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January 27th, 2014

Woodmansee named educator for county extension office

January 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — John Woodmansee is the new Extension Educator working in agriculture and natural resources in Whitley County and in Noble County.
Woodmansee grew up on a family farm in Grant County. They raised corn, soybeans, wheat, oats, hay, hogs, cattle and rabbits. From time to time they had a horse or two.

He got his undergraduate degree in agricultural education from Purdue University, and his graduate degree was also from Purdue in vocational education. Woodmansee taught high school agriculture at Batesville High School for three years.

Library plans for February special events, contest

January 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Peabody Public Library recently announced its special events, contest and cancellations for the month of February.

Tatting has been cancelled until April.

Special Events
•Jeopardy! 2014 will be held Tuesday, Feb. 18 and 25 at 6 p.m. Join a team or come and watch the Albertsons defend their title.
•PBS Kids Go! Writers Contest and PPL Writers Contest —

STAYING SMART: Winter weather can affect kids' learning

January 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — As the snow drifts get higher and the impending ISTEP+ test gets closer, educators worry that students may lose skills due to less time in the classroom.

In addition, the extra time off from school has parents fighting the never ending battle of cabin fever.

Tammy Weimer, principal at Little Turtle Elementary School, says keeping a child’s brain engaged can happen at home.

A little snow humor

January 27, 2014

Winter weather forecasts may bring groans from most Whitley County residents, but a home in Columbia City added a little humor to the white stuff that piled up in their front yard. A sign that reads, “Free Snow — shovel all you want,” provides a comical perspective to what seems to be a never ending winter.

Recycling, trash service delayed due to weather

January 27, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Winter weather has caused a number of delays, including the county’s recycling service and Columbia City’s trash pick up.
For city trash customers, service is pushed back a day. Friday’s trash collection will still be as planned and Christmas tree pick up is still set for Saturday.

Recycling service for those customers who would have had pick up on Monday will not have a collection of recyclables until Monday, Feb. 10.
Residents can bag their additional recycling material and place it next to their container on the next scheduled day for pick up.

Rally plans derailed again

January 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The official start of Whitley County’s Relay for Life season had been postponed once again. Winter weather has derailed the event kickoff which was set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. a Parkview Hospital.

Relay for Life Event Co-Chair Tammy Gross said the committee was reluctant to cancel the gathering for a second time, but considering the bitter cold temperatures and hazardous road conditions, turn out was expected to be greatly impacted.

BANK ROBBERY: North Manchester attempt ends in suicide

January 27, 2014

NORTH MANCHESTER — A police pursuit that was headed toward Whitley County Friday night stopped short when an alleged bank robber shot himself in his vehicle.

According to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and Indiana State Police, a man allegedly robbed a bank in North Manchester shortly before 6 p.m., and a North Manchester Police officer began to pursue a suspect northbound on Ind. 13, into Kosciusko County.

Police say the suspect stopped at the intersection of Ind. 13 and Ind. 14, but refused to leave his vehicle when directed by the officer.

BREAKING: Suspect in robbery a Col. City man

January 27, 2014

NORTH MANCHESTER — Police have identified the suspected in a North Manchester bank robbery as David Mills, 22, of Columbia City.

After allegedly robbing the bank in Wabash County, Mills committed suicide in Kosciusko County, near South Whitley.

According to police reports, Mills entered First Financial Bank, on North Market Street, robbed a teller and left, northbound on Ind. 13 at approximately at 6 p.m. Friday.

After a pursuit by a North Manchester Police officer, Mills stopped at the intersection of Ind. 13 and Ind. 14.

SNOW EMERGENCY: County on restricted travel again

January 27, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County residents are becoming all-too-familiar with the terms “Level 1 Snow Emergency” and “Travel Warning” as Monday was nearly a Deja-Vu of three weeks ago, when the county was at a stand-still after Winter Storm Ion.

Winter Storm Ion dropped 16.2 inches of snow to the area Jan. 5, along with sub-zero temperatures and substantial travel impairment.


January 27, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Due to the extreme winter weather, several events are canceled or postponed.
To submit cancellations and postponements to The Post & Mail, email

Government offices
Mayor Ryan Daniel announced that City Hall would be closed today due to the Level I Snow Emergency.
Whitley County offices are closed as well including the Government Center and Courthouse.

Pierceton Elementary School
A public meeting, which was scheduled for tonight at 6 p.m. at Pierceton Elementary School has been canceled.


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