March 10th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A sample of Whitley County nonprofit agencies, companies and service providers will gather together at Indian Springs Middle School for the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce‚Äôs annual expo, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Executive Director Doug Brown said the event offers a chance for residents to get a ‚Äútaste of what is available in Whitley County under one roof.‚ÄĚ
Last year, the event drew in more that 1,500 visitors. Brown said he anticipates hitting that number again this year.
Members of the Coesse community are collecting money and donations for a family that lost nearly all of its belongings in a house fire on Barr Street last week. Two people died in the fire, Robert McKenzie and Rick Niemann. According to fire officials, McKenzie escaped the fire, but went back into the home to rescue Niemann and perished. See Page A3 for McKenzie‚Äôs obituary. Collection cans, such as the one pictured above, are located at several gas stations in Whitley County.
Get out your camera phones and shoot a selfie! The Post & Mail would like Whitley County residents to email their selfie pics for a special Saturday feature promoting area people.
Selfies can include you and a friend or family member. Those who submit photos must be willing to accept a reply message that includes 10 quick questions that require a couple of short answers. Your photo and your answers will be published in a weekend issue of The Post & Mail. This is a fantastic way to highlight the great people that make up Whitley County.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ A long-time music teacher at Churubusco Elementary School recently had the chance to show off her students ‚ÄĒ and her skills ‚ÄĒ at a regional musical festival.
Sue Lough was invited to be a guest conductor for Circle the State with Songs, a program that takes place at multiple levels throughout the state.
Students from schools around the region learn songs, then come together for a day of rehearsal, which ends with a concert in the evening.
Besides having students participate, Lough said she was honored by the opportunity to guest-conduct.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Music is more than a creative outlet for teacher Sue Lough.
Through more than three decades of teaching music to Churubusco Elementary School‚Äôs children, the class offers a variety of learning options.
‚ÄúSue has turned a music class into a time of learning that lasts long after the bell has rung,‚ÄĚ said CES Principal Scott Fudge. ‚ÄúOur students have the chance to learn skills that might unlock a hidden talent or passion inside them.‚ÄĚ
In class, students are exposed to learning techniques that include hand motions, movement and rhythm.
BERNE ‚ÄĒ Despite a fourth-quarter rally, Churubusco‚Äôs boys basketball team ended its season with a loss in the sectional semi-final Friday night against Woodlan at South Adams.
After a long bus ride, the Eagles were off to a sluggish start, trailing 19-8 at the end of the first quarter, and 30-16 at halftime.
Churubusco played a more competitive third quarter, outscoring Woodlan 18-17 to make the score 47-34 going into the final period.
In the last eight minutes, the Eagles nearly doubled their score, tacking on 25 points while holding Woodlan to 15.
OSSIAN ‚ÄĒ Jaws dropped. Fists clenched. Heads buried. Complete silence ‚ÄĒ again. Columbia City‚Äôs boys basketball fans were dealt another heart-breaking sectional semi-final loss.
Last year, the Eagles fell by one point to DeKalb with a pair of free throws with less than two seconds to play, leaving fans speechless.
The crowd was yet again shocked and awed as the buzzer sounded Friday night in Norwell, after the Eagles fell 41-40 to Mississinewa.
The Indians didn‚Äôt have the lead for the entire game ‚ÄĒ until the last possible moment.
Robert L. ‚ÄúBob‚ÄĚ McKinzie Sr., 58, passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at 11:52 p.m. when he tragically, yet heroically, lost his life in a fire that took over his Coesse home.
The fire also claimed the life of his son-in-law, Rick Niemann.
Bob was born June 19, 1955, in Seymour, to Ervin and Marjorie (Bush) McKinzie.
He attended Huntington North High School, Huntington. Bob served his country while in the U.S. Army.
On Sept. 1, 1973, he and Cherie Shively were married in Huntington. They had lived in Coesse for seven years coming from Warsaw.
(March 10, 2014) -- Spring-like temperatures move into the area today as highs will reach into the 50s this afternoon. This warm up will last through Tuesday before the area sees another round of winter weather with some accumulation of snow.
Temperatures will be much colder by the middle of the week as highs will only be around 30 Wednesday and we will see another winter storm with accumulating snow possible through Wednesday evening.
Highs will again warm up be the end of the week as we reach toward 50¬į again.
Today: Mostly sunny, breezy and warm.