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May 29, 2017

Memorial Day Parade, ceremony today in Columbia City

Preparations are underway for American Legion Post 98's annual Memorial Day Parade in Columbia City today, Monday, May 29. Participants will begin lining up at 9:45 a.m. at Walnut Street in front of the former Marshall Middle School, now Eagle Tech. The Memorial Day Parade begins at 10:30 a.m. The parade travels south on Walnut Street, east on Van Buren Street then turns south on Madison Street and ends at Greenhill Cemetery. At the cemetery, a ceremony is help to recognize fallen veterans.

May 24, 2017

Superintendents share educational insight at Chamber luncheon


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The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center hosted the annual Whitley County Education Forum on Tuesday at The Center for Whitley County Youth in downtown Columbia City, welcoming all three county school corporation superintendents for lunch and discussion. Attorney and Chamber board president Dawn Boyd moderated the discussion and presentations by Steve Clason of Whitko Community Schools, Dr. Pat O'Connor of Whitley County Consolidated Schools and Galen Mast of Smith-Green Community Schools. The event's sponsor was The Post & Mail.

Old Type Writer


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The Blue Bell building has always been an important part of columnist Susie Duncan Sexton's life. Now, the building has undergone a major renovation and was recently reopened as the Blue Bell Lofts in Columbia City. Sexton appears above, at center. Check out Susie's coverage of the grand opening celebration, here:

First time campers invited to participate in Camp Whitley Fun Night

From reports

Spending the night away from home at summer camp is a milestone in a child's development and maturity -- but it can be a cause for anxiety for children and parents alike!
To help families determine whether their children are truly ready for camp, Camp Whitley in northern Whitley County offers a first time campers overnight each year called Fun Night at Camp Whitley. This year's overnight will be held on Friday, May 26, beginning at 6 p.m. and conclude at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 27. During this overnight event, first-time campers will have an opportunity to participate in many of the activities ordinarily enjoyed by campers -- but in a shorter time frame, enabling them to determine if they're truly ready to spend a week away from home.
"The one-night event for first time campers is great because you and your child can find out if they're ready for the challenge of being away from home in a new place for an extended period of time," said Camp Whitley board president Tony Romano. "As a parent, this was helpful for my daughter to determine if she was really ready for camp and helped her experience what camp would be like. It was a great opportunity for her."
The cost to register for Fun Night at Camp Whitley is $20 per child. First time campers are typically between the age of 6 to 8.
Any child who attends Fun Night at Camp Whitley can apply the $20 from Fun Night toward their regular 2017 Camp Whitley registration.
Camp Whitley, located on the shore of Troy Cedar Lake, has been welcoming campers for weeks filled with fun, imagination and memories in the making since 1928. Camp Whitley is proud to offer a no technology environment where building new friendships, learning important life skills and spending time outdoors are the main priority. During the weeks of camp each year, participants enjoy swimming, kayaking, riflery, archery, crafts, sports, team building and more.
Information regarding Fun Night at Camp Whitley will be provided with confirmation of payment.
For more information about Camp Whitley or to register for Fun Night, visit or email

'Power of the Purse' was a powerful event


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The inaugural United Way of Whitley County's Power of the Purse program has been deemed a tremendous success. Held last Thursday evening, the event drew nearly 200 local women to consider the philanthropic efforts of women, to raise funds for the United Way's Kindergarten Countdown program and to enjoy a fun evening. Whitley County native Nicole Moore Keffer was the event's keynote speaker and spoke about her international work to empower women around the globe to create and support their communities.

United Way executive director Cindy Baker affirmed that the organization would plan to host the event in 2018, but a date was not disclosed. Major sponsors for the event included Parkview Whitley Hospital and Scientific & Regulatory Consultants, LLC. In all, 29 purses were raffled off -- each one donated by local businesses, organizations and individuals.


Whitley County Republican Women's Club to meet June 7

From reports

The Whitley County Republican Women's Club will hold their next club meeting on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, at 4:45 p.m. at the Whitley County Government Center in Columbia City.
For more information about the club, contact Linda Gottschalk at

Registration continues for CCHS Lady Eagles soccer camp

From reports

Registration continues for the Columbia City Lady Eagles Soccer Camp slated for June 5-9, 2017. Grades K-5 will meet from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. while grades 6 to 8 will meet from 9:45 to 11 a.m. at the Columbia City High School soccer practice field.
Registration is $50 per child. Participants should wear soccer shoes or tennis shoes and shin guards and bring a water bottle.
For more information, contact Shanon Roberts at, Karen Basham at or coach Mike Cotter at