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July 12th, 2013
LARWILL ‚ÄĒ Doors chained. Windows nailed shut. A teenage girl gives birth to two children ‚ÄĒ all before the age of 18.
It sounds like a Hollywood horror movie ‚ÄĒ but it‚Äôs not ‚ÄĒ it‚Äôs the atrocious story of a child who lived unnoticed in the Whitley County area for five years.
After the perpetrator, Dean Pressler, 40, pleaded guilty in court to child molesting, child seduction and sexual misconduct with a minor this week, many are questioning how such a horrific crime could go unnoticed in a small Indiana town.
But how does one inquire about the unknown?
Crime in Columbia City is...
‚ÄĘ Under control by law enforcement
‚ÄĘ Minimal due to law enforcement
‚ÄĘ One the upswing and will continue to do so.
Here's what's going on at the Whitley County 4-H Fair Saturday. To see a schedule for the entire week of fair events, see the July 12 or 13-14 issue of The Post and Mail.
Dairy steer feeder calf show
8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Large Show Arena
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Small Show Area
4-H & Adult open class exhibits on display
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 4-H Center
Mini projects on display
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Shelterhouse
Commercial exhibits on display
Noon - 10 p.m. Commercial Building
1 p.m. Show Barn
Columbia City Elks Lodge #1417 officers recently visited Camp Whitley.
This camp is one of the older youth camps in the state of Indiana, with many of the current Columbia City Elk members themselves attending when they were young.
The Columbia City Elks have assisted with many work projects at the camp over the past years to keep with their on going assistance to the youth of their community.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man who initially desired to represent himself in court will now have a public defender.
Bradley Kincaid, 21, was arrested in June for sexual misconduct with a minor. In his initial court appearance June 10 he said he wanted to represent himself.
However, on June 14 Kincaid requested a public defender. His request was granted, however his pretrial conference was continued to July 22 to give him time to meet with his attorney, Brad Voelz.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ A joint effort by the South Whitley Town Council and Whitley County Econonic Development Corporation is expected to bring 35 new jobs to the town.
Town Council President Tony Starkey offered details about South Whitley‚Äôs plan to acquire the former Dwyer building by way of a zero-interest government loan.
‚ÄúThe EDC has been working with us since last year to make this deal possible,‚ÄĚ said Starkey. ‚ÄúWe are lucky to have those at the EDC come up with ways to attract new business to our area.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not just for the farm kids.‚ÄĚ
Isaiah Kreider, Mr. Whitley County 2013, proves that anyone can find a place to excel in 4-H.
While other 4-Hers traditionally have projects in livestock, Kreider, a 10-year 4-H member, is focused on entomology, garden, bowling and fine arts.
He is the son of David and Judy Kreider, and was recently named Mr. Whitley County for 2013 as part of the Mr. and Miss Whitley County Scholarship Program.
As Mr. Whitley County, Kreider is looking forward to ‚Äúbeing at the fair all day, every day‚ÄĚ as well as meeting new people.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs efforts to expand its property downtown were recently squelched.
In June, the city made an offer for purchase at 210 W. Market St., across the alley from city hall. The city‚Äôs offer was not accepted by the property owner, Mayor Ryan Daniel informed the Board of Works and Public Safety Tuesday.
That decision eliminated the need for the Common Council to pass a resolution approving the purchase.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Hay is stacked, show boxes are set, ice cream machines are working, the show barn is prepped ‚ÄĒ and the Whitley County 4-H Fair begins today.
Officials say this year‚Äôs animals were moved in Thursday without a hitch ‚ÄĒ figuratively.
‚ÄúIt was a nice, cool evening,‚ÄĚ said Dave Addison with the Whitley County Extension Office. ‚ÄúThe weather made it less stressful on the animals.‚ÄĚ
In previous years, passers-by would consider taking a different route of travel on Lincolnway Thursday, because of the mile-long back-up of trucks and trailers.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Indiana State Police released its school bus inspection records online for every bus used to transport children to public and private schools.
While school bus reports have always been a public record, the Indiana State Police, in collaboration with the Indiana Office of Technology, has made records more accessible through the public access website, which became operational July 1.
Citizens can access the new service at secure.in.gov/ISP/BusInspections/Public/Index.