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February 13th, 2014

NEW CHARGE:Salvation Army names community specialist

February 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Salvation Army of Whitley County recently declared Major Flora O’Dell as the new community ministries specialist.
Major O’Dell previously served with The Salvation Army Central Territory in Chicago as the secretary for Women’s Auxiliary.

A few years ago she also served as the director of The Salvation Army Women and Children’s Shelter and Women’s Domestic violence shelter in Indianapolis.

February 12th

S. Whitley signs joint resolution on BPPT

February 12, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Town leaders signed a joint resolution adding the Town of South Whitley to a list of other Whitley County municipalities opposing the elimination of the Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT).
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence indicated Tuesday he is “open” to the state replacing revenue to local governments if the General Assembly adopts a plan to exempt small businesses from a tax.

“I’m not sure what all will be done at the state level, but we have to consider the impact this has on our town,” said Council President Bill Boggs.

S. Whitley works toward wellness initiative

February 12, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley’s Town Council members agreed to revisit the acquisition of a vacant manufacturing facility.

The building that once housed Dwyer Instruments, Inc., located on First Street in South Whitley, has been vacant for almost 10 years.

In July of 2013, the council made plans to purchase the building to house a new company that would bring jobs and opportunity to the town. When the company backed out of the move, the town stopped its efforts to buy the facility.

One down, two to go

February 12, 2014

Columbia City’s and Whitko’s girls basketball teams picked up wins in their sectional openers Tuesday night. Columbia City took a 49-43 victory over Eastbrook at Bellmont, and the Lady Wildcats topped West Noble 49-46 in overtime at NorthWood. Pictured above, Columbia City’s substitutes and crowd goes wild after Macie Hinen sunk a shot at the third-quarter buzzer. Both teams advance to the semi-final rounds Friday night, hoping to advance to the title game Saturday.

RELAY BEGINS: Event to ‘scare away cancer’ in June

February 12, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After several weather delays, Whitley County’s Relay for Life participants stepped into action Feb. 1 with a kick-off party.
Each year, team captains, past participants and volunteers gather to announce the theme and event particulars for the 24-hour walk to raise awareness and funds for cancer research and patient services.
For the relay, slated June 7 at Indian Springs Middle School, the theme is “Scare Away Cancer.”

Scott to run for County Prosecutor

February 12, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “Accomplished” local trial attorney and life-long Republican, Bruce Scott, filed the necessary paperwork and will seek the Republican Party’s nomination in the May primary to serve as the Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney.

“If I am given the opportunity to serve Whitley County as its prosecutor, I pledge to bring justice to those who do not follow the law, and to do so in a swift and impartial manner,” said Scott.

Scott, who has been an attorney for 26 years, has successfully handled both civil and criminal cases in Whitley, Allen, Wells, Noble and Adams Counties.

COURT RULING: Bradley given 10-years for meth charges

February 12, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A Garrett man arrested in a traffic stop on Ind. 205 last year with an active meth lab in the vehicle learned the length of his incarceration Monday.

Mitchell M. Bradley, 38, was sentenced to the Whitley County Jail for 10 years, with eight years to serve and the balance suspended, for manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony.

WEATHER CHALLENGES: Snow days not so fun anymore

February 12, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — This winter’s wild weather is leaving school officials reeling on what to do to make up for lost time. Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ parents and students are becoming all-too-familiar with the sound of Business Manager Tony Zickgraf’s voice, when his voice is heard on calls from the district on a weekly, sometimes daily basis, to close or delay school.

A NEW WRINKLE: Meth remains prime problem, but other drugs emerging

February 12, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the third of a three-part series on methamphetamine in Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Circuit Court saw two individuals plead guilty Monday to dealing prescription drugs. Those court hearings highlighted a fact of modern life in Whitley County and Northeast Indiana in 2014 — Methamphetamine remains the most problematic drug, but it is hardly the only one to cause problems in the community.

February 11th

FUTURE HOPE: Long-term forecast shows warm-up

February 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — While temperatures Tuesday morning were frigid and below zero, there is hope.
According to the 10-day forecast from The Weather Channel, temperatures will increase significantly over the next week-and-a-half.
By Monday, the temperature will be above freezing at 37 degrees. Thursday's high is expected to be in the mid-40s.
Stay with The Post & Mail for weather and news updates.


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