October 25th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â Updates are in store for Morsches Park as the Columbia City Park Board has announced several upcoming projects.
âI think people are going to see almost a reinvention of Morsches Park within a couple months time,â said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
According to Columbia City Park Director Mark Green, one of the projects includes the replacement of the parkâs main playground.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitley Countyâs Chamber of Commerce held its annual gala to recognize local businesses and business persons at Brownstone on State in South Whitley Tuesday night.
Doug Brown, the chamberâs recently-hired executive director, served as master of ceremonies and expressed his gratitude to colleagues and chamber members alike as he talked briefly about the organizationâs many changes and transitions over the past year.
âWeâre not anything without the members,â he told the crowd. âAnd, I wanted to say âthank you.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Ask John Buchanan, also known as âJ.B.,â what he thinks about his wifeâs work ethic, and two words sum it all up for him â âsuper awesome.â
Approximately 16 years ago, John asked his wife, Bethann Buchanan, to work in the office of his business, Buchanan Automotive, Inc., located at 2525 E. Business U.S. 30 in Columbia City.
Since then, Bethann, 55, has been answering phones, developing marketing strategies and getting to know the community better each day.
SOUTH WHITLEY â The South Whitley Town Council approved a partnership between the Columbia City Electric Department and the town of South Whitley that would make provisions for electrical personnel.
Larry Whetstone, who is currently Columbia Cityâs Electric Department Superintendent, will now serve South Whitley with electrical concerns and situations needing his level of expertise.
SOUTH WHITLEY â A special session will be held Thursday at 6:15 p.m. for the South Whitley Town Council to make a decision on the townâs energy source.
For months, the council has been working on revamping the electrical contracts for the town. After hearing Indiana Municipal Power Agencyâs (IMPA) proposal on its co-op energy service, the council was able to determine contractual obligations with the townâs current energy provider Duke Energy. Previous considerations proved Dukeâs rate is costing the town $220,000 more on an annual basis compared to IMPAâs pricing.
The Post & Mail newspaper is compiling tributes to veterans of the U.S. military for inclusion in a special publication to be inserted in the paper on Nov. 9.
Saluting Military, a 2012 Veterans Day Salute will be a special tabloid-sized section which will include names, photos and some details of military veterans, past and present.
The deadline to submit photos and information is Nov. 1.
Order forms can be picked up at The Post & Mail office at 927 W. Connexion Way, Columbia City or by clipping a form out of the paper.
Cost for tributes is $5.
COLUMBIA CITY â With the Columbia City Common Council approving its authority for a water bond in Septemberâs regular meeting, the council approved a motion Tuesday to set the dollar amount at $2 million.
The council discussed the possibility of the proposed water bond at its last meeting in September, saying it was needed in order for the water department to eventually start rolling on many of its upcoming projects.
Donald E. Keirn, 84, of Columbia City, passed away at midnight on Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at Millerâs Merry Manor, Columbia City. Born June 17, 1928, in Columbia City, he was the son of Esta and Rhea (Workman) Keirn.
Roger Lee Mantle, 66, of Columbia City, passed away at 4:13 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, 2012, at his home. Born June 6, 1946, in Wolf Lake, Noble County, he was the son of Solomon and Blanche D. (Worrick) Mantle.
He graduated from South Whitley High School with the class of 1964. He lived in Whitley, Noble and LaGrange counties prior to moving to Salt Lake City, Utah, where he lived for the past 13 years. He returned to Whitley County on Dec. 26, 2011.
HUNTINGTON â Columbia City basketball stand-out Drew Benedict signed with Huntington University last week, as the Forrestersâ first recruit for the 2013 season.
Benedict, a 5-foot-10 senior shooting guard for the Eagles, is one of the areaâs top shooters, holding Columbia City High Schoolâs record for most 3-pointers made for a season and career, and is on pace to score more than 1,000 points by the end of this season â making him one of the top five in Columbia Cityâs history.