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March 27th, 2014

COUNCIL TWEAKS GIS POSITION FOR NEW HIRE: ‘Brad has made so much progress in this department’

March 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Recently, Columbia City’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator Brad Smith announced he would be leaving his position at the city.

After several years, and what officials called “great strides” in the city’s GIS program, Smith is moving on to a job in the private sector.
Preparing for the hiring process, city officials voted to fine-tune the position’s job description before replacing Smith.

High waters, more rain to come

March 27, 2014

The Blue River had higher water levels 10 days ago, as the banks were swelling in Morsches Park. More high water levels could be coming this weekend. Whitley County is expected to receive up to half of an inch of rain. The added rain, combined with already swollen creeks and rivers, flooding in different areas throughout the county is a possibility.

March 26th

CES principal faced with sweet treat

March 26, 2014

Churubusco Elementary School kindergarten students Jillian Wright, left, and Luke Hile, right, throw pies in the face of Principal Scott Fudge. The elementary students raised more than $1,900 for the Lymphoma Society, and Fudge said that, for every $100 raised, he would be hit with a pie in the face.

Extension educator clarifies: Not moles — voles

March 26, 2014

After the snow has melted, have you noticed mole-like "runs" in your yard, except that they appear to be well-traveled above ground runs, rather than the more familiar burrowing damage created by moles? If that is the case, change the 'm' to a 'v' – you probably have voles, not moles.

I recently got my first vole question of the year, and I’m sure it won’t be my last. Voles are a fairly common rodent in Indiana landscapes, except that they don’t get the same attention that the subterranean burrowing mole gets.

S. Whitley library announces April activities

March 26, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY —South Whitley Community Public Library recently announced events and activities slated for the month of April.
Cooking & Culture

•Tuesday at 4 p.m.
The group will be making a treat from the Netherlands this month – Jan Hagel Cookies. The group will be learning about a Scandinavian country and eating cookies. Those wanting to participate should register in the children’s room.

Teen screen
•Tuesday at 6 p.m. —Teens are going to finish costumes and start shooting a movie.


Blomquist shares 29 years of experience as nurse

March 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The February 20 meeting of the Zion Ladies Aid opened with a New Year’s Prayer by President Kathaleen Reese.

It was followed by a Mite incentive by Marty Williams to fill a red-cloth boot that she had made to be filled and brought to the December Christmas party.

The program was given by Sami Blomquist, who spoke of her experiences of 29 years as a nurse in the criminal justice system.

As a graduate nurse, she started out working in a sheriff’s office in 1984 in Jacksonville, Fla., and then went to work in the jail that was built in l963.

Scoggins sentenced to six years in forgery case

March 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman who committed forgery in multiple Northeast Indiana Counties was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction Monday.

Rebecka L. Scoggins, 38, was arrested in October with her boyfriend on multiple charges of forgery and theft.

She will be incarcerated for four years of her six-year sentence, with the balance on probation.

Her boyfriend, Scott D. Mahood, was given a four-year sentence to the Whitley County Jail in February.

19 pies in the face

March 26, 2014

Churubusco Elementary School threw 19 pies at Principal Mr. Scott Fudge earlier this month. Each pie represented $100 of hard work in fundraising for the Lymphoma Society by the students. Fudge thanked the students for their efforts. Above, kindergarten student Jillian Wright throws a pie at Fudge.

Man incarcerated too long, seeking next step

March 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who was incarcerated longer than his sentence is seeking legal counsel to determine his next steps.

John A. Whitehead, 43, was sentenced in July of 2013 for violating his probation. Superior Court Judge Doug Fahl revoked the balance of his 1.5-year probation remaining, and ordered him to serve that time.

The error, though, occurred with the words, “the balance of.”

In what Fahl called a “typographical error,” the order that went out had Whitehead serve a 1.5-year sentence, instead of 275 days, which was the balance of his suspended sentence remaining.

Progress of Whitley County

March 26, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — The Post & Mail’s annual three-part Progress special publication begins insertion today, and continues the rest of this week.

Beginning with “Giving,” this year’s Progress theme is “Whitley County Pride,” and features several community members, events and successes that should swell the chest of Whitley County residents.

Great perspective is gained when looking back at the journey traveled. Sometimes discouragement can settle in when it feels as if momentum is lagging. However, perspective can reveal that progress is being made.


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