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December 1st

Eric Hoffman, 19

December 1, 2014

Feb. 2, 1995 — Nov. 28, 2014
Eric Dylan Hoffman, 19, of rural Columbia City, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014 in a single-vehicle accident in which he was a passenger.
He was born Feb. 2, 1995, in Columbia City the son of Kent L. and Cheryl J. (Chaplin) Hoffman. He grew up on the family’s farm in Columbia Township, and graduated from Columbia City High School with the Class of 2013.

Savannah Labenz, 19

December 1, 2014

Dec. 23, 1994 — Nov. 28, 2014
Savannah Eileen Labenz (“Red” as she was called by some friends) 19, of Churubusco, passed away as the result of a single-car accident on Friday evening, Nov. 28, 2014 at 11:30 p.m. Born on Dec. 23, 1994 in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Lyle A. and Shelly M. (Kiefer) Labenz.

Perry ‘Joe’ Coffelt, 50

December 1, 2014

March 15, 1964 - Nov. 28, 2014
Perry “Joe” Coffelt, 50, of Columbia City, passed away as the result of a single-car accident Friday evening, Nov. 28, 2014 at 11:30 p.m. Born on March 15, 1964 in Columbia City, he was the son of Eugene Sr. and Marie (Roberson) Coffelt.

DEFENSIVE BATTLE: Warsaw takes down Eagles, 38-35

December 1, 2014

WARSAW — At the end of the game, all a team can ask for is to put itself in a position to win. In the second quarter Saturday night against Warsaw the Columbia City boys basketball team scored zero points and had turnovers on five-straight possessions. But at the end of the night, the Eagles still had a chance to win.

MAYOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Ryan Daniel to run for re-election

December 1, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel (R) announced today his intentions to run for a second term as Mayor of the City of Columbia City.
Daniel was elected mayor in 2011 with more than 65 percent of the vote in the general election.

November 29th

FIRE: Garage, RV, truck catch fire

November 29, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Multiple fire departments responded to a blaze that spread from a garage to a vehicle and RV Saturday night in Whitley County.

At approximately 11 p.m., crews were called to a home on Wolf Road, south of Whitley Road, with reports of a fully-engulfed detached garage. Five fire departments assisted in extinguishing the fire, and two more were on stand-by for help.

The fire was considered "under control" before midnight.

ID's RELEASED: Triple-fatal crash included two 19-year-old passengers, 50-year old driver

November 29, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — A crash late Friday night took the lives of three Whitley County people and injured another.

Identities of the victims have been released by investigators and include:

•Perry Coffelt, 50, Columbia City, driver
•Eric Hoffman, 19, Columbia City, passenger
•Savannah Labenz, 19, Churubusco, passenger

A fourth person, Breanna K. Waugh, 19, Columbia City, was taken to a Fort Wayne Hospital with minor injuries.

November 28th

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY: More than 50 businesses featured in Weekend Edition of The Post & Mail

November 29, 2014

More than 50 small businesses are being celebrated in a special section of The Post & Mail's Weekend Edition, now available on newsstands.

This Weekend's big Post & Mail is packed with local news and features, plus tons of bargains for holiday shopping and Small Business Saturday. The newspaper has nearly a dozen pre-printed advertising circulars inserted into the edition.

TRIPLE FATAL: Three dead, 1 injured in CR 300 E. crash

November 29, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Three people were pronounced dead an another was taken to the hospital late Friday night after a single-vehicle crash on Hartman Road.

At approximately 11 p.m., police and fire crews were called to the area of Hartman Road and County Road 300 East to find two people ejected and another trapped inside what was believed to be a passenger car.

First responders found the vehicle several feet down an embankment.

It appeared the vehicle was traveling northbound on CR 300 E. when it went off right of the road, down an embankment and struck several small trees.

MISCONDUCT WITH MINOR: Columbia City man charged for sexual misconduct with a minor

November 28, 2014

Columbia City man was charged last month for sexual misconduct with a minor.
Ian Vorndran, 20, was arrested Oct. 28 after an investigation by the Columbia City Police Department.


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