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Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s bands and choirs played and sang for two concerts Thursday night. The Winter Concert featured both instrumental and vocal solos as well as a holiday sing-along with audience participation. Pictured left is the Wind Ensemble.
SOUTH WHITLEY Ââ€” As Tuesdayâ€™s South Whitley Town Council meeting came to a close a sigh of relief was had by many when numbers added up where they once did not.
Forms were signed by council members to move necessary funds to balance the 2012 budget just weeks before the yearâ€™s end.
After weeks of wrestling with appropriations and budget numbers, Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould, with the help of Retha Hicks from HR Resources, was able to answer the questions asked by council members regarding the budget numbers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Donations are being doubled for the United Way of Whitley County. After being approved for a matching grant, the United Way is on a mission to not only raise funds for the Live United campaign, but meet a maximum matching dollar amount of $18,000 by the end of 2013.
New donors giving in increments of $100, as well as new businesses giving in increments of $500 will be matched dollar for dollar in partnership with the Indiana Association of United Ways INVest 1213.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Connecticut massacre has touched the lives of people across the nation â€” even in Whitley County â€” 750 miles from the tragedy.
Before Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s boys basketball game Friday night, officials held a moment of silence in honor of the 26 lives lost after a gunman opened fire in an elementary school â€” killing 20 children.
The rampage is the nationâ€™s second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech shooting that claimed 33 lives in 2007.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) â€” A man opened fire Friday inside the Sandy Hook Elementary where his mother taught. Twenty-six people were killed, including 20 children. Area media report youngsters huddled in corners and closets frightened at the sound of shots ringing through the building.
The 20-year-old killer, killed his mother at home, carried two handguns to the school where he committed suicide, bringing the death toll to 28, authorities said.
More in depth coverage can be found in Saturday's Post & Mail with local comments from area residents and school administration.
FORT WAYNE â€” A high-speed chase that began in Fort Wayne ended at the Whitley-Allen County Line Tuesday.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Sheriff deputies were called to assist Fort Wayneâ€™s Police Department after the pursuit headed toward Columbia City on U.S. 30.
The deputies set up stop sticks near CR 300 E., but the suspects, Pedro Garza and Luis Juarez-Cabrera, turned north on County Line Road before being apprehended by Fort Wayne police.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” High utility bills? Some residents of South Whitley believe the rates appearing on their monthly utility statements are higher than average. In fact, one resident appeared at the town council meeting Tuesday night to voice her concern over an increasing utility bill.
Town council members wanted to know just where utility rates stood in relation to covering costs and preparing for future upgrades.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The wind blew hard, but Columbia City pushed back.
On June 29 of this year, a violent wind storm powered its way through Columbia City. The tempest left a trail of damage in its wake, including downed trees. For many towns, the clean-up effort could have been a marathon. However, Columbia City Tree Board President Ken Lundquist said that the work has been â€śexcellent,â€ť and thanked the City Electric Department for its input in the project.
Those participating in the most recent www.thepostandmail.com Online Poll said "No" to legalizing marijuana in Indiana because they deem it "a gateway drug."
Forty-five percent of respondents voted "no" on the legalization question.
However, 38 percent voted in favor of legalization because "it will increase revenue for the state."
Meanwhile, 13 percent said marijuana "should be decriminalized, not legalized."
Additionally, 4 percent voted "I don't care what the state does."
More than 100 votes were recorded in the poll.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety moved Tuesday to begin work on storm sewers before Phase II of the Line Street Project begins next year.
Wigent Excavation was awarded the bid for $41,045, and should begin work immediately, according to Jeff Walker, Community Development Director for Columbia City.