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Candy tradition keeps spirits bright

December 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Christmas Eve, firemen with the Columbia City Fire Department will partake in a tradition spanning 125 years.

The holiday candy and orange give-away is one way the fire department serves the community. The event will be held Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Whitley County Courthouse and is open to all children.

The department raises funds throughout the year to purchase enough candy for each child to have a one-pound bag of candy and oranges.

The War of the Worlds

December 23, 2013

The Peabody Radio Theatre Players presented “The War of the Worlds Christmas Special,” a mixed parody of H.G Wells “War of the Worlds” and Clement Moore’s “T’was the night before Christmas” at the Columbia City’s Library Saturday night. Pictured (front in brown sweater) is Jacob Kemery as Announcer and cast members. Kemery is also a contributing writer of the dramatization.

Hake prepares to say so long

December 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Jackie Hake’s final day as the executive director for the Whitley County Council on Aging is quickly approaching.

After 18 years of service, Hake will retire officially at the end of December. It’s been a bittersweet announcement, as Hake leaves with numerous fond memories of her years spent with the senior center.

“I have had the chance to sit in my position and watch so many great things happen here,” Hake said. “This has been my life. Although I am ready to retire, it’s hard to say goodbye.”

WCCS wraps up end-of-year financials

December 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools took steps to complete its end-of-year financials at last week’s meeting.

WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf approached the Board of Trustees last Monday, requesting its approval of several financial projects to end the year.

The board first approved a reduction-resolution for the 2014 budget.

Junk ordinance raises controversy

December 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — What began as a violation of the county junk ordinance has evolved into court-ordered clean up with additional investigations pending.

Whitley County Commissioners worked with health and safety officials to declare the property of Thomas Ebetino, located at County Road 400 South, in violation of the junk ordinance and the home was deemed unsafe for several reasons.

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.

 

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