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September 11th, 2013

Public Safety Salute

September 11, 2013

In remembrance of September 11, 2001, the terrorist attacks on the U.S., public safety officials across the country are being honored today, Patriot Day.

The Post & Mail’s special publication, “Emergency Personnel Salute”, is inserted in today’s newspaper.

Pictured, a group of Whitley County firemen raise a ladder at a local house fire.

TRI-LAKES WRITER: Local woman joins book series

September 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Tri-Lakes woman’s foray into Native American research has led to her joining up with a professional author for a book series.

Liz Martinez began her research approximately 20 years ago. She studied remedies used by Native cultures that would cure a variety of maladies.

Through this research, she became connected online with Karen D. Musson. Musson lives in southern Missouri and began writing a book series 10 years ago about 19th-century Native American life, particularly the Lakota Tribe.

FOCUS ON SAFETY: S. Whitley, Col. City make decisions on school officers

September 11, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Funding school safety has been an ongoing topic of conversation among municipalities in Whitley County.

Whitko Middle School Principal Parrish Kruger spoke on behalf of the district and petitioned the South Whitley Town Council to consider a $10,000 contribution in order for the district to hire a school resource officer (SRO).

“We have the opportunity to get a grant with matching funds,” Kruger said. “The district can show a $30,000 investment. However, if South Whitley can put in $10,000 and Pierceton can do the same, we can get $50,000 in matching funds.”

UP IN SMOKE: Col. City to amend fireworks ordinance

September 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — This Labor Day, questions were raised at a Columbia City Board of Works meeting regarding the use of consumer, or personal, fireworks.

According to Columbia City’s ordinance, fireworks are only allowed to be used on Labor Day and the Sunday before, but not the rest of the holiday weekend.

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel received a call from a resident who requested that citizens be allowed to shoot off fireworks all weekend, sparking a temporary exception to the ordinance by the Board of Works for the 2013 Labor Day weekend.

LODGE NEARLY SOLD: Eagles Lodge accepts city’s offer

September 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission made the decision to make an offer on the Eagles Lodge building in downtown Columbia City Aug. 20.

This week, the Eagles Lodge accepted the $165,000 offer, and the city is moving forward on the purchasing process, Columbia City Councilman Ben Romine told the council Tuesday.

Romine said Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) is working with a title company to complete the final steps to buy the building, located at the corner of Van Buren and Line Streets, 306 W. Van Buren.

September 10th

Military strike recommended but postponed

September 10, 2013

(Sept. 10, 2013) U.S. President Barack Obama offered his opinion on the apparent chemical attack in Syria Aug. 21.

After viewing countless videos and photographic images along with medical reports, President Obama, in a television address, said his recommendation was to make a military strike against Syria.

However, he did agree to hold off on the strike until more discussion could be held with other United Nation leaders. President Obama did make it clear that should a military strike be the nation's response, he would not send troops to Syria.

9/11 SALUTE: Public Safety / First Responders special section inserted in Wednesday's Post & Mail

September 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – A special section recognizing local public safety personnel and first responders will be inserted in The Post & Mail newspaper's print edition on Wednesday, Sept. 11, Patriot Day and the national day of remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack on the United States homeland.

The special section, made possible by community-minded businesses, will recognize those who keep Whitley County safe.

For subscribers, watch for it in Wednesday's newspaper. Non-subscribers can pick it up at newsstands throughout Whitley County.

Chalk artists

September 10, 2013

Whitley County’s Autumn Art Festival was held around the Courthouse Saturday.

The event was sponsored by the Whitley County Humane Society and featured local artists and crafts.

Pictured, Pam Hively, of the Peabody Public Library, keeps track of entries in the sidewalk chalk drawing contest.

Artwork decorated the sidewalk in front of City Hall, Columbia City.

Elementary students shine

September 10, 2013

Mary Raber Elementary School recently celebrated its August Shining Stars. Students were recognized for using their life skills, treating people right, and doing the right thing.

City Fire Dept. enforces code

September 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Strip malls in Columbia City are now required to post addresses on rear-entry doors.

According to Indiana Fire Code, buildings with more than three lessees must have an address posted on all doors in the back of the building.

Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue said the addresses are beneficial to many agencies, but especially emergency crews who may need to make rear entry on a building.

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