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July 7th, 2014

COWS, PIGS, GOATS: Fair marks 90 years of 4-H ‘fun’

July 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Cows, pigs, goats and other animals will converge on the Whitley County 4-H Fairgrounds for the 90th Whitley County 4-H Fair, which begins Friday.

See a complete list of fair events, as well as the daily menu, inserted in Tuesday’s edition of The Post & Mail, along with coverage of the Mr. & Miss Whitley County Scholarship Program.


July 7, 2014

Editor’s Note: The following is the second installment of The Post & Mail’s series: Whitley County Homegrown and Handcrafted, highlighting local enthusiasts.

COLUMBIA CITY — Nursing his ice cold Coffee Stout, a beer brew of his own design, Mike Porto, a wildlife biologist, speaks with a deliberate, well thought out tone. In his late 20s and with a swimmer’s build, Porto, of Columbia City, sports a dark beard — a product of his many hours in the field working with the Department of Natural Resources.

CONSTRUCTION TO CONTINUE: U.S.30 work begins - again

July 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Construction on U.S. 30 was stopped during the holiday weekend, but INDOT officials say it will begin again today.

Resurfacing work will continue along U.S. 30 impacting the intersections of U.S. 30 and Ind. 109; and U.S. 30 and Ind. 9. Construction is expected to move west by the end of the week.

July 6th

ACCUSED COP KILLER: Man accused of shooting officer had arrest record

July 6, 2014

Man accused of shooting officer had arrest record

INDIANAPOLIS — The father of the man police say fatally shot an Indianapolis police officer died in police custody 11 years ago.

Police say 25-year-old Major Davis Jr. is in critical condition following surgery. He's accused of shooting 51-year-old Officer Perry Renn with an assault rifle Saturday night on the city's north side. Davis faces a preliminary charge of murder.

CRAFTING CREATIVITY: Library offers variety of children programs

July 6, 2014

Elijah and Emmalee Knetter participated in the Peabody Public Library’s Fizz, Bang, Read craft time, in which they made constellations on Wednesday. The library offers a variety of children’s activities and programs during the summer months. See a complete calendar of events online at

Upcoming meetings

July 6, 2014

Redevelopment Commission

Whitley County’s Redevelopment Commission will meet Monday at 10 a.m. at the Whitley County Government Center, 220 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City.
Items on the agenda include project updates from Alan Tio with the Whitley County Economic Corporation.

South Whitley

South Whitley’s Town Council will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

County Council

Whitley County Council members will gather for a meeting Tuesday at 8 a.m. at the Whitley County Government Center, 220 W. Van Buren. St., Columbia City.

ALL SMILES: Living life at any age

July 6, 2014

The 2014 Old Settlers Days citizen awards were presented during the festival, June 26. Virginia Grabner (right) was honored for being the longest-continuous resident and Mary Stampe (left) was recognized as the oldest resident.

NO ORDINARY HERO: Homer Wells shares his story

July 6, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — With his large squash plants throwing their vines about wildly, abundant with blossoms this early in the growing season, Homer Wells has long been enjoying his retirement.

Wells, 90, welcomes weeding his onion beds and tending to his large home garden. Legally blind, he can no longer drive and must have his son Carl drive him to town once a week.

July 5th

HELPING HANDS: Congregations work together to benefit city

July 5, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Five area churches gathered to form a community service group called Impact Whitley.

Recently Impact Whitley served in four different locations throughout the county with a goal to “impact Whitley County for Christ.”

SELECTIVE TAKEDOWN: Certain trees more prone to topple amid storms

July 5, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Tuesday’s storm rolled in like a bully. It picked certain neighborhoods, parks and trees to smash and left others with a mere slap.

The damage visible in the southern part of Whitley County was much different than the few limbs and trees that were downed farther north.
Local experts say trees that were unlucky — often plucked up roots and all — was due to a function of the storm’s selective nature and sometimes the trees’ health.

Jane Yohe, of rural Whitley County, saw a large tree in her yard uprooted and so did Brad Arnold who owns a home off Meridian Road.


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