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July 3rd, 2013

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.

LENDING AN EAR: Rain doesn’t slow Shriner sales

July 2, 2013

Despite damp, rainy conditions at last week’s Old Settlers Days, Ken Lundquist, secretary-treasure of Whitley County’s Shrine Club, said elephant ear sales were through the roof.

Lundquist said Saturday the club sold the festival novelty at a rate of 100 ears per hour — an increase of 15-20 percent from last year — and more than 800 in one day.

“We were very successful,” Lundquist said. “We sold more this year than any other.”

Lundquist was quick to tout the support of the Whitley County community.

HERE COMES THE BOOM: Col. City fireworks set for Wednesday

July 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City will be holding its annual fireworks celebration for Independence Day on Wednesday, July 3.

The festivities will take place in Morsches Park.

Fireworks are expected to begin between 10 and 10:15 p.m., but that will not be the only attraction in the evening.

Vendors will begin serving food at 5 p.m. There will be a bouncing house for children and other activities.

Beginning at 8:30 p.m., the Junkyard Band will begin its performance.

DETAILS DIVULGED IN ALLEGED ATTACK: Victim taken to hospital bleeding profusely

July 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Details are unfolding about an attempted child rape case in Whitley County last week.

A Columbia City man has been charged with six felonies stemming from an alleged assault at Park Terrace Apartments early Friday morning.

The accused, Dustin Nemitz, 18, pleaded not guilty in court Monday.

In a probable cause hearing in Whitley County Circuit Court Friday, Columbia City Police Detective Chip Stephenson said officers were called at approximately 12:37 a.m. by a step-parent of a 13-year-old girl, stating she had been stabbed and possibly raped.

AND THE WINNER IS: Kreider, Hinen new Mr./Miss Whitley Co.

July 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Jennifer Hinen and Isaiah Kreider were named Mr. and Miss Whitley County last night.

Hinen is a 10-year 4-H member from Columbia City High School. She is the daughter of Jeff and Cindy Hinen, and was sponsored by Hoffman Farms.

Kreider is also a 10 -year 4-H member from CCHS. He is the son of David and Judy Kreider and was sponsored by Wolf Lake Feed and Farm Supplies.

By garnering the Mr. and Miss title, the pair received several keepsakes and $800 scholarships for each of them.

‘It’s an honor:’ Smith named next Rotary president

July 1, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “It’s an honor and a privilege,” said Gene Smith at Columbia City’s Rotary Club meeting last week.

Smith will become the new club president today. Smith had a chance to present his plans for his year as the club’s chief officer.

Smith started his remarks by recognizing some of the club members whom he considered key to the success of the Rotary Club.

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