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December 12th

Crime up in area counties — not Whitley

December 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Last week, the Allen County Coroner announced that there have been 44 homicides in Allen County so far this year — tying the record set in 1997.

Whitley County, on the other hand, hasn’t had a violent homicide since 2010 — and only two in the last four years.

While local law enforcement officials believe many factors play into the county’s recent crime trends, many agree that Whitley County’s stiff judicial system thwarts crime.

Cold snap has locals bundling up

December 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County residents woke up to bitter cold temperatures this morning and are doing their best to stay warm.

The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory covering Whitley County and several other Indiana areas until 8 a.m. today.

Angela Knezevich, a Post & Mail Facebook follower, shared how her family and her pet are staying warm in below-zero temperatures.

December 11th

Churubusco athlete in finals of national contest after back surgery recovery

December 11, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — A Churubusco High School freshman is in the finals of an athletic competition.

What makes the story of Stacia Fester more remarkable is that she is doing it while recovering from spinal surgery this year.

The surgery was June 4, and was done to correct a curve in her spine which could eventually threaten her life.

Patrolling for presents

December 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Walmart had more than extra security in its aisles Tuesday night.

Nearly 10 law enforcement officers participated in a program put on by the Columbia City Police Department — Patrolling for Presents — and were sentinels of good tidings.

The program brought holiday cheer to 21 children with families who needed a helping hand this year.

CCPD’s first-year officer, Jon Stoffel, headed up the event, which received praise from fellow officers, children and parents alike.

Man sentenced to 3 years in body case

December 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who was part of a case involving a dead body in Whitley County was given a three-year sentence to the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC).

Nickolas A. Hurt, 24, of Woodburn, will serve 2.5 years of the three-year sentence behind bars, with the balance on probation, for altering the scene of a death, a Class D felony.

A charge of failure to report a dead body was dismissed by the state.

Prepping for school dance

December 11, 2013

Molly Green (left), Megan Vogts and Taylor Smobaski (right) share a laugh as they prepare for the semi-formal dance, which will be at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School Jan. 4, 2014. The girls were working on decorations as part of their roles as student council members. Green is a sophomore, and Vogts and Smobaski are juniors.

Rotarians hear from area bomb squad member

December 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Rotarians learned of explosions from the perspective of Fort Wayne Indiana Region III Bomb Squad Commander Sergeant Greg Stier.

“To blow up is the only thing an explosive device wants to do,” said Stier. “We encourage that too, but we want it to blow up on our terms.”
According to Stier, this is the simple goal of a person assigned to the bomb squad at the Fort Wayne police department.

“The physics of an explosive device are simple,” Stier said.
“It just wants to react the only way it knows to react. Controlling that reaction is the key element.

Delta Theta holds meeting for a final time

December 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The final meeting of the Columbia City Beta Upsilon Chapter of Delta Theta Tau Sorority was held at the home of Janelle Smith Dec. 2, 2013.

The remaining six members feasted their traditional cranberry pinwheels and cheeseballs along with homemade eggnog for the hors d’oeuvres.
The meal included celery salad, crown roast, sun dried tomatoes in steamed broccoli and herb roasted potatoes.

The members also enjoyed the traditional homemade cinnamon bread, a Smith specialty. Berry swirl cheesecake and peppermint bark chocolate completed the dinner.

SLICK ROAD CONDITIONS

December 11, 2013

(Dec. 11, 2013) — Whitley County Emergency Management reported that roadways are slick and snow covered. Officials urge drivers to be careful when traveling and adjust vehicle speed as necessary. More snow is expected throughout the day and into the evening hours.

Creative kids

December 11, 2013

Janet Hinen’s class at Little Turtle Elementary School showcased idioms for students and parents Tuesday. Each child chose an idiom to act out or to create a costume to illustrate their chosen idiom.

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