July 26th, 2013
CHURUBUSCO â€” Numerous would-be musicians dream of forming a band that will become the next sensation on the music scene. When Taylor Fredricks started playing guitar, his dream was much the same.
Although his partnership with some small-town musicians was unexpected, Fredricks and three Churubusco natives came together to form the Taylor Fredricks Band.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman accused of selling drugs out of a hotel room pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Arethra Wheeler, 32, admitted her guilt to maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony. A charge of dealing a Schedule II controlled substance was dismissed.
Wheeler was arrested in September of 2012 for using and selling drugs from a room at the Budget Inn, where she was residing.
As per a plea agreement, Wheeler will receive a two-year sentence for her crime, with one year to serve at the Whitley County Jail, and another year suspended.
Roland Glen Grable, 64, of Anderson, passed away Monday, July 22, 2013.
He is the son of the late Robert Gene and Shirlely Martha Grable.
He was formerly of Columbia City, and was employed at Dana Weatherhead for 23 years.
He served in the U.S. Army for three years, stationed in Germany and Vietnam.
Selections have been made for The Post & Mailâ€™s 2012-13 Athlete of the Year.
The announcement is being made today in a special section published today in the â€śAthletes of the Yearâ€ť tabloid.
The special section will also feature all of The Post & Mailâ€™s Athletes of the Week and honorable mentions from the 2012-13 seasons.
Honorable Mention Athletes of the Year and two Mental Attitude winners will also be named in the publication.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools will offer online registration for the 2013-14 school year. It will no longer be necessary for parents to visit their child's school for registration.
Parents and guardians will be able to complete all the necessary registration forms online, through a web interface. They will also have the option to pay their child's book bill online.
Awards were presented to various 4-H clubs for the barns in which the groups utilize.
Whitley County 4-H Council members Jennifer Lilly and Val Wietfeldt passed out the awards July 16.
Pictured are representatives of the Horse & Pony club and the Blue Ribbon designation earned.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh updated the Board of Works and Public Safety concerning recent events in town.
Calling it a busy week, the chief informed the board about the latest details concerning a chemical fire and high-speed police chase.
Longenbaugh said he received an e-mail from Cathy Broxon-Ball, head of the countyâ€™s emergency management. The two will schedule a debriefing to review the chemical fire at C&R Plating in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Due to possible future increases in sewer rates, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel will be getting to work on building a Utility Rate Advisory Board.
â€śIn the near future, we are going to have a lot of decision-making that is going to happen in regards to the sewer rates and how we are going to fund $12 to $13 million in sewer work,â€ť Daniel said.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council passed the second reading of its Utility Rate Advisory Board Ordinance Tuesday, clearing the way for Daniel to appoint five members to the board.
Editorâ€™s note: The Post & Mail is featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” From a very young age, Jeremy Brice knew what he wanted to do with his life. Now, as an adult, he is working to achieve his goals, nearly following his fatherâ€™s footsteps.
Brice is currently an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), confinement officer at Whitley Countyâ€™s Jail and a Columbia City Police reserve officer. His father, Bill, is a long-time deputy with the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department and was also a paramedic and reserve officer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Bloodlines of the founders of Whitley Countyâ€™s Dairy Club were still present at the 2013 4-H Fair â€” both human and animal.
â€śThe echoes of our ancestors are in this barn,â€ť Matt Gaff, former 4-Her said.
The Whitley County Dairy Club was founded in 1957 and cattle at this yearâ€™s fair have bloodlines that date back to the first animals at the fair.
â€śThatâ€™s what makes this club different from the others â€” itâ€™s not terminal,â€ť Gaff said.
Gaffâ€™s family, the Mathiases, are part of a core group of dairy families that have been involved with the dairy club for years.