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December 20th

Col. City woman admits to probation violation

December 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City woman admitted Monday she violated her probation.

Heather Burns, 28, was on probation for multiple drug-related charges.
Her probation officer, Ed Beber, had made a petition alleging a probation violation. The petition stated Burns had tested positive for a controlled substance.

Monday, by the counsel of her attorney, Brad Voelz, Burns admitted her violation.

Voelz said he advised Burns to admit the violation and try to get on work release or home detention.

Commissioners bring county gov’t to CCHS

December 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Commissioners and county officials took center stage at Columbia City High School Monday.

High school government students were brought to the auditorium to observe the Commissioners’ meeting in order to learn how local government operates.

“I think it’s good for us to get out to the schools,” said Commissioner Don Amber at a previous meeting. “Sometimes they have really good comments and suggestions. It never hurts to introduce teenagers to their local government.”

Construction plans revealed for PES

December 20, 2013

PIERECTON ­— Architectural renderings and floor plans were unveiled for Pierceton Elementary School at Monday’s meeting of Whitko Community School Corporation Board of Trustees.

Earlier in the year, board members and school leaders decided to move forward on two construction projects – remodeling and expansion of South Whitley Elementary School and reconstructing Pierceton Elementary School.

WHITLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS GRADED

December 20, 2013

(DEC. 20,2013) — The Indiana Department of Education released the most recent A-F grading report for that state's schools. See Saturday's edition of The Post and Mail to learn how schools in Whitley County were graded.

Woman finds transformation before New Year

December 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Traditionally, people circle Jan. 1 on their calendars as the day they will implement a healthier lifestyle.

Barb Ward, of Churubusco, has turned tradition on its head by beginning early.

Ward started working out at Anytime Fitness in September of this year, when she began Care2BFit, a health class that targets women.

Since that time, Ward is down four pants sizes and has seen other remarkable changes.

“I was getting out of breath coming up and down the stairs, it was going from bad to worse,” she said of her health before she started the class.

County hosts Shop with a Sheriff

December 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As many people are wrapping up their Christmas shopping this week, Whitley County’s Sheriff’s Department lent a helping hand to local children.

Eighteen children spent the evening with WCSD staff, first having dinner at the Whitley County Government Center, before heading to Walmart to go shopping.

Each child received a $100 gift card to spend on toys, clothing and other necessities.

Children were chosen by guidance counselors from all three Whitley County school districts.

The event was coordinated by Tim Johnson, of the WCSD reserves.

Schools to conduct another survey

December 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools officials are seeking input from the community on the long-term plans for the district.

In September, officials conducted an online and telephone survey in reference to the possibility of a new high school.

“For several years, the school district’s long-range planning committee has considered options for replacing the current Columbia City High School,” WCCS Superintendent Pat O’Connor said.

WCCF awards $196K in grants

December 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Several county nonprofit organizations and groups benefited from the Whitley County Community Foundation’s (WCCF) most recent funding session.

The announcement of those receiving the awards comes with one particular sizeable grant of $150,000 to the Whitley County YMCA.

Recently, YMCA officials announced that planning would begin for expanding the current Columbia City location in order to house its full-day childcare center.

The Early Learning Center has been operating out of New Hope Wesleyan Church since it took on the initiative almost two years ago.

December 19th

COLOR IT MERRY: Farmers Mutual Insurance offers wishes

December 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Farmers Mutual Insurance of Whitley County, 518 Branch Court, sends a colorful holiday greeting to all.

"Wishing you a truly inspiring holiday season filled with lots of beauty, joy and laughter," note the staffers at Farmers Mutual. "We appreciate your patronage and look forward to your continued friendship in the years to come."

You can reach Farmers Mutual Insurance of Whitley County at 260 244-5571.

BARBER SHOP TUNE: Mike's Barber Shop offers best during holidays, 2014

December 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Mike's Barber Shop, located at 204 E. Van Buren St., is sending best wishes during the holiday season.

"Wishing all our friends and neighbors a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year," says Mike Biddle.

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