscarâs existence, that has not stopped Churubusco from reveling in the spirit of the beast with a summer festival.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City man arrested last week for sexual misconduct with a minor had his first appearance in court Monday.
Bradley Kincaid, 20, was arrested June 7 for allegedly having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.
Kincaid pleaded not guilty and stated in court he would represent himself instead of hiring an attorney or having a public defender.
COLUMBIA CITY â Once again, Whitley County Consolidated Schools will participate in the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
Free meals will be made available to all children under the age of 18 and to persons over 18 years who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled.
Free meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
MISHAWAKA (AP) â The roofs were blown off some buildings in northern Indiana as a storm with winds sometimes topping 60 mph swept through the state.
The National Weather Service says Wednesday nightâs storm caused scattered building, tree and power line damage, including reports near the cities of Wabash and Rochester.
Detour for U.S. 30 in Starke Co.
LAPORTE â Travelers in the western part of Indiana will experience detours on U.S. 30 this week. Construction began on the highway in Starke County Monday.
Travelers going west will be detoured by driving north on Ind. 39, taking U.S. 6 west, then returning south on U.S. 421, where they will intersect with U.S. 30 once more. Indiana Department of Transportation officials indicate construction will continue until Friday of this week.
Frontage Road, Col. City closed starting Monday
COLUMBIA CITY â With heavy rain forecasted for Wednesday night, Columbia City High Schoolâs graduation ceremony was in jeopardy.
However, the high school experienced no flooding.
Principal Jennifer Reiff, not wanting to move the commencement, made quick decisions earlier in the week to prevent a potential disaster.
Three years ago, the high schoolâs commencement was moved to Indian Springs Middle School. Reiff did not want to see a repeat.
âIâll be darned if we have to do that again,â she said.
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 Zach Rumsyre hasnât been a fireman as long as many others in Whitley County, he has his sights aimed high.
Rumsyre, who has been a volunteer fireman with Jefferson Center Fire Department since 2004, has already worked his way into a captainâs position.
âIt is my goal to become a career firefighter,â Rumsyre said.
COLUMBIA CITY â For the third consecutive year, Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) will be raising the price of its food for students.
Lunch will have an increased price tag of 10 cents across each school level in 2013-14. The previous two yearsâ increases were a nickel each time.
At the elementary school level, students will pay $1.70 per lunch next year. Middle school students will be charged $1.85 and the price for high schoolers will be $1.95.
Breakfast prices will increase 10 cents as well, the first time that has occurred since 2004-05.
A conspicuous cloud hangs over downtown Columbia City Wednesday evening as storms rolled in.
Pictured is the sky lit up with lightning as darkness blows over the city.
To see the image animated, go to http://i.imgur.com/m96HDjz.gif
The shelf cloud went on to cause hail and strong winds in Churubusco, and even prompted tornado warnings as it passed through northeast Indiana.
Though the dark cloud coming down from the shelf cloud did not have rotation in Columbia City, it is called a wall cloud, and had the potential for tornadoes.