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March 7th, 2014

PIERCETON ELEM. SCHOOL: Technology takes top priority at WCSC

March 7, 2014

PIERCETON — Technology has been a focus for Whitko Community School Corporation this school year.

As plans and designs are finalized for the new Pierceton Elementary School and renovated South Whitley Elementary School, incorporating technology has been a priority.

During the past decade, school libraries have taken a shift from simply housing rows of books to adding computer workstations and learning labs.
Whitko schools will be constructing technology quads that offers instruction in an environment far from the traditional school library.

COESSE HOUSE FIRE: Fire victims I.D’s to be released next week

March 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Identification for those found dead in a house fire in Coesse Thursday morning will not be released until after the weekend, Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger said Friday.

Officials are working to obtain a positive identification before releasing information to the public.

Dellinger said the bodies of the two men have been moved to Indianapolis, where officials will be performing a DNA match with those believed to be in the home at the time of the fire.

DISABILITIES AWARENESS MONTH: Passages preps for month of events

March 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — March is Disabilities Awareness Month and Passages Inc., has planned several events to celebrate its clients.

Passages, Inc., a Whitley County nonprofit, works to help local residents with intellectual disabilities, and other challenges, to thrive in the community.

Having been a long-standing service in the community, Passages’ leaders are passionate about the difference the organization has been making for the past 60 years.

UPDATE: Water main break

March 7, 2014

A water main break has occurred at Ind. 205, in front of Parkview Whitley Hospital. City officials ask for residents and drivers to avoid the area.

The hospital is fully operational and fully accessible. The hospital has a back-up well that services the entire facility, and allows it to seamlessly switch to this whenever the city water pressure drops or water service is lost all together.

DOING GOOD DUTIES: Col. City police awards 7 officers

March 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — With an emphasis on public relations, Columbia City’s Police Department announced out eight awards to seven officers Thursday afternoon.

“We are trying to make positive strides with public relations,” said CCPD Chief Tim Longenbaugh.

The awards were presented by Longenbaugh and Captain Tony Hively.

Officer Jon Stoffel was awarded a Patrolman Medal for heading up the department’s Patrolling for Presents program, which provided several local children with presents for Christmas.

Studying seeds

March 7, 2014

Northern Heights Elementary School’s third graders have been studying plants and seeds with Abbey Bradley from the Merry Lea Environmental Center of Goshen College. Children have learned what seeds do and what they need in order to germinate. Students played the “act like a seed” game where they acted like a seed through the different seasons. Children then prepared seeds to germinate. They also learned to identify the different parts of a plant and how a plants’ needs are different than a seed.


March 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY (March 7, 2014) -- A water main break has occurred at Ind. 205, in front of Parkview Whitley Hospital. City officials ask for residents and drivers to avoid the area. Water will be off for the area including subdivisions Eagle Glen and Irish Glen as well as the Peabody Public Library.

See Saturday's Post & Mail for more coverage.

We're soliciting your selfies

March 7, 2014

Get out your camera phones and shoot a selfie! 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. This is a fantastic way to highlight the great people that make up Whitley County.

Fire and ice

March 7, 2014

Union Township firefighters Aaron Oliver (left) and Justin Whaley (right) use a flare to thaw a water connection on their fire truck Thursday morning. Crews were on the scene of a fatal house fire in Coesse for several hours, and many of their tools and hoses froze in single-digit temperatures.

Snowmobile rider injured in lake crash

March 7, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — A snowmobile struck a mound of hardened snow Wednesday on Big Cedar Lake, sending the recreational craft into the air.
When it came down, the snowmobile flipped end over end, throwing the rider onto the ice, according to officials.
The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department received a call at 3:08 p.m. from a resident who saw the crash, and then the rider lying motionless on the ice.
When conservation officers arrived at the scene, Paul Bennett, 55, of Columbia City, was found on the ice and being tended to by lake residents.


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