Archive - Dec 13, 2012
Those participating in the most recent www.thepostandmail.com Online Poll said "No" to legalizing marijuana in Indiana because they deem it "a gateway drug."
Forty-five percent of respondents voted "no" on the legalization question.
However, 38 percent voted in favor of legalization because "it will increase revenue for the state."
Meanwhile, 13 percent said marijuana "should be decriminalized, not legalized."
Additionally, 4 percent voted "I don't care what the state does."
More than 100 votes were recorded in the poll.
Sondra Kay Bishop, 69, of Columbia City, died at 5 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where she had been a resident since July 2008.
She was born Jan. 24, 1943, in Marion, a daughter of Cecil and Mary (Counterman) Simpson. On July 22, 1962, she was united in marriage to Richard K. Bishop.
Surviving relatives include four children, five grandchildren,a sister and three brothers.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Helen Bishop.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City.
Laurell E. â€śTuneyâ€ť Leitch, 82, a resident of rural LaOtto and a life-long resident of Green Township, passed away at 12:32 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne following an extended illness.
Mr. Leitch was born on Dec. 15, 1929, in Kendallville, a son of Noah T. and Edna (Diffendarfer) Leitch.
The surviving relatives include his wife Mary Ann, two daughters, a sister, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety moved Tuesday to begin work on storm sewers before Phase II of the Line Street Project begins next year.
Wigent Excavation was awarded the bid for $41,045, and should begin work immediately, according to Jeff Walker, Community Development Director for Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Common Council met Tuesday and among other agenda items, discussed some changes to personnel policy for city employees. Among the most talked about changes were a policy require employees to wear identification badges while they are on duty and rules regarding smoking locations at city buildings.
The identification policy is in place, according to Mayor Ryan Daniel, so that residents can have confidence that the people working with them are city employees. Council member Bill Simpson said that the policy would not be necessary for officers in uniform.
FORT WAYNE â€” Jessica Harrison, a Columbia City High School graduate, works as a disc jockey for 106.3 clickhop.com â€” but she didnâ€™t interview for the job in a traditional way.
A contest was held earlier this year to find a co-host for the radio morning show, â€śNugget in the morning.â€ť Harrison turned in a video which was voted on by friends, family and the stationâ€™s listeners.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Center for Whitley County Youth recently received a grant of $45,000 from the Dekko Foundation. The grant will be used to further The Centerâ€™s Building Hope project.
Jeff Wike, The Centerâ€™s executive director, said the project is just over the half-way mark to its goal of raising $210,00.
In December of 2011, The Center was able to purchase its building debt free. Owning the building free and clear means the organization eliminated $10,000 a year in rent payments.
Pizza Hut-WingStreet in Columbia City is offering yummy Christmas wishes to its customers and to all readers of The Post & Mail.
"Joy, Hope, Love, Peace, Health and Harmony," are the Christmas wish toppings offered by Pizza Hut-WingStreet employees. "Who says you can't have it all? Merry Christmas and many thanks for your loyal patronage. We look forward to seeing you soon!"
The popular restaurant is famously located at U.S. 30 and Ind. 9 in Columbia City. It has become "holiday party central" for many area families. Telephone number is 260 248-2566 if you prefer carry out or delivery.
DELAND â€” Former Whitko basketball stand-out and freshman point guard at Stetson University Logan Irwin has left the Division I school and plans to transfer closer to home.
â€śWeâ€™re obviously disappointed. We had high hopes for Logan,â€™â€™ Head Coach Casey Alexander told the Daytona News Journal. â€śHe was brought here to be part of the solution to get our program headed in the right direction. For him to decide to leave so quickly puts us in a bind, but we understand heâ€™s a long way from home.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€“ A conflict of interest made choosing a trash contractor â€śreally tough.â€ť
â€śThis is a tough decision,â€ť said Council President Tony Starkey. â€śThese guys are both friends of mine.â€ť Starkey was referring to town council member Steve Smith and his associate with Whitley Environmental.
Smith removed himself from all discussion as well as the final vote on trash collection bids due to his personal tie with one of the companies vying for the right to collect South Whitleyâ€™s trash.