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March 1st, 2012

POOL CLOSING?: Local pool hemorrhaging cash

March 1, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Expenses for the Burnworth Memorial Pool continue to exceed revenues and major repairs are an ongoing concern among Columbia City park board members. Currently, the park board is losing approximately $30,000 for the three-month pool season, which is June, July and August.

In Monday evening’s park board meeting, Park Director Mark Green presented a proposal from engineers he has spoken to in the past two weeks.

INTERNSHIP BEGINNING: Two Columbia City students headed for Government Center

March 1, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Two Columbia City High School students are going to get a taste of geography and engineering in the coming months. The students will intern at the Whitley County Government Center, one with County Engineer Brandon Forrester and the other with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator Dan Weigold.

One of the students will intern with the Engineer and Surveyors office from March 5 through May 25, for two hours in the afternoon. Forrester said this is the department’s second internship, the first coming in the 2009-2010 school year.

February 29th

PIRATES INVADE MRES: Huntington man tells students the story of ‘Treasure Island’

February 29, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — It only took 70 minutes for Joel Froomkin to tell the story of Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island.”
The students at Mary Raber Elementary School appeared to be under a spell as they listened to the exciting sound effects, the different characters of the beloved children’s book and the adventures of the various pirates.
All of it came alive with the talents of Huntington’s Joel Froomkin.
Using music, sound effects and nothing but the author’s own words, Froomkin of Page on Stage presented this exciting swashbuckling tale of pirates searching for hidden treasure.

February 28th

WHITLEY COUNTY BARN FIRE: Hay-fueled blaze levels Stockamp barn

February 28, 2012


COESSE — Circumstances prevented a devastating fire Tuesday from being even more tragic. “The farm hand had just left about a half hour before and a passerby called it in,” said Union Township Fire Chief Chad Radke this morning about Tuesday’s fire that destroyed a horse barn at Stockamp Ranch east of Columbia City.

Radke said today the damage was too extensive for fire investigators to determine the cause.

HAMMERED AGAIN: Gas prices leap to $3.85 in county; $4 by the weekend?

February 28, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – Numbing pain at the gasoline pump continued during the past 18 hours when many fueling spots in Whitley County increased prices from $3.69 per gallon to $3.85 and more.

Last Thursday gas prices jumped more than a quarter a gallon – and the spike continues this week.

The White House last Thursday reiterated its continuing philosophy that leadership on this issue was difficult and household economic problems were to be expected.

Recovery from the recession is at risk, note experts outside of the White House.

February 27th

A SELF-EXPRESSIVE BEAT: Jalen Gregory shows his mettle with his snare and kick drum

February 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY —The beat of the drums resounded in the band room as 16-year-old Whitko High School sophomore Jalen Gregory displayed his musical talent.
In Jalen’s eyes, the drums produce a self-expressing beat, giving his audience the opportunity to peer deeper into his character and learn more about him through music.
“When I play the drums I want people to not just listen, but to feel it,” said Jalen. “I want people to know who I am through my music.”

YOUNG WOMAN, DISTINGUISHED: Columbia City’s Thomas shines at DYM state

February 27, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY —Congratulations were in order for 18-year-old Columbia City High School student Michaela Thomas as she walked through the front door of the Whitley County Community Foundation, holding two awards in her hands. “Nothing should hold anyone back from this experience,” said Thomas Sunday afternoon.

February 24th

TAX DEDUCTION DEADLINE: Date looms for mobile home owners

February 25, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Mobile home assessment notices have been sent out for 2012, according to Whitley County Auditor Jen McGuire. “The assessments were done and turned in by Jan. 15. Everyone should have received their assessment by now,” said McGuire.

The deadline for submitting applications for property tax deductions is March 31, 2012.

Once reviewing the form to ensure the information is correct – owner, make, model, lot number and assessed value – it can be submitted to the auditor’s office.

THE PEOPLE I KNOW: Dick Zollinger

February 25, 2012


This is the first time I’ve written about a person I’ve not actually interviewed. Sometimes it’s easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission.

Thankfully, I know Richard Zollinger is full of grace and I’m banking on him extending it to me. Either that or I think I’m officially off the guest list for the best annual Super Bowl Party in the state of Indiana. I told him, “I’m writing this article with you or without you.” He kept declining an interview, telling me how there are so many more worthy people in Whitley County than he.

PHOTO - NATIONAL FFA WEEK: Students farm their way to school

February 25, 2012

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Post & Mail photo / Linda Hoskins

Columbia City soccer player Shila Tolliver signed to play soccer at Huntington University Thursday...
CHURUBUSCO — With a 5-2 win in the season opener against Woodlan and another win over Oak Hill...
HUNTINGTON — Columbia City’s boys track team opened its season with a loss at Huntington North...

 

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