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DINNER WITH REP. CANDIDATES: Local GOP to host state candidates and Hog Roast

October 29, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — The Whitley County GOP will be sponsoring a Hog Roast & Voter Appreciation Evening this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Whitley County 4-H Community Center. During the appreciation dinner, Indiana’s three state-wide Republican candidates will speak, including: Connie Lawson (Secretary of State), Suzanne Crouch (Auditor of State) and Kelly Mitchell (Treasurer of State). The event is free; dinner and trick-or-treats will be provided.

SPOOKY DANCE: ETA hosts 3rd annual Halloween Dance

October 29, 2014

Eagle Tech Academy (ETA) opened its doors to high school students for its third annual Halloween Dance Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. Originated by ETA student Jasmine Hiss during her sophomore year, the Halloween Dance has become a completely student-run activity. Students brought in the decorations, contacted the facilitators, wrote the proposal for the dance, created and sold the tickets, as well as ran the dance throughout the night. They conceptualized with the dance room, movies in the commons, dance off, pumpkin pie eating contest and the pumpkin decorating room.

104 POUNDER: First year, big pumpkins

October 29, 2014

Ryan Romanowski, of Tri-Lakes, tried his hand at raising organic pumpkins this year. His attempt was a success, growing several large pumpkins, as pictured above. Romanowski’s largest pumpkin weighed in at 104 pounds.

Submit your fall harvest photos to The Post & Mail at

CODY COUSINS DEAD: Jailed in shooting death of Purdue student, found dead in cell

October 29, 2014

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (Oct. 29, 2014) – Cody Cousins, the man who killed Purdue University student Andrew Boldt, committed suicide in prison, his attorney said.

Cody Cousins, 24, was sentenced to 65 years for Boldt’s murder on Sept. 19. He killed himself at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City. According to the Department of Correction, Cousins was found unresponsive in his cell during a routine security check Tuesday night. Staff tried to revive him but couldn’t. Cousins had cut his neck and arms, investigators said. He was pronounced dead at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday. An autopsy is pending.

HOMESCHOOL PART II: Parents seek ‘the best education possible’

October 29, 2014

Editor’s note: The following is the second part in The Post & Mail’s series on homeschooling.

WHITLEY COUNTY — As a mother of four children, Whitley County resident Amy Sigler wants what any other parent would want for their children — the best education possible. Because of this, Sigler spends a good deal of her time researching materials and pondering teaching methods as she walks through the stacks of the Peabody Public Library.

PASSAGES CELEBRATES: Awards, honors and 60 years

October 29, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Passages, Inc. celebrated its 60-year anniversary Monday by kicking it off with the Passages and Whitley Crossings Neighborhood Corporation Annual Meeting.

IT'S OFFICIAL, SORT OF: City Council approves 2015 budget

October 29, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s official — the City of Columbia City’s $5 million budget has been approved for 2015 — sort of. Columbia City Common Council approved the 2015 budget at Tuesday night’s meeting, but city officials won’t know exactly how much money they’re working with until they hear back from the state.

VIDEO: Notre Dame #10 in Initial College Football Playoff Rankings

October 29, 2014

VIDEO: Notre Dame #10 in Initial College Football Playoff Rankings

PIGSKIN $$$$ WON: More than $220 won by Post & Mail Pigskin Pickers

October 29, 2014

Dozens of Post & Mail readers test their football predicting ability each week in the newspaper's popular Pigskin Picks weekly contest that is published each Wednesday.

And you can play too!

Simply pick up Wednesday's Post & Mail at newspaper racks, dealers and most convenience stores in Whitley County, examine this week's NFL and NCAA games, make your picks and submit them to the newspaper office by 5:30 p.m. each Friday.

So far this season, more than $220 has been won by Pigskin Pickers!

REYNOLDS TRAIN WRECK: 14 hurt in Indiana Amtrak crash with semitrailer

October 28, 2014

REYNOLDS, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana sheriff says 14 people aboard an Amtrak train were injured when the train traveling from Indianapolis to Chicago collided with a semitrailer that crossed into its path.

White County Sheriff Pat Shafer tells The Associated Press 14 people complaining of pain were taken to local hospitals. He says he didn't know the severity of the injuries.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says no one aboard the Hoosier State line suffered serious or life-threatening injuries in the collision about 25 miles north of Lafayette.

SPELL BOWL: Indian Springs M.S. spellers win conference

October 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Try spelling words like “obfuscate,” “fallacious” and “knickknack.” Those were some of the 51 junior division words, out of a possible 72, the Indian Springs Middle School’s Spell Bowl team spelled correctly at the Northeast Lakes Middle School Conference (NELMSC) Spell Bowl Competition hosted by Edgewood Middle School this month.

ON THE BALLOT: 2014 ballot breakdown

October 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Nov. 4 election is one week away and there are several contested races at the county level, especially in the school systems.
Before making the trip to the voting booth, some are confused as to who they are, and aren’t voting for. Between township trustees, township board members, school board members and county positions, some don’t know what to expect.

VETERANS DAY PHOTO SALUTE: Deadline is Friday to submit photos and info

October 28, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY – A 2014 Veterans Day Photo Salute in The Post & Mail newspaper will be published in the Nov. 8 Weekend Edition.

Details about how you can submit photos and information about family members who have served our nation in the military – past or present – can be found in an advertisement in today's newspaper, available at newsstands throughout Whitley County, or by calling the newspaper office at 260 244-5153.

This is an opportunity for the public to honor a loved one, living or deceased, on the pages of this special feature.

HOMESCHOOLING: Nationwide to Whitley County

October 28, 2014

Editor’s Note: The following is first in a series of Post & Mail articles regarding homeschooling within Whitley County.

WHITLEY COUNTY — As the debate on the adoption of common core state standards and student assessment scores remain a hot topic among parents and lawmakers, many parents around the U.S. are looking to homeschooling as an alternative answer to traditional public and parochial schools.

FROM COUNTY TO STATE: 4-Hers recognized at annual banquet

October 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s 4-H Club held its annual awards banquet last week at the 4-H Center. Awards were given in a variety of categories, from animals to projects, from county to state.


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