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March 7th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Smoke rolled across the serene landscape; Laurel Stockamp wandered around the charred timber, inspecting the extensive damage and remembering the tall, long structure as it was more than a week ago. Barrels of hay and ash remain untouched for inspection after a morning fire engulfed Stockamp Ranchâ€™s main bank barn before spreading to the exercise barn and finally the loafing barn.
Shaking her head in disbelief at the sight, Laurel said, â€śEveryone will remember the big fire here.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śIf she was in the gym, she was happy.â€ť
Columbia City coaching legend Wayne Kreiger wasnâ€™t talking about a former player. He wasnâ€™t speaking of his wife, daughter or granddaughters.
The Indiana Hall of Fame coach was reminiscing on his mother, Helen Kreiger-Ziegler, of Huntington, the woman who has followed him throughout his entire basketball career.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Navigators are all about empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. At Passages, Inc., after a campaign and election of officers, attendance has increased fivefold in the past year.
â€śPassages has always had a group that met but now weâ€™ve got a name, officers and a mission statement,â€ť said Mary Hunnicutt, Passages director of supported living and admissions.
OSSIAN â€” The Whitko Wildcats, playing in the sectional semi-finals, battled double-digit deficits and poor free throw shooting to survive against Heritage and move on to the final tonight at Norwell High School. Whitko beat the Patriots 66-65 on â€” ironically â€” a last second free throw by Logan Irwin.
Whitko mustered just one point in the final four minutes of the first half, while Heritage only netted three, sending the teams into the locker room at halftime with the scoreboard reading 28-25.
Heading into the final eight minutes, the Wildcats led 43-42.
Post and Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Post and Mail photo / Brianne Eichman
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Because of health issues, one local missionary couldnâ€™t follow her heart to distant lands. But now Miranda Shearer has stopped having seizures and is on her way to Haiti and Slovakia.
Miranda Shearer, daughter of Cindy and Steve Shearer, is on her way to Haiti and then to Slovakia.
Shearer graduated from Columbia City High School in 2004. She received her surgical technologist degree from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne in 2009.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€“ South Whitley resident Jorell Tucker has announced his candidacy for Whitley County Council At-Large.
â€śI am excited to bring a fresh perspective to the council and advocate for continued economic development and cost savings for the taxpayers of Whitley County,â€ť Tucker said.
Tucker has been the director of the Whitley County Solid Waste District since 2006, where he oversees the operations of the countyâ€™s recycling and conservation programs.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Indiana State Department of Education now requires third graders to take the Indiana Reading Evaluation And Determination (I-READ3) test. This is the first year Indiana third graders have been faced with I-READ3, and they are specifically required to pass it before proceeding to fourth grade reading instruction.
If a student fails I-READ3, a window of remediation opens, and students are given the opportunity to take it again over the summer. If a third grader fails the test a second time, they cannot continue to fourth grade reading.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Empty buildings in the heart of South Whitley continues to be a concern for South Whitley Town Council members as Town Attorney Greg Hockemeyer addressed the board regarding issues of blight in downtown areas.
Hockemeyer gave the board information this week on the Redevelopment Commission which is responsible for developing plans and managing tools used to address conditions of blight and underutilized land of economic significance (economic development areas).