November 14th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Upon walking into school Monday morning, Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s eighth graders were informed of a murder in the music room â€” a mock murder that is.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” State Sen. Jim Banks, of Columbia City, was named chair of the Indiana Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs and the Military last week. Banks is currently serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy, and was re-elected last week to retain his position as state senator.
Pirates took the stage at the Newell Rice Auditorium at Columbia City High School last weekend for the schoolâ€™s fall musical, â€śCopacabana,â€ť based on Barry Manilowâ€™s song.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Thursday morning brought a light dusting of snow to Whitley County, and as many know, it wonâ€™t be the last snow of the year.
With potential for accumulation this weekend and a long winter to come, Whitley Countyâ€™s Emergency Management Agency Director Charlie Heflin is doing some extra preparation for the winter season by assembling a winter response team.
Jan. 18, 1956 â€” Nov. 11, 2014
Danny Joe Gray, 58, of South Whitley, passed away at 7:53 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at his home.
Born Jan. 18, 1956 in Fort Wayne, he was the son of Muris Gray and Lillian A. Ness.
He graduated from Columbia City High School Class of 1975. On Oct. 21, 1989 he married Debra â€śDebbieâ€ť Languell. He had worked at Dana Weatherhead in Columbia City, OMC Aluminum Boat Group in Syracuse and at Ultra Electronics in Columbia City. Danny had been a member of the Elkâ€™s Lodge, Eagles Lodge and Jaycees.
Columbia City Cross Country coaches Bob Fahl and Ashely Cearbaugh hosted the end-of-season awards ceremony last week, celebrating a very successful season with the boys team improving from last year and the girls team running all the way to semi-state and placing one team away from a trip to the state finals.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Indianaâ€™s Department of Education (IDOE) released its statewide school grades last Wednesday. Intended to provide the public and administrators with a quick evaluation, the yearly assessment gives schools a grade based on the A-F scale, with an â€śAâ€ť being exemplary and â€śFâ€ť denoting probationary status.
FORT WAYNE â€” The University of Saint Francis will begin immediately to recruit students to form a USF Marching Band. The band will have one year to form and rehearse for their debut in the fall of 2016. The universityâ€™s goal is to build a band of 100 members including a color guard within four years.
USF officials hope the new band will be instrumental in enhancing the spectator experience at sporting events. Talent awards up to $3,000 will be available to students who are accepted to join the band. Students interested in all university programs are invited to try out.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A light dusting has caused some blowing snow across roadways in Whitley County this morning (Thursday, Nov. 13).
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Columbia City's Fire Department was summoned to The Post & Mail shortly before 5 p.m. Wednesday when a heating unit servicing the business office area of the newspaper emitted a small amount of smoke.
CCFD was called as a precautionary measure. The fire department's infra-red imaging revealed a hot spot in the housing of one of the four heating units, which apparently caused the minor smoke problem.
There was no damage and the newspaper's business office will open as usual at 8 a.m. Thursday.