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May 15th, 2013

Heart Gallery stopping at YMCA

May 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Indiana Heart Gallery, an exhibit featuring portraits of children in need of adoptive families, is stopping in Columbia City.

The gallery will be at the Whitley County Family YMCA May 20 to June 10. The Indiana Department of Child Services uses the Heart Gallery to help raise awareness about children in foster care in need of a home.

There are approximately 1,100 foster kids in Indiana currently eligible for adoption, and while many will be adopted by a relative or foster parent, DCS is actively seeking adoptive families for a number of them.

Rotary is told firearms business is ‘too good’

May 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Jeff Ott, owner and operator of Precision Arms Of Indiana, in Columbia City, was the speaker at the Rotary Club meeting Tuesday.

Ott spoke on some of the current issues relative to firearms in the State of Indiana.

“Actually, business is too good right now,” he said. The demand far exceeds the supply. And it’s a little hard to explain why,” he said.
He said it was more complicated than simply attributing it all to recent tragedies.

He equated it to panic buying without thought.

Whitko welding program gains certification

May 15, 2013

Ross Harvey, a senior at Whitko High School, took the American Welding Society Welder Certification Test and earned national certification in the Gas Metal Arc Welding process May 9.

He demonstrated his skill at the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse Technology Center of Ivy Tech Community College on the Fort Wayne campus.

The test consisted of depositing a six-inch over-head butt weld with 100 percent penetration throughout the welded joint. The test was overseen and inspected by AWS Certified Welding Inspector John Christman.

Bridge open

May 15, 2013

The bridge on the Blue River Trail Extension is now open to the public, according to Columbia City park officials.

The entire extension on the trail will be completed by the end of this month, along with the new bathrooms at Morsches Park.

National Police Week

May 15, 2013

Dustin Papenbrock, the latest deputy to join the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, walks out of the Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.

This week is National Police Week, and between 20,000-40,000 law enforcement officers are in Washington D.C. for the event.

See Friday’s edition of The Post & Mail for an article assisted by Mary Raber Elementary School students on the impact local law enforcement has on the community.

Eagles knocked out by Knights

May 15, 2013

OSSIAN — An NCAA Division I-bound starting pitcher awaited Columbia City’s baseball team after a long bus ride to Ossian Tuesday night.

The Eagles were able to hang around for the first three innings with Norwell’s Josh VanMeter on the mound, but the Knights’ bats eventually came to life, and the Eagles lost 13-5.

Columbia City finishes its Northeast Hoosier Conference schedule with a record of 5-2. The Eagles’ only other NHC loss came against Carroll last week by a score of 7-6.

Columbia City is now 10-8 overall.

Lady Eagles advance three to regional

May 15, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Churubusco Head Track Coach Zack Dock described Tuesday evening’s Northrop IHSAA Girl’s Track and Field Sectional as “a very good night.”

The Lady Eagles used strong performances in the field events to send three athletes in four events on to next Tuesday’s Northrop Regional competition.

The Lady Eagles placed ninth as a team with only two points separating them from seventh place.

Eagle junior Katie Monk qualified in both of the throwing events.

Col. City garners second at sectional

May 15, 2013

NEW HAVEN — “Elated is an understatement to describe my feelings after the meet.”

Needless to say, Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl was pleased with his team’s performance at the New Haven sectional girls track meet Tuesday.

“Everyone we anticipated to qualify for the regional made it,” Fahl said. “There were no disappointments.”

The Lady Eagles placed second as a team, only topped by Bellmont, 156-106, in a field of 11 teams. Whitko’s girls also competed, placing seventh overall.

SUMMER HELP: Eber rises to ‘power’

May 15, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is a series highlighting unique summer jobs to be held by area students.

COLUMBIA CITY — Although students view the weeks between school ending and school beginning as a vacation, summer jobs can be a temporary way for students to earn cash.

For Foster Eber, a Columbia City High School senior, the weeks between graduation and starting his freshman year at Ball State University will be spent working.

However, he won’t just have any job. He’ll be employed at one of his favorite summer spots — Cedar Point, an amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.

METH CASE: Bocskey pleads guilty to dealing

May 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A second man who was charged with dealing drugs in the Walmart parking lot in Columbia City pleaded guilty Monday.

Shane Bocskey, 26, Columbia City, admitted to dealing in methamphetamine. Four other counts that Bocskey was charged with at the time of his February arrest were dismissed.

In February, Bocskey was arrested with Derek Kohut after a confidential informant exchanged $120 and two boxes of pseudoephedrine for 2.85 grams of meth.

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