November 29th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While the Blue River Trail project is still progressing, the city asks local residents to keep away from the bridge and trail until next spring.
â€śThe project looks very nice, and Iâ€™ve received several calls from people who are interested in it,â€ť said Columbia City Park Director Mark Green. â€śBut weâ€™ve also had a lot of people walking on the trail.â€ť
During the Columbia City Park Board meeting Monday, the board discussed its thoughts about people using the trail before it is completed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Common Council is moving to pass an ordinance fixing annual salaries of all city elected officials for next year. The ordinance will not allow for any raises.
â€śWe have already passed the salaries for employees, but we have not yet passed the salaries for elected officials,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel at Tuesdayâ€™s council meeting. â€śWe need to get moving on this in order to make sure it gets passed for first reading and second reading before the end of the year.â€ť
â€˘Toy collection â€” 6:15 p.m.
The Marines will be present at the Columbia City boys basketball game at 6:15 p.m. on Friday. The Marines will collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children in the community.
â€˘ Cookie, candy sale â€” 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Marie I. Guhl, 100, of Huntington, passed away 2:53 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at Heritage of Huntington.
She was born on Sept. 2, 1912, in Whitley County, daughter of Charles and Bessie Sievers Kneller. Her parents preceded her in death.
Mrs. Guhl married Raymond Guhl June 18, 1932. He preceded her in death Oct. 26, 1985.
She was a homemaker and a member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, Huntington County Womenâ€™s Club, Monday Club, Huntington County Art Guild and Right to Life and Charter member of the Three Rivers Decorating Club.
Thomas Joseph Martz, 69, formerly of Columbia City, passed away in Columbia, Mo. Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, where he had resided for the past 50 years.
He was born in Columbia City Feb. 15, 1943, the youngest son of Joseph and Dora Belle (Barnes) Martz.
He grew up on the David Whiteleather Holstein dairy farm in Thorncreek Township, and graduated from Columbia City High School in 1962. While in high school he was a photographer for The Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The $500 million dollar jackpot is Powerballâ€™s largest prize in its history.
No doubt, winning such a substantial amount of money would be life-changing. What would a person do with that amount of money?
The Post & Mail asked Facebook followers that question. Of course the plan would include suddenly becoming debt free, but Krista Eber said she would invest in the community.
â€śI would have Burnsworth Pool upgraded and enclosed for the school system to use. Iâ€™d by new band uniforms,â€ť said Eber. â€śI would donate to getting a community theater started.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ As the holiday approaches, the Whitley County Courthouse continues to transform into a Christmas wonderland.
The Community Christmas Celebration is a tradition spanning 28 years and will promote the holiday theme both outside and inside the Courthouse.
On Dec. 7-8 from 6 to 8 p.m., seven stations will take visitors on the Christmas story journey. Area churches volunteer to make up live nativity scenes. Narrators complete the picture as they tell the traditional Christmas story.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” To avoid discrimination against its citizens who have disabilities, and to comply with federal law, Columbia City adopted an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan.
Through this plan, the city will identify barriers to streets, sidewalks or buildings, addressing complaints and meeting access needs to transform the city into a more ADA friendly community.
The resolution was passed Tuesday at the City of Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety meeting.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Katie Till, park board member, and several other board representatives attended the South Whitley Town Council meeting Tuesday looking for answers to their funding questions.
The board originally thought its park account had some $14,000 available for spending yet this year. However, at the last council meeting, the board was told that was not the case. Overspending in some categories due to a $160,000 error meant the board was forced to give up its appropriations.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€“ After last meetingâ€™s tense conversation over budget numbers, South Whitleyâ€™s Town Council convened once again to sort through town funds and appropriations.
Lending her expertise to the topic was Retha Hicks from HR Unlimited. Hicks was contracted to help Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould reconcile bank statements and budget line items.
Hicks confirmed that the budget reflected an additional $160,000 for 2012 that was not actually given to the town to spend.
That error was made known at the last council meeting, but how the mistake happened has not been determined.