Archive - News Article
July 3rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County government leaders were hit with a very expensive surprise this week.
Surprise was the word used by Sheriff Mark Hodges to describe the need to purchase new equipment for the county dispatch center. New computers and software, along with accompanying equipment, were on the list.
â€śThis is a financial bombshell that took me by surprise,â€ť Hodges said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Courthouse lawn has a new addition to its landscaping.
A historical marker was dedicated Tuesday afternoon to memorialize the late Indiana Governor Ralph F. Gates (1945-49).
Senator Jim Banks and Representative Kathy Heuer were on hand at the ceremony to share the impact the Gates family has had on the community.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Firefighters from three departments quickly put out a barn fire Tuesday night in southeast Whitley County.
A controlled burn got out of control, catching one wall of a barn on fire at approximately 10 p.m. at a property north of Ind. 14, between County Roads 500 East and 600 East.
Jefferson, Union and Washington Township Fire Departments quickly made the scene and managed to put the fire out before there was major damage.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Residents of Whitley County, particularly Columbia City, will see a rise in some of their taxes in the coming year.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Council approved the reestablishment of the countyâ€™s Cumulative Capital Fund for the coming year. The near-doubling of the rate will amount to approximately $30 per $100,000 of assessed value. The council enacted this increase to pay for bridge work around the county.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Since 1935, attendees at the brick church located at the corner of Washington and Jackson Streets, Columbia City, have faced a large, three-paneled mural during worship.
The artistâ€™s name, Fullerton, and the year, 1935, are in the lower right-hand corner of the mural, which measures approximately 18 feet by 18 feet.
In 1935, the First Church of God worshipped in the building.
Don Culbertson was 12 years old in 1935, and remembers the night the mural was revealed.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” It is not too late to submit photos depicting how Whitley County residents spent the longest day of the year, June 21.
Photos taken on this particular day can be submitted for a special photo documentary publication â€śA Day in the Life of Whitley Countyâ€ť that The Post & Mail will publish later this month.
Direct your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission is Wednesday.
For more information, contact Christie Barkley at 244-5152.
First Church of God, Columbia City, recently welcomed a new worship pastor to its congregation.
Holly Parks will officially have her first Sunday in her new position this week.
Pictured, from left, is Pastor Brandon Holler, Pastor Johnny McCallister, Worship Pastor Holly Parks, Emily Parks, Mike Parks and McKenna Parks.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Sheâ€™s only lived here for three years, but Natalie Lewis cares a lot about Whitley County and its people.
Now, Lewis is president of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force (WCDVTF), an organization with a mission to â€średuce the impact and frequency of domestic violence incidents in Whitley County.â€ť
Formerly of Iowa and Minnesota, Lewis draws on her own experiences with domestic violence as she helps local victims through the WCDVTF.
She recently spoke with The Post & Mail about herself, domestic violence and working with the Task Force.
Despite damp, rainy conditions at last weekâ€™s Old Settlers Days, Ken Lundquist, secretary-treasure of Whitley Countyâ€™s Shrine Club, said elephant ear sales were through the roof.
Lundquist said Saturday the club sold the festival novelty at a rate of 100 ears per hour â€” an increase of 15-20 percent from last year â€” and more than 800 in one day.
â€śWe were very successful,â€ť Lundquist said. â€śWe sold more this year than any other.â€ť
Lundquist was quick to tout the support of the Whitley County community.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City will be holding its annual fireworks celebration for Independence Day on Wednesday, July 3.
The festivities will take place in Morsches Park.
Fireworks are expected to begin between 10 and 10:15 p.m., but that will not be the only attraction in the evening.
Vendors will begin serving food at 5 p.m. There will be a bouncing house for children and other activities.
Beginning at 8:30 p.m., the Junkyard Band will begin its performance.