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November 23rd, 2012

$2.2 million project: Whitley, Allen County to meet regarding its county line intersection

November 23, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — In the near future, Whitley County’s Commissioners will be meeting with Allen County Commissioners to hear what they have to say about a possible road project — coinciding with the county line.

The estimated $2.2 million project would move part of East CR 900 S., in Whitley County, to connect with Liberty Mills in Allen County.

“Those who want it will tell you the benefit is it’s a dangerous intersection, and we need to cure that,” said Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber.

BLACK THURSDAY?: Retailers offer Thanksgiving Day bargains, sales

November 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Early morning shoppers morphed into turkey day shoppers as many retailers offered holiday deals on Thanksgiving Day.

Black Friday was instituted to boost a stumbling economy in 1939 by Franklin Roosevelt. But this year, the sales started a day early.

Locally, Wal-Mart started its holiday shopping season at 8 p.m. Thanksgiving night. That led shoppers on a mission to find the best Black Friday deals to ask a difficult question: Deal with the crowds now or later?

'EXTENSION OF THE CLASSROOM': WCCS transportation director applauds bus drivers

November 23, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Speaking on behalf of all the bus drivers in Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Transportation Director Keith Kohut said the more than 750,000 miles traveled each year plays a major role in student success.

“As an extension of the classroom, our drivers set an example for students,” said Kohut. “In most cases, our drivers are the first school representative to greet the students and parents of students who ride the bus in the morning. A simple ‘hello’ goes a long way to helping our students start the day on a positive note.

COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT: Lowest in 4 years

November 23, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Unemployment numbers for October are in — with Whitley County seeing a new low of 6.8 percent.

“This is pretty significant,” said Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President Alan Tio. “From what I understand, this is the lowest we’ve seen in nearly four years.”

According to the EDC, employment for Whitley County was down 7.6 percent in September of this year, making a difference of nearly one percent.

“A one percent difference is a couple hundred people,” said Tio.

PUTTING 'THANKS' IN THANKSGIVING: Traditions turn families to the true meaning of Thanksgiving Day

November 23, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Like iconic images captured by Norman Rockwell, families will gather today around dinner tables across the nation.

Turkey day traditions that span generations include holiday services, school programs as well as homemade food dishes and desserts.

In the United States, the first Thanksgiving wasn’t held around any elaborate dining room furniture or served on bone china.

In 1621, a celebration at Plymouth, now in present-day Massachusetts, was held to celebrate a bountiful harvest.

YEP, IT'S FAMILY: Whitley online poll says 'family' tops this holiday

November 23, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – Although relatives can wear on nerves during holiday gatherings, "family" was the dominant answer in the most recent results from The Post & Mail's online poll.

When asked to complete the question, "Thanksgiving is a time for . . ." 51 percent of respondents chose "family," 34 percent chose "feeling grateful," 9 percent chose "food" and 6 percent chose "football."

You can participate in this week's online poll by going to the home page of www.thepostandmail.com and finding the poll question on the right side of the page.

THE WRITING ON THE WALL: Brainstorming session produces fresh ideas for S. Whitley

November 23, 2012


SOUTH WHITLEY — Markers were handed out and people were encouraged to write on the walls of the meeting room in South Whitley Tuesday, located next to the Town Hall.

The South Whitley Plan Com-mission held a brainstorming session for residents to write down suggestions on ways the town could improve.

Anna Simmons, plan commission president, said, “We did this at our last meeting and we got some great ideas. I hope to have more meetings in the future to determine the priority of each suggestion in the different categories.”

DELAY DEFINITE: Whitko board adjusts start time for school days

November 23, 2012


PIERCETON — Whitko Community School students will have a weekly delay of 30 minutes each Wednesday starting in January.

Superintendent Steve Clason petitioned the Board of Trustees for Whitko Community School Corporation to approve the delay to allow for professional training for teachers.

“We’re not leading this change, we are following it,” said Clason. “The state says we have to offer so much time for development and this seems to be the most cost effective way to do it.”

PARADE: Christmas to come to downtown Col. City tonight

November 23, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — With reindeer, lights and the sounds of Christmas, Santa will be ushered to his house on the Courthouse Square Friday night.

The City of Columbia City and the Downtown Business Association, along with The Clugston on the Square, will present a lighted Christmas parade Friday at 6 p.m.

This is the first parade of its kind in Columbia City in recent memory.

Once Santa reaches the Courthouse, a holiday lighting ceremony will initiate the holiday season as Santa begins entertaining children.

November 21st

'FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES': New playground to be assembled at Morsches Park

November 21, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Neon green and yellow colored playground equipment is scheduled to fill the recently empty spot where the old playground at Morsches Park once stood. The Columbia City Parks Department tore the old playground down last week.

“I think the kids are going to love it, and it will be good for all ages,” said Columbia City Park Director Mark Green. “There will be a swing set area, a large teeter totter you can stand on and the slides should be a little taller than what we had.”

 

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