COLUMBIA CITY â€” Approximately 8,500 all-hazards alert radios were distributed by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) to local emergency management agencies across the state â€” 75 of them going to Whitley County. The purpose of the radios is to provide early alerts to â€śat-riskâ€ť Hoosiers.
â€śOn average, weâ€™ve received 50 alert radios for the past couple years now, and most of them have been distributed to those who are elderly or low income,â€ť said Whitley County Emergency Management Agency Director Cathy Broxon-Ball.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Beginning Jan. 9, students attending Whitko Community School Corporation will start their school day a half hour later on Wednesdays.
The delay in the schoolsâ€™ start time comes after the school board passed the amendment at its last meeting.
â€śWeâ€™ve needed to find a way to give our teachers time for professional development,â€ť said Steve Clason, Whitko schoolsâ€™ superintendent.
â€śThis weekly delay will allow us to spend more time developing educational programs that will enhance our schools.â€ť
Churubusco Elementary School's Chimers entertained holiday shoppers at the New Era Show Choir bazaar. The choir program hosts a bazaar each year as a fundraiser for its competition season expenses. As a part of the annual event, the Chimers perform.
Sue Lough, the group's director, is the music teacher for CES. She said most of the group is made up first year members. The Chimers were also featured on The Sounds of The Season program which airs throughout the holidays on PBS channel 39.
See more pictures of the Chimers on the Post & Mail's Facebook page.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Friends and family gathered Saturday at Morsches Park to honor Alex Trabertâ€™s memory. The skate park, located near the front of Morsches Park, will now be known as the Alex Trabert Memorial Extreme Sports Park.
Alex, a 2007 graduate of Columbia City High School, was killed Nov. 25 in a hit-and-run accident in Indianapolis.
Saturdayâ€™s event was not the typical somber occasion, but more â€śextreme.â€ť Friends spent the afternoon sporting tricks on skateboards and bicycles while others took part in a cook out.
ANGOLA â€” Police in Angola said an explosive put inside a doll caused a blast that rattled people in nearby homes.
Various reports to area media said the boom was heard around 6:50 p.m. in the 200 block of Henry Street, Angola.
Police Chief Stu Hamblen told an area paper that no injuries or damage were reported.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the chimney taken down and gutting in progress, Columbia Cityâ€™s Park Department hopes to have new bathrooms in the pavilion at Morsches Park by next spring.
â€śThe bathrooms down here werenâ€™t nice, and itâ€™s one of those things that has needed an upgrade for some time,â€ť said Columbia City Director Mark Green.
Before the work began in the pavilion, there were two sets of menâ€™s and womenâ€™s restrooms â€” one set accessible from the inside and one from the outside.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While several ideas exist at the state level on how to bring in more money for roads and bridges, Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Michael Barton said raising the current 18-cents-a-gallon gas tax is not one of them.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Post & Mail received three awards, including two first-place awards at the Hoosier State Press Associationsâ€™s annual recognition ceremony Saturday.
Nicole Ott received a first-place award for Best News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure for her article in the Dec. 1, 2011 issue entitled â€śWater rescue: Five people in two vehicles hit high water, get stranded.â€ť
Five people were stuck on top of their cars for more than an hour after they drifted off due to high water on the roadway.
Dallas Roy Coyle, 70, of Thorncreek Township, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday morning, Dec. 3, 2012.
He was born March 7, 1942, in Goshen a son of Lloyd Junior and Elizabeth R. (Shaffer) Coyle.
As a young boy, his family moved to Tri Lakes where he attended Thorncreek School and graduated from Columbia City Joint High School in 1960.
He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Nov. 15, 1960. In 1962, he married Ingrid Vivian Carlson in Portland, Maine. Following his active discharge in 1964, they moved to Columbia City.
Almetta Green, 91, a resident of rural Churubusco and widow of John W. â€śBillâ€ť Green, passed away at 3:05 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at the family residence following a lengthy illness.
Mrs. Green was born Sept. 29, 1921, in Grant County, a daughter of Wilbur and Millie (Corey) Nelson. She spent her formative years there and graduated from Van Buren High School in 1939.