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March 13th, 2013

NEW POPE: Catholic church has new pope; white smoke rises

March 13, 2013

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Catholic church has chosen a new pope.

White smoke is billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning 115 cardinals in a papal conclave have elected a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.

The new pope is expected to appear on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica within an hour, after a church official announces "Habemus Papum" — "We have a pope" — and gives the name of the new pontiff in Latin.

WATER BILLS: City Council mulls sewer rate increase

March 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With an eye on the future, the Columbia City Common Council discussed the possibility of increases to sewer rates.

Jeff Rowe of H.J. Umbaugh was at Tuesday’s council meeting and gave a presentation on where the city is at with the sewage department. Phase II-B of the Long-Term Control Plan is set for construction in 2019, with planning scheduled for 2017. With the current estimated price tag between $7 and 10 million, Rowe was consulting the city on the next steps to take.

TEENS TAKE STAND AGAINST VIOLENCE: Presentation depicts dating aggression

March 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “Change the rage in this room.” This was the goal for eight students from Columbia City, Whitko and Churubusco high schools as they came together to present “The Outrage,” a dramatic presentation authored by Safehome.

Columbia City High School students watched the 20-minute play that conveyed a story of a teenager, Rachel, played by WHS senior Tiffany Schuman, faced with an aggressive boyfriend, Adam, played by CCHS junior Josh Graham.

SOUTH WHITLEY BUSINESS: Grain dust kicks up concerns

March 13, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Blanche Kilander, a South Whitley resident, came to the town council Tuesday to express a health concern she felt was coming from a business in town.

Synergy Feeds LLC, 401 N. Main St., is a business which processes corn for animal feed and operates in partnership with Ag Plus.

Kilander told the council the grain elevator kicks up dust and has aggravated a breathing problem for her husband, Mike, 66.

A petition was presented to the council asking the business to reduce the amount of dust produced from the elevator.

2013 LEADERS OF TOMORROW: Jay Petrie

March 13, 2013

Editor’s note: All three Whitley County high school principals were asked to nominate three students who they deemed up and coming leaders.
Each student was asked a series of questions and will be highlighted during the next week. A boy and girl will be selected by The Post & Mail as the overall Leaders of Tomorrow.

CHURUBUSCO — Jay Petrie is a senior at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School.

Q: What activities are you involved in at school or within the community?

RAIN BARRELS: Board of Works discusses program

March 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Rain barrels were on the plate for the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety Tuesday.

A rain barrel program was proposed at last month’s meeting. This would be a partnership between the city and citizens whereby residents would purchase a rain barrel and have the city reimburse $30 of the cost. The barrel would be placed to catch rain water coming off of the roofs of houses. This would then prevent water from going into the combined storm and sewer system.

Injuries, inexperience befall ’Busco

March 13, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Having two of three senior players miss time due to injuries would make for a rough season for just about any team.

That’s what happened to Churubusco’s girls basketball team during its 2012-13 season, as the Lady Eagles finished the year 3-18.

Savannah Labenz had returned for her senior season to start at point guard for the Lady Eagles. Unfortunately, her high school finale was cut short by a torn labrum suffered shortly before Christmas that caused her to miss the remainder of the season.

WHITLEY COUNTY LIFE: Special section series will focus on life quality here

March 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY ­— “Whitley County LIFE: Learning, Living & Lots of Fun” is a series of special sections to be published in The Post & Mail that will focus on quality of life issues.

The series of special sections will be published Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in The Post & Mail.

The sections will be exciting, graphic-oriented compilations by the newspaper’s award-winning news-editorial staff examining criteria for Whitley County concerning livability.

Such topics as life-long learning, life quality attributes and recreational opportunities are among the topics.

March 12th

MORE JOBS: Pence to make an announcement regarding area jobs

March 12, 2013

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is scheduled to join executives from 80/20 Inc., an aluminum components provider, at an economic development announcement Wednesday.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation said the announcement will be made at 3:45 p.m. at 1701 S. 400 E., Columbia City.

MISCONDUCT CASE: Final pretrial conference set for May

March 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A trial date has been announced for a South Whitley man accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.

Timothy Swihart, 19, was arrested Jan. 11 for the charge, which is a Class C felony. He appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday. His attorney, Jeff Arnold, made a motion for a trial date, which was arranged for May 14 and 15, beginning at 9 a.m.

The final pre-trial conference will be May 6 at 9 a.m.

Swihart was alleged to have had sexual relations twice with a 14-year-old girl in the fall of 2012.

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