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September 12th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man pleaded guilty to burglary in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Gabriel D. Auer, 35, was arrested in July and charged with burglary and theft.
As part of a plea agreement, Auer will have the theft charge dismissed by the court. Prosecutor Matt Rentschler also agreed to not pursue the habitual felon sentence enhancement option â€” which would have increased the sentence for Auer.
Burglary is a Class C felony and carries a sentencing range of two to eight years.
There was no stipulation in the plea agreement as to length of sentence.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As Columbia City residents north of U.S. 30 were yet again afflicted by low pressure and no water last week, officials are working toward a permanent solution to the problem.
The main issue is not a man-made problem, but instead a problem with the soil, according to Columbia City Water Department Superintendent Mike Dear.
â€śThe soil conditions are very acidic right there. Itâ€™s eating into the pipe,â€ť Dear said.
In remembrance of September 11, 2001, the terrorist attacks on the U.S., public safety officials across the country are being honored today, Patriot Day.
The Post & Mailâ€™s special publication, â€śEmergency Personnel Saluteâ€ť, is inserted in todayâ€™s newspaper.
Pictured, a group of Whitley County firemen raise a ladder at a local house fire.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Tri-Lakes womanâ€™s foray into Native American research has led to her joining up with a professional author for a book series.
Liz Martinez began her research approximately 20 years ago. She studied remedies used by Native cultures that would cure a variety of maladies.
Through this research, she became connected online with Karen D. Musson. Musson lives in southern Missouri and began writing a book series 10 years ago about 19th-century Native American life, particularly the Lakota Tribe.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Funding school safety has been an ongoing topic of conversation among municipalities in Whitley County.
Whitko Middle School Principal Parrish Kruger spoke on behalf of the district and petitioned the South Whitley Town Council to consider a $10,000 contribution in order for the district to hire a school resource officer (SRO).
â€śWe have the opportunity to get a grant with matching funds,â€ť Kruger said. â€śThe district can show a $30,000 investment. However, if South Whitley can put in $10,000 and Pierceton can do the same, we can get $50,000 in matching funds.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” This Labor Day, questions were raised at a Columbia City Board of Works meeting regarding the use of consumer, or personal, fireworks.
According to Columbia Cityâ€™s ordinance, fireworks are only allowed to be used on Labor Day and the Sunday before, but not the rest of the holiday weekend.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel received a call from a resident who requested that citizens be allowed to shoot off fireworks all weekend, sparking a temporary exception to the ordinance by the Board of Works for the 2013 Labor Day weekend.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Redevelopment Commission made the decision to make an offer on the Eagles Lodge building in downtown Columbia City Aug. 20.
This week, the Eagles Lodge accepted the $165,000 offer, and the city is moving forward on the purchasing process, Columbia City Councilman Ben Romine told the council Tuesday.
Romine said Columbia Cityâ€™s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) is working with a title company to complete the final steps to buy the building, located at the corner of Van Buren and Line Streets, 306 W. Van Buren.
(Sept. 10, 2013) U.S. President Barack Obama offered his opinion on the apparent chemical attack in Syria Aug. 21.
After viewing countless videos and photographic images along with medical reports, President Obama, in a television address, said his recommendation was to make a military strike against Syria.
However, he did agree to hold off on the strike until more discussion could be held with other United Nation leaders. President Obama did make it clear that should a military strike be the nation's response, he would not send troops to Syria.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ A special section recognizing local public safety personnel and first responders will be inserted in The Post & Mail newspaper's print edition on Wednesday, Sept. 11, Patriot Day and the national day of remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the United States homeland.
The special section, made possible by community-minded businesses, will recognize those who keep Whitley County safe.
For subscribers, watch for it in Wednesday's newspaper. Non-subscribers can pick it up at newsstands throughout Whitley County.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Autumn Art Festival was held around the Courthouse Saturday.
The event was sponsored by the Whitley County Humane Society and featured local artists and crafts.
Pictured, Pam Hively, of the Peabody Public Library, keeps track of entries in the sidewalk chalk drawing contest.
Artwork decorated the sidewalk in front of City Hall, Columbia City.