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January 25th, 2012

PROFILE: Commissioner Tom Rethlake

January 25, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake grew up on farmlands in Huntington County where he attended the now defunct Union Center High School. While there, he played basketball and baseball.

He went on to play both sports for four years at Huntington College, being named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II all-conference team for basketball during a season in which he was one of the leading scorers in the state.

January 24th

COMMISSIONERS: Contracts, permits

January 24, 2012



COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Board of Commissioners had a full slate of business in front of them when they met last week following the holiday. Several contracts and permits for construction were among the items discussed.

A previously discussed contract to renew with the facility used to house juvenile inmates that was tabled while wording was changed has been signed.

MEETINGS: Two slated for today

January 24, 2012

The Columbia City Board of Works will meet today at 5:15 p.m. in the conference room at City Hall for a regular session.

The Columbia City Common Council will meet today at 7 p.m. in the conference room at City Hall for a regular session.

January 23rd

FSA: Revenue enrollment underway

January 24, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS — Julia A. Wickard, executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Indiana Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding producers that signup to enroll in the 2012 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) or Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) begins today and runs through June 1.

CREATING A FROZEN MASTERPIECE: Ice sculptors carve works of art

January 23, 2012

Eric Pfaff, of Lewis Center, Ohio, begins carving what would become the winning ice sculpture at the 7th Annual Fire & Ice Winterfest, which was held Saturday and Sunday in downtown Columbia City.
Brisk temperatures and clear skies made for the perfect scenario for the festival. Pfaff also won people’s choice and mayor’s choice.
Pfaff was stationed at the northwest corner of Courthouse Square midday on Saturday, using an electric-powered chain saw to begin his creation, which was a sculpture of a bear and a bull.

January 21st

OFFICERS PUT IN PLACE: Whitko finance board selected

January 21, 2012

PIERCETON — By unanimous vote, Whitko Community School Corporation board vice president Jorell Tucker was elected as president for the WCSC Board of Finance and board secretary Roger Boggs as secretary for the Board of Finance in Monday evening’s finance meeting.
Director of Financial Operations Tom McFarland discussed last year‘s total investments, which earned $21,886.95.

EYE ON THE LEGISLATURE: Whitko discusses school-related bills mulled by Indiana Statehouse

January 21, 2012

PIERCETON — With state legislatures having 167 bills which will ultimately affect school education, Whitko Community School Corporation’s Superintendent Steve Clason is unsure how many of the bills will require a committee hearing.
Clason provided a detailed update on a few legislature bills which may affect the corporation at its Board of School Trustees regular monthly meeting Monday evening.
“Who knows how many of them (167 bills) will get a committee hearing or actually get to the docket,” Clason said.

GIVING IN HER BLOOD: Local woman honored for blood donation

January 21, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Ellen Hively is a true blue bona fide domesticated tomboy.
She sews, cans, hunts, butchers, gardens, fishes — but most notably she donates her blood.
This Whitley County gal has a heart of gold and she proved that when she received the American Red Cross distinguished honor of being named Whitley County’s Outstanding Donor during January which is National Blood Donor Month.
Hively has donated 216 pints of blood so far and in March she will hit the 27 gallon mark.
“It renews my body. I build new blood platelets every time,” she said.

GETTING SOME AIR

January 21, 2012

Trevor Ellis, 11, of Columbia City leaps from the top of a snow pile at the corner of Chauncey and Van Buren streets Saturday during the 7th Annual Whitley County "Fire and Ice" Winterfest. 11-year-old James Romano looks on. More photos, coverage and results will appear in the Monday edition of The Post & Mail.

January 20th

CCPD: New detectives begin tenure

January 21, 2012



COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Police Department’s newly-appointed detectives began their first full week on the job this week.

Robert Stephenson and Gary Archbold were chosen by CCPD Chief Tim Longenbaugh and Captain Tony Hively last week, to replace their (Longenbaugh and Hively’s) former positions.

“Its a great opportunity to expand my law enforcement background,” Archbold said.

Archbold and Stephenson have more than a decade of experience on the CCPD with 13 and 14 years respectively.

 

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