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June 3rd, 2013
Editorâ€™s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a muli-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śI knew my life wouldnâ€™t be right until I was a firefighter.â€ť
Since he was 10 years old, Drew Jines knew what his career choice would be.
â€śI 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€ť Jines said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Storms and wet weather relocated Whitley Countyâ€™s 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).
â€śA great big thank you to everyone for coming out to support their community,â€ť said Tammy Gross, a committee member. â€śWe appreciate their willingness to go with the flow when we moved inside after many had already set up their tents outside.â€ť
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.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Efforts are being made to pave a 1,600-foot long recreational path in South Whitley.
The Friends of the Eel River Trail experienced success after constructing the Columbia City Trailhead in 2010, located along the Blue River Trail on Whitley Street.
Now the nonprofit is working to establish a trail in South Whitley that will revitalize a retired train trestle off of Calhoun Street.
Further developments are being discussed to connect the trail with one within the town limits that is a current project of Whitley On The Move.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Red and blue gowns adorned Whitko High School seniors as they paraded into WHSâ€™s gymnasium for its commencement ceremony last night.
The Class of 2013 graduated 122 students and Superintendent Steve Clason described the group as the â€śbest achieving class in Whitkoâ€™s history.â€ť
Valedictorian Holly Frantz recounted the comical occurrences during the four years spent at Whitko. Practical jokes, pranks and good memories were relived.
(May 31, 2013) -- Whitley County Emergency Management Agency has advised the county of a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for all of Whitley County until 10 a.m. Saturday.
Update at 9:40 p.m.: The watch remains in effect. A large cell is coming to the county from the west in the next half hour. Citizens are cautioned to be prepared for high winds.
Concerning a new aquatics facility to replace Burnworth Pool after it closes in 2014...
Nadia Rhodes, 8, made use of South Whitleyâ€™s newest playground, Adventure Mania, Thursday.
The new equipment was installed and open to children to utilize last week.
Adventure Mania is the second phase of the town park renovation. Doodle Bug Village, also in South Whitleyâ€™s town park, was erected over the last several years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Passages, Inc. is offering a Summer Youth Enrichment Program which will begin on June 10.
The program consists of two four-week sessions designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities who attend a Whitley County middle or high school to practice and enhance their academic, social and vocational skills in a structured and fun environment.
The participants will be offered local field trips to Morsches Park including the splash pad, The Humane Society of Whitley County and Paigeâ€™s Crossing.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” American Legion Post 98 in Columbia City hosted a ceremony Memorial Day to honor local men and women who have fallen serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Deceased members of American Legion Post 98 and VFW Post 5582 from the past year were memorialized.
They were Adrian R. Beers, Phil Glassley, Teddy R. Hare, Jack Kessie, Phillip L. Lundblad, Jack Moore, Chester Napier, Talbert W. Pittenger, Marquis Reid Jr., Robert Sandager, William H. Smith, Herman P. Stuersel, John Boggess, Earl McEntire, Tony Treece and Bobby Turner.