June 19th, 2013
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Whitley County residents are gearing up for the official start of summer and the longest day of the year â€” Friday.
To commemorate this unique day, The Post & Mail will be publishing a special photographic publication in July documenting the activities of Whitley County residents on the longest day of the year.
This is an open invitation to photography enthusiasts as well as shutterbugs of all types.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Heavy rains have been South Whitleyâ€™s nemesis.
With each storm, rain water flushed grass seed down the Eel River from the newly graded bank along the townâ€™s renovated wastewater treatment plant.
At the most recent town council meeting, South Whitley leaders were informed that consistent heavy rains had been detrimental to the newly laid grass seed.
Grass would not seem like a cause for the councilâ€™s concern. However, without the seed taking root, the overall project cannot be deemed completed.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Turtle Days will kick off tonight for all residents interested in taking part of the annual tradition.
â€śThe Beast of Busco Returnsâ€ť is the theme for the 2013 celebration, which will hold its opening ceremony tonight at 6 p.m. at the entertainment stage at Churubuscoâ€™s town park.
The introduction of royalty will also take place at 6 p.m. at the entertainment stage.
A junior karaoke competition will commence at 6:30 at the entertainment stage, and the adult competition will start at 8 p.m.
PIERCETON â€” Is it possible for a school corporation to remodel and construct two elementary schools without increasing its residentsâ€™ property taxes?
According to a financial study conducted by H.J. Umbaugh and Associates, an accounting firm, it is possible â€” and Whitko Community School Corporation is going to give it a shot.
At Mondayâ€™s school board meeting, Superintendent Steve Clason gave an in-depth presentation on a long-range plan established in 2011.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A pair of individuals arrested for having a mobile methamphetamine lab had their first court appearance Monday.
Braidon Hall, 19, of Columbia City, and Mitchell Bradley, 37, of Garrett, were booked last Wednesday after a routine traffic stop turned up an mobile meth lab, allegedly belonging to the pair.
Medical issues were a concern as well. Bradley allegedly had a medical seizure at the scene last Wednesday, and had one Monday after the pair pleaded not guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Hall and Bradley both said they intend to hire private attorneys.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Those familiar with Whitley County Consolidated Schools may recognize the name, or face, of Smith-Green Community Schoolâ€™s latest hire.
Scott Fudge will be the next Churubusco Elementary School principal, effective Aug. 1.
Fudge worked in WCCS for 17 years, from 1995 to 2012, as a first- and third-grade teacher with Mary Raber and Little Turtle Elementary Schools.
His employment at CES was made official by the SGCS Board of School Trustees by a unanimous vote at its Monday night meeting.
Hannah Reid, Columbia City, swam in the 2013 Glen S. Hummer Huntington Mile in Lake Clare Saturday, winning her age group â€” 11-12-year-olds.
She swam one mile in an open water race. It is a U.S. sanctioned swimming event, and swimmers came from all over Indiana to compete.
An open invitation has been issued to Whitley County residents to photographically document their life â€“ one day only â€“ on the longest day of the year, this Friday, June 21.
Photo submissions to this special Post & Mail project will be placed in a unique newspaper publication to be published in mid-July.
â€śA Day in the Life of Whitley Countyâ€ť will herald slice-of-life happenings in our county community, such as community events, family outings, work-related activities â€“ just about anything imaginable.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Salvation Army is raising money to help children in need acquire shoes.
â€śMy Sole Purposeâ€ť relies on individual and corporate donations and church and community partnerships to support the Salvation Armyâ€™s School Shoe and School Supply programs.
The number of outreach events as well as the number of children assisted is often directly determined by community support and efforts.
The goal is to help as many children in Whitley County as possible in need.
Canyon Alexander (left) and Hunter Lefever catch some air with their bikes at the skate park at Morsches Park last week.
Though summer break began late for many Whitley County Schools this year, youngsters are still taking full advantage of what the parks have to offer.