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December 20th

IS IT THE END?: Mayan calendar runs out of dates as people run for cover

December 20, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — “It’s the end of the world as we know it,“ so sang the 1980s rock band R.E.M. Ask one out of 10 Americans and they would agree — the world is going to end when the Mayan calendar reads Friday, 12/21/12.

There is a fear of the world’s end tomorrow. Some believe that polar shifts will happen causing tsunamis and earthquakes. Some think a rogue planet will collide with Earth.

In a report filed with the Center for the Study of Life in the Universe many of the claimed fates waiting the world are debunked with practical evidence.

PROTECTING THE PISTOL: Citizens apply the right to bear arms while they still can

December 20, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — While the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting has made some Americans fear guns — it’s been nearly the opposite effect for local residents.

As guns appear to be flying off the shelves, many citizens are exercising their right to bear arms, as President Obama created a gun task force Wednesday — with the potential for more gun control.

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department has seen a dramatic increase in gun permit applications. WCSD Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said before the Sandy Hook tragedy, the department typically saw two to three permit applications per week.

December 19th

WEATHER ADVISORY: Snow and wind gusts forecast

December 19, 2012

The National Weather Service has put Whitley County under a Winter Weather Advisory from 4 p.m. Thursday to 7 p.m. Friday.

The advisory warns of strong winds and heavy blowing snow. Wind gusts could reach 50 mph and snowfall could reach accumulations of 1 to 2 inches.

Strong winds will cause blowing and drifting of snow and reduce visibility.

Stay tuned to The Post & Mail's website for weather updates.

'HIGHER STANDARDS': A theme carried throughout Whitko schools

December 19, 2012

PIERCETON — An after-school choir, comprised of elementary students from South Whitley and Pierceton Elementary Schools performed at the Whitko Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees meeting Monday night. Whitko After-School Choir consists of fourth and fifth graders under the direction of Patricia Schoemaker. Forty students practice once a week at the school they attend for an hour. The performance Monday was a holiday theme made up of three Christmas songs.

Pierceton Elementary

FIBER OPTICS: County leaders hear funding request

December 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Commissioners heard a proposal for a fiber optic cable plan that would aid industry in the area.

Alan Tio, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation, spoke at Monday’s meeting with Bill Overdeer of the Whitley County Redevelopment Com-mission.

The pair petitioned the commissioners for $40,000 to put toward the project. The remainder of the funds would come from grants and other sources.

FUTURE CITY: ISMS students present project

December 19, 2012

A trio of Indian Springs Middle School seventh-grade students, called the Hyrdropolis Team, presented their project at the Whitley County Consolidated School Board meeting Monday night.

The students had to solve a problem of rain water runoff for a futuristic city.

Pictured, from left, are Eric Burkholder, Caleb Binkley and Jake Rensner.

FLOOD HELP: WCCS approves Columbia City High School flood solution

December 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated School District’s board of school trustees approved a measure at Monday’s meeting to look into a solution to the flooding difficulties at Columbia City High School.

The board approved, by unanimous vote, to build a conventional, closed-pipe storm sewer system. Business Manager Tony Zickgraf said he had looked into an open-ditch option, but the it would cost between $353,000 and $413,000, while the closed-pipe method was estimated at $337,000.

December 18th

T.L.C.: South Whitley Elementary students greeted with care

December 18, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY ­— “We offered our kids a lot of T.L.C.,” said South Whitley Elementary School Principal Bruce Hansen at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Hansen shared with Whitko Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees that after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, faculty at SWES was briefed and a safety drill, which was already planned, was held.

“We worked hard to reassure the kids that they are safe,” said Hansen. “We gave out a lot of hugs.”

CAR VS. PEDESTRIAN: Six-year-old struck by car in city

December 18, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A six-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries Monday night after she was struck by a car. According to police, the girl was walking home from her neighbor’s house on W. Ellsworth Street in Columbia City at approximately 5:45 p.m. The girl was crossing from the south side of the road to her house at 614 W. Ellsworth St. as a car backed out and headed east.

A westbound vehicle didn’t see the girl, who was “just a few steps away from her driveway,” according to Columbia City Police Sergeant Trey Insley.

NOT GUILTY: Man accused of attempted escape appears in court

December 18, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A man accused of two felonies pleaded not guilty in the Whitley County Circuit Court Monday morning.Charles Norris, 29, of Cromwell, was accused of attempted escape, a Class B Felony, and intimidation with a deadly weapon, a Class C Felony.

The Class B felony carries a sentence of six to 20 years in prison, with 10 years being the advisory sentence. The Class C felony carries a sentence of two to eight years, with four being the advisory sentence.
Both crimes also have a maximum fine of $10,000 each.

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