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March 11th, 2013

Darwin Sievers, 64

March 11, 2013

Darwin R. Sievers, 64, of Fort Wayne, died at 3:13 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at Vibra Hospital. He was born April 24, 1948, in Wolf Lake, a son of Russell E. and Evelyn L. (Schrader) Sievers.
His formative years were spent in Columbia Township. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School, received his bachelor’s degree in English and history from Ball State University and his master’s degree in education from Ball State University.

Madge Mathias, 94

March 11, 2013

Madge M. Mathias, 94, of Richland Township, died at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City, where she had been a resident since Jan. 28.
She was born Nov. 2, 1918, in Grant County, a daughter of Ward B. and Hester (Craig) Sharp. As a teen, her family moved to Kosciusko County.
On April 16, 1938, she was united in marriage to Jess T. Mathias. They always made their home on the Mathias family farm in Richland Township, moving to their home on 600 West in 1974. Mr. Mathias died March 28, 1999.

Running to state . . . indoors

March 11, 2013

Six Columbia City girls tracksters are headed to the Indiana Indoor State Track Finals after placing in the top 10 of their events Saturday at Indiana Wesleyan University.

Pictured above, Samina Qureshi, along with her distance medley team of Carlee Hearld, Hanna Wappes and Samantha Roush placed fourth on Saturday.

Also advancing are Kalisha Goree in two events, long jump and 55-meter hurdles. Tiffany Harber came in sixth in the 3,200 meter run.

The state finals will also be held at Indiana Wesleyan this Saturday.

March 9th

SEMI CRASH: Accident has slowed traffic on U.S. 30

March 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY - A semi trailer hauling diesel fuel hit a car and rolled over while traveling west on U.S. 30.

The accident occured at approximately 11:45 a.m. today (Saturday) at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Armstrong Rd.

No injuries have been reported and the accident is under investigation. A hazardous materials team is on the scene to contain the fuel leak.

A full report will be made in Monday's edition of The Post & Mail

March 8th

Heart-breaking head-scratcher

March 8, 2013

HUNTERTOWN — Puzzled. Frustrated. Confused. Melancholy. Dumbfounded.

That’s how many fans felt in the final seconds of Columbia City’s last game of the season against DeKalb.

A week after the blow, many Eagle followers are still scratching their heads — what happened?

The Eagles suffered a difficult, one-point loss to the Barons in the sectional semifinal last Friday after an extremely rare call by the referees in the last 2.5 seconds — a “blarge.”

A blarge is a slang term used by officials, when a block and charge are called at the same time.

COUNTY RECYCLING: Collection contract delivers jobs, revenue for county

March 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Recycling is good for the planet, but it is also good for the economy.

When the Whitley County Solid Waste Management District was in search of a new contract for recycling collection, Dwayne Knott, of Columbia City, saw it as an opportunity to build a business.

“At the time, research showed cardboard was bringing in $110,000,” Knott said. “I saw that as a business opportunity.”

Knott formed Whitley Environmental and brought on his long-time friend, Steve Smith, of South Whitley, as a partner.

MENTAL HEALTH: Jail staff adapts to rising psychiatric cases

March 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — More now than ever, mental health is a focus in society.

When crimes are committed, some people wonder if the person who perpetrated the crime is actually mentally ill. If so, is a jail or prison the best place for them?

Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said he is seeing more inmates with mental health problems than ever before.

“We are finding, at least from our standpoint, what appears to be more and more mental health issues,” he said, referring to the inmate population at the Whitley County Jail.

CITY PLAN: City considers amendment to sign ordinance

March 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Amendments to Columbia City’s sign ordinance continue to be a topic of discussion for the Columbia City Plan Commission.

Part of the sign ordinance being examined is related to electronic messaging centers.

USED BOOKS: WCCS adopts new textbooks

March 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ Board of School Trustees heard reports about textbook adoption at Monday’s work session.

For the elementary level, reading/language arts were the subject of the new book.

The book chosen was Journeys, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Advantages for this textbook include its excellence in a 90-minute reading block and the high portion of non-fiction reading.

The committee was chaired by Laura McDermott, principal at Coesse Elementary School.

The student rental price for this book will be $33.51.

SCORCHED: House fire on Hartman Road

March 8, 2013

An early morning blaze left a house on Hartman Road charred. Firemen from multiple departments responded to the fire at approximately 2 a.m Friday. Firefighters say the home was not occupied at the time of the fire.

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