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June 27th, 2013

LWC AWARDED: Youth involvement declared ‘innovative’

June 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Leadership Whitley County (LWC) recently received a state award for its creativity in combining youth and adults in community involvement.

“I didn’t feel right accepting this award on my own,” said Kelley Sheiss, program director for LWC. “This was really earned by those who had the vision to incorporate the youth into what we were doing.”

Given by the Indiana Leadership Association, LWC received the Innovation Award for 2013.

As a community outreach organization, LWC works to instruct adults in areas of communication, teamwork and civic duty.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Potential new jobs for South Whitley

June 27, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Approximately 35 new jobs could be coming to South Whitley.

At Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, Alan Tio, Whitley County Economic Development Corporation president, asked town leaders for the OK to proceed with a grant application that would allow for a new business to move into South Whitley.

“We are still a long way off from knowing for sure if this is going to go through,” Tio said. “But this gets the ball rolling for us.”

SHE'S A SURVIVOR: RN turns personal tragedy into state law

June 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “Mommy, are you going to die?”

Carrie Barcus’ youngest daughter, Tabitha, asked the question after Barcus announced she had breast cancer.

Her battle against cancer prompted Barcus to launch an initiative that would later become law.

“I wanted to reach out to Indiana Senators and lawmakers to educate women about this side of breast cancer,” Barcus said. “There are so many women who just don’t know.”

DIGITAL OR ANALOG: City happy with 800 mHz radios

June 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Sheriff’s Department recently told the Whitley County Council it might return to its old radio system.

Currently on the 800 mHz system (digital), Sheriff Mark Hodges said busy signals and other difficulties might prompt his department to return to the VHF (analog) radio system.

Meanwhile, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said the city has not had problems with busy signals, and it is because of what he called a wise investment.

June 26th

4-Hers take a trip

June 26, 2013

Fifth and sixth graders in Whitley County 4-H went on a one-day trip Friday. They were awarded this trip through an application process and based on their 4-H achievement.

The group went to Fort Wayne and had a tour of Parkview Field including the Tincaps’ dugout and visitors’ locker room. They then went to the Botanical Gardens and saw the butterfly display. Lunch was had at Coney Island. The day ended with a tour of DeBrand’s Chocolate factory which included sampling the chocolate treats.

CANI hopes to fill Head Start openings

June 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) Head Start is looking to fill open spots in its nonprofit, social service agency.

Head Start is a free, comprehensive preschool program for low-income, three-to five year old children and works to provide quality education in order to prepare children for kindergarten.

Michelle Woodard is a family advocate for CANI and a mom who recognizes the importance of early learning.

“The preschool will have several openings in the fall, and perhaps even in spring, which we would like to fill,” Woodard said.

Merit board hears update

June 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Sheriff Merit Board received an update on personnel and investments at a meeting last week.

Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton, who ran the meeting in absence of Sheriff Mark Hodges, informed the board of the latest news regarding Deputy Chuck Vogely, former detective.

Gatton said Vogely accepted his discipline for a drunk-driving incident in April and was suspended.

He will return to duty July 22. Board members heard updates on interviews as well.

Members of the merit board will interview four candidates for two openings within the department.

Scrambled at Old Settlers Days

June 26, 2013

Cassie Freewalt (left) and Chasey Weimer take a ride on The Scrambler at Tuesday’s opening night of Old Settlers Days in downtown Columbia City.

See a complete list of events on Page A3 of the June 26 issue of The Post and Mail.

SHUT DOWN: Lights out for past due utility bills

June 26, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Two weeks ago, South Whitley Town Manager Dave Wilkinson informed town council members that numerous utility customers were delinquent 90 days or more.

An estimated $12,000 was owed in past due electrical bills. Town Council President Tony Starkey was “shocked” at the escalating amount.

“This is a big number,” Starkey said at the June 11 meeting. “We’ve got to get something in place that addresses this in a uniform fashion.”

MAKING IT THEIR OWN: Col. City begins crafting Utility Rate board

June 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Work has begun for Columbia City to reestablish its Utility Rate Advisory Board.

The advisory board has been dormant for some time, but this spring Mayor Ryan Daniel said he wanted to revive it, because the city decided to opt out of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission earlier this year.

At Columbia City’s Common Council meeting Tuesday, amendments were proposed to the city’s Utility Rate Advisory Board ordinance.

One change from the previous ordinance included eliminating connection to political parties.

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