June 3rd, 2013
Dale L. Craig Jr., 62, of Albion, passed away at 11:30 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013 at his house on Bear Lake.
Born April 20, 1951 in Elkhart, he was the son of Dale LeRoy Craig Sr. and Marilyn Sue (Pippenger) Craig.
He served in the U.S. Army from 1970 to 1976 and worked at Dana Corporation in Columbia City for more than 45 years.
On June 20, 1985, he married Susan K. Agler at Bear Lake. He was a member of the NRA and enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching sports and NASCAR Sundays.
Hundreds of white paper sacks lined Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s indoor track Saturday as part of Relay for Lifeâ€™s Luminary Ceremony.
Kathy Greenawalt was a relay committee member that recently passed away from cancer.
Emma Hindbaugh was a six-year-old lost to cancer in January.
FORT WAYNE (AP) â€” Friday night storms that dumped up to six inches of rain on Fort Wayne swamped city streets and trapped some motorists in their cars, while swirling floodwaters closed the city's zoo for the day Saturday after staff moved hundreds of animals to higher ground.
Fort Wayne Fire Department Assistant Chief Jim Murua said his crews had to rescue people marooned in their cars by high waters.
He told an area newspaper the Red Cross also was helping residents evacuated from their flooded apartment.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Farm Bureau has funded a grant to the Whitley County Agricultural Museum and 4-H Learning Center for the purchase of a 55 inch Smart TV and components.
The television will be used in the Maple Syrup Learning Center.
Each year the museum selects new themes for the center floor display, and this year the themes will be maple syrup and wheat.
The television will allow visitors to view videos of the history of maple syrup from pioneer days until the present and also show the different methods of production during the same time period.
A car is stranded in deep water on County Road 200 North east of Lincolnway Saturday afternoon.
Many county roads suffered flooding after Friday nightâ€™s storms.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” â€śYouâ€™re not at your grandpaâ€™s factory, but youâ€™re working on your grandpaâ€™s equipment,â€ť said David Parker, Whitko High School principal, in regards to the schoolâ€™s Industrial Technology program.
With emphasis on exposing high school students to career classes, tech and welding programs are in high demand at WHS, but equipment is falling farther and farther behind the curve.
Editorâ€™s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a muli-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śI knew my life wouldnâ€™t be right until I was a firefighter.â€ť
Since he was 10 years old, Drew Jines knew what his career choice would be.
â€śI was hanging out at the fire station with my dad on his shift, and there was a structure fire. I got to go on the truck, and when we pulled up on the scene I saw the firefighter jump out, stretch the line (hose) to the door, and the next truck supplied us with water,â€ť Jines said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Storms and wet weather relocated Whitley Countyâ€™s Relay for Life event indoors, but that did not seem to dampen the spirits of those who came together to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society (ACS).
â€śA great big thank you to everyone for coming out to support their community,â€ť said Tammy Gross, a committee member. â€śWe appreciate their willingness to go with the flow when we moved inside after many had already set up their tents outside.â€ť
BLOOMINGTON â€” Five Whitley County athletes competed in the Indiana State Track Meet last weekend.
Three tracksters were named all-state â€” Samantha Roush, Katie Monk and Austin McClure placed in the top nine.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Roush, who has finished 10th for the last two seasons, came in fifth in the 1,600-meter run Saturday.
â€śSam ran as perfect of a race as she could,â€ť Columbia City Head Track Coach Bob Fahl said. â€śShe was really determined to get a medal.â€ť
Fahl said she was able to take an inside lane and stay in the front of the pack througout the race.
PIERCETON â€” A project hearing has been set for Whitko Community School Corporation that will begin the process of two major construction endeavors for the district.
Discussion will continue on building a new Pierceton Elementary School and remodeling the existing South Whitley Elementary School at a meeting set for June 17 at 6:30 p.m.
At the May school board meeting, members heard from Superintendent Steve Clason on a proposed building project.