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March 18th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man was involved in a prescription drug deal last summer received an eight-year sentence to the Whitley County Jail Monday.
Frank O. Hibbs, 61, pleaded guilty in February to one charge of dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled-substance. He will serve six years of his sentence incarcerated, with the other two years of the sentence suspended.
Hibbsâ€™ attorney, Al Anzini, said mitigating circumstances in favor of his client included his age and minimal criminal history.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Having residents, not boards, as bosses was the theme of the Whitley County 2014 Outlook Meeting Monday.
Business leaders, elected officials and other stakeholders gathered to help the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) note its achievements for the previous 12 months and recognize businesses that have invested significantly in the community.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s file management office, located in the basement of the County Government Center, is closed until further notice.
Recent flooding, along with mold growth, has caused the need for the officeâ€™s closure.
Those in need of assistance should call the Clerkâ€™s office at 248-3102.
Clean-up efforts are currently underway.
County leaders were not certain when the damage, which could cost as much as $2,500, will be cleaned up, but optimistically hoped for later this week.
Whitley County Economic Development Corporation President Alan Tio was honored as a Distinguished Hoosier by State Rep. Kathy Heuer Monday.
Be sure to see Saturdayâ€™s Post & Mail for the Saturday Selfie feature. Would you like to be seen in the newspaper? Weâ€™re soliciting your selfies.
The Post & Mail would like Whitley County residents to email their selfie pics for a special Saturday feature promoting area people.
Selfies can include you and a friend or family member. Those who submit photos must 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.
Pictured above, Key Club members from Columbia City High School, volunteered at Saturdayâ€™s pasta dinner at Zion Lutheran Church.
Pictured from left to right are: Brea Fisher (16), Dakota Studebaker (15), Lt. Karen Pommier, of the Salvation Army, Natalie Johnson (16), Jenna Deathe (16), Katie Weigel (16) Key Club members volunteer at a variety of activities in Columbia City.
Pictured is Sue Lâ€™Esperance, Salvation Army volunteer and expert pie baker, prepared 12 pies from scratch for Saturdayâ€™s Fundraiser at Grace Lutheran Church.
Pictured is Leann Snyder (left) and Vickie Smith, associates with South Whitleyâ€™s public library, serve up cookies and information to Expo visitors Saturday.
Jane Hicks, left, stops to ask Canda Goldwood some questions regarding her organic plants and flowers. Goldwood was one of several vendors from the Whitley County Farmers Market at the Expo Saturday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman who sold prescription drugs to a life-long friend was sentenced to the Whitley County Jail for six years this week.
Carrie L. Hammons, 37, of Columbia City, will serve three of those years at the jail, with an assignment to work release, and the balance of the sentence will be suspended, for dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled-substance.
At the sentencing hearing, Hammonsâ€™ attorney, Robert W. Love, argued that a mitigating circumstance was that Hammons sold the drugs, which were pills of oxycodone, to a friend she had known most of her life.