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June 14th, 2013

THE BEAST IS BACK: ’Busco hosts 64th Turtle Days

June 14, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — For 64 years, the town of Churubusco has reserved time during the summer to celebrate Oscar, “the beast of ‘Busco.”

“Oscar was the Godzilla of turtles,” wrote Gary Kauffman in his account of Oscar, a legendary large-scale amphibian (See Turtle Days publication inserted in today’s edition of The Post & Mail).

Although the debate is still alive over the reality of Oscar’s existence, that has not stopped Churubusco from reveling in the spirit of the beast with a summer festival.

IN COURT: Col. City man faces sex charges

June 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man arrested last week for sexual misconduct with a minor had his first appearance in court Monday.

Bradley Kincaid, 20, was arrested June 7 for allegedly having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl.

Kincaid pleaded not guilty and stated in court he would represent himself instead of hiring an attorney or having a public defender.

Bart Toomey

June 14, 2013

Bart Taylor Toomey died Sunday, June 9 2013, at Northeast Georgia’s Medical Center surrounded by family.
Beloved husband, father and grandfather, Bart is survived by his wife, Rita; daughter, Brenda (Steve) Kortekamp; grandchildren, Alex, Nick and Brooke Kortekamp; daughter Carlynne Toomey; grandchildren, Ryan, Kyle and Skye; stepdaughter, Candace (Robert) Cole; grandchildren, Bobby, Connor and Andrew Cole; stepdaughter, Nicole (Kelly) Hall; grandchildren, Kristen, Justin and Sean Hall and sister Marilyn Snyder.

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WCCS to offer summer food program for kids

June 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Once again, Whitley County Consolidated Schools will participate in the USDA Summer Food Service Program.

Free meals will be made available to all children under the age of 18 and to persons over 18 years who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled.

Free meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Columbia City girls basketball camp

June 13, 2013

Columbia City’s girls basketball team held its youth camp in May.

Pictured are fourth and fifth graders who participated in the camp.

Front row, from left: Arissa Cody, Emma Souders, Riley Bunyan, Carly Mabie, Heidi Bolinger and Katie Hoag.

Second row: Ally Willson, Jada Conrad, Grace Schrader, Emma Nicodemus, Rebecca Kessler and Kendall Scott.

Third row: Shawna Hall, Brayden Lickey, Adrienne Klefeker, Olivia Shearer, Gabby Fry, Madison Whaley, Ashleigh Bechtold, Brianna Eiler and Kendall Longenbaugh.

Storm blows off some roofs in northern Ind.

June 13, 2013

MISHAWAKA (AP) — The roofs were blown off some buildings in northern Indiana as a storm with winds sometimes topping 60 mph swept through the state.

The National Weather Service says Wednesday night’s storm caused scattered building, tree and power line damage, including reports near the cities of Wabash and Rochester.

Upcoming area road closures

June 13, 2013

Detour for U.S. 30 in Starke Co.

LAPORTE — Travelers in the western part of Indiana will experience detours on U.S. 30 this week. Construction began on the highway in Starke County Monday.

Travelers going west will be detoured by driving north on Ind. 39, taking U.S. 6 west, then returning south on U.S. 421, where they will intersect with U.S. 30 once more. Indiana Department of Transportation officials indicate construction will continue until Friday of this week.

Frontage Road, Col. City closed starting Monday

SAVED BY SANDBAGS: CCHS curbs flooding threat from severe weather

June 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With heavy rain forecasted for Wednesday night, Columbia City High School’s graduation ceremony was in jeopardy.

However, the high school experienced no flooding.

Principal Jennifer Reiff, not wanting to move the commencement, made quick decisions earlier in the week to prevent a potential disaster.

Three years ago, the high school’s commencement was moved to Indian Springs Middle School. Reiff did not want to see a repeat.

“I’ll be darned if we have to do that again,” she said.

HOMETOWN HEROES: Rumsyre working for career in public safety

June 13, 2013

Editor’s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.

COLUMBIA CITY — Though Zach Rumsyre hasn’t been a fireman as long as many others in Whitley County, he has his sights aimed high.

Rumsyre, who has been a volunteer fireman with Jefferson Center Fire Department since 2004, has already worked his way into a captain’s position.

“It is my goal to become a career firefighter,” Rumsyre said.

THIRD YEAR IN A ROW: WCCS to increase lunch prices

June 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For the third consecutive year, Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) will be raising the price of its food for students.

Lunch will have an increased price tag of 10 cents across each school level in 2013-14. The previous two years’ increases were a nickel each time.

At the elementary school level, students will pay $1.70 per lunch next year. Middle school students will be charged $1.85 and the price for high schoolers will be $1.95.

Breakfast prices will increase 10 cents as well, the first time that has occurred since 2004-05.

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