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4-Hers take a trip

June 26, 2013

Fifth and sixth graders in Whitley County 4-H went on a one-day trip Friday. They were awarded this trip through an application process and based on their 4-H achievement.

The group went to Fort Wayne and had a tour of Parkview Field including the Tincaps’ dugout and visitors’ locker room. They then went to the Botanical Gardens and saw the butterfly display. Lunch was had at Coney Island. The day ended with a tour of DeBrand’s Chocolate factory which included sampling the chocolate treats.

CANI hopes to fill Head Start openings

June 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) Head Start is looking to fill open spots in its nonprofit, social service agency.

Head Start is a free, comprehensive preschool program for low-income, three-to five year old children and works to provide quality education in order to prepare children for kindergarten.

Michelle Woodard is a family advocate for CANI and a mom who recognizes the importance of early learning.

“The preschool will have several openings in the fall, and perhaps even in spring, which we would like to fill,” Woodard said.

Merit board hears update

June 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Sheriff Merit Board received an update on personnel and investments at a meeting last week.

Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton, who ran the meeting in absence of Sheriff Mark Hodges, informed the board of the latest news regarding Deputy Chuck Vogely, former detective.

Gatton said Vogely accepted his discipline for a drunk-driving incident in April and was suspended.

He will return to duty July 22. Board members heard updates on interviews as well.

Members of the merit board will interview four candidates for two openings within the department.

Scrambled at Old Settlers Days

June 26, 2013

Cassie Freewalt (left) and Chasey Weimer take a ride on The Scrambler at Tuesday’s opening night of Old Settlers Days in downtown Columbia City.

See a complete list of events on Page A3 of the June 26 issue of The Post and Mail.

SHUT DOWN: Lights out for past due utility bills

June 26, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Two weeks ago, South Whitley Town Manager Dave Wilkinson informed town council members that numerous utility customers were delinquent 90 days or more.

An estimated $12,000 was owed in past due electrical bills. Town Council President Tony Starkey was “shocked” at the escalating amount.

“This is a big number,” Starkey said at the June 11 meeting. “We’ve got to get something in place that addresses this in a uniform fashion.”

MAKING IT THEIR OWN: Col. City begins crafting Utility Rate board

June 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Work has begun for Columbia City to reestablish its Utility Rate Advisory Board.

The advisory board has been dormant for some time, but this spring Mayor Ryan Daniel said he wanted to revive it, because the city decided to opt out of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission earlier this year.

At Columbia City’s Common Council meeting Tuesday, amendments were proposed to the city’s Utility Rate Advisory Board ordinance.

One change from the previous ordinance included eliminating connection to political parties.

CITY PROPERTY PURCHASE: Board of Works votes to make offer on Market Street house

June 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City took the first step in expanding its property Tuesday.

The city’s Board of Works and Public Safety unanimously approved making an offer on a house adjacent to City Hall at 210 W. Market St.

Mayor Ryan Daniel said he and Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle have been researching property purchase for the city for some time.

“We are running out of space,” he said, referring to storage at City Hall and parking throughout downtown.

WORKING ON THE RAILROAD: Passenger trains may return to area

June 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — High-speed train service through Warsaw is being discussed which could conveniently transport Whitley County residents to Chicago.

According to area media, the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association says a case can be made for high-speed passenger train service that would travel between Columbus, Ohio and Chicago.

Should the service be put in place, stops are being discussed in the following cities: Fort Wayne, Warsaw, Plymouth, Valparaiso and Gary.

OLD SETTLERS DAYS: Armstrong named newest Red Coat

June 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Each year, the Tuesday of Old Settlers Days brings past festival presidents to a banquet held for the purpose of naming of a new Red Coat member.

Last year’s newest Red Coat, Dr. John Meier, announced to those in attendance at last night’s dinner that Don Armstrong would be this year’s member to don the prestigious coat.

Armstrong made his way to Columbia City after being named head football coach in 1965.

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