June 7th, 2013
Kaden Ward (left) pops his friendâ€™s, Noah Johnsonâ€™s bubble at the splash pad at Morsches Park, while their friends, Illana Johnson and Chantry Bryan share graham crackers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Itâ€™s not a bird, but it could very well be a plane â€” Brett Gerberâ€™s Long EZ to be exact.
Gerber owns and operates Gerber Aviation, LLC., which maintains, builds and inspects small air craft. He also pilots two aircraft he built â€” a Long EZ and a Quickie Q2.
In the cockpit, Gerber enjoys the freedom of flight, but is careful to keep a healthy respect for the possible dangers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A long tradition of newspapers providing government information to the public was backed this session by Indianaâ€™s Statehouse â€” for now.
Senate Bill 458 would have eliminated the need for government bodies publish their public notices in newspapers and would have replaced it with a post onto a website.
The Hoosier State Press Association (HSPA) testified against the bill, which eventually died when a vote was not called up.
HSPA Executive Director and General Counsel Steve Key said the bill indicates a growing trend.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Making something old new again.
That is what Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges said his department might do this summer regarding the radio system.
Currently the department is on the 800 megahurtz public safety spectrum. It moved to this format from the VHF system three years ago, but Hodges said the sheriffâ€™s department might go back to the former system.
â€śThe 800 system has kind of turned into a party line,â€ť he said. â€śSo many people are on that, we often get busy signals.â€ť
Busy signals occur when too many radios attempt to connect to the tower at once.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Since the mutual withdrawal of all eight schools from the Northeast Hoosier Conference, several schools have been working together to form a new conference.
Columbia City, Bellmont, DeKalb, East Noble, New Haven and Norwell heard presentations from several area schools in regards to forming a new conference.
According to a press release from Norwell High School, officials mulled academics, location, demographics and strength of competition in their selection process.
WINONA LAKE â€” The 2013 season may be over for Columbia Cityâ€™s boys golf team â€” but the fun isnâ€™t over yet.
The Eagles had their first showing in 10 years at a regional competition Thursday afternoon.
Though Columbia City placed seventh overall and didnâ€™t make it on to the state finals next week, the squad of four freshman and a sophomore have much more to come for the Eagles.
â€śThey want more,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Andrew Thompson said. â€śThereâ€™s a bright future ahead for those young men.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man accused of attempted murder had his trial date moved in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Dakota Kimbler, 18, was arrested in December for attempted murder and several other charges related to an alleged attempted car-jacking.
Kimbler was originally scheduled to stand trial this Monday. His defense attorney, Brad Voelz, requested a continuance of pretrial proceedings to June 24.
The state objected to moving the date.
â€śWeâ€™re ready for trial,â€ť said Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler.
Jolly Street between Elm and Walnut Streets in Columbia City will be closed today due to water line maintenance.
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, Friday, June 21.
Submissions to this special Post & Mail project will be placed in a unique newspaper publication to be published in mid-July.
â€śA Day in the Life of Whitley Countyâ€ť will herald slice-of-life happenings in our county community, such as community events, family outings, work-related activities â€“ just about anything imaginable.
Beginning with the 2015-16 school year, Columbia City High School will be part of a new conference.
Huntington North and Leo will join Columbia City and five other teams from the Northeast Hoosier Conference, Bellmont, DeKalb, East Noble, New Haven and Norwell, in a yet to be named new conference.
Leo will leave the Allen County Athletic Conference and Huntington North will depart from the North Central Conference.
The current incarnation of the NHC, which also includes Carroll and Homestead, will cease operations in the summer of 2015.