June 18th, 2013
Editorâs note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â Between Janelle Schmitt and her husband, Scott, the pair spend a combined 16 hours per day at the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department.
Janelle is a 13-year first-shift dispatcher and Scott works second shift as a road deputy.
âWe work opposite shifts. Iâm usually asleep when he gets home,â Janelle said. âBut Iâm glad we have two days off together.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Two Allen County people were arrested in relation to a body found in Whitley County in May.
Nikolas Hurt and Brooke Hill were each charged for disposing the body of Dillon Warner, 22, of Fort Wayne.
According to case reports, Warner was in the passenger seat of his own vehicle when he died â likely due to drugs.
Hill told police Hurt was driving Warnerâs vehicle April 27, and they stopped at McDonaldâs near U.S. 30 and Goshen Road.
Hill said they left Warner in the vehicle to sleep while they went inside.
FORT WAYNE â Fresh off of a seventh-place shot put finish at the Indiana State Track and Field Meet, Churubusco senior Austin McClure put an exclamation point on his 2013 season.
McClure came in eighth in the shot put at the Midwest Meet of Champions in Fort Wayne Saturday.
The event draws senior track and field athletes from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.
SOUTH WHITLEY â South Whitleyâs food bank is in need of donations. Those wanting to help the food bank can donate gift cards, canned food items, non perishable food items as well as financial donations.
For more information contact Tonya Warner at 248-6060.
COLUMBIA CITY â As a freshman at Columbia City, Amber Ferrell is already on the path to a successful 4-H career.
The daughter of Brad and Angie Ferrell, Amber has won numerous sheep breed categories at the county fair as well as multiple showmanship awards.
Amber's projects for this year include sheep, pigs, goats, alfalfa, wheat and bowling.
Like most 4-Her's, Amber is excited about showing and being with friends.
However she is also looking forward to spending time with her family.
COLUMBIA CITY â A free Residential Home Energy Assessment from Energizing Indiana can help lower energy cost during summer months.
Opportunities are being offered to learn ways to lower energy bills, improve in-home air quality, and increase a home's value.
Qualified professionals will assess energy use and recommend appropriate weatherization measures. They may also inspect a home's air duct sealing, insulation levels and more.
Participants will also receive a free energy savings kit, which includes low-flow showerheads, CFL light bulbs and sink aerators.
Whitley County Master Gardeners 2013 Garden Walk will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The walk will take participants through Loon Lake, Tri Lakes and Magic Hills in Thorncreek and Etna Townships.
Until Friday, tickets will be $7 each and can be purchased from: a Master Gardener, Purdue Extension â Whitley County Office, Jones Greenhouse in Churubusco, Hartmanâs Lawn & Garden in South Whitley, Portside Pizza at Tri-Lakes, or Saturday at any of the gardens.
Columbia Cityâs girls tennis team applauded its top players recently.
Pictured, from left: Breanna Hicks, Team Captain and Honorable Mention Doubles All-Northeast Hoosier Conference; Alaina Beckner, Honorable Mention Doubles All-NHC; Celine Rongos, Most Valuable Player, Most Matches Won, Coaches Award, 1st-Team All-Conference and All-District; Macie Hinen, Mental Attitude and 2nd-Team All-NHC; and Sydney Ford, Most Improved and 2nd-Team All-NHC.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Hundreds of people turned out to sample the Cleveland Township Fire Departmentâs homemade ice creams and hamburger dinner.
A long line snaked through the station to avoid the sprinkling rain outside.
Free-will donations were accepted in a firefighterâs boot.
âThe money goes into general funds,â Fire Department Treasurer Steve Weber said. âWe just got a new truck this week, so we could use some equipment for it.â
The annual ice cream social has become a popular event for the South Whitley community.
COLUMBIA CITY â Citizens of Columbia City have the opportunity during the next few weeks to test their knowledge.
Residents will have their learning assessed in the subject of storm water.
The storm water utility has sent out its 2013 water quality survey. This is in compliance with the cityâs Storm Water Management Plan.
Under the plan, public engagement is a required component. The last survey was sent out in 2008.