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January 8th, 2014

Annual Christmas tree pickup

January 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Advanced Disposal will make one pass only throughout the Columbia City Jan. 25 beginning at 6 a.m. to pick up discarded Christmas Trees. Residents are asked to have trees out by the curb for pickup.

Slick roads create traffic issues

January 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Three days after Winter Storm Ion came to the area, road conditions were still poor in Whitley County Wednesday morning, as there were several reported crashes and slide-offs.

“People think they have traction and the road is glazed in ice,” Whitley County Sheriff Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said. “It’s been so cold they can’t use salt to help break up ice.”

Gatton said the Sheriff’s Department had eight reported slide-offs from 4:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Services made difficult by storm

January 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After Winter Storm Ion dropped 16.2 inches of snow on Whitley County Sunday, many services have been suspended or postponed due to poor road conditions.

The U.S. Postal Service managed to deliver mail in the Columbia City limits, but was unable to reach many homes on county roads.
The Post & Mail published a Monday and Tuesday newspaper, but delivery was limited. Subscribers can expect a three-publication delivery today where applicable.

Snow puts citizens on edge

January 8, 2014

Riley Kessie, grandson of Jolene Kessie, finds fun in this week’s winter storm by sledding at DeVol Field. Submit your winter storm photos to by Friday at 8 a.m. The best photo submitted will receive a free one-month subscription to The Post & Mail.

STORM CAUSE SERVICE INTERRUPTION: Recycling schedule revised due to weather

January 8, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — As winter weather warnings and watches caused a number of cancellations, the county’s recycling service was also impacted.
Wednesday’s recycling service is postponed until tomorrow.
Recycling pick up for Monday and Tuesday was canceled with no way of rescheduling the service.

LEADERSHIP CHANGE FOR WHITKO: Collier named schools trustee president

January 8, 2014

PIERCETON — Whitko school officials gathered Tuesday night to make leadership changes for two of its boards. Even though the district canceled school for the day, board members and administrators did not let potentially dicey road conditions delay the executive session and a special meeting.

Whitko Community School Corporation Board of Trustees designated new positions for its members.For the 2014 year, Deb Collier will take over as the board’s president.

GIVE AND TAKE: Mayor Daniel weighs in on shifting tax climate

January 8, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the second installment of a four-part series on the impact of the BPPT elimination.

COLUMBIA CITY — Lawmakers began the 2014 legislative session Tuesday afternoon after extreme weather delayed its start. One of the key issues on the agenda is Gov. Mike Pence’s plan to eliminate the Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT).

Winter fun

January 8, 2014

Whitley County residents used the extreme winter weather to try their hand at photographing the snow’s effects. Jolene Kessie’s nephew Jerod Stanton, from Geneva, enjoys the abundance of snow that made for ideal sledding conditions on the hill at DeVol Field.


January 8, 2014

County Council
Whitley County Council members were unable to meet Tuesday at 8 a.m.
The meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday Jan. 14 at 8 a.m.

County Commissioners
Whitley County Board of Commissioners was unable to meet Monday at 1 p.m.
County officials have rescheduled the meeting for Monday Jan.13 at 1 p.m.

Smith-Green schools
Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees rescheduled its executive session that was previously set for Monday.

Newspaper delivery effort resumes today

January 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – The Post & Mail successfully published its Monday and Tuesday editions, but due to the government-imposed travel restrictions from the winter storm and blizzard, delivery of the newspaper was substantially curtailed.

An all-out effort to deliver Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday editions to Post & Mail subscribers resumes today.However, because of the continuing treacherous roadways, subscribers can expect delay in delivery.


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