January 14th, 2014
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” One week after Winter Storm Ion hit Whitley County â€” dumping more than 16 inches of snow on streets and roadways and closing schools across Northeast Indiana â€” the work and school week returned to normal Monday.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Street Department put the finishing touches on downtown snow removal Friday, using dump trucks to haul away excess snow to fully reopen parking in the city. County highway trucks continued to open the more than 600 miles of country roads, and state highway crews worked to remove ice from U.S. 30 and state highways.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices throughout the state will be closed two days in observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
BMV Commissioner Don Snemis announced Monday that the BMV offices will be closed Saturday and Monday in observance of the holiday for the slain civil rights leader. Most license branches will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, except for those that operate on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedule.
The Indiana Civil Rights Commission says this will be the 23rd year the state has commemorated the King holiday.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is heading into his second State of the State address with a broad agenda and friendly Republican majorities in the audience of lawmakers he'll be addressing.
The governor is set to pitch legislators on a second-year agenda centered around a business tax cut and a series of education measures.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” Members of the House Ways and Means Committee are pondering a locally controlled cut in the business personal property tax.
The House's budget and tax panel planned to meet Tuesday to consider a House Republican plan that would allow counties to decide whether to eliminate the state's tax on business equipment. Senate Republicans have crafted a different measure that would eliminate the tax for most small businesses and cut the state's corporate income tax.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) â€” An effort to write a gay marriage ban into the Indiana Constitution hit a road bump Monday as a House chairman delayed a key vote on an issue that sailed through the General Assembly three years earlier.
Members of the House Judiciary Committee were scheduled to vote on the proposed ban and a companion measure, but Chairman Greg Steuerwald, R-Avon, delayed the vote after nearly four hours of testimony on the issue.
KENDALLVILLE(Jan. 14, 2013) - Police and fire personnel in Noble County worked to corral an aggressive rodeo bull Monday evening.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., the Noble County Sheriff's Department received several calls about a cow running loose, according to a department statement.
Area media reported that the owner also contacted police about retrieving the animal. The animal was described as a rodeo bull with large horns. The bull got loose after being transferred for transport.
Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s FFA Livestock Judging team won the Western National Roundup in Denver, Colo. this weekend by an impressive 77 points.
The squad is now preparing for an international contest in Scotland. The community will be welcoming the group home from the trip at 6 p.m. tonight at CCHS.
All are welcome to attend. See an upcoming edition of The Post & Mail for full coverage of the team.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman that was part of a family methamphetamine arrest is scheduled to plead guilty in Whitley County Superior Court next month.
Patricia M. Greer, 51, of Middlebury, was arrested last September and charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with intent to manufacture, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance.
She has a change of plea hearing set for Feb. 24, where she is expected to plead guilty to at least some of the charges. Greerâ€™s attorney is Jeffrey Jones, Jr.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Although some legislative initiatives are coming under fire at the Statehouse, Ind. Gov. Mike Penceâ€™s proposed tax credit for adoptive families is receiving much support.
Pence announced in late December that he wants to make Indiana the nationâ€™s â€śmost pro-adoption stateâ€ť by implementing the tax credit, forming a study committee to explore faith-based and community adoption programs and finding ways to better link the stateâ€™s adoption services.
Dustin and Amanda Petrosky, adoptive parents from Columbia City, are â€śexcitedâ€ť about the news of a state tax incentive.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” January 1 not only marked a new year, it also marked a new season of life for now retired Whitley County Sheriff Deputy Dennis Ruch.
Ruch said goodbye to fellow officers and co-workers and hello to retirement after 25 years of law enforcement service.
â€śItâ€™s been an honor to serve alongside him as an officer, but most importantly, as a friend,â€ť said Mike Christie, an investigator for the Whitley County Prosecutorâ€™s Office and former WCSD deputy.