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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.

FEMA APPEAL SUCCESSFUL: Federal assistance granted for January storms

April 22, 2014

Indianapolis - Governor Mike Pence received word today that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has granted his appeal for federal assistance for the severe winter storms that impacted much of the state from January 5-9 this year.

The major disaster declaration from FEMA will allow grants to 19 counties. The state can now request assistance for additional counties.

EMERGENCY EXIT: Whitley Co. EMA director steps down

April 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Commissioners are in search of a new emergency management director, as current EMA Director Cathy Broxon-Ball announced her resignation Monday.

Broxon-Ball is stepping down after 13 years in the position, and her final day will be June 6.

In a letter to the commissioners, Broxon-Ball discussed the accomplishments of Whitley County’s Emergency Management Agency.
“In my time here we have made great strides in our programs to prepare for, mitigate against and recover from disasters,” Broxon-Ball said.

FREE PLANTS: Nonprofit group to offer giveaway for gardens

April 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Giving Gardens, a nonprofit organization, is preparing for its annual seedling giveaway.

“We are soliciting for Whitley and Allen County residents to sign up to receive a couple free seedlings,” said nonprofit leaders.
“All we ask is that the recipient of the free seedlings share a portion of produce with someone in need. This may include a neighbor, coworker, church, food pantry, etc.”

More than 500 seedlings will be included in this event.
The public may access the seedling giveaway list on Facebook at

OUTBOUND STUDENTS: Rotary backs two to Europe

April 22, 2014

Dick Conklin (right), Fort Wayne Rotarian, invited the Rotary Club’s two outbound exchange students Hannah Bredikhin and Mackinzie Riley (left) to a recent Columbia City meeting. Bredikhin is going to Denmark, and Riley is going to Germany. Conklin gave a presentation on the EXPO 2014 program he was promoting to increase the numbers of students choosing to participate in the exchange program.

TAKE A SELFIE: The Post & Mail wants your photo

April 22, 2014

The Post & Mail is looking for your selfie. Selfies can include you and a friend or family member.

Those who would like to be in the paper for the Selfie Saturday feature, should submit photos and be willing to accept a reply message that includes 10 quick questions that require a couple of short answers.
Your photo and your answers will be published in a weekend issue of The Post & Mail. This is a fantastic way to highlight the great people that make up Whitley County.

Healthcare reform is discussed at Rotary Club

April 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Healthcare reform is not something to be taken lightly. At least not by people whose job is to try to understand what all the various twists and turns that the new legislation called “Obamacare” really means.

Scott Gabriel, executive director of Parkview Whitley Hospital spoke to his fellow Columbia City Rotarians recently and tried to present a non-biased point of view on the legislation and what it means to the average person.

And “that’s not easy,” he said. Mainly because the legislation is still evolving.

Indiana panel approves new school standards

April 22, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A panel of Indiana business and education leaders were met with boos and jeers from attendees after they voted overwhelmingly Monday to support new math and English standards set to replace the Common Core in classrooms this fall.

Indiana was one of the first of 45 states to adopt the national benchmarks in the Common Core in 2010 in an effort to create consistently high standards across state lines. The adoption sped through under former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, and it wasn't until later that opponents criticized the lack of local input.

‘Cinderella’ to take the stage at Whitko

April 21, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko High School students will bring an air of fairytale magic to the stage Friday and Saturday.

“Cinderella,” WHS’s spring musical, features a prince charming, fairy god mother and a homely girl turned princess. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” will be performed at 7 p.m. at the high school. Tickets will be available at the door for $6 for adults and $5 for students.

Within the show’s plot, Prince Christopher, played by Michael Thompson, declares that every eligible girl in the kingdom is to be fitted with a glass slipper.

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