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July 3rd, 2013

Four local graduates earn scholarships from church

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Each year, for 13 years, scholarships have been given in memory of Bernice Carver by the Women’s Association of Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Carver was a long-time member of the church, a teacher at Columbia City High School and a community historian.

On June 16, scholarships were awarded to four high school graduates who are congregation members.

IN COURT: Goodman receives 10-year sentence

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for dealing methamphetamine Monday.

Warren Goodman Jr., 41, was arrested in April and charged with four drug-related crimes. He pleaded guilty in June to dealing methamphetamine and, as part of a plea agreement, the other charges were dismissed.

Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer gave Goodman a 10-year sentence, with eight years to serve and the rest to be spent on probation. Goodman will be incarcerated at the Indiana Department of Corrections, at his request.

SHERIFF MULLS NEW DISPATCH EQUIPMENT: Commissioners, county council question $266,000 price tag

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County government leaders were hit with a very expensive surprise this week.

Surprise was the word used by Sheriff Mark Hodges to describe the need to purchase new equipment for the county dispatch center. New computers and software, along with accompanying equipment, were on the list.

“This is a financial bombshell that took me by surprise,” Hodges said.

HISTORY IN THE MAKING: Marker a reminder of former governor’s contribution

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Courthouse lawn has a new addition to its landscaping.

A historical marker was dedicated Tuesday afternoon to memorialize the late Indiana Governor Ralph F. Gates (1945-49).

Senator Jim Banks and Representative Kathy Heuer were on hand at the ceremony to share the impact the Gates family has had on the community.

CRISIS AVERTED: Barn fire squelched

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Firefighters from three departments quickly put out a barn fire Tuesday night in southeast Whitley County.

A controlled burn got out of control, catching one wall of a barn on fire at approximately 10 p.m. at a property north of Ind. 14, between County Roads 500 East and 600 East.

Jefferson, Union and Washington Township Fire Departments quickly made the scene and managed to put the fire out before there was major damage.

RATES ON THE RISE: Tax funds rising in Whitley County

July 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Residents of Whitley County, particularly Columbia City, will see a rise in some of their taxes in the coming year.

Whitley County’s Council approved the reestablishment of the county’s Cumulative Capital Fund for the coming year. The near-doubling of the rate will amount to approximately $30 per $100,000 of assessed value. The council enacted this increase to pay for bridge work around the county.

July 1st

Walker gives mural a touch up

July 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Since 1935, attendees at the brick church located at the corner of Washington and Jackson Streets, Columbia City, have faced a large, three-paneled mural during worship.

The artist’s name, Fullerton, and the year, 1935, are in the lower right-hand corner of the mural, which measures approximately 18 feet by 18 feet.

In 1935, the First Church of God worshipped in the building.

Don Culbertson was 12 years old in 1935, and remembers the night the mural was revealed.

DAY IN THE LIFE: Photo submission deadline tomorrow

July 2, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — It is not too late to submit photos depicting how Whitley County residents spent the longest day of the year, June 21.

Photos taken on this particular day can be submitted for a special photo documentary publication “A Day in the Life of Whitley County” that The Post & Mail will publish later this month.

Direct your submission to community@thepostandmail.com. The deadline for submission is Wednesday.

For more information, contact Christie Barkley at 244-5152.

New pastor welcomed at First Church

July 2, 2013

First Church of God, Columbia City, recently welcomed a new worship pastor to its congregation.

Holly Parks will officially have her first Sunday in her new position this week.

Pictured, from left, is Pastor Brandon Holler, Pastor Johnny McCallister, Worship Pastor Holly Parks, Emily Parks, Mike Parks and McKenna Parks.

A conversation with . . . Natalie Lewis

July 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — She’s only lived here for three years, but Natalie Lewis cares a lot about Whitley County and its people.

Now, Lewis is president of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force (WCDVTF), an organization with a mission to “reduce the impact and frequency of domestic violence incidents in Whitley County.”

Formerly of Iowa and Minnesota, Lewis draws on her own experiences with domestic violence as she helps local victims through the WCDVTF.

She recently spoke with The Post & Mail about herself, domestic violence and working with the Task Force.

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