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Blazing fatal fire

March 6, 2014

Indiana State Fire Marshal Mike Vogely investigates a fatal house fire in Coesse Thursday morning. The blaze claimed the lives of two men.

We're soliciting your selfies

March 6, 2014

Get out your camera phones and shoot a selfie! The Post & Mail would like Whitley County residents to email their selfie pics for a special Saturday feature promoting area people.

Selfies can include you and a friend or family member. Those who submit photos must 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.

Leadership group explores conflict resolution

March 6, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “Overcoming Conflicts,” was the main topic of discussion during the February session of Leadership Whitley County, held at the South Whitley Library.

The day’s session was sponsored by AgPlus.

Prior to the main program, Jeff Mize, CEO of AgPlus, shared an informative overview of the company’s services, their contribution to the local economy and their emphasis on community involvement.

Each Leadership Whitley County session incorporates an awareness segment featuring local information pertinent to our community or the class.

Carnival to fight cancer

March 6, 2014

Little Turtle Elementary School will hold a carnival and silent auction to raise money for cancer research Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Pictured are some of the auction items: a bench, basket, bike, a Joni Walker piece of art, and a quilt are just some of the items which will be in the silent auction and raffle. Pictured, from left, are Conner Shawver, Kendra Roberts, Tyler Maggart, Max Stetler and Abby Peterson.

IN COURT: Hicks pleads guilty to meth charges

March 6, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who was arrested in a Whitley County Drug Task Force bust at Miami Village in January admitted his guilt to aiding in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

Gary D. Hicks, 39, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty Monday as part of an agreement with the state, to the charge, which is a Class B felony.

An additional charge against Hicks of visiting a common nuisance will be dismissed after sentencing.

All other aspects of Hicks’ sentence, which could be from six to 20 years, will be at the court’s discretion.

The sentencing date will be March 31.

COOKIN' UP COMPETITIVE SUPPORT: The Center’s annual cook off slated for Thurs., April 10

March 6, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — In five weeks, community members will unite in a cook-off competition to benefit teens.

Each year The Center for Whitley County Youth holds a dinner like no other. Calm buffet lines are traded in for four teams to do battle in the kitchen. Their weapons — tongs and ingredients. Their reward — money and awareness raised for The Center.

This year’s cook off will be held Thursday, April 10 at First Church of God. The event will start at 6:15 p.m., and the dinner is served for a freewill donation.

FATAL FIRE: Coesse house fire claims two lives

March 6, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Two men are dead after a late-night fire Wednesday.
Just before midnight, firefighters were called to 2480 Barr Street, in southeast Coesse, to a fully engulfed house fire.
According to fire scanner traffic, five people were in the home when it caught ablaze, including two children and three adults.
The children and two of the adults, the children’s grandparents, made it out of the home safely.
Fire officials say the children’s father was still trapped inside, and the grandfather went back into the home to rescue his son-in-law, but never returned.

Col. City preps for Mississinewa

March 6, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s boys basketball team is working for its first sectional title since 2011, advancing to the semi-final game Friday night in the Norwell Sectional against Mississinewa.

The Indians are 13-7, and finished off the regular season with a four-game win streak, topped off with a victory over New Castle, 51-43.

“They had a really good year,” Columbia City Head Coach Chris Benedict said.

Columbia City fell to New Castle in the holiday tournament, 52-47, but Benedict said the Eagles have improved since that game.

Sounds of success

March 6, 2014

Hannah Schaefer, a Columbia City High School senior, won the Soloist Competition, and Best Female Soloist in a Show at East Noble Show Choir competition March 1. Schaefer is a member of CCHS show choirs.

Gerald Maxwell, 88

March 6, 2014

Gerald Lee Maxwell 88, of rural Columbia City, died at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was admitted a week ago.
He was born Aug. 16, 1925, in Fort Wayne, a son of Franklin and Ethel (Leath) Maxwell.
He is survived by his daughter, Nancy Maxwell of Columbia City.
The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service Sunday, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Union Township Cemetery.
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