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November 29th, 2012

2013 SALARY: City looking to pass ordinance with no raises

November 29, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Common Council is moving to pass an ordinance fixing annual salaries of all city elected officials for next year. The ordinance will not allow for any raises.

“We have already passed the salaries for employees, but we have not yet passed the salaries for elected officials,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel at Tuesday’s council meeting. “We need to get moving on this in order to make sure it gets passed for first reading and second reading before the end of the year.”

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

November 29, 2012

Friday

•Toy collection — 6:15 p.m.
The Marines will be present at the Columbia City boys basketball game at 6:15 p.m. on Friday. The Marines will collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children in the community.

Saturday

• Cookie, candy sale — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

November 28th

$500 MILLION: Locals dream of winnings

November 28, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The $500 million dollar jackpot is Powerball’s largest prize in its history.

No doubt, winning such a substantial amount of money would be life-changing. What would a person do with that amount of money?

The Post & Mail asked Facebook followers that question. Of course the plan would include suddenly becoming debt free, but Krista Eber said she would invest in the community.

“I would have Burnsworth Pool upgraded and enclosed for the school system to use. I’d by new band uniforms,” said Eber. “I would donate to getting a community theater started.”

COMMUNITY TRADITION: Courthouse to play stage

November 28, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY – As the holiday approaches, the Whitley County Courthouse continues to transform into a Christmas wonderland.

The Community Christmas Celebration is a tradition spanning 28 years and will promote the holiday theme both outside and inside the Courthouse.

On Dec. 7-8 from 6 to 8 p.m., seven stations will take visitors on the Christmas story journey. Area churches volunteer to make up live nativity scenes. Narrators complete the picture as they tell the traditional Christmas story.

ADA TRANSITION: City adopts plan to meet access needs

November 28, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — To avoid discrimination against its citizens who have disabilities, and to comply with federal law, Columbia City adopted an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan.

Through this plan, the city will identify barriers to streets, sidewalks or buildings, addressing complaints and meeting access needs to transform the city into a more ADA friendly community.

The resolution was passed Tuesday at the City of Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety meeting.

PROMISES, PROMISES: Park Board offered help but no money for the moment

November 28, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — Katie Till, park board member, and several other board representatives attended the South Whitley Town Council meeting Tuesday looking for answers to their funding questions.

The board originally thought its park account had some $14,000 available for spending yet this year. However, at the last council meeting, the board was told that was not the case. Overspending in some categories due to a $160,000 error meant the board was forced to give up its appropriations.

CLEAR AS MUD: S.W. Council receives some answers, left with more questions

November 28, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY – After last meeting’s tense conversation over budget numbers, South Whitley’s Town Council convened once again to sort through town funds and appropriations.

Lending her expertise to the topic was Retha Hicks from HR Unlimited. Hicks was contracted to help Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould reconcile bank statements and budget line items.

Hicks confirmed that the budget reflected an additional $160,000 for 2012 that was not actually given to the town to spend.

That error was made known at the last council meeting, but how the mistake happened has not been determined.

November 27th

AN INCHING INCREASE: 2013 overall food prices likely to stay at four percent rise

November 27, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — While consumers saw an increase in their average Thanksgiving food bill this year, the common grocery bag may not continue to be packed as full of certain foods — as shoppers attempt to cut down on expenses.

SILVER SCREEN DREAMS: ’Busco’s Ranney actualizes producer, director role

November 27, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — Roger Ranney, a Churubusco native, is “living the dream” in Los Angeles as a film producer, director and actor.

Coming from humble ‘Busco beginnings, Roger did not set his sights for the silver screen. Now he has a hand in what is played on that screen.
“This is a herculean effort by my wife, Laura, and I,” said Roger.

The effort he spoke of is an adaptation of a short story into a short film. “Poker Donkey” is a story of a psychiatrist with a gambling problem who is then forced to face his vice while treating a poker champion.

WHITKO PEP BAND: Embraces alumni

November 27, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko High School’s Pep Band sounded louder than usual at Saturday night’s home basketball game.

The additional sound came from the alumni band members who doubled the band’s numbers for alumni night.

Popular songs by Lady Gaga, Maroon Five and The Black Eyed Peas were new to the repertoire, and many alumni remarked at the improvements to the band program since their time at WHS.

Joey Shepherd is a WHS alumnus and in his first year as the band director at Whitko.

 

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