January 2nd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indiana has 47,000 farms that are 220 acres or less. More than 75 percent of the stateâ€™s farms fall into the â€śsmall farmâ€ť category, according to a 2007 Census of Agriculture. With such a high percentage of small farms in the state, agriculture legislation should be a hot topic among voters.
However, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack reportedly appeared at a forum where he said rural America is â€śbecoming less and less relevant.â€ť He encouraged voters with a stake in agriculture to speak up so rural America can still have a voice.
A group of New Yearâ€™s revelers scamper into Blue Lake Tuesday afternoon for the annual Polar Bear Plunge. Approximately 20 people braved the sub-freezing temperatures.
Today starts off with chilly temperatures barely in the double digits. With a high of only 25 degrees, take precautions to stay warm.
The week's forecast shows low temperatures in the mid teens and highs in the 20s. We will see a bit of a warm up over the weekend.
Don't let winter weather and cold temperatures catch you by surprise. Consider placing extra coats, blankets, socks, gloves and other items in your vehicle. In the event you should experience a break down or fender bender, you'll be able to stay warm.
The Post & Mail will roll out a brand new design tomorrow to kick off the new year. Readers will notice a new design approach geared to deliver news in a concise and fresh look. Be sure to get your copy to not only see the new design, but also meet some of the new faces at The Post & Mail.
Happy New Year.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the sixth of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Passionate. Dedicated. Loyal. Dependable. Reliable. Those are all words long-time Columbia City High School Athletic Director Geoff Penrod used to describe one of the schoolâ€™s greatest servants â€” Andrew Thompson. From the classroom to the sports arena, Thompson helps out wherever he can.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s YMCA recently welcomed Tara Kuhmichel as the Early Learning Childcare director. In July, the YMCA took over where Stepping Stones Day Care left off. After the day care program was closed, most of the Stepping Stones staff made the switch to the YMCAâ€™s Early Learning Childcare program.
The childcare program was a first for the YMCA, but Executive Director Erica Miller saw the community need and worked quickly to fill in the gap. Now the early learning center has a new director and is continuing to grow the program it so quickly took on.
December 31st, 2012
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Racing against the clock, the White House reached agreement with congressional Republicans late Monday on a deal to prevent across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts to government programs from taking effect at midnight, according to administration and Senate Democratic officials.
These officials said a New Year's Eve vote in the Senate to ratify the deal was possible later in the evening, barring opposition from majority Democrats.
Jessie H. Sutton, 84, of Portland, passed away at 12:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the Jay County Hospital in Portland. She was born Tuesday, April 3, 1928, in Hartford City.
Surviving relatives include two sons, a daughter, two sisters, a brother, nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held at Walker & Glancy Funeral Home, 109 W. Windsor St., Montpelier Tuesday from 2 to 7 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Wednesday.
L. M. â€śLeeâ€ť Kilgore, 97, of Columbia City, died at 12:10 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where she had been a resident since August.
She was born Oct. 4, 1915, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of William H. and Mary Ellen (Doolittle) Radke. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne where she attended school.
On Sept. 25, 1947, she and Woodward â€śWoodyâ€ť Kilgore eloped to Indianapolis. They did not reveal their marriage until they found a place to live several weeks later. Mr. Kilgore died Nov. 16, 1975.
George Lewis Hontz, 76, of Ligonier, passed away at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, with his family by his side.
He was born on Dec. 24, 1936 in Warsaw, to Ralph and Lillie (Tom) Hontz. He married Linda Murphy June 10, 1972.
Surviving relatives include his wife, Linda of Ligonier; son, Terry (Donna) Hontz of Ligonier; sister, Darlene (Sonny) Myers of Columbia City and a grandpuppy, Ace, whom he loved very much.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Lillie Hontz; two brothers, Curtis and Tom Hontz and his grandparents.