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DONUTS FOR DADS

April 24, 2014

Pierceton Elementary School recently hosted Donuts for Dads where students were able to bring their dad, or other important men in their life, to a breakfast. Dads were served a breakfast of biscuits and sausage gravy, donuts, juice and coffee. “Pierceton students had a lot of important people in their life because the cafeteria was packed with more than 335 attendees,” said school officials. “It was a great morning for the students.

BUILDING TAKING SHAPE

April 24, 2014

A shell building is nearing completion at Rail Connect Business Park, located off of County Road 600 E. The building was constructed to be adjusted to meet the needs of a future occupant. A shortage of commercial real estate prompted the building project, which should be finished at the end of April.

VERDICT IS IN: Jury finds Slater guilty of six charges

April 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A 12-person jury found a Columbia City man guilty of six crimes Wednesday evening. Steven W. Slater, Jr., 38, was also named a habitual felony offender by the jury, due to having two prior, unrelated, felony convictions on his record.

Wednesday, the jury found Slater to be guilty of two charges of burglary, a Class C felony, two counts of theft, a Class D felony, and two charges of criminal mischief, a Class B misdemeanor, for a string of five crimes in the downtown area of Columbia City in January.
Slater will be sentenced Monday, May 19, at 9 a.m.

DRUGS ACCEPTED: DTF to take back unwanted prescription drugs

April 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — In an effort to thwart prescription drug abuse, Whitley County’s Drug Task Force is opening three locations for residents to drop off old pills on Saturday.

Several agencies are working together for the event, including Columbia City’s, South Whitley’s and Churubusco’s police departments, along with the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Saturday marks the eighth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft. Officials say ridding homes of potentially dangers expired, unused and unwanted drugs helps keep them from getting in the wrong hands.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER: Prayer to be focus for county residents

April 24, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY ­— Consider the following — “What should be the biblical response to the tumultuous wind of change in our country and world which most of us can acknowledge is alarming?”

This question was posed by Jeremy Wike, senior pastor at Community of Hope Church in Columbia City, which will host the National Day of Prayer service May 1 at 6:30 p.m.

The National Day of Prayer is Thursday, May 1, and a prayer session is planned for noon at the Whitley County Courthouse gazebo.

BUILDING A FUTURE: Commercial property shortage prompts spec facility

April 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Economic Development Corporation has been working to consistently fill vacant buildings and facilities with new business. The initiative also brings additional job opportunities and economic growth to the area.

But when available property is in shortage, what can be done?
The EDC’s answer — find a way to build a building.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Get the scoop on upcoming local events

April 24, 2014

Events for this weekend.

Saturday, April, 26:

•5K for Jesus - 9 a.m.

A 5K Walk-Run for Jesus is set for Saturday at 9 a.m. and will begin at The Center for Whitley County Youth, Columbia City.

Pre-registration is $15 due by Wednesday, April 16. Afterward the cost is $20. There is a $50 maximum fee for families and children in strollers are free.

•Radio test - 9 a.m.

The next Whitley County W5YI Amateur Radio Test Session will be held Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.

GOING GREEN: Students learn how to reduce, reuse, recycle

April 24, 2014

A global celebration was planned in observance of Earth Day Tuesday.

Whole Health Wellness Center, a Whitley County nonprofit that works to educate the community on healthy living and provides a community garden, coordinated volunteers to visit Coesse Elementary School.

“It’s a fun project to get kids thinking about reusing things before just throwing them away,” said Aimee Clark, one of Whole Health’s founder.

TRIAL PROCEEDINGS: Witness testimony leads off Slater trial

April 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Jurors heard witness testimony Tuesday during the first day of a burglary trial in Whitley County Circuit Court. Steven W. Slater, 38, of Columbia City, is standing trial for multiple charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

He is represented by Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz.
A jury of six men and six women heard witness testimony Tuesday afternoon, which came after opening statements from Voelz and Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler.

HELP IS ON THE WAY: Storm aid approved for Whitley Co.

April 23, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Federal aid will assist Whitley County in its expenses incurred from severe winter storms in January. Gov. Mike Pence received word Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted his appeal for assistance.

“This has been an arduous process, but the outcome is good news for Hoosiers,” said Pence. “These grants will provide millions to local governments and select nonprofits that are hurting financially. I congratulate the counties, cities and towns for their perseverance.”

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE: Grad rates, grades on the rise for WCCS

April 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools posted “excellent” results in Indiana’s recent evaluation of the district, in the eyes of WCCS Superintendent Patricia O’Connor.

Columbia City High School’s graduation rate also improved from 93 percent in 2012 to 94.7 percent in 2013.

“That increase is outstanding,” O’Connor said. “Thank you to all teachers, administrators, parents and students for making that happen.”
Little Turtle Elementary also showed a strong improvement in the state’s A-F grading system.

GAINING GROUND: Relay takes a step closer to event goal

April 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Volunteers are putting the final plans in place for the county’s Relay for Life event slated for June 7 at 8 a.m. at Indian Springs Middle School, Columbia City.

The 24-hour walk will raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Funds raised at the Whitley County event will financially support local patients and cancer survivors.

Currently, relay participants have raised $7,810 of the $35,000 goal. Eighteen teams have already registered, however, local organizers have a goal of 35. There is still time to register a team and to generate funds for the cause.

LOCAL RESTAURANT CLOSED: Investigation pending regarding LosTequilos

April 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY (April 23, 2014) — The Whitley County Health Department closed LosTequilos, a restaurant in Columbia City, Monday afternoon, pending an investigation. It is still closed at this time. The closure was issued after receiving a number of complaints of illness from patrons who had eaten there Thursday through Saturday (April 17-19).

For more on this story, see Thursday's edition of The Post & Mail.

RELAY CORNER: Events to support Whitley County's Relay for Life

April 23, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Relay for Life of Whitley County, a 24-hour walk-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for cancer research and patient services, has several fundraising events to support area teams working to generate money for their relay efforts.

All the money raised from fundraisers will go to the Whitley County relay event, slated for June 7 and 8 at Indian Springs Middle School, and will go to support local community members battling cancer.

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READING REWARDS: South Whitley library applaudes readers

April 23, 2014

Kathy Block won a Pamper Yourself Prize of a yoga mat, spa products, Dove chocolates, and a book bag at the South Whitley Public Library's Hot Reads for Cold Nights reading program.

Adult patrons were invited to participate during the long, bitter winter. Participants chose and read books just as they normally would, but then they logged and rated them on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Each book earned a ticket for a chance to win a prize, and every five books was rewarded a chocolate Hershey’s kiss.

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