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January 4th, 2013

NEW YEAR'S: No pain, no gain

January 4, 2013

Many Columbia City residents, such as Zach Miner (above), are carrying out their New Year’s resolutions at Whitley County’s YMCA. Working to turn resolutions into lifestyle changes, Whitley County’s YMCA will hold its annual fitness contest, Whitley Weighs-In. The event is in its seventh year and promotes weight loss and healthy lifestyle goals. Special monthly challenges will accompany the contest for the first time. The Post & Mail will have full event details in Monday’s edition.

OFF BEAT: Col. City fine-tunes Police Department

January 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Two incidents, one in September and one in December, caused the Columbia City Police Department to re-evaluate policies and internal protocol.

Monday, Dec. 3, a loaded gun magazine was found on the ground near Columbia City High School. This caused the school to go into a lockdown status briefly that day.

Although the situation was accidental and resolved without incident, Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said the department has made changes to prevent such an event from happening in the future.

Howard Hinton, 83

January 4, 2013

Howard LeRoy Hinton, 83, of Roanoke, passed away on Wednesday Jan. 2, 2013 at Norwood Nursing Center in Huntington. He was born Aug. 26, 1929, in Fairmount, the son of the late Oral and Estia Marie (Zentemyer) Hinton.
Howard attended Anderson High School and was a World War II veteran who served in the U.S. Marines. He later earned a degree in engineering during his 40 year career with General Motors as a Journeyman/Millwright.

ON THIN ICE: Ice-related accidents result in words of warning

January 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Although the county has seen several inches of snowfall and below-freezing temperatures, ice on area lakes and ponds is still thin.

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, lakes and ponds may appear to be ideal for winter recreation, but caution is still necessary when venturing out onto the ice.

WARM WEATHER: Heat, dryness make headlines in 2012

January 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It was a hot and dry year across the Midwest in 2012. Northeast Indiana and Whitley County were no exceptions to that trend.

Michael Sabones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in North Webster, said 2012 was at or near record-setting for heat. The drought was brought on, in part, by the warm winter in 2011-12. The slow-melting snow pack is what helps with the soil’s deep moisture.
This absence contributed to the drought.

IN THE HEADLINES

January 4, 2013

Here are the headlines in Friday's Post & Mail:

Local Police Comment on Gun Magazines and Hit Pedestrian

2012 Weather Was Hotter and Drier

DNR Discusses Dangers of Ice Covered Lakes

Donnelly Sworn In

January 3rd

TAKING OFFICE: Elected officials launch into new term

January 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — New Year’s Day met local politicians with a ceremony to officially begin their terms.

On Tuesday elected officials gathered at the Whitley County Courthouse for the swearing-in ceremony.

Among those officials being sworn in were Don Amber and Tom Rethlake as county commissioners; Bill Overdeer, Paula Reimers and Tom Western as members of county council; Laurell Hodges took office as treasurer; in the position of surveyor was Ron McNeal and Randy Dellinger took office as the county’s coroner.

HIS OWN DEFENSE: Court forces Ward to have attorney

January 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — An alleged felon requested to represent himself in court and was denied Wednesday in Whitley County Circuit Court.

Terrance Ward, 31, of Lagrange, was arrested in July on six drug counts, including four felonies and two misdemeanors. Ward was previously represented by Anthony Garza, a relationship that was terminated by the court Wednesday. Ward said he wanted to represent himself.

BABE'S MOVING: BABE readies itself for a move

January 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Mr. and Miss Whitley County, Skylar Campbell and Katie Barnett, were joined by the rest of the Whitley County 4-H court to help organize items at B.A.B.E. of Whitley County.

The afternoon of service was offered by the teens to help prepare B.A.B.E. for its upcoming move to a new location.

In the coming weeks, B.A.B.E. will be relocating from its white house on Main Street to a bigger building off of Line Street.

WATER MAIN SOLUTIONS: Col. City hopes to have solution to water problem

January 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A water main in Columbia City which has had problems before broke again Monday.

The main services the subdevelopments of Eagle Glen and Irish Glen. Residents of those areas experienced low water pressure until the break was fixed.

Water Superintendant Mike Dear said the soil in the area is corrosive. This causes wear on the main and the corrosion eats at the pipe. The proposed solution will make the soil eat at the anodes, rather than the water main.

 

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