April 22nd, 2014
For the past several weeks, The Post & Mail has featured a historical photograph that depicts Whitley County life.
No doubt for some readers, the Timewarp Tuesday feature has brought back memories of glory days on the basketball court, what used to be at Columbia City High School, and classmates that may have moved on.
The Post & Mail is pleased to offer this feature in future issues, and has partnered with the Whitley County Historical Museum to solicit residents for photos.
COLUMBIA CITY â A new hard-bound coffee table keepsake book has been published by The Post & Mail and is now available for purchase.
âThe Seventies: A Decade of Front Pages in The Post & Mailâ contains 165 front pages from Whitley Countyâs daily newspaper.
At $24 plus tax, the book is a perfect gift idea for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, birthdays â or as a gift for yourself.
The large 13.5â x 11.5â format of the book, plus a 5âx 7â magnifier, make for an enjoyable reading experience as readers examine the years 1970-1979 page by page.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs elementary schools are producing an impressive percentage of strong readers.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendant Patricia OâConnor told the Board of School Trustees Monday night that 89 percent of WCCSâs third grade students passed Indianaâs Reading Evaluation and Determination (IREAD).
The test assesses reading skills in all third grade students in the state to ensure that all students can read proficiently before moving on to fourth grade.
WHITLEY COUNTY â Today is Earth Day, the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement which began in 1970.
Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.
Originally tied to the height of the âhippieâ era, the awareness of taking care of the planet has evolved into a technological approach.
COLUMBIA CITY â Children in Whitley County look forward to classroom visits from volunteers with Junior Achievement.
Through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, Junior Achievement (JA) volunteers help children connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school.
Terry Smith, a real estate asset manager for Indiana Michigan Power Company, has bee volunteering in first-grade classrooms for more than 20 years in Whitley County.
Indianapolis - Governor Mike Pence received word today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted his appeal for federal assistance for the severe winter storms that impacted much of the state from January 5-9 this year.
The major disaster declaration from FEMA will allow grants to 19 counties. The state can now request assistance for additional counties.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Commissioners are in search of a new emergency management director, as current EMA Director Cathy Broxon-Ball announced her resignation Monday.
Broxon-Ball is stepping down after 13 years in the position, and her final day will be June 6.
In a letter to the commissioners, Broxon-Ball discussed the accomplishments of Whitley Countyâs Emergency Management Agency.
âIn my time here we have made great strides in our programs to prepare for, mitigate against and recover from disasters,â Broxon-Ball said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Giving Gardens, a nonprofit organization, is preparing for its annual seedling giveaway.
âWe are soliciting for Whitley and Allen County residents to sign up to receive a couple free seedlings,â said nonprofit leaders.
âAll we ask is that the recipient of the free seedlings share a portion of produce with someone in need. This may include a neighbor, coworker, church, food pantry, etc.â
More than 500 seedlings will be included in this event.
The public may access the seedling giveaway list on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/GivingGardensOfIndiana.
Dick Conklin (right), Fort Wayne Rotarian, invited the Rotary Clubâs two outbound exchange students Hannah Bredikhin and Mackinzie Riley (left) to a recent Columbia City meeting. Bredikhin is going to Denmark, and Riley is going to Germany. Conklin gave a presentation on the EXPO 2014 program he was promoting to increase the numbers of students choosing to participate in the exchange program.
The Post & Mail is looking for your selfie. Selfies can include you and a friend or family member.
Those who would like to be in the paper for the Selfie Saturday feature, should submit photos and be willing to accept a reply message that includes 10 quick questions that require a couple of short answers.
Your photo and your answers will be published in a weekend issue of The Post & Mail. This is a fantastic way to highlight the great people that make up Whitley County.