June 14th, 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 While many police officers are consumed and captivated by their careers, thatâs not the case for Chip Stephenson.
Columbia City Police Departmentâs detective said one thing has taken precedence over all others.
âMy family has always been my priority,â Stephenson said.
So important, in fact, that he has no goal of furthering his position in career until his children are out of school.
COLUMBIA CITY â Officials in local law enforcement have been coordinating with administrators at Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) on safety plans and training for some time, and that will continue.
Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said officers in his department will be working on training in this realm, both in and out of the school district.
âWe have met with the state police,â he said. â(Indian State Police Sergeant) Aaron Cook shared about training with the state police and the school corporation.â
CHURUBUSCO â For 64 years, the town of Churubusco has reserved time during the summer to celebrate Oscar, âthe beast of âBusco.â
âOscar was the Godzilla of turtles,â wrote Gary Kauffman in his account of Oscar, a legendary large-scale amphibian (See Turtle Days publication inserted in todayâs edition of The Post & Mail).
Although the debate is still alive over the reality of Oscarâs existence, that has not stopped Churubusco from reveling in the spirit of the beast with a summer festival.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Columbia City man arrested last week for sexual misconduct with a minor had his first appearance in court Monday.
Bradley Kincaid, 20, was arrested June 7 for allegedly having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.
Kincaid pleaded not guilty and stated in court he would represent himself instead of hiring an attorney or having a public defender.
Bart Taylor Toomey died Sunday, June 9 2013, at Northeast Georgiaâs Medical Center surrounded by family.
Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Bart is survived by his wife, Rita; daughter, Brenda (Steve) Kortekamp; grandchildren, Alex, Nick and Brooke Kortekamp; daughter Carlynne Toomey; grandchildren, Ryan, Kyle and Skye; stepdaughter, Candace (Robert) Cole; grandchildren, Bobby, Connor and Andrew Cole; stepdaughter, Nicole (Kelly) Hall; grandchildren, Kristen, Justin and Sean Hall and sister Marilyn Snyder.
COLUMBIA CITY â Once again, Whitley County Consolidated Schools will participate in the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
Free meals will be made available to all children under the age of 18 and to persons over 18 years who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled.
Free meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
Columbia Cityâs girls basketball team held its youth camp in May.
Pictured are fourth and fifth graders who participated in the camp.
Front row, from left: Arissa Cody, Emma Souders, Riley Bunyan, Carly Mabie, Heidi Bolinger and Katie Hoag.
Second row: Ally Willson, Jada Conrad, Grace Schrader, Emma Nicodemus, Rebecca Kessler and Kendall Scott.
Third row: Shawna Hall, Brayden Lickey, Adrienne Klefeker, Olivia Shearer, Gabby Fry, Madison Whaley, Ashleigh Bechtold, Brianna Eiler and Kendall Longenbaugh.
MISHAWAKA (AP) â The roofs were blown off some buildings in northern Indiana as a storm with winds sometimes topping 60 mph swept through the state.
The National Weather Service says Wednesday nightâs storm caused scattered building, tree and power line damage, including reports near the cities of Wabash and Rochester.
Detour for U.S. 30 in Starke Co.
LAPORTE â Travelers in the western part of Indiana will experience detours on U.S. 30 this week. Construction began on the highway in Starke County Monday.
Travelers going west will be detoured by driving north on Ind. 39, taking U.S. 6 west, then returning south on U.S. 421, where they will intersect with U.S. 30 once more. Indiana Department of Transportation officials indicate construction will continue until Friday of this week.
Frontage Road, Col. City closed starting Monday
COLUMBIA CITY â With heavy rain forecasted for Wednesday night, Columbia City High Schoolâs 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 schoolâs commencement was moved to Indian Springs Middle School. Reiff did not want to see a repeat.
âIâll be darned if we have to do that again,â she said.