June 24th, 2013
Madilynn Hontz, 2, was the winner of the smallest turtle category Saturday at Turtle Days in Churubusco.
The festival concluded Saturday, with many events such as turtle races, cornhole tournaments, tractor pull, parade, BBQ cook-off and a fireworks display.
See Page A2 of the June 24 issue of The Post and Mail for more photos, as well as the winners of the turtle races.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s 911 system will be receiving a new call-recording system.
Problems with the current system have led to the switch.
Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said recordings that were necessary for certain cases fell through the cracks.
â€śI have had one or two calls that my office wanted to review, but theyâ€™re (recordings) gone,â€ť said Rentschler.
Scott Jones, Whitley County 911 coordinator, was at Mondayâ€™s meeting of the Whitley County Commissioners.
He was requesting permission to use money from his budget for the new recorder.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A pair of crashes in Whitley County sent 5 people to the hospital.
On Hartman Road, east of Columbia City, two men were hurt after their vehicle caught on fire from a crash at 4:51 a.m. Saturday.
Troy Adams, 29, of Columbia City, and Wesley Crowell, 33, also of Columbia City, were found lying on the side of Hartman Road with their vehicle, a recently purchased Dodge Challenger, fully engulfed in flames.
Live power lines were down and a utility pole was also on fire.
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€” After working 28 years in the medical field, Janis Mann has been a Columbia City Police dispatcher for five years.
Mann began her career at Whitley Hospital in 1979 at the registration desk. Not long after, she became an EMS dispatcher.
â€śI walked into the hospital one day and someone asked me if i wanted a job,â€ť Mann said. â€śI wasnâ€™t looking for one, but I decided to go for it.â€ť
PIERCETON â€” A plan to place technology into the hands of Whitko students is rolling out for the 2013-14 school year.
The districtâ€™s 1-1 (one-to-one) technology plan encompasses more than providing students with computer tablets.
The interactive teaching aids will allow students to have internet-based educational opportunities as well as programs that will engage academic learning at a personalized level.
Though only in his fifth year at Columbia City, Eagle Head Coach Randy Hudgins is the most senior football coach in Whitley County.
With the resignation of both Churubuscoâ€™s Lee Etzler and Whitkoâ€™s Wayne Swender, many will be looking to Hudgins to lead the way for Whitley County this fall.
Pictured above, Hudgins gives instructions to a group of players from the 2010 season.
Jodi Steinhoff of Lone Pine Stable prepares with Lit, one of her horses, at the Mizpah Shrine Horse Show in Columbia City Friday.
The show will continue today and Sunday.
Today will feature the Open Show, Hunter Jumper, Wild West Review and Guild of Rock. Sunday will include Dressage, Open Show and Hunter Jumper.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Nearly 10 months after his initial arrest, an 18-year-old will stand trial for attempted murder.
Dakota Kimblerâ€™s trial has been rescheduled for Oct. 1. It was originally set for June.
Kimbler was arrested Dec. 9 of last year. He was charged with attempted murder, receiving stolen property and carrying a hand gun without a permit.
Kimbler had allegedly escaped from the Pierceton Woods Juvenile Facility and hid in the back of a car owned by Johnny Couch, South Whitley, who was working his shift at Paragon Medical.
CHURUBUSCO â€” After an electrical cable shorted out near midway carnival rides Thursday night, state inspectors were at Churubusco Town Park to investigate the scene at Turtle Days.
â€śThe inspector said the cable that malfunctioned last night was not connected to any rides and was not in jeopardy of endangering any riders,â€ť said Turtle Days Association President Greg Barkley. â€śThe cable was for a light that shines on the rides.â€ť
The midway will open as planned. Barkley said the issue was investigated by state inspectors and declared to meet with the standards set by the officials.
Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s boys track team honored its seniors at the end-of-the-year dinner. From left, Garrett Vandersaul, Kyle Weigold, Wyatt Larkey, Evan VanHouten and Isaiah Kreider all ran their final seasons as Eagles in 2013.