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June 3rd, 2013
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Farm Bureau has funded a grant to the Whitley County Agricultural Museum and 4-H Learning Center for the purchase of a 55 inch Smart TV and components.
The television will be used in the Maple Syrup Learning Center.
Each year the museum selects new themes for the center floor display, and this year the themes will be maple syrup and wheat.
The television will allow visitors to view videos of the history of maple syrup from pioneer days until the present and also show the different methods of production during the same time period.
A car is stranded in deep water on County Road 200 North east of Lincolnway Saturday afternoon.
Many county roads suffered flooding after Friday nightâs storms.
SOUTH WHITLEY â âYouâre not at your grandpaâs factory, but youâre working on your grandpaâs equipment,â said David Parker, Whitko High School principal, in regards to the schoolâs Industrial Technology program.
With emphasis on exposing high school students to career classes, tech and welding programs are in high demand at WHS, but equipment is falling farther and farther behind the curve.
Editorâs note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a muli-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â âI knew my life wouldnât be right until I was a firefighter.â
Since he was 10 years old, Drew Jines knew what his career choice would be.
âI was hanging out at the fire station with my dad on his shift, and there was a structure fire. I got to go on the truck, and when we pulled up on the scene I saw the firefighter jump out, stretch the line (hose) to the door, and the next truck supplied us with water,â Jines said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Storms and wet weather relocated Whitley Countyâs Relay for Life event indoors, but that did not seem to dampen the spirits of those who came together to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society (ACS).
âA great big thank you to everyone for coming out to support their community,â said Tammy Gross, a committee member. âWe appreciate their willingness to go with the flow when we moved inside after many had already set up their tents outside.â
PIERCETON â A project hearing has been set for Whitko Community School Corporation that will begin the process of two major construction endeavors for the district.
Discussion will continue on building a new Pierceton Elementary School and remodeling the existing South Whitley Elementary School at a meeting set for June 17 at 6:30 p.m.
At the May school board meeting, members heard from Superintendent Steve Clason on a proposed building project.