June 13th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With heavy rain forecasted for Wednesday night, Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s graduation ceremony was in jeopardy.
However, the high school experienced no flooding.
Principal Jennifer Reiff, not wanting to move the commencement, made quick decisions earlier in the week to prevent a potential disaster.
Three years ago, the high schoolâ€™s commencement was moved to Indian Springs Middle School. Reiff did not want to see a repeat.
â€śIâ€™ll be darned if we have to do that again,â€ť she said.
Editorâ€™s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though Zach Rumsyre hasnâ€™t been a fireman as long as many others in Whitley County, he has his sights aimed high.
Rumsyre, who has been a volunteer fireman with Jefferson Center Fire Department since 2004, has already worked his way into a captainâ€™s position.
â€śIt is my goal to become a career firefighter,â€ť Rumsyre said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For the third consecutive year, Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) will be raising the price of its food for students.
Lunch will have an increased price tag of 10 cents across each school level in 2013-14. The previous two yearsâ€™ increases were a nickel each time.
At the elementary school level, students will pay $1.70 per lunch next year. Middle school students will be charged $1.85 and the price for high schoolers will be $1.95.
Breakfast prices will increase 10 cents as well, the first time that has occurred since 2004-05.
A conspicuous cloud hangs over downtown Columbia City Wednesday evening as storms rolled in.
Pictured is the sky lit up with lightning as darkness blows over the city.
To see the image animated, go to http://i.imgur.com/m96HDjz.gif
The shelf cloud went on to cause hail and strong winds in Churubusco, and even prompted tornado warnings as it passed through northeast Indiana.
Though the dark cloud coming down from the shelf cloud did not have rotation in Columbia City, it is called a wall cloud, and had the potential for tornadoes.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two people were arrested and booked at the Whitley County Jail Wednesday after police discovered an active methamphetamine lab.
Braidon Hall, 19, of Columbia City, and Mitchell Bradley, 37, of Garrett, were both booked on meth-related charges after a traffic stop led to a police investigation at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively stopped their vehicle near the intersection of Ind. 205 and Cider Mill Road, and uncovered an active meth lab.
Steven W. Clifford, 64, a former resident of Columbia City, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
He was born Aug. 26, 1948 in Fort Wayne, a son of the late Dick L. and Evelyn (Gilbert) Clifford.
Surviving relatives include a son, four granddaughters and two great-granddaughters.
At the request of the family, there will be no visitation or funeral.
Arrangements are by Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Condolences may be sent www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Patricia L. Giessler, 83, former resident of rural Columbia City, died Friday, June 7, 2013, at Sylvania Care and Rehabilitation Center, Sylvania, Ohio where she had been a resident since July of 2011.
Born June 6, 1930 in Lima, Ohio, she was the third child of Albert E. C. and Olive E. (Wilson) Fritz.
Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne, rural Columbia City and Toledo, Ohio.
In February of 1949, she married Bobby A. Thompson and made a home in Toledo.
(June 12, 2013) -- The National Weather Service has issued a thunderstorm watch for Whitley County until 3 a.m. Thursday. A warning means conditions are favorable for increasing storms and severe weather. Whitley County residents are encouraged to seek shelter.
In addition to severe weather, the National Weather Service has also issued a flood warning. Large amounts of rainfall could create flooding and flash flooding in low areas.
The National Weather Service is expecting storms to be in Northern Indiana this afternoon and evening.
Wind gusts over 75 miles per hour, as well as hail two inches in diameter or larger, are possible.
Tornadoes are also possible along the incoming warm front.
One time frame given by the NWS for the duration of the storms in the area is from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight.
A flash flood watch will also be in effect from late this afternoon through tonight
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team held its youth camp in May.
Pictured are first through third graders who participated in the camp.
See Thursdayâ€™s edition of The Post & Mail for a photo of fourth- and fifth-grade campers.
Front row, from left: Kennedy Hickey, Megan Baxter, Kendra Sheets, Addison Baxter, Kelsey Snider, Cierra Wissler, Sydney Moore and Jada Van Houten.
Second row: Natalie Brower, Kela Dillon, Mackenzie Mabie, Melissa McCoy, Skyler Ewing, Hannah Harris, Mikaela Austin and Katie Bolinger.