May 25th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With consistently warmer temperatures, Columbia City parks and recreation is opening the Splash Pad and the pool as a way to beat the heat.
Mark Green, park director, said the Splash Pad opens today at noon.
â€śWeâ€™ve had a lot of calls about that,â€ť said Green. â€śItâ€™s going to be hot this weekend so weâ€™ll be open from noon to 8 p.m. every day.â€ś
Green said the pool opens this Saturday at noon.
FORT WAYNE â€” Athletes from 37 different Northeast Indiana High Schools converged at Wayne High School Thursday night for track regionals.
Whitley County had contenders in 11 different events, led by Whitkoâ€™s Alec Wilkinson, who was a regional champion in the pole vault.
Wilkinson vaulted three inches high than his closest opponent at 14 feet, 3 inches.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Matt Rethlake took second in the high jump with a leap of 6 feet, 4 inches.
Austin McClure of Churubusco had a second-place finish in the shot put with a heave of 52 feet, 4 inches.
AUBURN â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s baseball team held on to a 6-4 lead to beat Snider in the opening round of sectionals at DeKalb Thursday.
After a 6-3 lead, the Panthers threatened the Eagles with a run in the seventh inning, a base runner on second and the tying run at the plate.
Columbia City held on to get the next three batters out and win, 6-4.
Jordan Bickle opened the second frame with a home run. Snider led off the bottom of the second with a home run to tie the score at one.
The online Post & Mail results reveal that relaxation is the plan for this long Memorial Day Weekend.
VFW â€śBuddy Poppiesâ€ť
The VFW will be distributing â€śBuddy Poppiesâ€ť Friday and Saturday as a way to fund raise exclusively for the benefit of disabled and needy veterans as well as the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.
VFW #5582 poppies will be available at People Federal Savings Bankâ€™s downtown branch on South Main Street and Ace Hardware located on Diplomat Drive.
Memorial Day parade
The Memorial Day Parade through Columbia City will be Monday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Monday evening the Whitley County Consolidated School Board of School Trustees hosted a reception recognizing employees with collectively more than 412 years of service to Whitley County Schools who are retiring at the end of this school year.
The 17 retiring employees include seven classroom teachers who, as a group, have accumulated over 226 total years in the classroom, averaging over 32 years of service apiece.
The honorees included food service, custodial workers, an administrator as well as the classroom teachers.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubusco Junior Senior High School Principal Austin Couch tendered his resignation at Mondayâ€™s Smith-Green Community School board meeting.
â€śWe are sorry to see Austin leave our school but he has accepted a position within Fort Wayne Community Schools. We appreciate all heâ€™s done for our school,â€ť said Superintendent Steve Darnell.
The board accepted his resignation and Board President Cathy Petrie thanked him for his service as well.
Couch began his career at SGCS in the middle school and worked to become an administrator.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council approved Tuesday night, the first reading of an ordinance authorizing the sale of park lands owned by the city.
Mayor Ryan Daniel read a letter from the park board describing the intention to sell or vacate three properties including North Street Garden, Mayorâ€™s Park and Langeloh Park.
Although the park board said the locations only cost them $20 a week, or $600 a year, to mow, there are also other maintenance expenses as well that add up.
A juvenile raccoon spent Thursday morning near the curb of Connexion Way in Columbia City, munching on the contents of a discarded fast food restaurant bag. The little guy wasnâ€™t thrilled about the intrusion, but hunger was a bigger priority as he made quick work of the bagâ€™s main ingredient, a stale biscuit. The encounter raised a curious question. If a nocturnal animal is out during the day, is he working third shift?
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council moved to pass an ordinance establishing rates for the waterworks at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting. A public hearing was held, but after no one came forward, the council passed the ordinance.
The rate adjustment, shown above 33 percent, will not affect electric, wastewater, sewer or storm water.
In the councilâ€™s last meeting Mayor Ryan Daniel said the increase is mainly due to the fact that water utility has been running in the negative for a little while, due to a decrease of usage.