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May 15th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â The Indiana Heart Gallery, an exhibit featuring portraits of children in need of adoptive families, is stopping in Columbia City.
The gallery will be at the Whitley County Family YMCA May 20 to June 10. The Indiana Department of Child Services uses the Heart Gallery to help raise awareness about children in foster care in need of a home.
There are approximately 1,100 foster kids in Indiana currently eligible for adoption, and while many will be adopted by a relative or foster parent, DCS is actively seeking adoptive families for a number of them.
COLUMBIA CITY â Jeff Ott, owner and operator of Precision Arms Of Indiana, in Columbia City, was the speaker at the Rotary Club meeting Tuesday.
Ott spoke on some of the current issues relative to firearms in the State of Indiana.
âActually, business is too good right now,â he said. The demand far exceeds the supply. And itâs a little hard to explain why,â he said.
He said it was more complicated than simply attributing it all to recent tragedies.
He equated it to panic buying without thought.
Ross Harvey, a senior at Whitko High School, took the American Welding Society Welder Certification Test and earned national certification in the Gas Metal Arc Welding process May 9.
He demonstrated his skill at the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse Technology Center of Ivy Tech Community College on the Fort Wayne campus.
The test consisted of depositing a six-inch over-head butt weld with 100 percent penetration throughout the welded joint. The test was overseen and inspected by AWS Certified Welding Inspector John Christman.
The bridge on the Blue River Trail Extension is now open to the public, according to Columbia City park officials.
The entire extension on the trail will be completed by the end of this month, along with the new bathrooms at Morsches Park.
Dustin Papenbrock, the latest deputy to join the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department, walks out of the Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.
This week is National Police Week, and between 20,000-40,000 law enforcement officers are in Washington D.C. for the event.
See Fridayâs edition of The Post & Mail for an article assisted by Mary Raber Elementary School students on the impact local law enforcement has on the community.
Editorâs note: The following is a series highlighting unique summer jobs to be held by area students.
COLUMBIA CITY â Although students view the weeks between school ending and school beginning as a vacation, summer jobs can be a temporary way for students to earn cash.
For Foster Eber, a Columbia City High School senior, the weeks between graduation and starting his freshman year at Ball State University will be spent working.
However, he wonât just have any job. Heâll be employed at one of his favorite summer spots â Cedar Point, an amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.
COLUMBIA CITY â A second man who was charged with dealing drugs in the Walmart parking lot in Columbia City pleaded guilty Monday.
Shane Bocskey, 26, Columbia City, admitted to dealing in methamphetamine. Four other counts that Bocskey was charged with at the time of his February arrest were dismissed.
In February, Bocskey was arrested with Derek Kohut after a confidential informant exchanged $120 and two boxes of pseudoephedrine for 2.85 grams of meth.
COLUMBIA CITY â Ordinance enforcement has created more agenda items for the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety.
Those who violate Columbia City ordinances can appeal to the board. Two families who made appeals Tuesday had their requests satisfied.
Christine Broni lives on Old Trail Road near the edge of town. She and her husband were cited for having two horses on the property as well as chickens, a violation of the animal ordinance.
COLUMBIA CITY â It took no longer than the blink of an eye for the city to change its ordinance on flashing message signs.
Columbia Cityâs Common Council gave the final stamp of approval to an ordinance change regarding electronic message centers Tuesday. However, those signs, which flash in seconds, have been debated for months at the Columbia City Planning Commission.
Dave Sewell, of the commission, spoke to the common council and informed them of this ordinance change. Some were concerned with potential current violations, but Sewell noted all existing signs will be allowed.
Andrue Bechtold, of South Whitley, recently found a rather large Morel mushroom in a âsecret locationâ in Whitley County.
Andrue is the grandson of Dennis Bechtold.