July 26th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools will soon go about the task of selecting a new school board member.
Chris Bechtold was elected in 2010 and took office in 2011. He announced his resignation, effective Aug. 5, because he will be taking a teaching position at Eagle Tech Academy. Board members are not permitted to hold teaching positions.
To fill the vacancy, the school board has asked for those interested to submit their interest, in writing, to the superintendent.
Children at the Peabody Public Library celebrated J.R.R. Tolkienâ€™s â€śThe Hobbitâ€ť Tuesday with a party.
Four teams participated in a scavenger hunt, following clues throughout the library in search of their own â€śring.â€ť Party goers dug in a wading pool full of sand to search for â€śtreasure.â€ť
Pictured, from left, are Kiylin Gaff (10), Georgia Lieb (14), Katie Thompson (14), Daryan Austin (9), Anakha Austin (13), Aeris Austin (11) and Daniel Thompson (11).
The boys 200-meter freestyle relay squad broke the Columbia City Clubâ€™s team record and won the event at the league championships at Pine Valley Country Club last week.
From left: Nathan Koch, Robby Owen, Jared Mertz and Shane Bufkin, all on the Columbia City High School varsity swim team.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s top athletes will be on display in The Post & Mailâ€™s Athletes of the Year special section â€” inserted today.
The special section also includes The Post & Mailâ€™s selections for male and female Athletes of the Year, two Columbia City High School athletes.
Players of the Week from the 2012-13 school year will also be reviewed, as well as the honorable mention selections.
Contact Nicole Ott, email@example.com, for your suggestions for Athlete of the Week this upcoming season.
Please include name, team and reason why they are a good choice.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Fall sports are set to begin within the next month for high schools all around Whitley County.
Before athletes can take to the gridiron, court or course, though, practice must be held.
First official practices for Columbia City High School teams are as follows: Girls golf will be Friday, Aug. 2, at 9 a.m. at Eagle Glen Golf Course.
The rest of the Eaglesâ€™ fall sports will kick off Monday, Aug. 5.
Football will hold a meeting at 3, with two practice sessions to follow. These events will be at the football practice field and the athletic building.
Choleene Leinker, of Columbia City, is the proud owner of a 4-year-old Shih Tzu named Scooter, pictured.
â€śScooter is the love of my life,â€ť said Leinker. â€śI spoil him rotten, but he is worth it.â€ť
Leinkerâ€™s pup was featured in a nationwide column, Ask Heloise.
The Columbia City native had her pooch photographed for the columnâ€™s weekly pets feature.
â€śI just had him groomed. Kelley with Precious Pets does a great job with him,â€ť Leinker said. â€śI think heâ€™s the cutest little dog ever.â€ť
See more loveable pets on pages B6-B8 of the July 26 issue of The Post and Mail.
Concerning my ability to stay afloat in 10 feet of water:
- I'm a fish, not a problem.
- I think I could stay afloat awhile.
- I'd sink like a rock.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Several of Whitley County's youngest leaders received a boost recently thanks to the support of Operation RoundUP and Northeastern REMC.
Leadership Whitley County's Young Adult Inititaive was awarded $900 in grant funds to provide partial scholarships for each of the Whitley County High School students participating in the program.
Full tuition to the program is $600. Since incorporating students in the program two years ago, LWC has worked to partner with local supporters in an effort to offset the cost of tuition to the students.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A company that received financial incentives from Columbia City has been permitted to move out of city limits without penalty.
Warner Electric received city CEDIT money to help finance growth in 2009.
A provision of that agreement was to keep the company within the city limits.
Alan Tio, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation, along with a representative of the company, were on hand at Tuesdayâ€™s Common Council meeting, informing city leaders that Warner Electric would be moving to the former USSI Building, just outside of Columbia City.
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.