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February 19th, 2012

BROADCASTING GOV'T: Some meetings may be coming to video

February 20, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — When Mayor Ryan Daniel was elected, he said he wanted the inner-workings of city government to be more accessible to the public.

Minutes of public meetings have always been available to read on the city’s website. As of the beginning of Daniel’s term, audio recordings of Columbia City Common Council and Board of Works and Safety has been made available. Now, talks have begun about adding video into the mix. "We're looking to potentially provide council and board of works live for our residents to watch,” said Daniel.

RETIRED: Mortician and wife enjoying life and dealing with death

February 19, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — He has a zest for life. Lester Sheets also has great reverence for the dead.

Lester and Doris Sheets are retired and living in Columbia City. The young couple bought a funeral home in 1950 located on Main Street in Churubusco from Frances and Dasie Sonday.

SEXUAL ASSAULT: Columbia City man arrested

February 19, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man was arrested on sexual misconduct with a minor charges this week after an anonymous report was filed with the Department of Child Services.

Rodney Scott, 19, of 413 Park Terrace, was detained after an investigation by Columbia City Police Captain Tony Hively. The report stated a possible inappropriate sexual relationship between a child, age 14, and an adult male was ongoing. Scott admitted to the accusations in an interview with Hively, stating that both sexual intercourse and oral sex occurred.

MEASLES: Health Dept. on lookout

February 19, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Health Department and Whitley County schools are on the alert for measles after the Indiana State Department of Health recently confirmed 13 cases in Central Indiana. No cases have been reported in Whitley County since the outbreak affected residents of Boone and Hamilton counties.

Lisa Hatcher, health officer for the Whitley County Health Department, said the best advice she can give people who believe they have measles is to stay home and call their physician.

February 18th

BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Firefighters continued fighting blaze through the day

February 19, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — Firefighters from at least three departments were called late Saturday morning to respond to a fire at South Whitley’s Kent Theatre, located at 220 S. State St.

Fighting the blaze through the afternoon and into the evening, firefighters were still on scene as of 7 p.m. tonight.

The Post & Mail will continue to update the story as it develops.


Post and Mail photo / Linda Hoskins

BREAKING NEWS: South Whitley's Kent Theater catches fire

February 18, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — Firefighters from at least three departments were called late Saturday morning to respond to a fire at South Whitley’s Kent Theatre, located at 220 S. State St.
Whitley County dispatchers received a call at 11:31 a.m. that the theater, built around 1947 with a seating capacity of 200, was seen with smoke coming from its roof. Departments from Columbia City, Cleveland and Washington townships were dispatched to the scene.

February 17th

WALGREENS ROBBERY: Police Dept. praised at Board of Works meeting

February 17, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — In typical fashion, the department heads were on hand to update the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety on recent activity around the city.

In not so typical fashion, Mayor Ryan Daniel gave the report for the Parks Department in place of the indisposed Mark Green, park director.
Daniel reported due to the success of the recent Father-Daughter Dance, the park will be hosting a similar Mother-Son event.

The event will take place April 27 at Paige’s Crossing from 6 to 10 p.m.

PROJECT BASED LEARNING: 'Busco Elementary School gives it a try

February 17, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — It’s all fun and games at Churubusco Elementary School … well on a special night anyway. Recently, parents and second-grade students in Pat Naragon’s class finished a five-week-long Project Based Learning (PBL) activity with fun and games the children created themselves.

“In Project Based Learning (PBL), students go through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex question, problem or challenge,” said Naragon.

SOUTH WHITLEY SHAKE UP: Changes come to city hall

February 17, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — South Whitley’s Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould reported on changes which have taken place in the clerk’s office last week during his report earlier this week to the town council.
“We have a new deputy-clerk in the office and her name is Pam Waller and she is doing a great job,” Gould said. “Jerri Bollinger is a new (office) staff member who has been here (in the clerk’s office) in the past for 30 years and she sat down and hit the desk running on Monday, cleaning up meter books and getting correct meter numbers entered.”

PICKING UP STEAM: South Whitley sewer project fully under way

February 17, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — Phase II of the waste water treatment facility project is under way, according to Project Manager David Harvey with Fleis and Vandenbrink. Progress is being made on the combined sewer overflow (CSO) basin. Fleis and Vandenbrink provides a wide-range of service for municipal, industrial, institutional, commercial and private development clients.
“Construction is underway and progress is being made,” Harvey said in Tuesday evenings town council meeting.

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