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July 27th, 2012

NEXT STEPPING STONE: Day care steps out in a new direction

July 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — With little less than a month to prepare, what was known as Stepping Stones Day Care has closed, moved and will re-open Monday at 6 a.m. as a child care program under the Whitley County YMCA.

Stepping Stones Director Debbie Gates will continue with the YMCA’s program. According to Gates, parents who had utilized the day care that was once housed with First Church of God in Columbia City, were concerned over the idea of not having a childcare program in Columbia City.

DROUGHT: Far from over in Whitley County

July 27, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Although continuous rain has provided favorable weather conditions for late July, the end to the drought is far from over.

“The only way we are going to see an end to the drought would be if we have a continuation of the rain on a regular basis,” said David Addison, Purdue Extension Educator, 4-H Youth Development. “The rain we have seen has brought the grass back, but it’s still low.”

Whitley County is currently in an extreme drought, and Southern Indiana is in an exceptional drought, with an average of 15 inches of rain below normal.

NEVER TO OLD: Age isn’t a factor for recent college graduate

July 27, 2012

SAN DIEGO ­— At 70 years old, Columbia City native, Jody McKinney, graduated from Alliant International University on May 25, receiving a doctorate in educational leadership and management.
She had already earned a masters in administration from San Diego State in 2008 as well as a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University in 1964.
A member of the class of 1960 from Columbia City Joint High School, she has become a life long learner.
Even with all her degrees and accomplishments, McKinney’s education goals are not over.

WORKING TOGETHER: City, county hustle to finish cleaning recent storm damage

July 27, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — While the violent storm that swept through the city, leaving several downed trees, occurred last month, officials from Columbia City and the rest of Whitley County are still reminded of its power as they continue working to finish clearing the damage away.
“We’re trying to keep the sweeper out, picking up debris and stuff that’s been out on the streets since the storm came through,” said Kelly Cearbaugh, Columbia City street superintendent, at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday.

WEEDS, GRASSES: City amends Nuisance Ordinance

July 27, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — An amendment to the Nuisance Ordinance, concerning tall grass and weeds, was passed by the Columbia City Common Council on second reading Tuesday.
“As you’ll remember Marcia (McNagny, city attorney) had talked about last time that the state had made it easier on communities to be able to enforce our high weed and grass ordinances to basically save us some expense,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel.

July 26th

CONTACT INFO: The Post and Mail has new email addresses

July 26, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — In the interest of making it easier to contact key personnel at The Post & Mail, a reconfiguration of contact information is being developed.
At present, several emails have changed and in the weeks ahead, those changes will appear on the “Contact Us” page of The Post & Mail’s website.
For readers wanting to contact members of The Post & Mail’s newsroom, the following changes have been made:
Publisher, Rick Kreps
publisher@thepostandmail.com

Editor, Phil Smith
editor@thepostandmail.com
phil@thepostandmail.com

Sports, Nicole Ott
sports@thepostandmail.com

WINNER: Schaefer takes vocal award

July 26, 2012

Hannah Schaefer, of Columbia City, won the ARTS Talent Showcase singing competition with her performance of “Vanilla Ice Cream” from the broadway musical, “She Loves Me.” She also received an award for photography modeling.
Shaefer attended the ARTS Showcase in Orlando, Fla. with Charmaine Models and Talent Agency. While there, she competed in singing, television commercials, photography modeling, runway modeling, swimsuit modeling, monologue and cold reading.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

July 26, 2012

Life coaching
Free life coaching sessions will be offered at the Peabody Library starting Wednesday and continuing on Aug. 8, 15 and 22.
The sessions will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. To register, call 503-9047 or 212-2457.

Radio test
The Whitley County W5YI Amateur Radio Test will be held on Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Community Room A and B of the Peabody Library. For additional information visit www.wcarc.org or contact Roger McEntarfer via email at n9qcl@arrl.net or call 503-9008.

Bus trips

CRASH: Motorcyclist severely injured Wed.

July 26, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — A local man was severely injured Wednesday after hitting a vehicle head on with his motorcycle.
Thomas Hesting of Columbia City was airlifted to Fort Wayne at approximately 10:30 a.m. from the area of Ind. 9 and CR 500 N.
Witnesses say Hesting drove his Harley Davidson motorcycle left of center, hitting a vehicle driven by Chelsea Craig of Columbia City head on.
Craig was transported by ambulance to Parkview Whitley with back pain.
The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department said Hesting was wearing a helmet and Craig was properly restrained.

Aurora: City ready if it happened here

July 26, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — After the violent shooting that took place in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. July 20, killing 12 people and injuring 58, local government officials met to discuss procedures in the event of similar scenario in Whitley County.
As a precaution, Mayor Ryan Daniel said he met with Fire Chief Thomas LaRue, Police Chief Timothy Longenbaugh and Director of Communications Terry Wherry Monday morning.
At the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday, Daniel explained their discussion.

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