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March 19th, 2014

Epsilon Chapter learns of art, music and more

March 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Eta Fine Arts Sorority held its March meeting at Grace Lutheran Church in the social room.

Sandy Whiteleather led chorus practice, accompanied by Myra Schmidt.
Two guests performed for the group. Kim Converse sang “I Want Jesus” and Dianne Giannekeff sang “Beautiful Dreamer.”

Hostess Myra Schmidt served cheesecake garnished with strawberries and kiwi, lime fruit jello, pineapple cake, nuts, punch, coffees and teas.
Her serving table was decorated with silk spring flowers and green in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

Criminal justice leaders applauded

March 19, 2014

Whitley County Community Correction officials as well as county law enforcement and criminal justice leaders were applauded by the Indiana Department of Corrections for its Level I ranking after an evaluation. A performance bonus was awarded to the Corrections department at a ceremony Wednesday. Celebrating with other Corrections staff are, from left, Chief Deputy Marc Gatton, Sheriff Mark Hodges and County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler.

Tornado test Thursday

March 19, 2014

The City of Columbia City will be participating in Severe Weather and Flooding Preparedness Week by testing tornado sirens Thursday as part of a national initiative. The sirens will be tested in the morning and again in the evening. Pictured, a dispatcher practices hitting the switches at City Hall to set off tornado sirens.

LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP: Business tax revision not set in stone

March 19, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the final installment recapping the recent legislative session.

INDIANAPOLIS — What originally prompted county and city officials to join together in opposition was revised at the Statehouse after mayors, commissioners and other local government leaders pushed for answers to the governor’s proposed business tax reform.

The Business Personal Property Tax was introduced into the legislative session as an attempt to eliminate what Gov. Mike Pence called “an unnecessary tax” on business equipment and machinery.

Difference maker recognized

March 19, 2014

Abby English (left) was recently recognized as one of The Post & Mail’s Difference Maker: School Edition. Presenting English with her certificate at a school ceremony is Christie Workman, co-editor. English is a teacher at TROY Center, an alternative education campus in Whitley County.

POSITIVE EVALUATION: County Corrections is deemed 'doing right'

March 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “Whatever you’re doing here in Whitley County is working,” said Bruce Lemmon, the Indiana Department of Corrections (IDOC) commissioner, to a room of county leaders and Corrections staff Wednesday.
After an evaluation of the county’s Community Correction programs, facilities and statistics, Whitley County tied with Porter County for the highest score in its overall success.

“Whitley County is doing something right,” said Lemmon. “You are really lucky to have a program like this.”

IN COURT: Nimtz pleads guilty to sex crimes

March 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man accused of holding a 13-year-old girl by force and having her commit a sexual act with him pleaded guilty Monday.

Dustin A. Nimtz, 19, admitted his guilt to all six charges against him. The plea agreement Nimtz signed stated he would be sentenced concurrently for all six charges, but all other aspects of sentencing would be at the court’s discretion. The sentencing range for Nimtz will be 20 to 50 years.
He will be sentenced Tuesday, April 29 at 8 a.m. in Whitley County Circuit Court.

AND SO IT BEGINS: Online NCAA tournament scoreboard a click away

March 19, 2014

As March Madness hits a frenzy, college basketball fans can keep track of the NCAA tournament on The Post & Mail's website via The Associated Press NCAA Online Tournament Scoreboard.

Simply go to the blue bar at the top of the home page and click on BASKETBALL. This will allow you to view the tournament scoreboard as well as access everything you'll want to know about the The Big Dance.

Make your online destination for the latest NCAA basketball tourney news and features.

March 18th

CCHS’s Brommer earns trip to nationals: Col. City junior competed, won against best in Indiana

March 18, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Lyndsey Brommer, a 16-year-old junior at Columbia City High School, competed and won a chance to go to FCCLA, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Nationals in San Antonio, Texas the week of July 6-10 to be a representative from Indiana and compete for the Leadership Title.

She was judged and selected from numerous other FCCLA students across Indiana the weekend of March 6-8 in Indianapolis.

She prepared a 40-page portfolio on her teen leadership role in Whitley County.

Local DAR welcomes new members

March 18, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — In 2013, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) set a record for accepting new member applications.

In 2013, DAR approved 13, 906 applications, which is more than any other year in the Society's 123 year history. DAR membership has been growing continuously since 2007 and the past three years have all ranked in the top five for years with the most applications approved.


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