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September 29th, 2012

CANINE CARNIVAL

September 29, 2012

The Whitley County Humane Society held its Canine Carnival at Morsches Park today. More photos and coverage will be in Monday's edition of The Post and Mail. More photos can be viewed on The Post and Mail's facebook page.

September 28th

LEAVES: City leaf pickup begins Oct. 22

September 28, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — As the leaves change color and begin to fall around the city, local citizens will have rakes and leaf blowers in hand getting ready to dispose of them through the street department’s leaf pickup program.
“I’ve had several questions on when the date is for that,” said Street Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh. “It will begin Oct. 22, and that’s when we’ll probably make our first pass. ”
Cearbaugh said the leaf pickup is about a six-week program.

CLOSED: INDOT announces county road closings

September 28, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is advising motorists that there will be temporary lane restrictions on Ind. 14 and Ind. 37 in Whitley and Allen counties next week.
Beginning Monday, INDOT maintenance crews will begin a pavement preservation process by fog sealing along Ind. 14, from Ind. 9 to West Hamilton Road in Whitley and Allen counties.
The eastbound lane of Ind. 14 will undergo work on Monday.
The westbound lane will undergo work on Tuesday.
When this stretch is complete, crews will move on to Allen County on Wednesday.

SENTENCING: Col. City native to be sentenced in theft

September 28, 2012

CLAYTON, Mo. — A former Columbia City resident will be sentenced Monday in a Missouri court for stealing at least $25,000 from a trust designed to protect the assets of his parents.
Larry G. Mueller, 62, is scheduled to be in St. Louis County Circuit Court in Clayton, Mo. at 8:45 a.m. Monday on a charge of theft, a Class B felony.
The charge is for the theft of more than $25,000, but those close to the case estimate the alleged crime involved more money.

ABSENTEE VOTING: schedule available

September 28, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — According to the Election Supervisor Jessica Hockemeyer, absentee voting hours will soon be available to registered voters at the courthouse.
“There is in office voting, voting by mail and a traveling board,” said Hockemeyer.
The hours for absentee voting at the clerk’s office, located in the courthouse at Room 18 on the second floor, are Oct. 9-12 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 15 to Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Oct. 13 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Oct. 27 and Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

DAZZLING DARLINGS: Local group offers opportunity to special cheerleaders

September 28, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Dazzlers is a special needs cheerleading team in its second season.
Coach Vanessa Bills decided to offer cheerleading to special needs students so they can “experience the uniform.”
The cheerleaders have various disabilities and varying degrees of speech and movement capabilities. Bills said that there are some challenges when working a cheer routine around those handicaps, but the participants grow in confidence and become more vocal and more mobile.

MUNICIPAL COLLABORATION: City looking forward to providing electrical support

September 28, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — With the Columbia City/South Whitley utility agreement close to finalization, Columbia City officials said they are looking forward to providing contracted electrical support to the town.
“Everything is worked out and everybody seems happy,” said Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Larry Whetstone at Tuesday’s Columbia City Common Council meeting.
“So we are responsible for South Whitley’s maintenance assuming they agree. All indications are they want to get this completed.”

September 27th

PASSING THE BRUSH: Art fest names new coordinators

September 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Autumn Art Festival was held earlier in September around the courthouse square with vendors and patrons commenting on the success of the event.
Trudy Miller-Longhenry has been the event’s coordinator for seven years. After this year’s festival, Miller-Longhenry “passed the paintbrush” to the Whitley County Humane Society.
“I will still be involved next year. I’ll be behind the scenes,” said Miller-Longhenry. “I want to see the festival succeed, so I am willing to help them out.”

FATAL CRASH: '81 Whitko graduate dies in Starke County crash

September 27, 2012

GROVERTOWN — A former Whitko High School athlete and Pierceton resident was killed Wednesday on his way to see a PGA golf event.

Steve Mort, 50, died at 9:59 a.m. at South Bend Memorial Hospital following a collision with a semi hauling a wind turbine propeller. Mort’s brother, Tim, was also involved in the crash.

The vehicle Mort was in failed to stop and lodged underneath the trailer of the semi and both brothers were trapped inside their vehicle and had to be extricated by emergency crews.

POOL RESPONSES: Deadline Oct. 6

September 27, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — After holding two public forums and opening up an online survey concerning the Burnworth Memorial Pool, Mayor Ryan Daniel said the preliminary responses are leaning toward a new aquatics facility.
“We have 249 responses, which I think is a pretty good response rate up to this point,” said Daniel. “We have until Oct. 6, that’s the last day that we are accepting those responses so I’ll close it at that point.”
An assessment on the pool estimated over $1.1 million dollars in repairs to the pool facility.

 

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