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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 âexcellent,â 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Common Council met Tuesday and among other agenda items, discussed some changes to personnel policy for city employees. Among the most talked about changes were a policy require employees to wear identification badges while they are on duty and rules regarding smoking locations at city buildings.
The identification policy is in place, according to Mayor Ryan Daniel, so that residents can have confidence that the people working with them are city employees. Council member Bill Simpson said that the policy would not be necessary for officers in uniform.
FORT WAYNE â Jessica Harrison, a Columbia City High School graduate, works as a disc jockey for 106.3 clickhop.com â but she didnât interview for the job in a traditional way.
A contest was held earlier this year to find a co-host for the radio morning show, âNugget in the morning.â Harrison turned in a video which was voted on by friends, family and the stationâs listeners.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Center for Whitley County Youth recently received a grant of $45,000 from the Dekko Foundation. The grant will be used to further The Centerâs Building Hope project.
Jeff Wike, The Centerâs executive director, said the project is just over the half-way mark to its goal of raising $210,00.
In December of 2011, The Center was able to purchase its building debt free. Owning the building free and clear means the organization eliminated $10,000 a year in rent payments.
Pizza Hut-WingStreet in Columbia City is offering yummy Christmas wishes to its customers and to all readers of The Post & Mail.
"Joy, Hope, Love, Peace, Health and Harmony," are the Christmas wish toppings offered by Pizza Hut-WingStreet employees. "Who says you can't have it all? Merry Christmas and many thanks for your loyal patronage. We look forward to seeing you soon!"
The popular restaurant is famously located at U.S. 30 and Ind. 9 in Columbia City. It has become "holiday party central" for many area families. Telephone number is 260 248-2566 if you prefer carry out or delivery.
SOUTH WHITLEY â A conflict of interest made choosing a trash contractor âreally tough.â
âThis is a tough decision,â said Council President Tony Starkey. âThese guys are both friends of mine.â Starkey was referring to town council member Steve Smith and his associate with Whitley Environmental.
Smith removed himself from all discussion as well as the final vote on trash collection bids due to his personal tie with one of the companies vying for the right to collect South Whitleyâs trash.
COLUMBIA CITY â Today is a big day for Koby Watkins, a sixth grader at Indian Springs Middle School. Itâs his birthday â on the 12th day of the 12th month, in the year 2012.
And yes, he is turning 12. The only way to round of this occasion would be if Koby was born at 12:12. However, he was a couple of minutes behind on that mark, being born at 12:17 a.m.
Koby is the son of Jamie Carlson and Brooks Watkins and the stepson of Billy Carlson and Shannon Watkins. He has a younger brother, Preston, who is 8.
CHURUBUSCO â While much of the area has forgotten about the summerâs drought, a local tree farm is still feeling the heat.
Devilâs 40 Tree Farm, owned by Art and Jacqueline Tilbury of Churubusco, lost approximately 2,000 Douglas-Fir trees to the record-breaking temperatures in summer 2012.
With the 7-year-old trees priced between $45 and $75, the farm has lost upwards of $150,000. The Tilburys arenât new to the business, as Jacqueline said the farm has been around for more than 35 years.