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January 14th, 2014

Ind. House panel delays vote on gay marriage ban

January 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — 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.

ON THE RUN: Rodeo bull loose in Noble Co.

January 14, 2014

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.

January 13th

National champions

January 13, 2014

Columbia City High School’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.

Woman set to plead guilty to meth charges; sentenced in drug case

January 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — 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. Greer’s attorney is Jeffrey Jones, Jr.

Possible tax credit encourages adoption

January 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Although some legislative initiatives are coming under fire at the Statehouse, Ind. Gov. Mike Pence’s proposed tax credit for adoptive families is receiving much support.

Pence announced in late December that he wants to make Indiana the nation’s “most pro-adoption state” by implementing the tax credit, forming a study committee to explore faith-based and community adoption programs and finding ways to better link the state’s adoption services.
Dustin and Amanda Petrosky, adoptive parents from Columbia City, are “excited” about the news of a state tax incentive.

WCSD bids farewell to long-time civil servant

January 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

“It’s been an honor to serve alongside him as an officer, but most importantly, as a friend,” said Mike Christie, an investigator for the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office and former WCSD deputy.

January 10th

Horn joins newsroom staff

January 10, 2014

The Post & Mail would like to welcome Sarah Horn to the newspaper staff. Sarah joins the team as the newsroom assistant. A 2013 graduate of Churubusco High School, Sarah attends Ivy Tech where she is studying to become a paralegal. In her spare time, she volunteers with the Whitley County Dazzlers, a special needs cheerleading group.

U.S. economy adds 74K jobs; rate falls to 6.7 pct.

January 10, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers added a scant 74,000 jobs in December, the fewest in three years. The disappointing figure ends 2013 on a weak note and raises questions about whether the job market can sustain its recent gains.
Economists cautioned that cold weather likely played a role in the sharp slowdown in hiring. Job gains had averaged 214,000 in the previous four months.

Snow storm forces drug trial postponement

January 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Winter Storm Ion forced the postponement of a drug-dealing trial in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Vanness D. Oliver, 35, of Manfield, Ohio, was scheduled to stand trial this past Tuesday and Wednesday for dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance and possession of a narcotic drug.
Whitley County’s Courthouse was closed Tuesday, which forced the trial to be rescheduled for April 15 and 16.
Oliver’s attorney is Nikos Nakos.
Oliver was arrested during a traffic stop with two other men: Michael Yoha and Edward Jones.

UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN EXCEEDS $157K; Donations still coming in

January 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “It’s about community people helping people in their community,” said United Way of Whitley County’s Executive Director Cindy Baker.
In September, the county’s United Way nonprofit launched its 2013-14 fundraising campaign.
The bar was set high with a financial goal of $225,000. Although campaign dollars are still rolling in, Baker said the organization has raised more than $157,000.
“I am confident that we will reach last year’s amount,” Baker said. “There’s still time to give, and every donation counts no matter the amount.”


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