June 13th, 2013
A conspicuous cloud hangs over downtown Columbia City Wednesday evening as storms rolled in.
Pictured is the sky lit up with lightning as darkness blows over the city.
To see the image animated, go to http://i.imgur.com/m96HDjz.gif
The shelf cloud went on to cause hail and strong winds in Churubusco, and even prompted tornado warnings as it passed through northeast Indiana.
Though the dark cloud coming down from the shelf cloud did not have rotation in Columbia City, it is called a wall cloud, and had the potential for tornadoes.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two people were arrested and booked at the Whitley County Jail Wednesday after police discovered an active methamphetamine lab.
Braidon Hall, 19, of Columbia City, and Mitchell Bradley, 37, of Garrett, were both booked on meth-related charges after a traffic stop led to a police investigation at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively stopped their vehicle near the intersection of Ind. 205 and Cider Mill Road, and uncovered an active meth lab.
Steven W. Clifford, 64, a former resident of Columbia City, died Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at Visiting Nurse Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
He was born Aug. 26, 1948 in Fort Wayne, a son of the late Dick L. and Evelyn (Gilbert) Clifford.
Surviving relatives include a son, four granddaughters and two great-granddaughters.
At the request of the family, there will be no visitation or funeral.
Arrangements are by Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Condolences may be sent www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Patricia L. Giessler, 83, former resident of rural Columbia City, died Friday, June 7, 2013, at Sylvania Care and Rehabilitation Center, Sylvania, Ohio where she had been a resident since July of 2011.
Born June 6, 1930 in Lima, Ohio, she was the third child of Albert E. C. and Olive E. (Wilson) Fritz.
Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne, rural Columbia City and Toledo, Ohio.
In February of 1949, she married Bobby A. Thompson and made a home in Toledo.
(June 12, 2013) -- The National Weather Service has issued a thunderstorm watch for Whitley County until 3 a.m. Thursday. A warning means conditions are favorable for increasing storms and severe weather. Whitley County residents are encouraged to seek shelter.
In addition to severe weather, the National Weather Service has also issued a flood warning. Large amounts of rainfall could create flooding and flash flooding in low areas.
The National Weather Service is expecting storms to be in Northern Indiana this afternoon and evening.
Wind gusts over 75 miles per hour, as well as hail two inches in diameter or larger, are possible.
Tornadoes are also possible along the incoming warm front.
One time frame given by the NWS for the duration of the storms in the area is from 7 to 11 p.m. tonight.
A flash flood watch will also be in effect from late this afternoon through tonight
Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team held its youth camp in May.
Pictured are first through third graders who participated in the camp.
See Thursdayâ€™s edition of The Post & Mail for a photo of fourth- and fifth-grade campers.
Front row, from left: Kennedy Hickey, Megan Baxter, Kendra Sheets, Addison Baxter, Kelsey Snider, Cierra Wissler, Sydney Moore and Jada Van Houten.
Second row: Natalie Brower, Kela Dillon, Mackenzie Mabie, Melissa McCoy, Skyler Ewing, Hannah Harris, Mikaela Austin and Katie Bolinger.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High School and five other schools welcomed two new compatriots to a new conference that will begin play in two years.
Huntington North and Leo will join Columbia City and five other schools: Bellmont, DeKalb, East Noble, New Haven and Norwell in a new, yet-unnamed conference that will commence competition in the fall of 2015.
Until that time, the six Northeast Hoosier Conference (NHC) schools will play out the final two years of that conference with Carroll and Homestead.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Council on Aging & Aged, Inc. recently announced its events for June.
â€¢Noon â€” Renaissance bingo
â€¢6 p.m. â€” Game night
â€¢9 a.m. â€” Euchre
â€¢11:15 a.m. â€” Fatherâ€™s Day celebration wih All Pro and Flag Day
â€¢11:45 a.m. â€” Family Nutrition Program
â€¢9 a.m. â€” Board meeting
â€¢10:30 a.m. â€” Exercises
As part of a calculus project, Columbia City High School students Corinne Kauffman (left), Miranda Johnson (middle) and Celine Rongos recorded a unique video incorporating a large, stuffed fish.
The fish is a fixture in the classroom of Beth Scharpenberg, the trioâ€™s calculus teacher.
Once the video was posted on social media sites, it gained the attention of The Huffington Post, an online news source. The video has received more than 13,000 views.
To view the video, visit http://www.thepostandmail.com/content/gone-viral-cchs-students-featured-huffington-post.