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September 10th, 2013

9/11 SALUTE: Public Safety / First Responders special section inserted in Wednesday's Post & Mail

September 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – A special section recognizing local public safety personnel and first responders will be inserted in The Post & Mail newspaper's print edition on Wednesday, Sept. 11, Patriot Day and the national day of remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the United States homeland.

The special section, made possible by community-minded businesses, will recognize those who keep Whitley County safe.

For subscribers, watch for it in Wednesday's newspaper. Non-subscribers can pick it up at newsstands throughout Whitley County.

Chalk artists

September 10, 2013

Whitley County’s Autumn Art Festival was held around the Courthouse Saturday.

The event was sponsored by the Whitley County Humane Society and featured local artists and crafts.

Pictured, Pam Hively, of the Peabody Public Library, keeps track of entries in the sidewalk chalk drawing contest.

Artwork decorated the sidewalk in front of City Hall, Columbia City.

Elementary students shine

September 10, 2013

Mary Raber Elementary School recently celebrated its August Shining Stars. Students were recognized for using their life skills, treating people right, and doing the right thing.

City Fire Dept. enforces code

September 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Strip malls in Columbia City are now required to post addresses on rear-entry doors.

According to Indiana Fire Code, buildings with more than three lessees must have an address posted on all doors in the back of the building.

Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue said the addresses are beneficial to many agencies, but especially emergency crews who may need to make rear entry on a building.

GOVERNMENT: City, mayor to host open house

September 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel is opening the doors of the city for residents to explore the works of their government.

“The open house will give citizens an opportunity to see and physically touch their tax dollars at work,” Daniel said. “We see this as a great way to showcase how we are trying to keep up with our citizen growth, while stretching the dollar a little farther.”

The open house will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at all facilities, which are located throughout the city.

ARTSY PUPS: County art festival goes to the dogs

September 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Shelter dogs were the guests of honor at the Whitley County Autumn Arts Festival Saturday.

The event was coordinated by Whitley County Humane Society board members and helped to raise funds and awareness for the county’s animal shelter.

Several of the shelter’s four-legged residents attended the festival donned with an “adopt me” vest.

The featured canines were greeted by festival-goers who lavished the dogs with affection.

NEGLECT OF A DEPENDENT: Mother of abuse victim pleads not guilty

September 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman involved in a local sex abuse case appeared in court Monday.

Joy Hughes, 37, of Kendallville, pleaded not guilty in August to felony neglect of a dependent.

She was accused of abandoning her daughter to the care of Dean Pressler in 2008. Pressler was subsequently arrested in January of this year for multiple sex crime charges with this child.

Pressler was given a 60-year prison sentence in August.

Hughes’ attorney is Brad Baber. He requested a continuance and will be back in court with his client Oct. 7 for pretrial proceedings.

September 9th

Distinguished and fit

September 9, 2013

Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) 2014 participants pose after the fitness portion of the program Saturday.

From left are, Brittany McKinney, Shelby Smiley, Kurstyn Hoeppner, Ashley O’Connor, Kiersten Thomas, Peyton Banks, Morghan Wilcoxson, Carley Porter, Anna McCullough and Hannah Schaefer.

Whitko announces parent conferences

September 9, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY ­— Whitko High School Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m.

According to school leaders, the set-up will be slightly different than in years past.

Rather than meeting with teachers in the commons or gymnasium, parents will have the opportunity to meet with teachers in their student’s actual classrooms.

As parents enter the building, they will register and receive their student’s current Progress Reports.

GOOD OL' DAYS: Brothers unite for a trip down memory lane

September 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Three brothers, originally from Columbia City, reunited last week for a chance to relive some childhood memories.

Jim, Dick and John Walter, affectionately known as “The Walter Boys,” grew up in Columbia City, but life has taken them outside of town. Sitting in the backyard of Dick’s home on West Lincolnway, the threesome shared some of their favorite memories of growing up in the area.

“It’s been two years since we got together,” Dick said. “This is wonderful.”

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