January 21st, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY -- Whitley County's Relay for Life kick off party that was scheduled for this evening is postponed due to the hazardous weather conditions.
The event will be scheduled, although Relay Committee members have not determined a date. The Post & Mail will have further updates as they become available.
Ind. 14, east of Ind. 9 in Whitley County was drifted drifted across the road Sunday afternoon, despite state highway trucks plowing the roads in tandem. All three Whitley County school districts were closed Monday due to many county roads being drifted shut. Cold temperatures are on the way, with sub-zero temperatures in the forecast for the second week in January.
An open invitation has been issued to Whitley County residents to photographically document their winter life â two-days only â on Super Bowl Weekend (and Groundhog Day) â February 1-2.
Photo submissions to this special Post & Mail project will be placed in a unique newspaper publication to be published in late February.
âA Winter Weekend in the Life of Whitley Countyâ will herald slice-of-life happenings in our county community, such as community events, family outings, work-related activities â just about anything imaginable.
Randall W. âRandyâ Scott passed away Jan. 10, 2014, at Millerâs Merry Manor in Columbia City, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Oct. 12, 1953, in Paoli, a son to Cody W. and Lillian M. Kesterson Scott.
He moved to Larwill in 1973, and later moved to Ohio where he worked for Carpenters Amusement.
He was a member of the U.S. National Guard. He enjoyed Nascar, football, action movies, country music, camping and spending time with his family.
Marjorie J. Saffer, 89, formerly of Columbia City, died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Hamilton House in Fort Wayne where she had been a resident since January 2010.
She was born Nov. 17, 1924, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Leon B. and Blanche V. (Layman) Williams. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. She graduated from South Side High School.
COLUMBIA CITY â After local elected officials voiced concerns surrounding Ind. Gov. Mike Penceâs proposal to eliminate the Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT), economic development leader Alan Tio, offered his perspective on the future of Whitley County without the tax.
âItâs wonât completely tie our hands, as far as economic development,â Tio said. âIt will mean we have to look at things a little differently.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Several inches of snowfall Saturday, coupled with dry conditions and blowing winds caused schools to close Monday.
All three Whitley County school districts were out for the day, as many county roads were drifted shut Monday morning.
Another closure may mean that the school year will be extended into summer break, as many districts were closed for an entire week after Winter Storm Ion hit Jan. 5.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City High Schoolâs show choirs, City Lights and City Heat, opened competition season Saturday at Twin Lakes in Monticello.
City Lights, an all girls choir, earned first-runner up. City Heat, a mixed boy-girl squad, took home second-runner up.
CCHSâs show choirs will compete again in two weeks at Northrop High School.
Karyle Genth, music teacher at Indian Springs Middle School, is well-known in Northeast Indiana for her dedication to the show choir community.
This will be her 14th year directing the middle schoolâs show choir, City Stars.
COLUMBIA CITY â The official start of Whitley Countyâs Relay for Life season begins Tuesday night with a party at 6 p.m. a Parkview Hospital.
As part of the nightâs festivities, food and entertainment will be provided and the 2014 event theme will be unveiled.
Event Chair Cathy Cronin said the party is a way to learn exactly what Relay for Life is about.
Temperatures warmed slightly Sunday which caused icicles to form on this house on Washington Street in Columbia City. Whitley County will once again brace itself for sub-zero temperatures that are expected to hit the region this week.