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June 27th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â After graduation, some students start packing for college, but come August, Columbia City High School graduate, Madisson Hodges, will be packing for Mazatlan, Mexico.
Hodges was selected as the Columbia City Rotary Clubâs outbound foreign exchange student. When Hodges graduated from CCHS, she actually completed her honors diploma in three years.
âIâll go to high school there in Mexico, but my classes wonât count for anything since I already graduated. Thatâs OK, it will be like my senior year, just in Mexico,â said Hodges.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ Some wives hope their husbands will lavish them with chocolate, flowers or jewelry, but Amy Shearer receives bullets, swords and, most recently, store tokens.
Chad Shearer, Amyâs husband, collected six Civil War tokens to give to Amy as a surprise. With Amy being a U.S. History teacher at Indian Springs Middle School, any Civil War artifact is special to her, but given how rare these tokens are, added to the fact that they originate from Columbia City, makes it a gift she wonât soon forget.
COLUMBIA CITY â A time honored tradition during Old Settlers Day is the gathering of the âred coatsâ to welcome a new member into the fold.
At last nightâs banquet, the Old Settlers Association named Dr. John Meier, DDS as the newest red coat recipient.
Meier isnât a Columbia City native, but moved here in 1976 after finishing school. To his surprise, he was selected to join the exclusive, invitation only group.
âI thought you had to be a native of Columbia City, but Kay (Fleck) said âno, you just need to be old.ââ
COLUMBIA CITY â Mayor Ryan Daniel announced Tuesday that the 4th of July fireworks, which were scheduled for July 3 at Morsches Park, are being postponed. âWe were hoping for a different outcome, but for the safety of our homes and residents, we are going to postpone the annual fireworks display,â Daniel said in a press release.
City Officials are working to reschedule the event which included fireworks, games and a performance by Spike and the Bulldogs.
âWeeks without rain and plenty of dry vegetation have dramatically increased the fire hazard,â said Fire Chief Tom LaRue.
COLUMBIA CITY â After recently being named the 2012 National American Miss Indiana Cover Girl, 15-year-old Macayla Cramer of South Whitley, hopes to attend nationals at Disneyland in California to be held in November. There, she aims to spread awareness for Fibromyalgia, a nerve disorder.
âCover girl is for the girl who sold the most ads for an ad book,â said Cramer. âI found I was it (cover girl) because they put it in this book that they hand out to all the parents. I was flipping through my momâs and I found it.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Geoff Penrod, Columbia City High School athletic director, came before the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâs Board of School Trustees last week to talk about a new Indiana Code to the Concussion Law which will go into effect July 1 for grades nine through 12.
Penrod said the 40-page document was broken down into six different areas.
âIt basically says we are going to require all our student athletes next year to be tested on the computer using FWO (Fort Wayne Orthosport) as the basis for this,â said Penrod.
The sun sets in the sky Friday.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) and the City of Columbia City have agreed to postpone the cityâs next phase of the Long Term Control Plan.
The city received a letter from IDEM last week, which postponed Phase 2B for two years past its scheduled date. The original plan called for design to begin in 2015 with construction to take place in 2017.
In May, city officials began working with IDEM to request the new timeline.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Commissioners, working in conjunction with the Whitley County Fire Chief's Association, have issued a burn ban for the county effective at noon Monday.
According to Commissioner Chairman Don Amber, the ban will continue until July 2 at 1 p.m., "which coincides with the next commissioners meeting."
Amber said the three-member panel would re-assess the ban at that meeting.
Additional information will be printed in the Tuesday edition of The Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â Anne Plunkett, technology director, told the Whitley County Consolidated School (WCCS) board last week that her team had another successful year.
âThe success can be seen in the many events that happen on a weekly, daily or even hourly basis that require technology,â said Plunkett. âThe majority of these events happen without a thought as a to whether the technology will be working and available for these events to take place.â