January 16th, 2013
Here are the headlines in Wednesday's Post & Mail:
Mast named new SGCS superintendent
Demolition begins at Kent Theater
Columbia City man receives meth sentence
Equipping the hungry for jobs
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the first of a four-part series on Columbia Cityâ€™s football team.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A casual observer would look at the 2012 Columbia City football season and see a sub-500 team that somehow managed to qualify for the second round of the sectional playoffs.
Eagles fans know better than to judge last season that quickly.
WOODLAN â€” Churubuscoâ€™s wrestling team took home the invitational title from Woodlan Saturday.
The Eagles claimed the victory by scoring 233 points with weight-class wins from Jason Nicodemus, Sam Siddons and Gunner Barnhart.
â€™Busco was 24 points ahead of the second-place team and Northeast Corner Conference foe Fremont.
Churubusco head coach Sam Riesen said â€™Busco has finished at the top of the pack for the last several years, and heâ€™s glad the team was able to pick up a win this season.
WATERLOO â€” The Columbia City Eagle wrestling team traveled north to meet Northeast Hoosier Conference foe DeKalb in the last of the regular season NHC dual meet matchups.
With the Eagle lineup shuffled to fill in for the four suspended wrestlers, the Eagles ended up on the short end of a 49-21 score.
With bouts starting at182 pounds, the Eagles took an early lead 3-0 when Russell Hazelet took a 3-2 lead in the first period and then held on for a 5-4 win over the Baronsâ€™ Alexander Shoemaker. The Barons came right back with a pinfall win at 195 pounds to go up 6-3.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Whitley County jail inmate tipped off police to a man arrested on methamphetamine and multiple sex crime charges.
Dean R. Pressler, 39, of Larwill, was arrested on charges including child molestation, possession of child pornography, child seduction and manufacturing meth â€” and pleaded not guilty in court Monday.
According to a case report by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Pressler allegedly fathered two children with a minor, who was 14 years old when she had the first child.
The Whitley County Dazzlers performed at Columbia CItyâ€™s girls basketball game Saturday. The Lady Eagles hosted Down Syndrome awareness night to raise money through a silent auction and donations. Above, Sydney Pequignot dances during the halftime show.
BLOOMINGTON â€” If the clothes make the man, what would make the college student? A gun? Perhaps.
Students are asking the Indiana Statehouse for the right to carry guns to college.
â€śWe all have our own reasons to carry a gun. Regardless, we donâ€™t want the university telling us if we can or canâ€™t carry,â€ť said Crayle Vanest, a college student.
Vanest is also the Indiana State Director for Concealed Carry, a group working with Indiana Sen. Jim Banks to propose legislation allowing guns on state college campuses.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Many people whoâ€™ve lived through the last several decades can say they have witnessed events that have shaped the world. However, Bruce Stach, of Columbia City, can say heâ€™s not only seen those events, but he is partially responsible for some.
Stachâ€™s career began as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force in 1963. He is both a mathematician and a physicist, and in 1964, he was one of the 128 USAF officers commissioned to work for NASA at what is now known as the Johnson Spacecraft Center in Houston.
James A. Simmons, 75, of rural Columbia City, died at 12:40 p.m. Monday, January 14, 2013, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Columbia City, where he had been a resident since Nov. 8, 2012.
He was born Jan. 31, 1937, in Huntington, a son of the late Benjamin and Elsie (Shoaf) Simmons. His formative years were spent in Columbia City. He attended Columbia City High School.
On Aug. 30, 1968, he was united in marriage to Doris E. Brown. They have always made their home in Whitley County.
KOKOMO (HSPA) â€” One man died in Grant County late Sunday night when his vehicle overturned in high water. Grant County Sheriff's Sgt. Mike Moore said an unknown passerby called at 11:13 p.m. to report a vehicle upside in the water at 4200 E. Ind. 26.
Deputies arrived to find a vehicle upside down in a ditch off the roadway. The ditch had been flooded by a nearby creek, though the road wasn't closed at the time.