June 18th, 2013
Hannah Reid, Columbia City, swam in the 2013 Glen S. Hummer Huntington Mile in Lake Clare Saturday, winning her age group â 11-12-year-olds.
She swam one mile in an open water race. It is a U.S. sanctioned swimming event, and swimmers came from all over Indiana to compete.
An open invitation has been issued to Whitley County residents to photographically document their life â one day only â on the longest day of the year, this Friday, June 21.
Photo submissions to this special Post & Mail project will be placed in a unique newspaper publication to be published in mid-July.
âA Day in the Life of Whitley Countyâ will herald slice-of-life happenings in our county community, such as community events, family outings, work-related activities â just about anything imaginable.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Salvation Army is raising money to help children in need acquire shoes.
âMy Sole Purposeâ relies on individual and corporate donations and church and community partnerships to support the Salvation Armyâs School Shoe and School Supply programs.
The number of outreach events as well as the number of children assisted is often directly determined by community support and efforts.
The goal is to help as many children in Whitley County as possible in need.
Canyon Alexander (left) and Hunter Lefever catch some air with their bikes at the skate park at Morsches Park last week.
Though summer break began late for many Whitley County Schools this year, youngsters are still taking full advantage of what the parks have to offer.
COLUMBIA CITY â Starting today, The Big Lake Church of God, 6955 N. Ind. 109, will provide a used clothing store open to the public.
It will be open the first and third Wednesdays of the month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. This ministry is located in the small house located at the corner of Ind. 109 and County Rd 700 N.
For more information, contact Judi Huffman at 244-4919.
CHURUBUSCO â A self-proclaimed history buff, Aaron Mathieu has slaked his thirst for all things antiquated as an employee of the Whitley County Historical Museum.
The Churubusco native has worked at the museum for more than three years.
In addition to his love of history, Mathieu is also a film enthusiast with aspirations of making his own movies.
Mathieu graduated from Churubusco with the Class of 1992. He still lives in âBusco, along with his wife, Maritza, and three young daughters.
Hereâs what Mathieu had to say about himself, his hometown and his profession:
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ After moving from its original location in Wolf Lake at Luckey Hospital to the Wolf Lake United Methodist Church, the Free Health Clinic is set to relocate again â to Columbia City.
The clinic will open June 27 at its new location, 524 Branch Ct., Columbia City, across from Ace Hardware, with operating hours from 1 to 7 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month.
Editorâs note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â Between Janelle Schmitt and her husband, Scott, the pair spend a combined 16 hours per day at the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department.
Janelle is a 13-year first-shift dispatcher and Scott works second shift as a road deputy.
âWe work opposite shifts. Iâm usually asleep when he gets home,â Janelle said. âBut Iâm glad we have two days off together.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Two Allen County people were arrested in relation to a body found in Whitley County in May.
Nikolas Hurt and Brooke Hill were each charged for disposing the body of Dillon Warner, 22, of Fort Wayne.
According to case reports, Warner was in the passenger seat of his own vehicle when he died â likely due to drugs.
Hill told police Hurt was driving Warnerâs vehicle April 27, and they stopped at McDonaldâs near U.S. 30 and Goshen Road.
Hill said they left Warner in the vehicle to sleep while they went inside.
FORT WAYNE â Fresh off of a seventh-place shot put finish at the Indiana State Track and Field Meet, Churubusco senior Austin McClure put an exclamation point on his 2013 season.
McClure came in eighth in the shot put at the Midwest Meet of Champions in Fort Wayne Saturday.
The event draws senior track and field athletes from Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.