June 26th, 2013
Fifth and sixth graders in Whitley County 4-H went on a one-day trip Friday. They were awarded this trip through an application process and based on their 4-H achievement.
The group went to Fort Wayne and had a tour of Parkview Field including the Tincapsâ dugout and visitorsâ locker room. They then went to the Botanical Gardens and saw the butterfly display. Lunch was had at Coney Island. The day ended with a tour of DeBrandâs Chocolate factory which included sampling the chocolate treats.
COLUMBIA CITY â CANI (Community Action of Northeast Indiana) Head Start is looking to fill open spots in its nonprofit, social service agency.
Head Start is a free, comprehensive preschool program for low-income, three-to five year old children and works to provide quality education in order to prepare children for kindergarten.
Michelle Woodard is a family advocate for CANI and a mom who recognizes the importance of early learning.
âThe preschool will have several openings in the fall, and perhaps even in spring, which we would like to fill,â Woodard said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Sheriff Merit Board received an update on personnel and investments at a meeting last week.
Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton, who ran the meeting in absence of Sheriff Mark Hodges, informed the board of the latest news regarding Deputy Chuck Vogely, former detective.
Gatton said Vogely accepted his discipline for a drunk-driving incident in April and was suspended.
He will return to duty July 22. Board members heard updates on interviews as well.
Members of the merit board will interview four candidates for two openings within the department.
Cassie Freewalt (left) and Chasey Weimer take a ride on The Scrambler at Tuesdayâs opening night of Old Settlers Days in downtown Columbia City.
See a complete list of events on Page A3 of the June 26 issue of The Post and Mail.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Two weeks ago, South Whitley Town Manager Dave Wilkinson informed town council members that numerous utility customers were delinquent 90 days or more.
An estimated $12,000 was owed in past due electrical bills. Town Council President Tony Starkey was âshockedâ at the escalating amount.
âThis is a big number,â Starkey said at the June 11 meeting. âWeâve got to get something in place that addresses this in a uniform fashion.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Work has begun for Columbia City to reestablish its Utility Rate Advisory Board.
The advisory board has been dormant for some time, but this spring Mayor Ryan Daniel said he wanted to revive it, because the city decided to opt out of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission earlier this year.
At Columbia Cityâs Common Council meeting Tuesday, amendments were proposed to the cityâs Utility Rate Advisory Board ordinance.
One change from the previous ordinance included eliminating connection to political parties.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City took the first step in expanding its property Tuesday.
The cityâs Board of Works and Public Safety unanimously approved making an offer on a house adjacent to City Hall at 210 W. Market St.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said he and Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle have been researching property purchase for the city for some time.
âWe are running out of space,â he said, referring to storage at City Hall and parking throughout downtown.
COLUMBIA CITY â High-speed train service through Warsaw is being discussed which could conveniently transport Whitley County residents to Chicago.
According to area media, the Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association says a case can be made for high-speed passenger train service that would travel between Columbus, Ohio and Chicago.
Should the service be put in place, stops are being discussed in the following cities: Fort Wayne, Warsaw, Plymouth, Valparaiso and Gary.
COLUMBIA CITY â Each year, the Tuesday of Old Settlers Days brings past festival presidents to a banquet held for the purpose of naming of a new Red Coat member.
Last yearâs newest Red Coat, Dr. John Meier, announced to those in attendance at last nightâs dinner that Don Armstrong would be this yearâs member to don the prestigious coat.
Armstrong made his way to Columbia City after being named head football coach in 1965.
KENDALLVILLE â Even with a youth movement on the team, Columbia Cityâs football squad has shown a great deal of achievement in a tournament this summer.
Playing seven-on-seven football, the Eagles advanced to the finals of a 16-team tournament at East Noble last week.
Columbia City lost in the finals of the tournament to New Haven.
Garrett was the first foe for the Eagles. Columbia City fell to the Railroaders, but won its next five games. The Eagles beat Churubusco, DeKalb, Concordian, Carroll and Woodlan.