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January 21st, 2015

WCCS CUTS: Buses included in budget constraints

January 21, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — In light of budgeting restrictions, Whitley County Consolidated Schools has elected to cut back its new school bus purchases for 2015.
The district was scheduled to purchase four new school buses this year, but elected to only buy three.
The school board approved the purchases, which total $352,000 for two 78-passenger buses and one 54-passenger special needs bus.

COUNTY COMPENSATION: Public notice details pay of county workers

January 21, 2015

A public notice legal advertisement on page 9 of today's print edition of The Post & Mail details compensation for Whitley County government workers.

It can also be read, along with other legal advertisements, under the Classified tab on the top blue bar on this home page under Legals.

DISTINGUISHED: DYW Morgan Ellis readying for February state program

January 21, 2015

KOKOMO — Whitley County’s Distinguished Young Woman is all set for February’s state orientation.
Morgan Ellis, of Columbia City, was selected as the Whitley County Distinguished Young Woman in September
Ellis attended orientation for the state program in Kokomo last week, where she met her fellow contestants and host family.
Ellis will be competing in the state program with 20 other contestants in mid-February.

ICY MIST & DRIZZLE: Weather Hazard Advisory posted by National Weather Service through 11 a.m.

January 21, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY – Watch that first step outside this morning: There may be a sheet of ice underfoot.

Icy mist and drizzle covered Whitley County early this morning, coating sidewalks, cars, streets, secondary roads and sidewalks with a layer of ice. The weather prompted the following Hazardous Weather Advisory for the county through 11 a.m. Wednesday. The coating of ice closed Whitley County Consolidated and Smith-Green schools for the day. Whitko remained open.

443 AM EST WED JAN 21 2015

January 20th

LESS RUNS IN 2014: Col. City Fire Department works to save resources, provide quality service

January 20, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s fire department’s trucks didn’t leave the station as many times in 2014 as they did in 2013.

In 2014, the department responded to 801 runs, down by 30 from the previous year.
Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue said there weren’t any less fire calls than usual, but less medical runs.

In a balancing act between service to citizens and saving resources, LaRue said the department is no longer responding to less-serious medical calls.

MEETING TOPIC: Future of jail to be mulled

January 20, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The future of the Whitley County Jail will be up for discussion at today’s County Commissioner’s meeting at 2 p.m at the County Government Center.

In 2014, a consulting firm found that the facility, along with Whitley County Corrections on Plaza Drive, is over-crowded and in need of improvements.

MISS KOSCIUSKO COUNTY: Col. City girl takes the title

January 20, 2015

SYRACUSE — She may not be from Kosciusko County, but she took the crown at this year’s Miss Kosciusko County pageant during the weekend.

Karlee Mawhorter, a 2012 Columbia City High School graduate, was crowned Saturday at Wawasee Middle School.

The event, unrelated to the 4-H pageant, is a feeder event for the Miss Indiana pageant in June in Zionsville.
Miss Indiana will represent the state for Miss America.

TREASURES FROM THE MUSEUM: The best seat in the house

January 20, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Not all the treasures from the Whitley County Historical Museum reside within the four walls of the Thomas R. Marshall home that serves as the museum’s main building or in the annex building. Some sit on the grounds themselves.

Some might even question listing a little brick outhouse as a treasure, but this well-traveled little building is a direct link back to Columbia City of the 1860s.

For many older Whitley County residents, the little brick building is far fancier than the ones that they may have been exposed to in their youth.

January 19th

HAWK SIGHTING: ‘An awesome sight for sure’

January 19, 2015

Jerry and Barb Lahrman spotted a hawk resting on the backyard fence of their W. Westgate Ave. home. “We have seen him with a bird he has caught and he left the feathers. He is a beautiful bird,” said Jerry. “He comes often when we feed the birds, and he chases off the others birds when he does. Such an awesome sight for sure.” Regular columnist Neil Case mentions hawks in his article this week, published on Page A4 of today’s edition.

PROJECTS: Full year of fun on tap for Pierceton

January 19, 2015

PIERCETON — There are several events planned in Pierceton this year, both new and returning.
Laurie Schotz, of the Pierceton Chamber of Commerce, said the community can expect classic projects as well as new ones.

“This year’s projects provide interesting ways to bring people to town and call to the community to enjoy our little corner of Indiana,” Schotz said.

The second annual pancake and sausage breakfast starts out the new year after good attendance last year.


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