July 25th, 2013
Two-wheel Drive: (1) Rich Hamilton, 1978 Ford, 293.11; (2) Aaron Oliver, 1997 Ford, 245.03.
5550 Gas: (1) Bob Maggert, 1977 Ford, 5550 pounds, 269.11 feet; (2) Troy Shank 1983 Chevy 2500, 5550, 265.09; (3) Jake Chittenden, 1979 Ford F250, 264.09; (4) Ethan Houser, 1975 Ford F100, 241.08; (5) Kirk Hoffman, 1985 Chevy, 238.06.
A special publication will be inserted in Thursdayâ€™s Post & Mail depicting life in Whitley County.
In June, residents were asked to photograph what they did on the longest day of the year, June 21. From those photo submissions, The Post & Mail compiled the snapshots to create â€śDay in the Life,â€ť a look at Whitley County through the lens of numerous shutterbugs.
Pictured above is T.C. McCoy returning an arm load of books to the Peabody Public Library. This particular photo was submitted by library staff and will be featured in the upcoming publication.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A mission to help kids get on the right foot is in jeopardy of falling short this year â€” by almost $3,600.
The Salvation Army of Whitley County has provided area children with new shoes and backpacks for several years. In addition to the shoes, school supplies are collected and distributed to children in need as well.
â€śThis is something weâ€™ve been doing for seven years,â€ť said Pat Mossburg, ministries director for the countyâ€™s Salvation Army. â€śThis year, I know we wonâ€™t be able to help all the children who need it because giving is so far down.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It was a bittersweet departure for Rotary Club outgoing exchange student Madisson Hodges â€” both when she left the U.S. for Mexico and when she left Mexico to come back to the U.S.
Hodges spent almost a year as an exchange student in Mexico as part of the Rotary Clubâ€™s program to offer studies abroad to local students.
When she shared her anticipation in leaving for the foreign country, she was not the least bit intimidated about the new surroundings even though she didnâ€™t speak Spanish.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Redevelopment Commission approved plans to potentially purchase the former Eagles Lodge #1906.
The Eagles Lodge, located at 306 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City, has been going through struggles as the clubâ€™s membership and finances have suffered. The club has discussed selling the building previously.
According to Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, previous negotiations to purchase the property have fallen flat in the past. However, this latest attempt, which was approved Friday, began at the state level.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As clean up begins at Whitley Countyâ€™s Bureau of Motor Vehicles, police are continuing to investigate the motive behind the man who drove a stolen car into the side of the building.
Danny Rose, 20, remains in custody at the Whitley County Jail with additional charges added and his bond raised Tuesday morning.
According to a press release by the Columbia City Police Department Tuesday morning, police were initially tipped off to Monday nightâ€™s events when a vehicle, believed to belong to his ex-girlfriend, was reported stolen.
Gloria J. â€śButchâ€ť Glass, 80, of Columbia City, died at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at The Oaks, Columbia City where she had been a resident for the past 11 years.
She was born May 4, 1933, in Ashland, Ohio the daughter of the late Willard J. and Josephine M. (Homsher) Glass. Her formative years were spent in Ashland until the family moved to TriLakes, Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1951.
She completed a Bachelorâ€™s of Business Administration at Valparaiso University. During her college years, she worked as an operator for United Telephone.
Brian Busz, of South Whitley, took home first place in the Wing Class at the Miami County Speedway Saturday.
Busz came back after finishing third in the heat to take first in the feature.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Selections have been made for The Post & Mailâ€™s 2012-13 Athlete of the Year.
Last yearâ€™s top selections were Alex Stoddard, a baseball, football and basketball athlete from Whitko, and Karissa Olinske, who played softball, basketball and volleyball for the Lady Wildcats.
This year, both selections are Columbia City athletes who both have competed in three sports at some point in their high school careers, and have committed to play sports in college.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When making her college selection, Columbia City volleyball player Gabrielle Hazen looked at the big picture.
While she had the option to attend many schools in the Big Ten Conference, including Ohio State where teammate Kalisha Goree will be attending, Hazen decided to go with a school with strong academics.
â€śNorthwestern is amazing academically,â€ť Hazen said. â€śWhen narrowing down schools, I wanted to come out with a great education as well as a great athletic career.
â€śAt Northwestern Iâ€™ll be getting both.â€ť