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BAND OF BROTHERS: All-American Lefever brothers have Whitley County roots

April 1, 2015

HERSHEY, Pa. — The Lefever brothers, senior twins Connor and Reece, and younger brother Riley, made NCAA history when all three advanced to the finals of their weight classes at the NCAA Division III national wrestling championships.

This marks the first time in NCAA history that three brothers have been named All-Americans in the same year, and the first time that three brothers have advanced to weight class finals in the same year.

ZOO IN THE CLASSROOM: Zoo brings learning to Coesse Elem.

April 1, 2015

COESSE — Coesse Elementary School has had a unique opportunity for the past eight weeks.
Thanks to a grant from the Dekko Foundation, the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has offered a Scientific Inquiry Program to the children.

An educational outreach instructor from the zoo has visited to the school every week for the past eight weeks for the program: Exploring Terrarium Ecosystems.

Zoo officials led the classes in several activities, including scientific inquiry experiments and projects, dealing with ecosystems and animal adaptations.

NEW HOME: Injured bird found in Columbia City now housed at zoo

March 31, 2015

FORT WAYNE — Maverick the red-tailed hawk was found injured in Columbia City in 2006.
After rehabilitation through Soarin’ Hawk Rapter Rehab, Maverick is now thriving at an exhibit at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo.

Maverick lives in the central zoo, located near the Indiana Family Farm.

According to veterinary technician Maraiah Russell, Maverick was found by a member of the public in July 2006 in Columbia City.

RFRA: Indiana governor wants changes to religious-objections law

March 31, 2015

TOM DAVIES, Associated Press
ANDREW DeMILLO, Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday that he wants legislation on his desk by the end of the week to clarify that a new religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination.

Pence said he has been meeting with lawmakers "around the clock" to address concerns that the law will allow businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians.

The governor acknowledged that Indiana has a "perception problem" over the law but defended it as a vehicle to protect religious liberty.

CLOSED FOR TRAINING: Sheriff's Dept. Admin office to take a day for training

March 31, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department's ADMINISTRATION OFFICE will be closed on Thursday, April 2 for training.

The ADMINISTRATION OFFICE will also be closed Friday, April 3 for the Good Friday Holiday.

As always, dispatch will be available 24/7 if you need a deputy, or help with a warrant or protective order, or want to file a report at 244-6410.

And, as always, the jail will be available 24/7 if you need assistance with anything relating to an inmate at 244-7119.

The Administration Office will resume regular business on Monday, April 6 at 8 a.m.

ROAD WORK: Railroad Crossing Improvement, Road Resurface Scheduled for Ind. 5 in Larwill

March 31, 2015

LARWILL – The Indiana Department of Transportation announced that two projects are scheduled to begin on Ind. 5 in Larwill on Monday, April 6.

The projects will include improvements to the railroad crossing located half a mile south of U.S. 30, as well as road resurfacing from U.S. 30 to Old Trail Road.

During the railroad crossing improvements, Ind. 5 will be closed to traffic between Main and North Streets in Larwill. The crossing improvement is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, April 6, and the posted detour will be U.S. 30 to Ind. 9 to Ind. 205 to Ind. 5.

MAKING IMPROVEMENTS: Whitley County 4-H upgrading shelter house

March 31, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Mini 4-H’ers and agricultural history enthusiasts will soon have an improved shelter house for project displays and learning centers.

The shelter house, located on the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds just north of the 4-H Center, has received a new roof, sidewalk, water line, wood cook stove and has been painted. The renovation project has also included wiring and the installation of new lights and ceiling fans.

The building has been used to display the projects of mini 4-H’ers and the restoration project will provide new shelves and display areas for their projects.

NEW ADVENTURE: Dave Sewell headed to Michigan

March 31, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Longtime Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Director Dave Sewell is headed to a new career in Michigan after more than two decades of service to Columbia City and Whitley County.

Sewell spent the last 18.5 years as the joint building and planning director, and was the Columbia City community development director for eight years prior to that.

Before taking his job at the city, Sewell as the planning and building director for 1.5 years. He was the first director when the department began in 1987.

EASTER: Rain may impede egg hunt

March 31, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY —More than 3,000 Easter eggs will be scattered across Morsches Park Thursday for the annual Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Columbia City Rotary Club.

Weather permitting, the fun will start at 6 p.m. on the baseball diamonds where eggs filled by clients from Passages will be waiting to be found by local children.

Toddlers up to 2 years old can be assisted by a parent while kids from 3 to 5 years old can search with an accompanying adult.

Age groups of nine- to 11-year-olds and six- to eight-year-olds may not have a parent on the field.

MUSEUM HOLDS ANNUAL MEETING: Historical Society hears international speaker

March 31, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Saturday’s Whitley County Historical Society’s annual banquet began with not one national anthem, but rather two, as the society welcomed Canadian guest speaker Ron Zboril to the Agricultural Museum to speak on Indiana’s road to statehood.

Dressed in the uniform of a 1750s French marine, Zboril detailed the development of Indiana from colonial days through the French and Indian War and on through the American Revolution and the conflicts with the Native Americans to the conquest of the Northwest Territory.


March 30, 2015

Firefighters from multiple departments battled a barn fire Sunday night in southeast Whitley County. Crews were dispatched at 9:15 p.m. Sunday to 9885 S. CR 500 E. to a fully-involved barn. With several other structures in the area, Jefferson Township’s Fire Department called for assistance from multiple other departments. Within 30 minutes, the blaze was knocked down to a smolder. The cause of the fire remains under investigation. According to Whitley County GIS, the property is owned by Chad and Stephanie Nix.

MARKING 15 YEARS: Lighthouse leaders celebrate new vision

March 30, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — For 15 years, Whitley County's homeless and displaced have been served by The Lighthouse, and now leaders are prepared to plan for the nonprofit's future.

Jeremy Wike, senior pastor for Community of Hope church in Columbia City, recently took on the role of board president for InterFaith Mission, Inc., the board tasked with making decisions for The Lighthouse. After serving four years as a board member, Wike accepted the president nomination “because there is more work to be done.”


March 30, 2015

The Volunteers, an adjunct of the U.S. Army Band, performed a free concert at Columbia City High School Sunday afternoon. The 90-minute show offered rock, pop, country and patriotic music to approximately 300 attendees. The event was sponsored by The Post & Mail, American Legion Post 98 and VFW Post 5582. Above, from left: Randy Wight, plays the keyboard and Thomas Lindsey plays the guitar.

CLIMBING THE RANKS: Regional Partnership welcomes senior vice president, EDC’s Alan Tio

March 30, 2015

FORT WAYNE — The Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership announced that Whitley County Economic Development President Alan Tio is joining the regional leadership team to serve as senior vice president.

Tio will join the partnership effective May 4 and lead the organization’s business development, marketing and regional initiatives. In turn, Tio is stepping down from his position at the local level.

“Alan is a great addition to the leadership team of the Regional Partnership,” said John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

COUNTRY QUILTERS: Showing off the colors

March 29, 2015

Caitlin Ackerman, a new member, demonstrated her love of color during show-and-tell at the February meeting of the Whitley County Country Quilters.


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