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June 18th, 2013

Big Lake COG offers used clothing to the needy

June 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Starting today, The Big Lake Church of God, 6955 N. Ind. 109, will provide a used clothing store open to the public.

It will be open the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. This ministry is located in the small house located at the corner of Ind. 109 and County Rd 700 N.

For more information, contact Judi Huffman at 244-4919.

A conversation with . . . Aaron Mathieu

June 18, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — A self-proclaimed history buff, Aaron Mathieu has slaked his thirst for all things antiquated as an employee of the Whitley County Historical Museum.

The Churubusco native has worked at the museum for more than three years.

In addition to his love of history, Mathieu is also a film enthusiast with aspirations of making his own movies.

Mathieu graduated from Churubusco with the Class of 1992. He still lives in ‘Busco, along with his wife, Maritza, and three young daughters.

Here’s what Mathieu had to say about himself, his hometown and his profession:

HERE TO HELP: Free clinic comes to Col. City

June 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY ­— After moving from its original location in Wolf Lake at Luckey Hospital to the Wolf Lake United Methodist Church, the Free Health Clinic is set to relocate again — to Columbia City.

The clinic will open June 27 at its new location, 524 Branch Ct., Columbia City, across from Ace Hardware, with operating hours from 1 to 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month.

HOMETOWN HEROES: Janelle Schmitt — WCSD dispatcher

June 18, 2013

Editor’s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.

COLUMBIA CITY — Between Janelle Schmitt and her husband, Scott, the pair spend a combined 16 hours per day at the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.

Janelle is a 13-year first-shift dispatcher and Scott works second shift as a road deputy.

“We work opposite shifts. I’m usually asleep when he gets home,” Janelle said. “But I’m glad we have two days off together.”

CHARGES DOLED IN WARNER DEATH: Pair booked for dumping body in Whitley Co. woods

June 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Two Allen County people were arrested in relation to a body found in Whitley County in May.

Nikolas Hurt and Brooke Hill were each charged for disposing the body of Dillon Warner, 22, of Fort Wayne.

According to case reports, Warner was in the passenger seat of his own vehicle when he died — likely due to drugs.

Hill told police Hurt was driving Warner’s vehicle April 27, and they stopped at McDonald’s near U.S. 30 and Goshen Road.

Hill said they left Warner in the vehicle to sleep while they went inside.

June 17th

S. Whitley asks for more food

June 17, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley’s food bank is in need of donations. Those wanting to help the food bank can donate gift cards, canned food items, non perishable food items as well as financial donations.

For more information contact Tonya Warner at 248-6060.

Role models exemplify 4-H skills

June 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As a freshman at Columbia City, Amber Ferrell is already on the path to a successful 4-H career.

The daughter of Brad and Angie Ferrell, Amber has won numerous sheep breed categories at the county fair as well as multiple showmanship awards.

Amber's projects for this year include sheep, pigs, goats, alfalfa, wheat and bowling.

Like most 4-Her's, Amber is excited about showing and being with friends.

However she is also looking forward to spending time with her family.

Energy savings can bring double bonus for library

June 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A free Residential Home Energy Assessment from Energizing Indiana can help lower energy cost during summer months.

Opportunities are being offered to learn ways to lower energy bills, improve in-home air quality, and increase a home's value.

Qualified professionals will assess energy use and recommend appropriate weatherization measures. They may also inspect a home's air duct sealing, insulation levels and more.

Participants will also receive a free energy savings kit, which includes low-flow showerheads, CFL light bulbs and sink aerators.

A stroll through local gardens

June 17, 2013

Whitley County Master Gardeners 2013 Garden Walk will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The walk will take participants through Loon Lake, Tri Lakes and Magic Hills in Thorncreek and Etna Townships.

Until Friday, tickets will be $7 each and can be purchased from: a Master Gardener, Purdue Extension – Whitley County Office, Jones Greenhouse in Churubusco, Hartman’s Lawn & Garden in South Whitley, Portside Pizza at Tri-Lakes, or Saturday at any of the gardens.

RAISING FUNDS WITH SWEET TREATS: Ice cream social aids Cleveland Township

June 17, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Hundreds of people turned out to sample the Cleveland Township Fire Department’s homemade ice creams and hamburger dinner.

A long line snaked through the station to avoid the sprinkling rain outside.

Free-will donations were accepted in a firefighter’s boot.

“The money goes into general funds,” Fire Department Treasurer Steve Weber said. “We just got a new truck this week, so we could use some equipment for it.”

The annual ice cream social has become a popular event for the South Whitley community.

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