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March 11th, 2014

WINTER NOT OVER: Small taste of spring to be squelched by snow

March 11, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Mother Nature teased Northeast Indiana with a taste of spring weather to start the week — sunny, 50-degree weather.
Residents will soon be reminded that winter isn’t over until March 20, as another snow system is making its way toward the region this week.
Forecasters at the National Weather Service predict 3 to 6 inches of snow to begin late tonight into Wednesday, and some other area forecasters predict as much as 6 to 8 inches.

DONORS NEEDED: Dollars soon to diminish for local nonprofit

March 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Funding is in jeopardy for one of Whitley County’s nonprofit organizations. Interfaith Mission, Inc., also known as The Lighthouse, provides transitional housing to those in need in Whitley County.

In 2013, the housing program served 63 individuals and provided housing, food, supplies, transportation and other supportive services. For the annual budget, 54 percent of The Lighthouse’s funds come from grants — in addition to 16 percent which comes from local grants.

UNSAFE FOOD: Recall doesn’t affect local Kroger

March 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — While several grocery stores across the U.S. are working to pull ground beef patties off the shelves after a USDA recall, Columbia City’s Kroger was not affected.

More than 8.7 million pounds of beef have been recalled in 35 states, including Indiana, according to the USDA website. According to the USDA, the beef products were processed from Jan. 1, 2013 to Jan. 7, 2014.

However, the local Kroger store was affected by an earlier recall, that included El Monterey burritos and Philly Steak and Cheese Hot Pockets.
The recall went into effect in January and February.

WINTER STORM WEDNESDAY: What you can expect

March 11, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (March 11, 2014) Whitley County Emergency Management Agency is warning residents to beware of winter weather moving into the area tonight.

The county is under a Winter Storm Watch through Wednesday afternoon.

Rain is expected to fall later this afternoon and early evening. That will change to snow during the early morning hours Wednesday. Snow is expected to continue throughout the day, but should taper off by the afternoon.

ECONOMIC EXCITEMENT: Tio touts relationships made in 2013

March 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Looking back at the milestones for Whitley County’s growth, numbers and dollars aren’t what economic development leaders are using to measure success.

Alan Tio, Whitley County Economic Development Corporation president and CEO, said he views the year’s successes based on relationships.
“I am proud to say that we worked with 50 different companies last year,” said Tio. “To me, that’s what makes what we do rewarding.”

A variety of incentives and assistance were offered to companies working to expand or relocate.


March 11, 2014

The Whitley County Dazzlers, a special needs cheerleading squad, performed Saturday at the Abilities Abound seminar in Fort Wayne, featuring Lauren Potter, an actress from the television show, “Glee.” Potter portrays a down syndrome cheerleader. The girls were able to meet with Potter before the dinner and banquet, where she discussed bullying and the impact of “mean” words used to describe those with disabilities.

IMPOSTER: Man charged for impersonating his brother

March 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man accused of pretending to be his brother appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Shaun T. Kruse, 33, of Rochester, was arrested in February and charged with forgery, a Class C felony.

In addition to the forgery charge, the state filed an additional charge.
Prosecution is now charging Kruse with being a habitual felony offender, based on two previous, unrelated felony convictions.

CHANGE NOT WELCOMED: Residents not a fan of Daylight Savings

March 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Eight years into Indiana joining the rest of the U.S. in Daylight Savings Time (DST), some Whitley County residents still disagree with the decision, and were feeling the effects of losing an hour of sleep this weekend.

“I hate this time change,” Cindy Myers posted on The Post & Mail’s Facebook page. “I wish they could leave it the other way. I am an early to bed, early to rise person and on the farm I always loved getting up with the sun up.”

Smiling Sydney

March 11, 2014

Sydney Peguignot, one of the Whitley County Dazzlers’ cheerleaders, got to take an individual picture with guest speaker Lauren Potter during a meet and greet for a banquet in Fort Wayne that the Dazzlers performed at. The Dazzlers are a special-needs cheerleading group out of Whitley County.

Applauded pair

March 11, 2014

Hannah Schaefer (left) and Abbigail Vorndran were two of Columbia City High School’s show choir award winners Saturday at Bishop Luers High School. Schaefer won the Solo Competition and Dynamic Performer for City Lights, CCHS’s all-female choir. Vorndran won Dynamic Performer for City Heat, the school’s mixed choir. City Lights received in 3rd runner up. City Heat took 2nd runner up in the Class B Division. “The competition was tough but our teams presented very well,” said choir supporters. Saturday the group will travel to Shelbyville High School to compete.

Columbia City's Parks Department's Valero Junior Golf Tour played Monday at Eagle Glen Golf Course...
Whitko's 10-and-under baseball travel team advanced to the second round of semi-state play where...
Columbia City's volleyball team competed in the Hoosier Open Thursday and Friday at Bishop Dwenger....


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