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Flood repairs cost county $60K

April 15, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — County leaders were dealt the hard reality of just what the estimated costs are to restore the County Government Center’s basement after a flood.

When sump pumps failed to keep up with winter weather in February, water backed up into the basement, resulting in hefty expenses for clean up and repairs.

At last week’s County Council meeting, estimates were presented, and discussion was held to determine how to cover the costs.

Total flood clean up will cost the county $31,205.

South Whitley residents pay more for water, electricity

April 15, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Officials with H.J.Umbaugh & Associates, an accounting firm in Mishawaka, recently advised South Whitley Town Council members to raise electric and water rates.

At the April 8 meeting, town leaders were advised that a tracking fee, assessed by electrical provider Indiana Municipal Power Agency, was not being passed on to consumers.

“The town has been absorbing this cost,” said Councilman Tony Starkey. “We aren’t making any extra money on this, we are just covering the charge IMPA is charging us.”

Testworth demolition to be completed this month

April 15, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After months of being in limbo, Testworth Laboratories is expected to finally come down this month.

According to Whitley County Chief Building Inspector Craig Wagner, the owner of the building has scheduled demolition to restart in the next week.

Demolition on the building began last fall, and was stopped for undisclosed reasons. After a long winter, the building remains half-demolished, and what many city officials have deemed as an “eyesore” in recent City Council meetings.

Department Of Education Releases Standards Replacing Common Core

April 15, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Department of Education has released the final draft of the new academic standards for Indiana schools.

The new standards for Math and English/Language Arts will be replacing the national Common Core standards that Indiana dropped earlier this year.

According to WTHR, the new standards took more than 150 educators and thousands of hours to determine what should comprise the new standards. The authors say that the new standards exceed the common core standards in areas like math, where they will now have standards for trigonometry and calculus.

Local library serves 155K in 2013

April 15, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Mary Hartman, director of The Peabody Public Library, updated Whitley County Commissioners on the programming at the Columbia City facility.

“We have some exciting things going on at the library,” Hartman said. “I wanted to bring you up to date.”

According to the library’s annual report, more than $155,000 people visited the library in the last year.

Downtown tunes

April 14, 2014

Columbia City officials tested out a large speaker made by Ultra Electronics last week, playing tunes throughout the downtown area. Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel said if purchased, the speaker could help city officials make announcements during downtown events such as Old Settlers Days and Autumn Art Festival. The speaker could also be used to play music during Christmas time. Pictured, Columbia City Electric Department Superintendent Shawn Lickey takes the speaker down from the roof of City Hall.

Light the Way to bring hope to Whitley County

April 14, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — An annual event will combine remembering those lost with steps to prevent abuse.

Light The Way is an evening planed for Monday, April 28 at 6 p.m. at First Church of God in Columbia City. Whitley County’s Salvation Army organizers sponsor the event, describing it as an evening of awareness and hope.

Green thumbs show interest in Columbia City

April 14, 2014

OLUMBIA CITY — A nonprofit is considering moving into Columbia City.
Members from Giving Gardens of Indiana were present at a recent Columbia City Board of Works meeting to discuss its options with city officials on putting in a community garden within the city limits.

The program would provide citizens and other groups with food and/or seedlings.

Zach Arnold, president of the group, requested use of one of the city’s properties, located at the corner of Towerview Drive and Hannah Street.

Constituents’ questions addressed

April 14, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Republicans gathered for a candidate forum Saturday at Columbia City’s Church of the Nazarene.

A packed fellowship hall was a reflection of Republican Party leader Matt Boyd’s description of the upcoming primary election ­— crucial.

“This is a great turnout,” Boyd said. “I am pleased to see so many Republicans here to learn about those vying for the election.”

Primary election day is May 6 and will offer Republicans several contested races.

MONDAY'S WEATHER OUTLOOK: Snow on the radar

April 14, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (April 14, 2014) -- As a cold front moves through this morning,there will be some rain showers and the chance for a rumble of thunder.

Rain will become more scattered throughout the morning before becoming more hit-and-miss this afternoon. Temperatures are going to fall this afternoon from upper 60s to mid 40s. Temperatures will continue to fall this evening and overnight.

Egg hunt continues to ‘thrill’ children

April 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Colorful eggs are set to blanket the fields at Morsches Park for the annual Easter egg hunt, sponsored by the Columbia City Rotary Club.

Youngsters are welcome to bring their baskets to search out the “egg”cellent treats distributed throughout the park.

The hunt will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Drive-thru discussions: Columbia City officials mull downtown drive-up request

April 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A local coffee shop’s request for a drive-up window sparked long discussions from Columbia City’s Board of Works.

While city officials like the idea of the business proposal, they are working to figure out the logistics of it.

Brewha, a coffee shop located on North Main Street, between Van Buren and Jackson Streets, requested to use the city’s alley for a drive-thru.

Churubusco library celebrates 100 years

April 12, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — This summer, the Churubusco Public Library will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

Part of the festivities will include a contest, where patrons can design a library of the future. This will allow individuals to envision what a library may look like in the year 2114.

While the next century holds unknowns for the library, the previous century has been marked by service, moves and harrowing escapes from destruction.

Currently located on Mulberry Street in Churubusco, the library has had several homes in its lifetime.

Park Dept. preps pool for final year

April 12, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s the beginning of the end for Burnworth Memorial Pool in Columbia City.

Last year, officials announced that 2014 is expected to be the final summer for the pool, which has been part of the community for decades.

While Park Director Mark Green hates to see the summer fun spot go, repairs and upkeep on the pool have been more than the city’s budget can manage.

TONS OF $AVING$: More than $217 in coupon savings this weekend

April 12, 2014

The Post & Mail's Weekend Edition contains more than $217 in coupon savings and discounts via display advertising and inserted circulars from Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Papa John's, Eel River Golf Course, Shoe Carnival, JC Penney, Dunham's Sports, Dick's Sporting Goods and the ever popular SmartSource Magazine of coupons.

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