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SOUTH WHITLEY â€” A gold coin was found in the offering plate at South Whitley United Methodist Church.The one-ounce Krugerrand coin was given to the church by an anonymous donor Sunday.
Rob Barton is the pastor of the 200-plus congregation. He said his inquiry into the coinâ€™s value showed it to be worth anywhere from $1,500 to $1,600.
Giving during the holiday season is encouraged by all kinds of nonprofit organizations wanting to reach out to those in need, but the church has never seen a donation quite like this.
CHURUBUSCO Ââ€” Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees expressed concern for school safety in light of the Newtown attacks.
Matt Widenhoefer, Churubusco Junior-Senior High School assistant principal, expressed sorrow and empathy for the families, students and teachers affected by the recent school shooting in Newtown last week.
Although administrators and board members discussed the increasing need for security and school safety, there was an air of relief for the measures already in place on campus.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The six-year-old girl who was struck by a vehicle Monday night has been identified. Evelyn Richcreek was hit by a car on West Ellsworth Street as she was walking home from her neighborâ€™s house.
Richcreek suffered multiple injuries, including a bruised liver, punctured lung and head lacerations.
According to police, Richcreek was walking from the south side of Ellsworth Street to her home on the north side at 614 W. Ellsworth St.
She was just a few feet away from her driveway when she was struck by a car that was traveling westbound.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The state of Whitley Countyâ€™s economy at the close of 2012 proves the area is continuing in its strengths and hoping to stay adaptive with the challenges and changes that the future might bring.
The occupations that are most in-demand in Whitley County are health care, specifically nursing, and skilled manufacturing, such as Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC)-certified individuals.
Looking towards the future though, there is still a need for skilled workers in the region.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śItâ€™s the end of the world as we know it,â€ś so sang the 1980s rock band R.E.M. Ask one out of 10 Americans and they would agree â€” the world is going to end when the Mayan calendar reads Friday, 12/21/12.
There is a fear of the worldâ€™s end tomorrow. Some believe that polar shifts will happen causing tsunamis and earthquakes. Some think a rogue planet will collide with Earth.
In a report filed with the Center for the Study of Life in the Universe many of the claimed fates waiting the world are debunked with practical evidence.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting has made some Americans fear guns â€” itâ€™s been nearly the opposite effect for local residents.
As guns appear to be flying off the shelves, many citizens are exercising their right to bear arms, as President Obama created a gun task force Wednesday â€” with the potential for more gun control.
The Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department has seen a dramatic increase in gun permit applications. WCSD Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said before the Sandy Hook tragedy, the department typically saw two to three permit applications per week.
The National Weather Service has put Whitley County under a Winter Weather Advisory from 4 p.m. Thursday to 7 p.m. Friday.
The advisory warns of strong winds and heavy blowing snow. Wind gusts could reach 50 mph and snowfall could reach accumulations of 1 to 2 inches.
Strong winds will cause blowing and drifting of snow and reduce visibility.
Stay tuned to The Post & Mail's website for weather updates.
PIERCETON â€” An after-school choir, comprised of elementary students from South Whitley and Pierceton Elementary Schools performed at the Whitko Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees meeting Monday night. Whitko After-School Choir consists of fourth and fifth graders under the direction of Patricia Schoemaker. Forty students practice once a week at the school they attend for an hour. The performance Monday was a holiday theme made up of three Christmas songs.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Commissioners heard a proposal for a fiber optic cable plan that would aid industry in the area.
Alan Tio, president of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation, spoke at Mondayâ€™s meeting with Bill Overdeer of the Whitley County Redevelopment Com-mission.
The pair petitioned the commissioners for $40,000 to put toward the project. The remainder of the funds would come from grants and other sources.
A trio of Indian Springs Middle School seventh-grade students, called the Hyrdropolis Team, presented their project at the Whitley County Consolidated School Board meeting Monday night.
The students had to solve a problem of rain water runoff for a futuristic city.
Pictured, from left, are Eric Burkholder, Caleb Binkley and Jake Rensner.