February 20th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Skilled labor and precise manufacturing trades are in demand in Whitley County.
With technology expanding in the medical device industry, CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine operating jobs are becoming competitive.
CNC machines are automated milling devices that make industrial components without direct human assistance.
WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 20, 2014) -- Whitley County's EMA and firemen are working to fill sandbags that are available for county residents.
Sandbags are available at they county highway department. Residents are also encouraged to help fill bags.
CHURUBUSCO (FEB. 20, 2014) â€” Smith-Green Community Schools has announced that school will be dismissing at 1:10 p.m.
The early dismissal is due to an excess amount of snow and water piling up on the roof of the high school and elementary school.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A local financial institution renovating its downtown Columbia City location is making progress toward its goal.
STAR Financial Bank began making improvements last year to its downtown location, 102 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City.
The drive-up window has remained open, but the downtown office has been closed.
The end-goal of the renovation is increased office space, which will house the STAR Insurance Agency, and a modern look for the building.
STAR Marketing President David Smith said it is about giving back to the community.
Get out your camera phones and shoot a selfie! The Post & Mail would like Whitley County residents to email their selfie pics for a special Saturday feature promoting area people.
Selfies can include you and a friend or family member. Those who submit photos must be willing to accept a reply message that includes 10 quick questions that require a couple of short answers. Your photo and your answers will be published in a weekend issue of The Post & Mail. This is a fantastic way to highlight the great people that make up Whitley County.
Ronald L. Shoemaker, 59, of Columbia City, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home in Fort Wayne.
Born Jan. 18, 1955, Ron was the son of Harold â€śBudâ€ť Shoemaker and Sandra (Moore) Dujardin.
He was raised in Osceola and graduated from Penn High School with the Class of 1973. In 1985, Ron moved to Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man passed away after a snowmobile accident Wednesday night.
Timothy Hearld, 43, died in Michigan Wednesday evening while snowmobiling, reports say.
Reports say Hearld was in the upper peninsula of Michigan with his friends, when his snowmobile reportedly collided with another snowmobile.
Hearld was a prominent contributor of Columbia City High School athletics, as an assistant track and cross country coach for several years.
CHICAGO (AP) â€” Blue skies and temperatures above freezing had giddy Chicago residents basking in the rare sunshine after one of the cruelest winters in recent memory. But there were signs â€” melting snow, growing puddles â€” that Mother Nature was about to unleash a whole new miserable on the Midwest.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Traffic was backed up for several miles Wednesday night after two tractor-trailers collided at the intersection of U.S. 30 and County Road 300 East.
Both semis were totaled and only one driver received minor injuries in the crash, but Whitley Countyâ€™s Hazmat, along with two fire departments, spent 4.5 hours cleaning up the scene after fluids leaked onto U.S. 30.
The westbound lane of U.S. 30 was shut down while crews worked to clean up the crash.
See today's edition of The Post & Mail for more details
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” The Whitley County Soil and Water Conservation District is hosting its 58th Annual Meeting Thursday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Eagleâ€™s Nest Event Center, located at 125 S. Eagle Glen Trail, Columbia City.
The guest speaker will be Dr. Fred Whitford, coordinator for Purdue Pesticide Program. He is also the author of For the Good of the Farmer.