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DIFFERENCE MAKER: Childress: Rookie year ends on a high note

March 31, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — A new director for Churubusco Junior-Senior High School’s show choir New Era, has seen much success in his first year.

New directors have been a trend for New Era, as there have been four directors in the past four years.

This year is the first with Mr. Aaron Childress as director. Under the helm of Childress, the show choir has had a season to remember.

Among the highlights was a Grand Champion win at Homestead High School’s invitational this year.

Unemployment down in region

March 31, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — If ever there was a number Whitley County residents would want to see decline, it is the unemployment percentage.

According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, job growth is rising in Northeast Indiana.

Although Indiana as a whole saw a slight increase in unemployment data — up to 6.9 percent in February — the Northeast Indiana region added 6,945 jobs to the workforce in the past 12 months, 33 percent were added last month alone.

FIX IT: Better weather bodes well for spring improvement

March 31, 2014

It's time to start thinking about your spring home improvement projects – and The Post & Mail and our business partners have a special guide for you to enjoy in Monday's edition.

The special tabloid section is inserted Monday and outlines possible projects, tips and suggestions. Supported by Post & Mail advertisers, the publication and the advertising shows how, when and where you can obtain excellent pricing, service and ideas for your spring home improvement projects.

March 30th

Artistic inspiration spans decades

March 30, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — As a child, art projects were a common family activity for Daniel Malicki, of South Whitley.

His father, Wally, was the art teacher at Whitko High School, so it seemed only natural that painting, drawing and other artistic elements would a part of Malicki’s childhood.

Now, Malicki’s day-to-day routine still incorporates brushes, pencils and paints, but it is more than a hobby — it’s a passion.

Malicki is in his second year teaching art to students at Whitko High School. He picked up the position when his father retired, after 35 years of teaching at WHS.

March 29th

SHINING STARS

March 29, 2014

Mary Raber Elementary School recently celebrated its March Shining Stars. Students were recognized for using their life skills, treating people right, and doing the right thing. Shining stars for March include — Kindergarten: Devin Haskin, Brodie Thorn, Hailey Weber, Harley Holdeman and Carsyn Brewer. First grade: Isaac VonHoldt, Landon Fazio, Madison Fee, Addison Tackett and Judah Weir. Second grade: Garrison Gavin (not pictured), Hailey Soliday, Cara Sue Thorn, Xaiden McKenzie and Janiel Soto Vargas. Third grade: Zoe Whitacre, Jasmine Craig, Alexander Hamilton and Lucas Harber.

SELFIE SATURDAY: Rachel Alexander

March 29, 2014

Rachel Alexander, of Columbia City, has worked at Accu-Tool, Inc. for 13 years as quality control manager and as an orthopedic machinist.
Alexander enjoys gardening, live music and chasing her six year old son Isaac around.

She currently volunteers within the community as a director with Giving Gardens of Indiana, a coordinator on several Parent-Teacher Organization projects for Coesse Elementary School and she volunteered in the past with Special Olympics and Whole Health Wellness Center.
Alexander has lived in Columbia City all but two years of her life.

Kilgores returning full service station to city

March 29, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After an absence of a year, a local family is filling what it calls a “need” in Columbia City.

George and Jane Kilgore, along with their daughter Stephanie, are reopening the former Hammond Oil location on North Line Street.

Renaming the business Kilgore Oil, the family plans to bring back a full-service fuel station to the community.

“We just saw a need,” George said. “Everyone was saying, ‘someone needs to open that.’”

Sunday bulletin

March 29, 2014

Big Lake COG
The Kuyasa Kids, Horizon International’s acclaimed ambassador choir from Capetown, South Africa, will be in concert at Big Lake Church of God Wednesday, at 7 p.m.
Horizon International is a nonprofit Christian relief and development organization dedicated to creating a world of hope for orphans affected by HIV or AIDS.
For more information about the Kuyasa kids, the tour, or Horizon International, go to www.horizoninternationalinc.com.

Col. City UM

Local officials: Pence makes ‘good move’ with Common Core

March 29, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Many local officials agree with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s decision earlier this week to do away with Common Core.

“Politically, the move was a good one for the governor and probably for the schools as well,” Whitko Community School Corporation Superintendent Steve Clason said. “It shows leadership and that he listens to his political backers.”

More than five years after U.S. governors began a bipartisan effort to set new standards in American schools, the Common Core initiative morphed into a political tempest, fueling division among Republicans.

March 28th

Police find truck of home invasion suspects

March 29, 2014

NOBLE COUNTY — After an elderly couple was tied up for several hours by two intruders in the early morning hours Friday, police began a search for the truck the suspects allegedly left in.

Around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, police notified media that the truck had been found in Fort Wayne.

According to a press release from the Noble County Sheriff’s Department, two people broke into the home at the 8100 block of East 200 South, LaOtto in Noble County around midnight.

The two men were armed and woke up the couple in the home.

 

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