June 14th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY âNearly 100 runners of all ages negotiated a hilly and challenging course through the woods and hills of Camp Whitley last Saturday in the 2012 Tinkhamâs Run 5K.
The run is held annually as a fund-raiser for Camp Whitley.
Kevin Heckman finished in 20 minutes to claim first place overall. Taking first place among the female runners was Caitlyn Chastain, who ran the course in 22:57.
The youngest finisher, four-year-old Taylor Bock, finished the course in 43:48, just one second ahead of her mother, Julie Bock.
COLUMBIA CITY â When local 80-year-old Barbara Craig picked up the paper one morning she saw a photo of a vintage Indy car she had not laid eyes on in years.
In the article with the photo, Barbara read that STAFCO, Steel Tank and Fabricating Corporation, was to host the refurbished Kennedy Tank Indy car for a day.
Venturing to reconnect with her past, Barbara visited STAFCO June 5 to see the car.
âItâs in perfect shape,â said Craig. âThey even wanted me to get in it.â
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Common Council approved a request for an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance on second reading at its meeting Tuesday.
âAs you remember, this is in regard to SDS Communications out on West Lincolnway, changing it from an Ag setting from a house to a business,â said Mayor Ryan Daniel to the council.
David Sewell, executive director of the Joint Planning and Building Department, was present, representing the Columbia City Plan Commission with the request.
FORT WAYNE â With four state titles and 14 years under his belt as the Head Girls Basketball Coach at Canterbury, former Columbia City High School Hoopster Scott Kreiger announced yesterday that he would be the boys coach for the Cavs.
As the girls coach, Kreiger was 251-88. He won state titles in 2008, â09, â10 and â12. This season, he was the Indiana Girls All-Star teamâs coach.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. â Former Columbia City High School stand-out Leah Eber finished an illustrious career in track for Purdue as the Boilermakersâ top long jumper in the schoolâs history.
Eberâs name has filled both the indoor and outdoor seasonsâ record books, including four Big Ten Titles in the long jump. She was recently named Second-team All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association along with teammate Dani Bunch.
Editorâs note: The following is the first of a four part series in honor of Fatherâs Day.
COLUMBIA CITY â John Slavich is known as one of the faces of the Whitley County Community Foundation, but to his five children he is known as âDad.â
This father is somewhat of a âsuper dad.â Having two teenage kids in his 50âs will make him a superhero to any young parent.
Lowell Elden Sidwell (Sid), 81, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2012, at his home, in Columbia City, surrounded by family.
Sidâs many successful business accomplishments include the opening of âSidâs Barbershopâ on Wells Street in 1957, âNew Look Auto Body Shopâ in 1969, and the âFish of Stroh Restaurantsâ starting in 1973.
COLUMBIA CITY â Do you have a few â or perhaps a collection â of old postcards from Whitley County?
If so, The Post & Mail would like you to share them in a special community project.
âWish You Were Here . . . Historic Postcards from Whitley County, Ind.â is the project that will be completed during the next six to eight weeks.
The final result will be publication of a special âcoffee tableâ book that will contain about 100 pages, printed on 70# paper, perfect bound with a colorful laminated cover.
CHURUBUSCO â The Churubusco Jr.-Sr. High School gymnasium was full of families and friends Friday night as 106 seniors walked across the stage and received their diplomas.
One unexpected turn of events happened after Valedictorian Brandi Herron and Salutatorian Rachel Fehring spoke. The two girls lifted their arms in a dance move and a flash mob broke out with nearly 75 percent of the graduates dancing in sync. The audience began laughing, clapping and cheering for the celebrant youth.
COLUMBIA CITY â Old Settlers Day parade is presented by The Old Settlers Day Association and the Columbia City American Legion Post 98. The parade theme this year is, âThe Heartland of America.â
The community is invited to participate in the Old Settlers Parade on June 30. The parade will start at 5 p.m. from Columbia City High School.
There is no entry fee for the parade. Entrants must complete, sign and date an entry form. Forms are available at www.americanlegionpost98.com.