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December 5th

CAUCUS VOTE: Amanda Banks to replace husband

December 5, 2014

HUNTINGTON — After months of anticipation and discussion, members of the Indiana Republican Party Precinct Committee voted during a caucus last night to name Amanda Banks, wife of current District 17’s State Senator Jim Banks of Columbia City, as the temporary replacement for her husband.

December 4th

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS: Constructing Friday-Saturday Live Nativity

December 4, 2014

Construction workers are assembling backdrops for the Community Living Nativity this Friday and Saturday evening on the Courthouse Square in downtown Columbia City. The Live Nativity will be part of the Community Christmas from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Free refreshments (hot cocoa, coffee and homemade cookies) will be available inside the Courthouse both evenings.

NEGLECT: Mom jailed from camping probe

December 4, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Angel Halsey, 27, was booked on two accounts of neglect of a dependent Nov. 24 at the Whitley County Jail. The charges stem from Halsey’s alleged neglect of her two children, ages three and four-years-old, in connection with methamphetamine precursors being found at a pop-up trailer where Halsey, her two children, and her husband, Daniel Halsey were living in August.

December 3rd

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES: City police investigating armed robbery

December 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Police with assistance from the Indiana State Police are investigating an armed robbery at the Pak-A-Sak gas station at the corner of Line and North streets early today.

At 5:10 a.m. CCPD received the report of an armed robbery from the store clerk. Two white males, both showing handguns, took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, escaping on foot.

MR. CLAUS IS IN: Christmas salute to Santa’s hours

December 3, 2014

A brightly-festooned Toy Soldier snaps a salute to Santa Claus as he made his way to his cottage, located on the northwest corner of the Courthouse Square in downtown Columbia City, during the big Christmas Parade last Friday. Santa will host children at his cottage throughout the month of December: Dec. 5 and Dec. 6, 5 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 7, 12 to 3 p.m.; Dec. 12, 5 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 13, 12 to 3 p.m.; Dec. 14, 12 to 3 p.m.; Dec. 19, 5 to 8 p.m.; Dec. 20, 12 to 3 p.m., Dec. 21, 12 to 3 p.m.; and Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

ECKERT TO REPLACE ROHRER: Veterans affairs office to see changes

December 3, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — The announcement of his retirement in his monthly column in The Post & Mail by current Whitley County Veterans Affairs Officer Gene Rohrer means personnel changes in that county office.

Rohrer’s replacement, current Veterans Affairs Assistant Officer Dick Eckert, went before the Whitley County Commissioners Monday updating the commissioners on the transitions that the office will face and bringing forth personnel proposals for the office.

December 2nd

LIGHT ICING IN AREA: Some roadways may be slick

December 2, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — A light coating of sleet and ice covered some parts of Whitley County during the night, which may cause slick spots on some roadways. Use caution when traveling.

The Whitley County EMA had issued a Weather Advisory that was in effect Tuesday. Snow and freezing rain was predicted during the day, causing hazardous roadways. That failed to materialize, but light precipitation occurred during the early hours Wednesday.

SENATE STAND-IN: Caucus set to determine Banks' replacement

December 2, 2014

HUNTINGTON — Shortly after swearing in last month, Indiana State Sen. Jim Banks turned in his leave of absence.
Banks is currently serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy, and will be on leave until May.
While he is gone, the Republican Party is looking to fill his seat.
On Thursday, Dec. 4, the Indiana Republican Party is holding a caucus of the precinct committeemen of Senate District 17 to elect a temporary replacement for Banks.
The caucus will be held at the Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center near downtown Huntington at 6:30 p.m..
The center is located at 815 Warren St.

December 1st

MAYOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Ryan Daniel to run for re-election

December 1, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel (R) announced today his intentions to run for a second term as Mayor of the City of Columbia City.
Daniel was elected mayor in 2011 with more than 65 percent of the vote in the general election.

November 29th

FIRE: Garage, RV, truck catch fire

November 29, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Multiple fire departments responded to a blaze that spread from a garage to a vehicle and RV Saturday night in Whitley County.

At approximately 11 p.m., crews were called to a home on Wolf Road, south of Whitley Road, with reports of a fully-engulfed detached garage. Five fire departments assisted in extinguishing the fire, and two more were on stand-by for help.

The fire was considered "under control" before midnight.

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