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Council on Aging announces February activities for Woodlands Senior Center

January 31, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Council on Aging announced its events for February.

Events are held at the Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City.

Special events
•AARP — Feb. 4 at 1 p.m.
•Bingo & Farm Wagon — Feb. 5 and 19 at 9:30 a.m.
•MMM Bingo — Feb. 6 at noon
•Tipton House donuts — Feb. 7
•Foot care — Feb. 10 at 8:30 a.m.
•Silver Striders — Feb. 10 at 10 a.m.
•North Ridge Bingo — Feb 10 at noon
•Massages — Feb. 12 at 9 a.m.
•MMM Crafts — Feb. 12 at 9:30 am
•Blood Pressure — Feb. 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Giving Circle offers unique valentine

January 31, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — In partnership with the Whitley County Community Foundation, the Whitley County Giving Circle for Women’s Health is offering a chance for women to receive free mammograms.

By purchasing a “Valentine for Life,” from the Giving Circle, free mammograms will be made available to women who cannot afford the test and will not otherwise receive the critical procedure for cancer screening.

“This year, let your Valentines be true gifts from the heart that make a lasting difference,” said Giving Circle volunteers.

Volunteering adds up

January 31, 2014

Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ board member Stan Meyer, comes out of retirement once a week to volunteer at Northern Heights Elementary School.

He teaches STAR Math to third-grade students in the morning and spends the afternoon reviewing and practicing math concepts with first graders.

Pictured above is Meyer working on the concept of place value with NHES first-grader Madison Harris.

Two Troop 81 scouts earn Eagle designation

January 31, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Two teens recently earned the highest scout rank — Eagle Scout.

Trevor Kelley and Austin Lampe were presented with their designations Sunday, Jan. 26 at the Churubusco Boy Scout Building.

In spite of the weather, the two Troop 81 Scouts received their Eagle Scout Award with several Eagles in attendance as well as leaders, family, friends and troop members.

Kelley is the son of Karen Kelley of Churubusco and Lampe is the son of Len and Erin Lampe of Churubusco.


January 31, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (Jan. 31, 2014) -- County roads are slick, snow covered and drifted in places this morning. County emergency officials say to use caution when traveling. East and west roads have drifted shut in places. According to the Whitley County Emergency Agency, the area received another inch of snow overnight with high winds causing drifting and blowing snow across roadways.

January 30th

Mahood receives four-year sentence for forgery

January 30, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A Florida man received a four-year sentence for the Whitley County portion of a series of crimes in Northeast Indiana.

Scott D. Mahood, 34, of Coconut Creek, Fla., pleaded guilty to two counts of forgery earlier this month.

He was given a four-year sentence to the Whitley County Jail Monday by Judge James Heuer. He will serve three of those years, with one year of the sentence suspended.

“I find no obvious aggravators or mitigators,” Heuer said in his sentencing. “The advisory sentence (of four years) seems appropriate.”

City to replace boiler

January 30, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “Our dinosaur is dying.”
Columbia City’s Head of Maintenance Troy Gawthrop said it best at Tuesday’s Board of Works meeting — City Hall’s boiler is on its last leg.

The boiler at City Hall is more than 20 years old, and officials say it could break at any time.

“We’ve done a good job maintaining it and limping it along,” Gawthrop said. “But now it is starting to leak water. We might be able to make it last another year, but it could also break tomorrow.”

Fighting illness may come at a risk

January 30, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Is it too cold for germs to spread? Health officials are warning residents to not become lax on healthy habits that will combat illness.

One particular, time-tested practice to ward off germs is hand washing and now, add to the list — using hand sanitizer.

Heather Reid is the public health nurse for Whitley County. She said she keeps hand sanitizer with her and uses it regularly.

“We were taught in nursing school that hand washing is best,” Reid said. “Now everyone has access to hand sanitizer it seems. It’s a second option when you can’t get to a sink.”

Heuer votes ‘no’ on marriage amendment

January 30, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Legislators started their session at the beginning of the year with a full agenda.

One particular item has caused heated debate at the Statehouse — HJR3, the marriage amendment proposal.

The proposed constitutional amendment, which passed the Indiana House Tuesday, now states “only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana.”

Whitley County residents have shared their opinions on the potential constitution change.

Winter weekend photos

January 30, 2014

An open invitation has been issued to Whitley County residents to photographically document their winter life – two-days only – on Super Bowl Weekend (and Groundhog Day) – February 1-2.

Photo submissions to this special Post & Mail project will be placed in a unique newspaper publication to be published in late February.

“A Winter Weekend in the Life of Whitley County” will herald slice-of-life happenings in our county community, such as community events, family outings, work-related activities – just about anything imaginable.

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