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February 9th, 2014

Powering playtime

February 9, 2014

The Whitley County YMCA was used as a warming station Friday after a power outage left more than 8,000 Whitley County residents without electricity. “We haven’t had a lot of people coming in to get warm,” said Erica Miller, director of the YMCA. “Most people have been coming in to take a shower before going to work.” Pictured is Chance Krepps, 19 month old son of Dakota Krepps and Kayla Norris, who was brought into the YMCA Friday morning to get warm. He also found a little fun with a ball in the gymnasium. His family’s home, in Tri Lakes, was without power.

February 8th

POSTED NOTES: ‘Difference Maker’ set to kick off

February 8, 2014

In Whitley County, there are numerous residents that give back, do good or humbly serve in the community.

Whether it is impacting just one person or causing a ripple effect of feel-good emotions across the county, these residents deserve some applause.

The Post & Mail is starting a new series entitled, “Difference Maker,” and will feature Whitley County residents that are making a difference in the lives of those around them.

Police continue to investigate armed robbery in Larwill

February 8, 2014

LARWILL — Police are continuing to investigate an armed robbery at the Swifty Gas Station in Larwill this week.

On Tuesday night, police say a man robbed an undisclosed amount of money from the station, located at the intersection of U.S. 30 and Ind. 5, at 1160 N. Ind. 5.

The robbery occurred Tuesday at 9:45 p.m., in the middle of a storm that dumped a foot of snow on Whitley County.

Whitley County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Spencer said officials had to battle slick, snowy roads en route to the robbery, and were unable to catch the suspect Tuesday night.

Piled high

February 8, 2014

Snow was piled nearly as high as houses in the back parking lot of the old Eagles Building, on West Van Buren Street, Columbia City. Columbia City’s Street Department removed snow from downtown to make more parking available.

Dress collection begins for prom season

February 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — They say its the clothes that make the man, but for high school prom season, its the dress that makes the girl.

To help high school girls secure that perfect dress without the pretty penny associated with formal gowns, a prom dress collection is being coordinated at Columbia City High School.

“Girls should get to put on a pretty dress and feel good about themselves,” said Sandy Kohut, Columbia City High School’s nurse.

Local meth activity differs from state

February 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — In Northeast Indiana, when it comes to meth labs, Whitley County is an island.

The county had a much lower number of methamphetamine labs busted by law enforcement in 2013 than its neighboring counties.

This fact might come as a surprise, since Whitley County’s courts are consistently tied up with methamphetamine-related cases and the Whitley County Drug Task Force focuses most of its energy on the drug.

February 7th


February 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Several animals were lost in a barn fire in Whitley County Wednesday morning.

After 12 inches of snow fell on the area Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, the fire was spotted by the property owners at approximately 4 a.m. Wednesday, and firefighters responded — as quickly as possible.
With many county roads and state highways still snow-covered, officials were delayed in making the scene, located on Ind. 9, slightly south of Ind. 14.

Man pleads not guilty in Hosler burglary

February 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man accused of breaking into an appliance store and stealing property pleaded not guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Steven W. Slater, 38, of Columbia City, was arrested Jan. 26 for three charges of burglary, one charge of theft and two charges of criminal mischief.

Case reports indicate Columbia City Police officers were advised about two burglaries that had occurred at Hosler’s TV and Appliance in the month of January, 2014.

Officers found a three-hole brick at both locations. A sound bar was reported missing.

County denied desired cumulative capital rate

February 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Council faced a financial dilemma Tuesday.
When the county proposed its increase to the Cumulative Capital Fund (CCF), it voted to put it at .03.

The Department of Government and Local Finance informed County Auditor Jen McGuire it would only approve the county raise the rate to .0287.

Thus, the council needed to trim $108,475 from its proposed budget for the CCF.

By a 5-0 vote, the council agreed to cut the equipment in the CCF to $7,525. It had previously been at $74,000.

'OSCAR' WONT' BE DENIED: Turtle Days receives OK on date change — June 11-14

February 7, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — An annual summer festival in Churubusco has an earlier spot on the calendar.

Turtle Days Board President Nicole Kirkpatrick announced Thursday that the four-day celebration of Oscar, the legendary tortoise from ‘Busco, will be June 11-14.

“This year we were completely unable to find a company that was available for our original dates during the third week of June,” Kirkpatrick said. “I contacted Gary Bolander, the owner of Poor Jack amusements. He too was unavailable for that third week, but did have an opening for the second week.”


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