May 26th, 2015
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Whitley County townships have renewed firefighter contracts and are ready to provide fire protection to the countyâ€™s residents and businesses. However, many townships have different methods when operating this service.
Townships such as Cleveland and Jefferson have signed three-year contracts with the men and women of the fire department at the beginning of the year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A possible phony phone call sent police in a scramble Monday evening in Columbia City.
A two-block radius around Main Bowl at 303 S. Main St. was blocked off while police responded to a call that a man had a fight with his girlfriend and he had hurt her, had a weapon with him and was going to get in a shootout with police. Police were dispatched at about 5:15 p.m.
After a 3.5-hour operation that included more than 50 police officers, officials gave the â€śall-clearâ€ť with no signs of anyone inside the building.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Local police are on the scene of a hostage situation with an armed subject at Main Bowl, 303 S Main St., Columbia City. It is advised to stay clear of the area. Initial reports say a person has been stabbed. Their condition is unknown at this time. Additional information will be released when available.
GREENWOOD, Ind. (AP) â€” Officials in an Indianapolis suburb are considering a proposal that would ban the use of electronic cigarettes in public places.
Some members of the Greenwood City Council say they support the move that would add add e-cigarettes and vaping to the city's current smoking ban.
Councilman Ron Bates tells the Daily Journal he believes e-cigarettes could be just as bad for public health as smoking cigarettes and should be included in the ban.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Post & Mail will not be published on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.
Publication will resume Tuesday.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Several poultry shows across the country have been cancelled as a result of the recent avian flu epidemic that made its way into Whitley County this month.
Reports are calling the outbreak the largest ever, affecting 15 states and 37 million birds.
As for Whitley County, a backyard operation was confirmed infected with the virus May 9 and lost 77 birds. This is, so far, the only documented case in Indiana.
WHITLEY COUNTY Ââ€” With the recent controversy surrounding Whitley Countyâ€™s pig wrestling event at the 4-H Fair, board members were forced to discuss the situation in a recent meeting.
â€śAfter our meeting, we decided to continue with the event as usual,â€ť said Brad Arnold, head of events at the Whitley County 4-H Fair.
This decision follows harsh and lengthy debates on social media and petitions that argue back and forth about the morality of the event.
Two petitions created on www.change.org have been signed by people in other states and even other countries.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s annual Memorial Day Parade will march Monday at 10:30 a.m. through the cityâ€™s downtown.
The parade is hosted by American Legion Post 98 and coordinated by the Legionâ€™s Dick Stark.
â€śAnyone can participate; just show up before the parade,â€ť Stark said. Those wishing to participate should arrive between 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
The parade begins at Eagle Tech Academy, travels east on Van Buren Street, and ends at Greenhill Cemetery.
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WARSAW â€” Whitkoâ€™s Lady Wildcats took to the tennis courts at Warsaw High School for the finals of the IHSAA sectional. Whitkoâ€™s season came to an end as they fell 5-0 to the host Lady Tigers.
â€śWe won some games,â€ť said Whitko Head Coach Chris McGehee. â€śOur goal was to make the finals. Thatâ€™s the same goal we had for the boysâ€™ team. We had three girls that never played tennis before this year. The progress that we made this year in just making it to the finals was great. I am proud of the way they competed.â€ť