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February 5th, 2015
Passages Profiles â15 is a 10-week series of features published each Thursday about the people of Passages, the local organization that has been serving those with intellectual disabilities since 1954.
COLUMBIA CITY â The first thing one notices about Matt Gibson is not any disability but rather an infectious smile and the way he engages those around him.
Matt has been involved with Passages for five years.
Gibson has also been a participant in Passagesâ summer program.
COLUMBIA CITY â Before he passed away, a South Whitley man donated his extensive Native American Artifact collection to the Whitley County Historical Society.
The late Richard âDickâ Kranfieldâs unique collection will be on display at the Whitley County Historical Museum.
His collection was started more than 30 years ago. He numbered each of his items â numbering in the thousands.
Officials at the Whitley County Historical Society said the artifacts range from perfect condition to ârough flakes.â
WHITLEY COUNTY â Whitley Countyâs Prosecutorâs Office is leading the state in child support collections, according to 2014 data.
Case filings by the office were down 17 percent from 2013. There were 76 Circuit Court criminal filings, down 12 percent from the previous year, and down 18 percent from their high in 2010. Superior Court criminal filings stood at 611, 19 percent less than in 2013 and down almost 23 percent from their five-year high of 782.
COLUMBIA CITY â Just as Whitley County residents got themselves unburied from about a foot of snow over the weekend, more winter weather is in Whitley County this week, and more is to come this weekend.
Street and highway crews worked through Tuesday, clearing snow from roadways and intersections.
Another inch of snow is expected in the area tonight, and more snow is in the forecast for tomorrow.
LARWILL â The victim of a fatal house fire in Larwill Sunday night is believed to be identified as Clarance âJiggsâ Lehman, age 83.
Lehman is listed as the property owner of the home that caught fire, located at 6810 W. U.S. 30.
Crews were called to the scene, located north of U.S. 30, just east of Ind. 5, at approximately 6 p.m. Sunday.
Fire crews found the body of the victim inside.
COLUMBIA CITY â âThis is a big concern for us.â
Patricia OâConnor, Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ superintendent, is more than concerned about a recent state mandate that will cut $600,000 from the districtâs budget by 2016.
The new budget shortfall comes from how the district will pay its staffâs pensions.
In 2014, the schools were responsible for half, or $298,481.50, of the yearly cost for the pensions.
The Post & Mail has produced a Columbia City High School Legacy Football Poster â and itâs now available for purchase at the newspaper office. The full-color poster measures 36â x 24â and is suitable for framing. Itâs truly a work of art and will look great in a family room, den, business office, lounge or âmancave.â
WHITLEY COUNTY â Final snowfall amounts have been recorded by the National Weather Service on the snow storm that passed through Northern Indiana last weekend, and local residents and street departments continue to dig out of the aftermath.
The northern part of the county received the most snowfall, approximately 12 to 15 inches, while the southern part of the county recorded about 8 to 10 inches.
The central part of the county had a range from 10 to 12 inches.
Whitley County Travel Status Upgraded
A news release at 3:02 p.m. from the Whitley County Emergency Management Agency:
"It is the opinion of the Whitley County Highway Department, and other agencies responsible for reporting the conditions of the roadways in the county, that we upgrade our travel status from a WATCH to an ADVISORY. We will reassess conditions tomorrow afternoon and determine the safest course of action, as it relates to returning to NORMAL travel status, at that time."