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September 10th, 2013

NEGLECT OF A DEPENDENT: Mother of abuse victim pleads not guilty

September 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman involved in a local sex abuse case appeared in court Monday.

Joy Hughes, 37, of Kendallville, pleaded not guilty in August to felony neglect of a dependent.

She was accused of abandoning her daughter to the care of Dean Pressler in 2008. Pressler was subsequently arrested in January of this year for multiple sex crime charges with this child.

Pressler was given a 60-year prison sentence in August.

Hughes’ attorney is Brad Baber. He requested a continuance and will be back in court with his client Oct. 7 for pretrial proceedings.

September 9th

Distinguished and fit

September 9, 2013

Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) 2014 participants pose after the fitness portion of the program Saturday.

From left are, Brittany McKinney, Shelby Smiley, Kurstyn Hoeppner, Ashley O’Connor, Kiersten Thomas, Peyton Banks, Morghan Wilcoxson, Carley Porter, Anna McCullough and Hannah Schaefer.

Whitko announces parent conferences

September 9, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY ­— Whitko High School Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 8 p.m.

According to school leaders, the set-up will be slightly different than in years past.

Rather than meeting with teachers in the commons or gymnasium, parents will have the opportunity to meet with teachers in their student’s actual classrooms.

As parents enter the building, they will register and receive their student’s current Progress Reports.

GOOD OL' DAYS: Brothers unite for a trip down memory lane

September 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Three brothers, originally from Columbia City, reunited last week for a chance to relive some childhood memories.

Jim, Dick and John Walter, affectionately known as “The Walter Boys,” grew up in Columbia City, but life has taken them outside of town. Sitting in the backyard of Dick’s home on West Lincolnway, the threesome shared some of their favorite memories of growing up in the area.

“It’s been two years since we got together,” Dick said. “This is wonderful.”

DYW: Schaefer declared Distinguished Young Woman for 2014

September 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Out of 10 senior girls, only one could be declared Distinguished Young Woman (DYW) of Whitley County for 2014.

That one was Hannah Schaefer, a Columbia City High School student.

“Wow! This is so unexpected,” Schaefer said. “It’s wonderful, but right now, it’s overwhelming.”

Schaefer is the daughter of Mark and Mary Ann Schaefer. In addition to her designation as DYW, Schaefer also earned the award in both the Talent category and in Self Expression.

ORANGE, THE COLOR OF SERVICE: Evangelical churches volunteer in Col. City

September 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The city’s streets were full of orange T-shirt wearing Lutherans’ Sunday as three local congregations came together to volunteer in Columbia City.

The work day was part of a nation-wide initiative celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ECLA).

“God’s work, our hands,” was the motto for the day. Judy Follis, event coordinator and pastor of Hope Lutheran Church, saw the day as a chance to give back to the community that has supported the local ECLA congregations.

September 7th

Autumn Arts Festival

September 7, 2013

(Sept. 7, 2013) Whitley County Autumn Arts Festival was held on the Courthouse lawn today. See Tuesday's issue of The Post & Mail for complete coverage of this event.

DYW 2014 - HANNAH SCHAEFER

September 7, 2013

(Sept. 7, 2013) Tonight, Hannah Schaefer, a senior at Columbia City High School, was declared Whitley County's Distinguished Young Woman 2014. See Monday's issue of The Post & Mail for complete coverage of the program.

September 6th

Eagles in Flight 5K

September 7, 2013

Indian Springs Middle School is holding a 5K walk/run today at the school, sponsored by Eagles in Flight. Friday, all ISMS students had the opportunity to hit the course during school hours, and event teachers and administrators said was a big hit with the students. Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott.

Sentence modified for man convicted of fraud

September 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man convicted this year of home improvement fraud had his sentence modified in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
George A. Martin, 55, of North Manchester, was given a five-year sentence in July.

He was ordered to serve one year at the Whitley County Jail, two years on home detention and two on probation.

Judge James Heuer modified his sentence to probation except for time served Monday, mostly due to the health issues in Martin’s life.
Martin was in a wheelchair while in court Monday. In July, he had difficulty walking and was wearing a back brace.

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