Archive - News Article
November 12th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â Taking home first-place honors at Columbia Cityâs Veterans Marathon is nothing new for Justin Gillette.
Gillette has won the marathon in all four years of its existence.
Gillette, 29, Goshen, finished with a time of 2:34:28.56, six minutes ahead of second place finisher Doug Powers, of Clinton, Iowa.
Gillette ran a pace six minutes faster than last yearâs winning time.
Three Whitley County runners placed in the top 60, led by Austen Davenport, of Columbia City.
Davenport, 26, came in 12th with a time of 2:55:52.12.
COLUMBIA CITY â The holiday season might be full of family meals and festivities, but how can families cope when they look around the dinner table and notice a chair is left empty?
Sharon Brockhaus is a grief facilitator and certified funeral celebrant with DeMoney-Grimes Funeral Home, Columbia City, and the chapter leader for The Compassionate Friends, an organization devoted to helping others work through the loss of a loved one. For the past seven years, Brockhaus has served grieving families. The need to serve came after the loss of her son, Justin.
INDIANAPOLIS â âItâs not something you expect to hear when you come from small-town Columbia City where itâs so quiet.â
Anna Prickett, 23, a Columbia City High School graduate was less than two miles away from the explosion in Indianapolis that killed two people and rendered entire blocks uninhabitable.
âThe blast was so loud,â Prickett said. âAnd the power sent a rush of air through our apartment windows, strong enough to blow the blinds up and rattle items in the kichen.
âMy first thought was thunder, but the blast of air didnât make sense.â
After Whitley County experienced sun and temperatures in the 60s this weekend, snow flakes are falling. At approximately 9:19 a.m., the National Weather Service confirmed precipitation for the area in the form of snow.
Tomorrow's forecast shows sunny skies and a high of 39 degrees.
See Monday's Edition of The Post & Mail for coverage from Columbia City' Veterans Marathon!
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â A massive explosion sparked a huge fire and killed two people in an Indianapolis neighborhood where about three dozen homes were damaged or destroyed, authorities said Sunday. The powerful nighttime blast shattered windows, crumpled walls and could be felt at least three miles away.
FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: SOUTH WINDS WILL INCREASE TODAY TO 30 TO 40 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45
MPH. WINDS SHOULD DIMINISH BY LATE EVENING.
The strong southerly winds will increase Whitley County temperatures to around 70 degrees Sunday afternoon.
A cold front passing through late this evening will bring with it steadily dropping temperatures and precipitation -- including possible snow showers Monday afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â As the holidays draw near, alcohol-related arrests are on the rise.
But this is no surprise to police, as the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department saw a 58 percent increase in drunk driving arrests in 2011, and 33 percent in 2011 during the holiday months.
âI donât know what to attribute that to, but itâs pretty staggering,â WCSD Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said. âIt could be because of extra time off for the holidays or due to the holidays in general.â
Gatton said the county also has an increase in suicide attempts in November and December.
COLUMBIA CITY â After five year of planning, Indian Springs Middle School has submitted a new crisis plan.
âWeâve always submitted a plan each year, but this is a new plan that we may only have to tweak from time to time in the future,â said Indian Springs Middle School Principal Jan Boylen.
According to Boylen, the plan was a collaborative effort on the part of many people at ISMS throughout several years.
âAssistant Principal Michelle Urban, head custodian Bill Helm and school nurse Kandy Gay did a lot of work on this,â said Boylen.