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December 16th

BALANCED BUDGET: S. Whitley Town Council ends meeting on balanced note

December 16, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY ­— As Tuesday’s South Whitley Town Council meeting came to a close a sigh of relief was had by many when numbers added up where they once did not.

Forms were signed by council members to move necessary funds to balance the 2012 budget just weeks before the year’s end.
After weeks of wrestling with appropriations and budget numbers, Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould, with the help of Retha Hicks from HR Resources, was able to answer the questions asked by council members regarding the budget numbers.

STRETCHING THE BUCKS: Local United Way awarded a $18K matching grant

December 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Donations are being doubled for the United Way of Whitley County. After being approved for a matching grant, the United Way is on a mission to not only raise funds for the Live United campaign, but meet a maximum matching dollar amount of $18,000 by the end of 2013.

New donors giving in increments of $100, as well as new businesses giving in increments of $500 will be matched dollar for dollar in partnership with the Indiana Association of United Ways INVest 1213.

December 14th

TRAGEDY STRIKES: Locals weigh-in on Connecticut shooting

December 14, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Connecticut massacre has touched the lives of people across the nation — even in Whitley County — 750 miles from the tragedy.

Before Columbia City High School’s boys basketball game Friday night, officials held a moment of silence in honor of the 26 lives lost after a gunman opened fire in an elementary school — killing 20 children.

The rampage is the nation’s second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech shooting that claimed 33 lives in 2007.

SCHOOL SHOOTING: Sandy Hook Elementary death toll at 26

December 14, 2012

NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) — A man opened fire Friday inside the Sandy Hook Elementary where his mother taught. Twenty-six people were killed, including 20 children. Area media report youngsters huddled in corners and closets frightened at the sound of shots ringing through the building.
The 20-year-old killer, killed his mother at home, carried two handguns to the school where he committed suicide, bringing the death toll to 28, authorities said.

More in depth coverage can be found in Saturday's Post & Mail with local comments from area residents and school administration.

TWO ARRESTED: FWPD pursuit ends at Whitley-Allen Co. line

December 14, 2012

FORT WAYNE — A high-speed chase that began in Fort Wayne ended at the Whitley-Allen County Line Tuesday.

Whitley County’s Sheriff deputies were called to assist Fort Wayne’s Police Department after the pursuit headed toward Columbia City on U.S. 30.

The deputies set up stop sticks near CR 300 E., but the suspects, Pedro Garza and Luis Juarez-Cabrera, turned north on County Line Road before being apprehended by Fort Wayne police.

INCREASE IMMINENT: South Whitley debates utility rates, considers possible water bill raise

December 14, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — High utility bills? Some residents of South Whitley believe the rates appearing on their monthly utility statements are higher than average. In fact, one resident appeared at the town council meeting Tuesday night to voice her concern over an increasing utility bill.

Town council members wanted to know just where utility rates stood in relation to covering costs and preparing for future upgrades.

BIG FIX: Tree board commends electric department

December 14, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The wind blew hard, but Columbia City pushed back.
On June 29 of this year, a violent wind storm powered its way through Columbia City. The tempest left a trail of damage in its wake, including downed trees. For many towns, the clean-up effort could have been a marathon. However, Columbia City Tree Board President Ken Lundquist said that the work has been “excellent,” and thanked the City Electric Department for its input in the project.

December 13th

LEGAL WEED? Online poll results say don't legalize pot in Indiana

December 13, 2012

Those participating in the most recent www.thepostandmail.com Online Poll said "No" to legalizing marijuana in Indiana because they deem it "a gateway drug."

Forty-five percent of respondents voted "no" on the legalization question.

However, 38 percent voted in favor of legalization because "it will increase revenue for the state."

Meanwhile, 13 percent said marijuana "should be decriminalized, not legalized."

Additionally, 4 percent voted "I don't care what the state does."

More than 100 votes were recorded in the poll.

STORMY WATERS: Col. City approves storm sewer renovation

December 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety moved Tuesday to begin work on storm sewers before Phase II of the Line Street Project begins next year.

Wigent Excavation was awarded the bid for $41,045, and should begin work immediately, according to Jeff Walker, Community Development Director for Columbia City.

SMOKING POLICY: Council discusses employee smoking policy

December 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council met Tuesday and among other agenda items, discussed some changes to personnel policy for city employees. Among the most talked about changes were a policy require employees to wear identification badges while they are on duty and rules regarding smoking locations at city buildings.

The identification policy is in place, according to Mayor Ryan Daniel, so that residents can have confidence that the people working with them are city employees. Council member Bill Simpson said that the policy would not be necessary for officers in uniform.

 

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