February 24th, 2012
This is the first time I‚Äôve written about a person I‚Äôve not actually interviewed. Sometimes it‚Äôs easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.
Thankfully, I know Richard Zollinger is full of grace and I‚Äôm banking on him extending it to me. Either that or I think I‚Äôm officially off the guest list for the best annual Super Bowl Party in the state of Indiana. I told him, ‚ÄúI‚Äôm writing this article with you or without you.‚ÄĚ He kept declining an interview, telling me how there are so many more worthy people in Whitley County than he.
Post & Mail photo / Linda Hoskins
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ The Wildcat basketball team played the final five minutes only putting two points on the scoreboard Friday night, falling to Northwood (9-11) 45-39.
With a 33-30 lead to start the fourth quarter, Whitko was nearly scoreless while the Panthers tacked on 15 points in the last eight minutes to take the win.
The score doesn‚Äôt adequately display the seven lead changes and three-point margins throughout much of the game.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The seniors ‚ÄĒ along with the rest of the Columbia City basketball team ‚ÄĒ are heading into the tourney having finished their regular season with a win.
The Eagles beat the visiting Fort Wayne Concordia 64-55 on senior night, the final regular season contest of the season for the twelfth graders.
‚ÄúThose guys are all amazing,‚ÄĚ said junior Derek Hinen. ‚ÄúWe have a special bond with each one of those guys; in a system like Columbia City‚Äôs I think you get to know each other better than a lot of other system‚Äôs in the state.‚ÄĚ
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ After several strategic planning meetings and public work sessions, the board of the Smith-Green Community School Corporation made the decision to go ahead with renovation and improvement projects for the entire corporation without exceeding $6 million and not raising the tax levy.
Dick Moake, chief executive officer of Moake Park Group architecture firm, said the building needs that were presented over the past few weeks of public work sessions, have stood the test of time.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď Beginning Monday, The Post & Mail‚Äôs annual special Progress editions will be inserted in the regular daily newspaper. The theme for the 2012 Progress edition is ‚ÄúDawn of a New Day.‚ÄĚ
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Investigators are not 100 percent sure of the exact cause, but have pinpointed the location where Saturday‚Äôs fire in South Whitley‚Äôs Kent Theatre originated. The building, located at 220 S. State St., served most recently as the meeting place for Turning Point Church.
Dispatchers at Whitley County Sheriff‚Äôs Department received a call at 11:31 a.m. Saturday reporting the building, built in 1947, was on fire.
Fire crews from Cleveland and Washington townships, as well as Columbia City, responded, working around the clock for much of the weekend to contain the fire.
A special weather statement from the National Weather Service:
TODAY AND TONIGHT
A WIND ADVISORY IS IN EFFECT FOR PORTIONS OF FAR NORTHEAST INDIANA - INCLUDING WHITLEY COUNTY ‚Äď AND NORTHWEST OHIO FOR WEST TO SOUTHWEST WINDS OF 20 TO 35
MPH...AND GUSTS TO 40 TO 45 MPH THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON.
SNOW MAY CAUSE SOME SLIPPERY DRIVING CONDITIONS... ESPECIALLY
ALONG AND NORTH OF ROUTE 6.
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COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A heavily-used roadway in Whitley County will be closing soon for what is believed to be a 10-week period, according to Whitley County Engineer Brandon Forrester. ‚ÄúThat is the current estimate. Ten weeks is weather permitting, of course,‚ÄĚ said Forrester.
A stretch of Business 30 East between United Oil and the Gateway East Industrial Park will be shut down beginning March 5 while the bridge passing over Eel River is reconstructed. Detour signs will be put up next week to warn commuters of the upcoming closure.
Winning an Emmy is the highest achievement in television.
One Whitley County man, with his team of co-workers, has won one of the coveted awards. JJ Geiger, formerly of Columbia City, won for his work entitled ‚ÄúOpenhouse.", which can be viewed on the LX-TV Openhouse Homepage
‚ÄúI worked as a producer/editor and won the Emmy in the category of ‚ÄėInformation/Public Affairs Series (more than 50 percent remote)‚Äô,‚ÄĚ said Geiger. He worked alongside of Janel Tamares, Julee Margulies Metz and Eric Michael Wong.