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July 26th, 2013

WHITKO CONSTRUCTION: District moves ahead with plans

July 26, 2013

PIERCETON — Whitko Community school board members and administration breathed a sigh of relief as the date of July 18 came and went.

That was the deadline in a 30-day window in which objections to the $22 million projected construction plan could be voiced.

Whitko Community School Corporation held a 1028 hearing June 17 to explain in detail the desire of the district to build a new Pierceton Elementary School and extensively renovate South Whitley Elementary School.

DIGGING HOLES: DNR leans on resident support for lake project

July 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Lake living might be the life for residents in the Tri-Lakes area, but over-grown channels and mucky canals are making waterway travel impossible.

Recently, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced a project to dredge specific channels around Little Cedar, Big Cedar, and Round Lakes.

As part of the dredging work at Round Lake, a hole was needed to pump the channel water into in order to allow for DNR officials to access the sites.

CANDIDATE CONSIDERATION: WCCS board reviewing replacements

July 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools will soon go about the task of selecting a new school board member.

Chris Bechtold was elected in 2010 and took office in 2011. He announced his resignation, effective Aug. 5, because he will be taking a teaching position at Eagle Tech Academy. Board members are not permitted to hold teaching positions.

To fill the vacancy, the school board has asked for those interested to submit their interest, in writing, to the superintendent.

In search of the ring

July 26, 2013

Children at the Peabody Public Library celebrated J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” Tuesday with a party.

Four teams participated in a scavenger hunt, following clues throughout the library in search of their own “ring.” Party goers dug in a wading pool full of sand to search for “treasure.”

Pictured, from left, are Kiylin Gaff (10), Georgia Lieb (14), Katie Thompson (14), Daryan Austin (9), Anakha Austin (13), Aeris Austin (11) and Daniel Thompson (11).

Record-breaking swimmers

July 26, 2013

The boys 200-meter freestyle relay squad broke the Columbia City Club’s team record and won the event at the league championships at Pine Valley Country Club last week.

From left: Nathan Koch, Robby Owen, Jared Mertz and Shane Bufkin, all on the Columbia City High School varsity swim team.

Top athletes touted today

July 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s top athletes will be on display in The Post & Mail’s Athletes of the Year special section — inserted today.

The special section also includes The Post & Mail’s selections for male and female Athletes of the Year, two Columbia City High School athletes.

Players of the Week from the 2012-13 school year will also be reviewed, as well as the honorable mention selections.

Contact Nicole Ott, sports@thepostandmail.com, for your suggestions for Athlete of the Week this upcoming season.

Please include name, team and reason why they are a good choice.

Fall sports practices set to begin

July 26, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — Fall sports are set to begin within the next month for high schools all around Whitley County.

Before athletes can take to the gridiron, court or course, though, practice must be held.

First official practices for Columbia City High School teams are as follows: Girls golf will be Friday, Aug. 2, at 9 a.m. at Eagle Glen Golf Course.

The rest of the Eagles’ fall sports will kick off Monday, Aug. 5.

Football will hold a meeting at 3, with two practice sessions to follow. These events will be at the football practice field and the athletic building.

Popular pup

July 26, 2013

Choleene Leinker, of Columbia City, is the proud owner of a 4-year-old Shih Tzu named Scooter, pictured.
“Scooter is the love of my life,” said Leinker. “I spoil him rotten, but he is worth it.”

Leinker’s pup was featured in a nationwide column, Ask Heloise.

The Columbia City native had her pooch photographed for the column’s weekly pets feature.
“I just had him groomed. Kelley with Precious Pets does a great job with him,” Leinker said. “I think he’s the cutest little dog ever.”

See more loveable pets on pages B6-B8 of the July 26 issue of The Post and Mail.

ONLINE POLL RESUTS

July 26, 2013

Concerning my ability to stay afloat in 10 feet of water:

  • I'm a fish, not a problem.
  • I think I could stay afloat awhile.
  • I'd sink like a rock.

Operation RoundUp supports young adults

July 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Several of Whitley County's youngest leaders received a boost recently thanks to the support of Operation RoundUP and Northeastern REMC.

Leadership Whitley County's Young Adult Inititaive was awarded $900 in grant funds to provide partial scholarships for each of the Whitley County High School students participating in the program.

Full tuition to the program is $600. Since incorporating students in the program two years ago, LWC has worked to partner with local supporters in an effort to offset the cost of tuition to the students.

 

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