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March 18th, 2014

GOV'T BUILDING PARTIALLY CLOSED: Crews still work to repair basement after flooding

March 18, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s file management office, located in the basement of the County Government Center, is closed until further notice.
Recent flooding, along with mold growth, has caused the need for the office’s closure.

Those in need of assistance should call the Clerk’s office at 248-3102.
Clean-up efforts are currently underway.

County leaders were not certain when the damage, which could cost as much as $2,500, will be cleaned up, but optimistically hoped for later this week.

Distinguished Hoosier

March 18, 2014

Whitley County Economic Development Corporation President Alan Tio was honored as a Distinguished Hoosier by State Rep. Kathy Heuer Monday.

March 17th

We're soliciting your selfies

March 17, 2014

Be sure to see Saturday’s Post & Mail for the Saturday Selfie feature. Would you like to be seen in the newspaper? We’re soliciting your selfies.
The Post & Mail would like Whitley County residents to email their selfie pics for a special Saturday feature promoting area people.

Selfies can include you and a friend or family member. Those who submit photos must be willing to accept a reply message that includes 10 quick questions that require a couple of short answers. Your photo and your answers will be published in a weekend issue of The Post & Mail.

Key Club members

March 17, 2014

Pictured above, Key Club members from Columbia City High School, volunteered at Saturday’s pasta dinner at Zion Lutheran Church.

Pictured from left to right are: Brea Fisher (16), Dakota Studebaker (15), Lt. Karen Pommier, of the Salvation Army, Natalie Johnson (16), Jenna Deathe (16), Katie Weigel (16) Key Club members volunteer at a variety of activities in Columbia City.

Pie maker

March 17, 2014

Pictured is Sue L’Esperance, Salvation Army volunteer and expert pie baker, prepared 12 pies from scratch for Saturday’s Fundraiser at Grace Lutheran Church.

South Whitley's public library at expo

March 17, 2014

Pictured is Leann Snyder (left) and Vickie Smith, associates with South Whitley’s public library, serve up cookies and information to Expo visitors Saturday.


March 17, 2014

Jane Hicks, left, stops to ask Canda Goldwood some questions regarding her organic plants and flowers. Goldwood was one of several vendors from the Whitley County Farmers Market at the Expo Saturday.

IN COURT: Col. City woman given six-year sentence for prescription drug deal

March 17, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman who sold prescription drugs to a life-long friend was sentenced to the Whitley County Jail for six years this week.

Carrie L. Hammons, 37, of Columbia City, will serve three of those years at the jail, with an assignment to work release, and the balance of the sentence will be suspended, for dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled-substance.

At the sentencing hearing, Hammons’ attorney, Robert W. Love, argued that a mitigating circumstance was that Hammons sold the drugs, which were pills of oxycodone, to a friend she had known most of her life.


March 17, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary of Whitley County held a fundraiser at Grace Lutheran Church Saturday evening.

“Approximately eighty-seven cents per dollar that is made goes back to community services.” Stated Lieutenant Karen Pommier of Warsaw.

Originally from Mexico, Pommier and her husband first heard of the Salvation Army from her Pastor in East Chicago. “We didn’t realize there is a whole arena that is served, homeless shelters, sex trafficking, orphanages; it’s just not bell ringing and a store.”

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Annual expo entertains, connects

March 17, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — More than 1,500 people visited the Whitley County Expo Saturday.

The annual event, sponsored by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce, was held at Indian Springs Middle School and featured dozens of vendors, businesses and nonprofits from around the area.

"It's been a good day," said Doug Brown, director for the chamber. "We've worked to spread out the entertainment to go throughout the day so there's been a steady crowd the whole time."


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