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June 24th, 2014

DAMP START: Old Settlers Days begins Tuesday evening

June 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Showers throughout the day Tuesday will lessen toward evening, ushering in a damp start to Old Settlers Days in downtown Columbia City.

The great weather news is that Wednesday through Friday is forecast to be dry and pleasant.

There's a chance of mid-day showers Saturday, with that chance lessening toward 5 p.m. Saturday and the start of the American Legion-Old Settlers Parade down Main Street.

UNPLUGGED: U.S. 30 eastbound re-opens after semi ignites into inferno

June 24, 2014

A tractor-trailer caught fire on U.S. 30 near Butt Road in Allen County early Tuesday morning.

The fire closed the eastbound lanes at West County Line Road for nearly five hours. Shortly before 7 a.m., crews opened the left lane. It’s unclear when the entire road will reopen.

June 23rd

ALGAE ATTACK: Mississinewa Lake under advisory

June 23, 2014

Mississinewa Lake is under an advisory for blue-green algae. This means that swimming and boating is still permitted but visitors should avoid direct contact with algae.

Visitors should, as always, avoid drinking the water and take a shower after they swim. The state also recommends at this advisory level to keep pets out of the water or, at minimum, keep them from drinking the water, and bathe them after swimming.

SUMMER CROWDS: Concert series entertains

June 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A summer night welcomed crowds at the Whitley County Courthouse Saturday for the first concert in a series hosted by the Columbia City Main Street Association (CCMSA).

DNR GRANTS: Deadline approaching for field trip funds to state parks, reservoirs

June 23, 2014

Educators interested in taking students, grades K-12, on field trips to an Indiana state park or reservoir in the 2014-2015 school year should act quickly to receive financial help through the Indiana Natural Resources Foundation.

Applications for the Discovering the Outdoors Field Trip Grant Program must be postmarked no later than June 30.

The program is for public, private, parochial or home-school educators. In 2013, 18 grants benefited more than 1,400 K-12 students from 16 schools.

OSD SCHEDULE: A sneak peek at some festival events

June 23, 2014

Every day
•Poor Jack’s Amusement Midway — 5 to 11 p.m. daily Tuesday through Saturday; Midway wristband discount from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.
•Whitley County Historical Museum — Open tours & Quilt Show Tues. - Thurs. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Friday 9 a.m. to Noon
•American Legion Old Settlers Bingo — Thursday and Friday beginning at 6 p.m. and Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. at the Post’s home.

•Whitley County Council on Aging, The Woodlands Senior Center, 710 Opportunity Dr. — 12:30 to 2 p.m. Domino Tournament.

GET YOUR OLD SETTLERS ON: Post & Mail history commemoratives on sale at office

June 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – It's time to get your Old Settlers Days on!

To help you do that, The Post & Mail is offering discounts on commemorative historical publications it has produced at savings to you of 15% to 50%.

These keepsake products are perfect for future gift-giving (think Birthdays and Christmas!) or to enhance your personal collection of Whitley County history.

The following are on sale through 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 30 at The Post & Mail's business office, located at 927 W. Connexion Way in Columbia City. The business office is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Larry Klein, 80

June 23, 2014

Larry D. Klein, 80, of Tri Lakes, died peacefully at his home at 5:45 a.m. Sunday, June 22, 2014. He had been in failing health.
He was born Jan. 14, 1934, in Fort Wayne, a son of the late Albert V. and Margaret Irene (Strebig) Klein.
He spent his formative years in Fort Wayne where he attended St. Patrick’s Elementary and then graduated from Central Catholic High School in 1951. He attended the Purdue University extension in Fort Wayne.
On July 29, 1952, he entered the U.S. Air Force serving in Europe. He was honorably discharged June 29, 1956.

Bill Stephens, 70

June 23, 2014

Rev. Bill C. Stephens, 70, of Sidney, went home to be with the Lord at 6:45 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2014.
He was born Nov. 24, 1943, in Hueysville, Ky., to Dave & Mary (Slone) Stephens. On Oct. 19, 1968, he married Joyce Parks. He was a pastor with Pentecostal Church of God for 40 or more years and worked at G.E., Fort Wayne, for 31 years. He retired in 1997. He was a member of Sweetwater Assembly of God, North Manchester.

Donald Craig, 90

June 23, 2014

Donald R. Craig, 90, of Huntington, passed away at 3 a.m. June 21, 2014, at his residence in Huntington.
Mr. Craig was born Jan. 23, 1924, in Huntington, to Charles M. and Lona McCombs Craig.
Mr. Craig married Helene Marie Stoffel in Huntington April 15, 1944. They recently celebrated 70 years of marriage. She survives and lives in Huntington.

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