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March 14th, 2014

Jagger earns state honors for photo: ISMS student wins best photo in Middle School Div.

March 14, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — A local student’s photo earned state recognition last week.
Alissa Jagger’s photo, “Price for Freedom” (pictured right), won the Middle School Division at the statewide exhibition at the Indiana Statehouse on Sunday.

The photo was featured in The Post & Mail several weeks ago, as Jagger earned honorable mention in the Regional Scholastic Competition.

Jagger’s art teacher, Mary Hilger, decided to enter Jagger’s photo in another competition, the Indiana Youth Art Month Celebration.

Jagger’s photo competed against middle school art from around the state.

AT-RISK YOUTH: WCCS discusses alternative learning program

March 14, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Since its inception, Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ Eagle Opportunity Program to Success has helped four students graduate, ensuring a better future for Whitley County’s at-risk youth.

The alternative education program rolled out last fall for middle and high school students, helping them earn a combined 27 credits so far this year, and advancing in their academic careers.

LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP: State lawmakers resolve several issues in session

March 14, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the first in a three-part series recapping the recent legislative session.

INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators finished their session at the Statehouse Thursday, and some key issues were dealt with after much debate.

On the list of laws passed, several items are expected to trickle down with a significant impact on Whitley County and its residents.

Lawmakers approved of new tax cuts for businesses, the first-ever state funds for quality pre-kindergarten education for low-income children, and agreed to invest $400 million in roads and bridges.

Not-so-boring board games

March 14, 2014

Charlotte Misiora, 4, along with her father, Tim (right) contemplate their next move on a board game at Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, Thursday afternoon. The library typically hosts the board game gathering two Wednesdays per month. Due to poor weather this Wednesday, the game day was moved to Thursday this week.

CITY TO TEST SIRENS IN STATEWIDE DRILL: Sunday begins Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week

March 14, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City will be joining the rest of Indiana Thursday in a statewide tornado siren test.

Gov. Mike Pence proclaimed March 16 to 22 as Severe Weather and Flood Safety Preparedness Week, and local officials are participating in statewide activities.


March 14, 2014

March 13th

UPCOMING: Photo Friday - a recap of the week in photos

March 13, 2014

(March 13, 2014) -- Be sure to see The Post & Mail's Photo Friday page in tomorrow's edition. A full color page of photos recapping the week of news, sports and community events are featured each week on Friday.


March 13, 2014


•A Night In Italy - 5 p.m.
The Salvation Army will be holding an event, ‘A Night In Italy’ Friday, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Grace Lutheran Church, Columbia City.
Those who attend will eat an Italian dinner with family or friends while listening to live violin music.
Adult meals are $5, ages 4 to 10 meals are $3, and ages 3 and under meals are free.

•Parenting class - noon
This class combines basic parenting information and tips from Parkview’s Safe Slumber program.

READER SNAPSHOT: 'We've had enough!'

March 13, 2014

Efforts to ban snow from the Arcola area were in vain after 7 inches covered Whitley and Allen counties Wednesday. John Banet, A Post & Mail reader from Fort Wayne, submitted the above photo depicting a clear opposition to more snow. Would you like to see your photographs in The Post & Mail? Submit photos of your family, pets, holiday celebrations, sports shots, fan photos and other milestone events to the newspaper for publication. Submissions can be emailed to Be sure to include your name, where you live, where and when the photo was taken.

TAX COMPROMISE: Legislators come to a revised plan for business cuts

March 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS— A group of lawmakers unveiled a compromise Tuesday on a plan to reduce business taxes in the state, giving local governments the option to enact the reductions that could impact their bottom lines.
The development on the business personal property tax comes days before the Indiana General Assembly is set to end by Thursday and with many key issues still unresolved.

A key lawmaker called the product a “very strong merger” of Indiana House and Senate plans that had taken separate paths to reduce the tax businesses in the state pay on equipment and machinery.


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