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November 26th, 2014

BLACK THURSDAY: Boycott or not?

November 26, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — As tensions rise among consumers against retailers regarding Thanksgiving shopping, many residents of the county are choosing not to shop on Thursday. “We refuse to shop any store that is open on Thanksgiving,” said local resident Angela Knezevich in a post on The Post & Mail’s Facebook page. “It’s sad how retailers have hijacked the family holiday.”

Mildred Deubner, 79

November 26, 2014

Sept. 24, 1935 - Nov. 24, 2014
Mildred “Midge” L. Deubner, 79, of Columbia City, Ind., passed away at 7:23 a.m. Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born on Sept. 24, 1935 in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Homer H. and Bonnie (Biggs) Bowlby.
She was a lifelong resident of Whitley County.

Helen Baxley, 83

November 26, 2014

Oct. 6, 1931 — Nov. 23, 2014
Helen L. Baxley, 83, of Columbia City, passed away Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014 at her home.
Born Oct. 6, 1931 in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Keith and Berniece (Wood) Leininger.
She grew up on her family farm outside of Columbia City and graduated from Coesse High School with the Class of 1949.
On April 17, 1953, she married Harley L. Baxley. The two had met while working together at U.S. Rubber.

E-x-p-a-n-d-e-d delivery is Thanksgiving

November 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – All households in the greater-Columbia City area will receive Thursday morning’s huge Thanksgiving Day edition of The Post & Mail.
The complete Thursday newspaper will be filled with local news you need to know and important consumer savings as the holiday shopping season begins in earnest.
In fact, more than 53 local advertisers are participating in The Post & Mail’s big Small Business Saturday promotion, there will be more than a dozen pre-print inserts packaged in the holiday issue – plus tons of other advertising throughout the newspaper.

WRESTLING OPENER: Eagle grapplers fall to Bellmont

November 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The first match of a season is an exciting time for high school wrestlers.

The intensity gets amped up a few notches if you are a Columbia City wrestler. Every season, the Eagles open up the year against perennial powerhouse and Northeast Hoosier Conference foe Bellmont.

Virginia Smith, 87

November 26, 2014

Sept. 18, 1927 — Nov. 23, 2014
Virginia Ruth Smith, 87, died at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. She was born Sept. 18, 1927, a daughter of Frank and Viola (Hicks) Cherry.
Her husband is Herman Smith. She has three step-children, one sister and one brother. She was preceded in death by two sisters and three half sisters.
The funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with visitation after 10 a.m. The burial will be in South Park Annex Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to

James Bowles III, 48

November 26, 2014

Dec. 6, 1965 — Oct. 17, 2014
James”Jimmy” Harvey Bowles III, 48, of Little Rock, Ark. passed away Friday afternoon Oct. 17, 2014.
Jimmy is preceded in death by his father James Harvey Bowles, Jr. and his grandparents James Harvey Bowles, Sr. and Dollie Mae Bowles.
He is survived by his mother Sandi Bowles Chaffin, sisters; Cathy Lee (Tim), Denise Carroll (John), Sandra Bowles Johnson; brother, Ellis Ray Chaffin; aunt, Alison Furge (Jay); uncle, Denis Glenn (Anita) along with many loving nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Jean Benson, 99

November 26, 2014

Oct. 3, 1915 — Nov. 24, 2014
Jean M. Benson, 99, of Columbia City, died Monday morning, Nov. 24, 2014 at Parkiew Pointe where she had been a resident since 2006.
She was born Oct. 3, 1915 in Columbia City, a daughter of Delmor and Ethel (Reese) Mosher. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1933 and International Business College.
She was employed at Farmers Loan and Trust, Woolen Mill and was a Deputy for Whitley County Auditor.

BUSCO PLANNING: Town council approves comprehensive zoning plan

November 26, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — After much time and effort, the Churbusco Town Council has officially approved a comprehensive plan regarding the suggested future zoning for the town.
The comprehensive plan was assembled by Sturtz Public Management Group, a Churubusco-based company.

FAIR RECEPTION: 4-H Board to allow alcohol

November 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Faced with growing expenses in several areas and a desire to market the facilities on a year-round basis, the Whitley County 4-H Inc. Board announced last Thursday at its annual meeting a change in policy that will allow beer and wine at the 4-H Center under certain circumstances.

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