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January 30th, 2014

City to replace boiler

January 30, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “Our dinosaur is dying.”
Columbia City’s Head of Maintenance Troy Gawthrop said it best at Tuesday’s Board of Works meeting — City Hall’s boiler is on its last leg.

The boiler at City Hall is more than 20 years old, and officials say it could break at any time.

“We’ve done a good job maintaining it and limping it along,” Gawthrop said. “But now it is starting to leak water. We might be able to make it last another year, but it could also break tomorrow.”

Fighting illness may come at a risk

January 30, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Is it too cold for germs to spread? Health officials are warning residents to not become lax on healthy habits that will combat illness.

One particular, time-tested practice to ward off germs is hand washing and now, add to the list — using hand sanitizer.

Heather Reid is the public health nurse for Whitley County. She said she keeps hand sanitizer with her and uses it regularly.

“We were taught in nursing school that hand washing is best,” Reid said. “Now everyone has access to hand sanitizer it seems. It’s a second option when you can’t get to a sink.”

Heuer votes ‘no’ on marriage amendment

January 30, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Legislators started their session at the beginning of the year with a full agenda.

One particular item has caused heated debate at the Statehouse — HJR3, the marriage amendment proposal.

The proposed constitutional amendment, which passed the Indiana House Tuesday, now states “only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana.”

Whitley County residents have shared their opinions on the potential constitution change.

Winter weekend photos

January 30, 2014

An open invitation has been issued to Whitley County residents to photographically document their winter life – two-days only – on Super Bowl Weekend (and Groundhog Day) – February 1-2.

Photo submissions to this special Post & Mail project will be placed in a unique newspaper publication to be published in late February.

“A Winter Weekend in the Life of Whitley County” will herald slice-of-life happenings in our county community, such as community events, family outings, work-related activities – just about anything imaginable.

Snow... when will it end?

January 30, 2014

Whitley County residents have a brief window of opportunity to shovel sidewalks and clear driveways as temperatures are expected to rise about 20 degrees today and Friday. However, more snow is in the forecast.

Meteorologists have predicted more snow Friday and Saturday with accumulation totalling up to 2 inches. Pictured is Kelly Bolander, of Columbia City, using her snow blower at her home Saturday to dig out after the weekend’s winter weather.

January 29th

Preschooler reads 1,000 books

January 29, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Peabody Public Library recently announced that another child has completed the "1,000 Book Club" program.

“Congratulations to Liam Wardwell for reading or listening to 1000 books,” said library staff.

Wardwell received a bag with 10 reading patches and a book of his choice. His picture will be displayed on the 1,000 Book Club Hall of Fame in the Children's Services department.

The 1,000 Book Club is based on the research that children should read or be read to 1,000 books before they start kindergarten.

Dep. Prosecutor Sigler takes on Huntington Co. case

January 29, 2014

HUNTINGTON — Whitley County Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Sigler was appointed to take on a high-profile Huntington County case this week.

Tuesday, police arrested Joseph Rakoczy, Huntington County’s chief environmental sanitarian, after he was accused of using his county credit card to purchase $25 in gas for her personal vehicle, according to the Indiana State police.

Sigler was chosen to take the case to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest with Huntington County Prosecutor Amy Richison.

Woman accused of slaying teacher drove through Col. City

January 29, 2014

CHICAGO — A woman accused of fatally stabbing a high school teacher in Chicago last week traveled through Whitley County on U.S. 30.

Alisha Walker, 20, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Alan Filan, 61, a teacher at Brother Rice High School in southwest Chicago.

After slaying Filan in Ohio, police say Walker traveled on U.S. 30 back toward her hometown, Akron, Ohio.

Walker was caught in Fort Wayne Saturday in a hotel room.

Practical public speaking taught at LWC workshop

January 29, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The arctic weather of January took a slight break to allow Leadership Whitley County Class 13 members to gather for their monthly session at Parkview Whitley Hospital.

Sponsored by J & K Communications, the session focused on public speaking, animal personality styles and an awareness portion of school board roles and responsibilities.

Stolen truck from Ohio turns up in Col. City

January 29, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A stolen vehicle from Ohio turned up in Whitley County Tuesday.

Police across Northeast Indiana and Ohio were on the lookout for a stolen pickup truck from Hicksville, Ohio, and after a tip, police found the vehicle on Countryside Drive in Columbia City.

Columbia City’s Police Department was tipped off that the stolen truck may be in the trailer park on Countryside Drive. When officers arrived and spotted a truck matching the stolen vehicle’s description, the suspect fled.

 

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