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July 25th, 2013

Sign up offered online for WCCS

July 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools will offer online registration for the 2013-14 school year. It will no longer be necessary for parents to visit their child's school for registration.

Parents and guardians will be able to complete all the necessary registration forms online, through a web interface. They will also have the option to pay their child's book bill online.

Blue Ribbon barns

July 25, 2013

Awards were presented to various 4-H clubs for the barns in which the groups utilize.

Whitley County 4-H Council members Jennifer Lilly and Val Wietfeldt passed out the awards July 16.

Pictured are representatives of the Horse & Pony club and the Blue Ribbon designation earned.

CHEIF: Busy week for city police

July 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh updated the Board of Works and Public Safety concerning recent events in town.

Calling it a busy week, the chief informed the board about the latest details concerning a chemical fire and high-speed police chase.

Longenbaugh said he received an e-mail from Cathy Broxon-Ball, head of the county’s emergency management. The two will schedule a debriefing to review the chemical fire at C&R Plating in Columbia City.

THE PRICE OF SEWER WORK: City finalizes utility rate board ordinance

July 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Due to possible future increases in sewer rates, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel will be getting to work on building a Utility Rate Advisory Board.

“In the near future, we are going to have a lot of decision-making that is going to happen in regards to the sewer rates and how we are going to fund $12 to $13 million in sewer work,” Daniel said.

Columbia City’s Common Council passed the second reading of its Utility Rate Advisory Board Ordinance Tuesday, clearing the way for Daniel to appoint five members to the board.

HOMETOWN HEROES: Jeremy Brice inspired by father

July 25, 2013

Editor’s note: The Post & Mail is featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.

COLUMBIA CITY — From a very young age, Jeremy Brice knew what he wanted to do with his life. Now, as an adult, he is working to achieve his goals, nearly following his father’s footsteps.

Brice is currently an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), confinement officer at Whitley County’s Jail and a Columbia City Police reserve officer. His father, Bill, is a long-time deputy with the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department and was also a paramedic and reserve officer.

FROM BLOODLINE TO MILKLINE: Roots run deep in Whitley County 4-H Dairy Club

July 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Bloodlines of the founders of Whitley County’s Dairy Club were still present at the 2013 4-H Fair — both human and animal.

“The echoes of our ancestors are in this barn,” Matt Gaff, former 4-Her said.

The Whitley County Dairy Club was founded in 1957 and cattle at this year’s fair have bloodlines that date back to the first animals at the fair.

“That’s what makes this club different from the others — it’s not terminal,” Gaff said.

Gaff’s family, the Mathiases, are part of a core group of dairy families that have been involved with the dairy club for years.

DRUG TASK FORCE: Mother and son nabbed on meth charges, two children in home OK

July 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Police arrested a mother and son on methamphetamine-related charges Wednesday morning.

Melodie Myer, 39, of Columbia City, and Robert Barnett, 22, of Columbia City, were booked on multiple drug-related charges after police found precursors in their residence, 220 E. Van Buren St., in Columbia City.

Two unrelated children were in the home at the time of the police raid, and were placed into temporary child protective custody.

MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO SEX CRIMES: Kincaid to be sentenced for misconduct with 14-year-old

July 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Bradley D. Kincaid, 21, admitted to having sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old girl in May.

Kincaid originally faced two counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. As part of a plea agreement, one charge was dismissed in exchange for his admission of guilt.

July 24th

Day in the Life inserted Thursday

July 24, 2013

A special publication will be inserted in Thursday’s Post & Mail depicting life in Whitley County.

In June, residents were asked to photograph what they did on the longest day of the year, June 21. From those photo submissions, The Post & Mail compiled the snapshots to create “Day in the Life,” a look at Whitley County through the lens of numerous shutterbugs.

Pictured above is T.C. McCoy returning an arm load of books to the Peabody Public Library. This particular photo was submitted by library staff and will be featured in the upcoming publication.

PACK-A-TRUCK: Salvation Army makes a plea for local aid

July 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A mission to help kids get on the right foot is in jeopardy of falling short this year — by almost $3,600.

The Salvation Army of Whitley County has provided area children with new shoes and backpacks for several years. In addition to the shoes, school supplies are collected and distributed to children in need as well.

“This is something we’ve been doing for seven years,” said Pat Mossburg, ministries director for the county’s Salvation Army. “This year, I know we won’t be able to help all the children who need it because giving is so far down.”

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