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Laurell Leitch 82

December 13, 2012

Laurell E. “Tuney” Leitch, 82, a resident of rural LaOtto and a life-long resident of Green Township, passed away at 12:32 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne following an extended illness.
Mr. Leitch was born on Dec. 15, 1929, in Kendallville, a son of Noah T. and Edna (Diffendarfer) Leitch.
The surviving relatives include his wife Mary Ann, two daughters, a sister, five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

STORMY WATERS: Col. City approves storm sewer renovation

December 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety moved Tuesday to begin work on storm sewers before Phase II of the Line Street Project begins next year.

Wigent Excavation was awarded the bid for $41,045, and should begin work immediately, according to Jeff Walker, Community Development Director for Columbia City.

SMOKING POLICY: Council discusses employee smoking policy

December 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council met Tuesday and among other agenda items, discussed some changes to personnel policy for city employees. Among the most talked about changes were a policy require employees to wear identification badges while they are on duty and rules regarding smoking locations at city buildings.

The identification policy is in place, according to Mayor Ryan Daniel, so that residents can have confidence that the people working with them are city employees. Council member Bill Simpson said that the policy would not be necessary for officers in uniform.

VOTE OF CONFIDENCE: Harrison wins slot as co-host

December 13, 2012

FORT WAYNE — Jessica Harrison, a Columbia City High School graduate, works as a disc jockey for 106.3 clickhop.com — but she didn’t interview for the job in a traditional way.

A contest was held earlier this year to find a co-host for the radio morning show, “Nugget in the morning.” Harrison turned in a video which was voted on by friends, family and the station’s listeners.

45,000 WAYS TO BUILD HOPE: The Center receives $45k grant

December 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Center for Whitley County Youth recently received a grant of $45,000 from the Dekko Foundation. The grant will be used to further The Center’s Building Hope project.

Jeff Wike, The Center’s executive director, said the project is just over the half-way mark to its goal of raising $210,00.

In December of 2011, The Center was able to purchase its building debt free. Owning the building free and clear means the organization eliminated $10,000 a year in rent payments.

SPECIAL DELIVERY: Pizza Hut offers Christmas Wishes with all the toppings

December 13, 2012

Pizza Hut-WingStreet in Columbia City is offering yummy Christmas wishes to its customers and to all readers of The Post & Mail.

"Joy, Hope, Love, Peace, Health and Harmony," are the Christmas wish toppings offered by Pizza Hut-WingStreet employees. "Who says you can't have it all? Merry Christmas and many thanks for your loyal patronage. We look forward to seeing you soon!"

The popular restaurant is famously located at U.S. 30 and Ind. 9 in Columbia City. It has become "holiday party central" for many area families. Telephone number is 260 248-2566 if you prefer carry out or delivery.

Logan Irwin splits with Stetson

December 13, 2012

DELAND — Former Whitko basketball stand-out and freshman point guard at Stetson University Logan Irwin has left the Division I school and plans to transfer closer to home.

“We’re obviously disappointed. We had high hopes for Logan,’’ Head Coach Casey Alexander told the Daytona News Journal. “He was brought here to be part of the solution to get our program headed in the right direction. For him to decide to leave so quickly puts us in a bind, but we understand he’s a long way from home.

Talkin’ trash: South Whitley Town Council debates two garbage collection companies

December 13, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY – A conflict of interest made choosing a trash contractor “really tough.”

“This is a tough decision,” said Council President Tony Starkey. “These guys are both friends of mine.” Starkey was referring to town council member Steve Smith and his associate with Whitley Environmental.

Smith removed himself from all discussion as well as the final vote on trash collection bids due to his personal tie with one of the companies vying for the right to collect South Whitley’s trash.

EXTRAORDINARY: Koby Watkins turned 12 on 12/12/12

December 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Today is a big day for Koby Watkins, a sixth grader at Indian Springs Middle School. It’s his birthday — on the 12th day of the 12th month, in the year 2012.

And yes, he is turning 12. The only way to round of this occasion would be if Koby was born at 12:12. However, he was a couple of minutes behind on that mark, being born at 12:17 a.m.

Koby is the son of Jamie Carlson and Brooks Watkins and the stepson of Billy Carlson and Shannon Watkins. He has a younger brother, Preston, who is 8.

December 11th

SLIM PICKINS': Drought kills Christmas trees

December 11, 2012

CHURUBUSCO — While much of the area has forgotten about the summer’s drought, a local tree farm is still feeling the heat.

Devil’s 40 Tree Farm, owned by Art and Jacqueline Tilbury of Churubusco, lost approximately 2,000 Douglas-Fir trees to the record-breaking temperatures in summer 2012.

With the 7-year-old trees priced between $45 and $75, the farm has lost upwards of $150,000. The Tilburys aren’t new to the business, as Jacqueline said the farm has been around for more than 35 years.

 

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