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HIGHER EDUCATION: More graduates ready for college courses

March 4, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s College Readiness Report released by the Commission for Higher Education indicates that more of the state’s high school graduates are prepared for college-level courses.

The yearly report was released on Monday and included 2013 graduates who entered college immediately after high school.

The improvement could in part be related to high school’s dual credit and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Those courses are offered at all three Whitley County high schools.

EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME: Columbia City Youth Council takes a trip to the Statehouse

March 4, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Youth Council took its experience to the state level with a trip to the Indiana Statehouse last month.

The youth council, comprised of high school students, was formed by Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and has grown in its involvement in the community throughout the past several years.

HIGH-SPEED: Police chase starts in Col. City and finishes in Fort Wayne

March 3, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY – A high-speed police chase started in Columbia City and ended t in Fort Wayne early Tuesday morning.

Columbia City police were alerted to a possible gas station drive-off at approximately 12:45 a.m. when someone apparently did not pay for fuel. A pursuit ensued and officers ended up following a red vehicle east on U.S. 30 towards Fort Wayne.

FEBRUARY: One of coldest on record

March 3, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — February in 2015 may not have had as much snowfall as 2014, but it was colder overall, data shows.

According to the National Weather Service (NWS), it hasn’t been this cold in February since the 1970s.
Last month was the third coldest February on record in Northeast Indiana, with an average daily temperature of 15.7 degrees, according to NWS meteorologists.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE: Whitley Co. manufacturing companies contribute 2,861 jobs

March 3, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY — As the economy rebounds from the recent recession, Northeast Indiana in general, and Whitley County in particular are looking to the manufacturing sector to fuel the recovery.

U.S. ARMY BAND: Performing at CCHS

March 3, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The Post & Mail, in conjunction with the U.S. Army Field Band, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will host The Volunteers, a six-person band, for one performance Sunday, March 29, 2 p.m. at Newell Rice Auditorium at Columbia City High School.

The 90-minute show is a ticketed event, but tickets are free of charge. Free tickets are available at The Post & Mail’s business office, 927 W. Connexion Way in Armstrong Industrial Park, American Legion Post 98 and VFW Post 5582, both in Columbia City. This is an all-ages event.

GLAZE OF ICE: Freezing rain descends on Whitley County

March 3, 2015

As predicted, freezing rain fell on Whitley County shortly after 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, encasing vehicles in ice and turning sidewalks, parking lots, streets, roads and highways into skating rinks.

Warming temperatures this afternoon are forecast to change the freezing rain to rain only.

Meanwhile, schools were delayed or closed due to the hazardous dose of winter weather.

WINTER woolly worm

March 2, 2015

Robert Williams found a woolly worm (above) on his doorstep at 115 McDonald Ave. in Columbia City last week, when the temperature was 16 degrees. The worm is black on its ends and has a large section of brown in the middle.

SPANISH COMIC CON: Elementaries host Eagle Tech Academy

March 2, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Nancy Beyhan, the Spanish teacher at Eagle Tech Academy, created a unique project for her senior Spanish 3 class.

Students created their very own superheroes and super villains, then made their own comic books and costumes for their super beings. The origin of their comic books had to be from a Spanish-speaking country.

2014 PLANNING DEPT. REPORT: More than $59.8 million in local projects approved

March 2, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY — The Columbia City-Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Department issued its report for 2014, detailing a busy year.

During 2014, the department issued building permits for 82 new single-family dwellings with an estimated value of $15,427,400, down from 89 permits with a value of $18,068,500 in 2013.

The department issued six permits for two-family dwellings with a value of approximately $750,000. There were no multi-family permits issued in 2013.

FARMER'S SHARE BREAKFAST: Farm Bureau hosts Ind. Rep. Chris Judy

March 2, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Indiana Farm Bureau hosted its annual Farmer’s Share Breakfast with Legislators Saturday morning at the Whitely County Agriculture Museum on the 4-H Fairgrounds.

Regional Manager Susan Lawrence and Whitley County President Dane Drew hosted the breakfast and passed out surveys regarding community issues.

Local farmers enjoyed a light breakfast and had the opportunity to speak with Ind. Rep. Chris Judy about his positions on local political issues.

WHITE LION: March 2015 enters Whitley County with snowfall, continued woeful weather

March 1, 2015

Whitley Countians are experiencing March 2015 "coming in like
a lion . . ." – a white lion to be exact.

Three to five inches of snow fell on Whitley County on the first day of March.

Slightly warmer temperatures (but still unseasonably cold) are in the forecast, but an ice pellet, sleet and snow event on Tuesday, plus a brief cold snap, should continue the woeful weather.

More seasonable temperatures are in the long-range forecast for next weekend, which will coincide with clocks springing forward for Daylight Savings Time.

FOR THE STUDENTS: Mary Raber encourages growth in literacy, math

February 28, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Mary Raber opened its doors last week to help parents with new teachings in math and literature.

Teachers from each grade provided their own worksheets and instructions to help parents understand exactly what their students are learning, and how they can help their children at home.

Math and Literacy Night started almost five years ago when the PIE, the school’s parent organization, put on a school book fair.

CHAMBER'S EXPO: To celebrate businesses, non-profits

February 28, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The 2015 Whitley County Chamber of Commerce's Whitley County EXPO is slated for Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Indian Springs Middle School.

The annual event highlights local businesses and non-profits in Whitley Co-unty, inviting visitors to learn more. Admission and parking are free.

The annual event welcomes more than 1,500 residents, with entertainment, an opportunity to sample local food and products, and a mini version of the Whitley County Farmers Market.

PRESCRIPTION ONLY?: Legislatures try to cure meth epidemic

February 28, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Due to the overwhelming number of methamphetamine incidences in Indiana, government officials are pushing for harsher restrictions on the drug’s key ingredient, pseudoephedrine.

Data from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration says that 2013 was Indiana’s year to be the meth capital of the country with over 1,800 lab busts by police. Year 2014 showed an 18 percent decrease in lab seizures, but Indiana still managed to rank in the top three states in meth activity.

 

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