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May 17th, 2013

THANKFUL FOR POLICEMEN: Mary Raber students tout local officers for National Police Week

May 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whether police officers are fighting crimes, creating safer neighborhoods, or patrolling the streets in Columbia City, many would agree that their relationships with children are important.

Experts say that the way police interact with children in a community can have a significant impact on police effectiveness and safety.

Whitley County’s law enforcement officers can be spotted in local schools on a daily basis, and their efforts don’t go unnoticed — especially by the students and Principal Julie Turpin at Mary Raber Elementary School.

May 16th

Gettin’ some air

May 16, 2013

Kyle Walters (far right), of Columbia City’s Water Pollution Control Facility, illustrates to a group of Indian Springs Middle School eighth graders about how the aeration tank works. Pictured, air bubbles up from polluted water to oxygenate it, helping to cleanse the water of impurities.

Senior netters

May 16, 2013

Columbia City’s girls tennis team had its senior night last Thursday.

The Lady Eagle seniors, from left: Lauren Rivas, Breanna Hicks, Celine Rongos, Alaina Becker and Adriana Brown.

Ouster of IRS official still investigating

May 16, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) — Don't look for the outcry over the Internal Revenue Service's improper targeting of tea party groups to subside with the ouster of the agency's acting commissioner.

Three congressional committees are investigating and the FBI is looking into potential civil rights violations at the IRS, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

Other potential crimes include making false statements to authorities and violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities, Holder said.

Students applauded for doing right

May 16, 2013

Mary Raber Elementary School recently announced its May Shining Stars.

Students are named this monthly program for “doing the right thing and treating people right.”

City announces trash schedule

May 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the City of Columbia City has announced a revised trash pick up schedule. There will be no collections Monday for trash and recycling.

Monday collections will be made Tuesday. Tuesday collections will be done Wednesday. Wednesday collections will be made Thursday and Thursday collections will be made Friday. Friday collections will be made on Saturday.

This schedule change applies to both trash and recycling pick up.

SUMMER CIVICS: Alexander explores government workings

May 16, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is a series highlighting unique jobs and activities held by area students during the summer months.

COLUMBIA CITY — Summer months are filled with baseball games, cookouts and dips in the pool. For some students, earning some cash becomes the focus.

Brooke Alexander, a student at Columbia City High School, has chosen to direct her summer focus in the direction of government.

Hoosier Girls State (HGS) is a program designed to educate high school girls in Indiana of the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

ROAD REPAIRS: Board takes street offers

May 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Three companies submitted bids for 2013 street repairs to Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety.

Niblock Excavating, E&B Paving and Wayne Asphalt were the three firms that turned in bids. Board members said they would take the bids under advisement and make a decision at a future meeting.

In other business, the board unanimously approved waiving the sewer tap fee for the Woodlands Senior Center.

The fee, which was already paid, was $500.

“I think a token of $500 is a small portion for what you do in the community,” said Board Member Walt Crowder.

TALKIN' TRASH: ’Busco opens bids

May 16, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Trash bids were opened at the Churubusco Town Council meeting Wednesday night.

Four bids were submitted to the council, including Whitley Environmental, the company contracted to collect Whitley County’s recycling.

According to Madalyn Bartl, the town’s clerk-treasurer, residents currently pay a monthly rate of $13.08 for trash pick up. The town’s current contract is with Republic Services, doing business as National Serv-All.

A stinky field trip

May 16, 2013

Indian Springs Middle School’s eighth graders took a trip to Columbia City’s Water Pollution Control Facility, the city’s wastewater treatment plant, Wednesday afternoon.

Above, a group of students look on as a mass of sludge is pushed into a drain. See more photos in Thursday's issue of The Post and Mail.

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