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TRIAL PROCEEDINGS: Witness testimony leads off Slater trial

April 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Jurors heard witness testimony Tuesday during the first day of a burglary trial in Whitley County Circuit Court. Steven W. Slater, 38, of Columbia City, is standing trial for multiple charges of burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

He is represented by Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz.
A jury of six men and six women heard witness testimony Tuesday afternoon, which came after opening statements from Voelz and Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler.

HELP IS ON THE WAY: Storm aid approved for Whitley Co.

April 23, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Federal aid will assist Whitley County in its expenses incurred from severe winter storms in January. Gov. Mike Pence received word Tuesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted his appeal for assistance.

“This has been an arduous process, but the outcome is good news for Hoosiers,” said Pence. “These grants will provide millions to local governments and select nonprofits that are hurting financially. I congratulate the counties, cities and towns for their perseverance.”

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE: Grad rates, grades on the rise for WCCS

April 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools posted “excellent” results in Indiana’s recent evaluation of the district, in the eyes of WCCS Superintendent Patricia O’Connor.

Columbia City High School’s graduation rate also improved from 93 percent in 2012 to 94.7 percent in 2013.

“That increase is outstanding,” O’Connor said. “Thank you to all teachers, administrators, parents and students for making that happen.”
Little Turtle Elementary also showed a strong improvement in the state’s A-F grading system.

GAINING GROUND: Relay takes a step closer to event goal

April 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Volunteers are putting the final plans in place for the county’s Relay for Life event slated for June 7 at 8 a.m. at Indian Springs Middle School, Columbia City.

The 24-hour walk will raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Funds raised at the Whitley County event will financially support local patients and cancer survivors.

Currently, relay participants have raised $7,810 of the $35,000 goal. Eighteen teams have already registered, however, local organizers have a goal of 35. There is still time to register a team and to generate funds for the cause.

LOCAL RESTAURANT CLOSED: Investigation pending regarding LosTequilos

April 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY (April 23, 2014) — The Whitley County Health Department closed LosTequilos, a restaurant in Columbia City, Monday afternoon, pending an investigation. It is still closed at this time. The closure was issued after receiving a number of complaints of illness from patrons who had eaten there Thursday through Saturday (April 17-19).

For more on this story, see Thursday's edition of The Post & Mail.

RELAY CORNER: Events to support Whitley County's Relay for Life

April 23, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Relay for Life of Whitley County, a 24-hour walk-a-thon to raise funds and awareness for cancer research and patient services, has several fundraising events to support area teams working to generate money for their relay efforts.

All the money raised from fundraisers will go to the Whitley County relay event, slated for June 7 and 8 at Indian Springs Middle School, and will go to support local community members battling cancer.

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READING REWARDS: South Whitley library applaudes readers

April 23, 2014

Kathy Block won a Pamper Yourself Prize of a yoga mat, spa products, Dove chocolates, and a book bag at the South Whitley Public Library's Hot Reads for Cold Nights reading program.

Adult patrons were invited to participate during the long, bitter winter. Participants chose and read books just as they normally would, but then they logged and rated them on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Each book earned a ticket for a chance to win a prize, and every five books was rewarded a chocolate Hershey’s kiss.

JOB GROWTH: 12,000-square-ft. expansion underway for Precision Plastics

April 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY —Precision Plastics, Inc., a custom plastic injection molder, is expanding its operations in Columbia City. A 12,000-square-foot warehouse is being added to the existing 75,000-square-foot plastics facility, located on West Connexion Way.

The $265,000 investment is expected to be completed by June and will bring 15 new jobs by 2017. Precision Plastics will move product storage into its new warehouse, which will allow the company to add injection molding presses to its manufacturing facility.

HOT READS FOR COOL NIGHTS: Reading through the winter

April 23, 2014

Sue Miller won the Java Lover’s Prize of a pound of specialty coffee, coffee mug, bowl of candy and a book bag at South Whitley’s Community Public Library. The library invited adult patrons to participate in a Hot Reads for Cold Nights reading program during the long, bitter winter.

Participants chose and read books just as they normally would, but then they logged and rated them on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Each book earned a ticket for a chance to win a prize, and every five books was rewarded a chocolate Hershey’s kiss.

LIBRARY GIVEAWAY: South Whitley library promotes reading program

April 23, 2014

South Whitley’s Community Public Library invited adult patrons to participate in a Hot Reads for Cold Nights reading program during the long, bitter winter. Participants chose and read books just as they normally would, but then they logged and rated them on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Each book earned a ticket for a chance to win a prize, and every five books was rewarded a chocolate Hershey’s kiss.

Lin Metzger won the Book and Chocolate Lover’s Prize containing a reading journal, bowl of Dove chocolates, and a book bag.

HISTORICAL PHOTOS REQUESTED: Preserving county history through photographs

April 22, 2014

For the past several weeks, The Post & Mail has featured a historical photograph that depicts Whitley County life.

No doubt for some readers, the Timewarp Tuesday feature has brought back memories of glory days on the basketball court, what used to be at Columbia City High School, and classmates that may have moved on.

The Post & Mail is pleased to offer this feature in future issues, and has partnered with the Whitley County Historical Museum to solicit residents for photos.

THE SEVENTIES: First in a series of front page Decade books now available at The Post & Mail

April 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A new hard-bound coffee table keepsake book has been published by The Post & Mail and is now available for purchase.

“The Seventies: A Decade of Front Pages in The Post & Mail” contains 165 front pages from Whitley County’s daily newspaper.

At $24 plus tax, the book is a perfect gift idea for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, birthdays – or as a gift for yourself.

The large 13.5” x 11.5” format of the book, plus a 5”x 7” magnifier, make for an enjoyable reading experience as readers examine the years 1970-1979 page by page.

STUDENT SUCCESS: O’Connor touts WCCS IREAD results

April 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s elementary schools are producing an impressive percentage of strong readers.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendant Patricia O’Connor told the Board of School Trustees Monday night that 89 percent of WCCS’s third grade students passed Indiana’s Reading Evaluation and Determination (IREAD).

The test assesses reading skills in all third grade students in the state to ensure that all students can read proficiently before moving on to fourth grade.

EARTH DAY: Whitley County participates in green holiday

April 22, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Today is Earth Day, the anniversary of what many consider the birth of the modern environmental movement which began in 1970.

Earth Day 1970 capitalized on the emerging consciousness, channeling the energy of the anti-war protest movement and putting environmental concerns front and center.

Originally tied to the height of the “hippie” era, the awareness of taking care of the planet has evolved into a technological approach.

CONTAGIOUS ENTHUSIASM: Smith partners with Junior Achievement for more than 20 years

April 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Children in Whitley County look forward to classroom visits from volunteers with Junior Achievement.

Through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, Junior Achievement (JA) volunteers help children connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school.

Terry Smith, a real estate asset manager for Indiana Michigan Power Company, has bee volunteering in first-grade classrooms for more than 20 years in Whitley County.

 

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