November 23rd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City was on fire from the tip-off in Whitley County‚Äôs boys basketball season opener against Whitko Wednesday.
The Eagles shot 90 percent in 3-pointers in the opening half en route to a lopsided 69-26 win over their county rivals. Mason Coverstone sparked Columbia City, hitting the first of nine Eagle 3-pointers in the first half.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Smith-Green Community School‚Äôs board meeting was well attended Monday, as Interim Superintendent Ralph Bailey presented his solution to the near-half a million dollars‚Äô worth of budget cuts.
‚ÄúNo one loves the person who has to make the budget,‚ÄĚ Bailey said. ‚ÄúI am the one responsible for it and I take that very seriously.‚ÄĚ
Bailey told of the months working with Business Manager Todd Fleetwood.
‚ÄúThis is nothing I‚Äôm happy about, but small schools are losing funding ‚Äď thanks to the government,‚ÄĚ Bailey said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In the near future, Whitley County‚Äôs Commissioners will be meeting with Allen County Commissioners to hear what they have to say about a possible road project ‚ÄĒ coinciding with the county line.
The estimated $2.2 million project would move part of East CR 900 S., in Whitley County, to connect with Liberty Mills in Allen County.
‚ÄúThose who want it will tell you the benefit is it‚Äôs a dangerous intersection, and we need to cure that,‚ÄĚ said Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Early morning shoppers morphed into turkey day shoppers as many retailers offered holiday deals on Thanksgiving Day.
Black Friday was instituted to boost a stumbling economy in 1939 by Franklin Roosevelt. But this year, the sales started a day early.
Locally, Wal-Mart started its holiday shopping season at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night. That led shoppers on a mission to find the best Black Friday deals to ask a difficult question: Deal with the crowds now or later?
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Speaking on behalf of all the bus drivers in Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Transportation Director Keith Kohut said the more than 750,000 miles traveled each year plays a major role in student success.
‚ÄúAs an extension of the classroom, our drivers set an example for students,‚ÄĚ said Kohut. ‚ÄúIn most cases, our drivers are the first school representative to greet the students and parents of students who ride the bus in the morning. A simple ‚Äėhello‚Äô goes a long way to helping our students start the day on a positive note.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Unemployment numbers for October are in ‚ÄĒ with Whitley County seeing a new low of 6.8 percent.
‚ÄúThis is pretty significant,‚ÄĚ said Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President Alan Tio. ‚ÄúFrom what I understand, this is the lowest we‚Äôve seen in nearly four years.‚ÄĚ
According to the EDC, employment for Whitley County was down 7.6 percent in September of this year, making a difference of nearly one percent.
‚ÄúA one percent difference is a couple hundred people,‚ÄĚ said Tio.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Like iconic images captured by Norman Rockwell, families will gather today around dinner tables across the nation.
Turkey day traditions that span generations include holiday services, school programs as well as homemade food dishes and desserts.
In the United States, the first Thanksgiving wasn‚Äôt held around any elaborate dining room furniture or served on bone china.
In 1621, a celebration at Plymouth, now in present-day Massachusetts, was held to celebrate a bountiful harvest.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď Although relatives can wear on nerves during holiday gatherings, "family" was the dominant answer in the most recent results from The Post & Mail's online poll.
When asked to complete the question, "Thanksgiving is a time for . . ." 51 percent of respondents chose "family," 34 percent chose "feeling grateful," 9 percent chose "food" and 6 percent chose "football."
You can participate in this week's online poll by going to the home page of www.thepostandmail.com and finding the poll question on the right side of the page.
Ethel Belle Smith, 86, of Columbia City, died at 1:32 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at Miller‚Äôs Merry Manor where she had been a resident since March 2008.
She was born Feb. 24, 1926, in Portland, a daughter of William Henry and Estella May (Nickerson) Miller. Her formative years were spent in Portland where she attended Mount Zion School.
On Oct. 7, 1944, she was united in marriage to Herman E. Smith. They made their home in Waynedale until 1977 when they moved to Old Lake. Mr. Smith died Nov. 28, 2001. In 2002, Ethel Belle moved to Columbia City.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Markers were handed out and people were encouraged to write on the walls of the meeting room in South Whitley Tuesday, located next to the Town Hall.
The South Whitley Plan Com-mission held a brainstorming session for residents to write down suggestions on ways the town could improve.
Anna Simmons, plan commission president, said, ‚ÄúWe did this at our last meeting and we got some great ideas. I hope to have more meetings in the future to determine the priority of each suggestion in the different categories.‚ÄĚ