July 23rd, 2013
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
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City stand-out volleyball player Kalisha Goree has made her college decision â€” Ohio State University.
Goree verbally committed to the Big Ten school recently, and said her experience at Columbia City has made a large impact on her successful career.
With some of her family living in Fort Wayne, Goree had the opportunity to attend a Fort Wayne school, but she chose Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Cat Club held its show and judging before the Whitley County 4-H Fair was in full swing.
Felines converged onto the fairgrounds June 29 and in the end, Dayra Fry and her cat Shadow were named Grand Champion.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City volleyballâ€™s Kalisha Goree and Gabrielle Hazen have played on the same side of the net for countless games as Lady Eagles, as well as in off-season leagues, for several years.
Starting in the fall of 2014, hat is going to change for Columbia Cityâ€™s dynamic duo, as Hazen and Goree will be conference rivals â€” in the Big Ten.
Goree has committed to Ohio State University and Hazen will play at Northwestern University.
Editorâ€™s note: The Post & Mail is featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Kris Bair and his wife, Missy, have both been involved in rescuing people for more than 20 years â€” both in their jobs and together.
Kris has been with Smith Townshipâ€™s Fire Department for 23 years. Missy has been a medic for 20 years and is also a registered nurse.
Kris vividly recalls the couple working together to save someoneâ€™s life.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said there were no major complaints or problems by citizens after Fridayâ€™s chemical fire at C&R Plating, he said the city is assessing possible improvements to the management of emergencies.
â€śWe are trying to make sure next time something happens, God forbid, we are prepared to address the situation more efficiently and more effectively,â€ť Daniel said.
Daniel said city officials from the fire, police and communications departments met to go over Fridayâ€™s events.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A 73-year-old woman was booked Saturday for threatening employees at Superior Auto with a screwdriver.
According to a Columbia City Police case report, Jeanne Wiedman, of Columbia City, was upset after her vehicle was repossessed, and went to the car store to dispute the action.
Wiedman allegedly pulled out a screwdriver and told an employee she was going to stab him, holding the tool a few inches from his stomach, and saying, â€śIâ€™m going to hurt you if you donâ€™t give me my stuff now.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A stolen vehicle found its way into Whitley Countyâ€™s License Branch Monday night after a four-mile police pursuit at 11 p.m.
Danny Rose, 20, of Columbia City, was arrested on charges of vehicle theft, reckless driving and resisting law enforcement after he drove into the Whitley County Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) on Countryside Drive in Columbia City.
Officials say Rose allegedly stole the vehicle from an ex-girlfriend, and was suicidal, prompting police to attempt to locate him.
Thomas W. Hart, 75, of Kendallville, died Sunday, July 21, 2013, at 7:45 a.m. in his residence. He was a lifetime area resident.
Mr. Hart honorable served in the National Guard from 1956 to 1960.
He worked at Newnam Foundry, Kendallville Furniture, and retired as plant operator for the City of Kendallville Water Plant.
He was a member of Liberty Free Will Baptist Church in Wolcottville.
Tom enjoyed southern gospel music, carpentry work, mowing, gardening, and was an avid NASCAR fan. He dearly loved his grandchildren.