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January 9th, 2014

PROS AND CONS: County, state leaders lend perspective to possible tax change

January 9, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Area elected officials are anxiously waiting to hear how legislators at the Indiana Statehouse will respond to Gov. Mike Pence’s plan to eliminate a certain tax.
Extinguishing Indiana’s Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT) is one item on the agenda for lawmakers this session. The tax is placed on business equipment and machinery, and generates more than $3 million each year across the county and more than $1 billion annually for the state.
From the county

School floods again

January 9, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — While Columbia City High School has flooded several times in the past five years due to rain, the school flooded again Wednesday, but this time for a different reason.
A six-inch water main broke, partially flooding the basement of CCHS Wednesday morning.
Though school was closed due to poor road conditions from Sunday’s snow storm, custodial staff were still at the school, and Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat O’Connor said personnel caught the problem.

January 8th


January 8, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County Commissioners, Columbia City Mayor, Whitley County Emergency Management, Whitley County Sherriff have issued the following statement concerning travel within our county.

A “WATCH Level 2 Travel Advisory” has been issued at 5pm until further notice.

Annual Christmas tree pickup

January 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Advanced Disposal will make one pass only throughout the Columbia City Jan. 25 beginning at 6 a.m. to pick up discarded Christmas Trees. Residents are asked to have trees out by the curb for pickup.

Slick roads create traffic issues

January 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Three days after Winter Storm Ion came to the area, road conditions were still poor in Whitley County Wednesday morning, as there were several reported crashes and slide-offs.

“People think they have traction and the road is glazed in ice,” Whitley County Sheriff Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said. “It’s been so cold they can’t use salt to help break up ice.”

Gatton said the Sheriff’s Department had eight reported slide-offs from 4:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Services made difficult by storm

January 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After Winter Storm Ion dropped 16.2 inches of snow on Whitley County Sunday, many services have been suspended or postponed due to poor road conditions.

The U.S. Postal Service managed to deliver mail in the Columbia City limits, but was unable to reach many homes on county roads.
The Post & Mail published a Monday and Tuesday newspaper, but delivery was limited. Subscribers can expect a three-publication delivery today where applicable.

Snow puts citizens on edge

January 8, 2014

Riley Kessie, grandson of Jolene Kessie, finds fun in this week’s winter storm by sledding at DeVol Field. Submit your winter storm photos to by Friday at 8 a.m. The best photo submitted will receive a free one-month subscription to The Post & Mail.

STORM CAUSE SERVICE INTERRUPTION: Recycling schedule revised due to weather

January 8, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — As winter weather warnings and watches caused a number of cancellations, the county’s recycling service was also impacted.
Wednesday’s recycling service is postponed until tomorrow.
Recycling pick up for Monday and Tuesday was canceled with no way of rescheduling the service.

LEADERSHIP CHANGE FOR WHITKO: Collier named schools trustee president

January 8, 2014

PIERCETON — Whitko school officials gathered Tuesday night to make leadership changes for two of its boards. Even though the district canceled school for the day, board members and administrators did not let potentially dicey road conditions delay the executive session and a special meeting.

Whitko Community School Corporation Board of Trustees designated new positions for its members.For the 2014 year, Deb Collier will take over as the board’s president.

GIVE AND TAKE: Mayor Daniel weighs in on shifting tax climate

January 8, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the second installment of a four-part series on the impact of the BPPT elimination.

COLUMBIA CITY — Lawmakers began the 2014 legislative session Tuesday afternoon after extreme weather delayed its start. One of the key issues on the agenda is Gov. Mike Pence’s plan to eliminate the Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT).

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