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March 4th, 2013

MURDER CHARGES: Warsaw man allegedly strangled roommate

March 4, 2013

WARSAW — A Warsaw man has been preliminarily charged with murder after allegedly strangling his roommate.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the Hide-Away-Hills Mobile Home Park, 2441 W. CR 250 South, lot #34, at approximately 12:47 p.m. Sunday in regards to conducting a welfare check. Officers arrived and located a deceased male and immediately contacted the K.C.S.D. crime scene investigator, detectives, and the Kosciusko County Coroner’s Office. The victim, identified as Lionel Dale King, 51, appeared to have been strangled by a cord according to investigators.

RESELECTED: County Republicans reorganize but with same leadership

March 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Republicans from Whitley County held a caucus for party reorganization Saturday.

Voting for party leaders only happens once every four years, so for Chairman Matt Boyd, this was a first.

After the votes were tallied, all positions remained the same. Laurell Hodges is vice-chairwoman, Neil Hanni is treasurer, Paul Zilz is secretary and Matt Boyd continues as the chairman.

“Thank you for all your support,” Boyd said. “This has been more work than I thought, but it’s been rewarding.”

Boyd applauded the efforts of those re-elected to their positions.

DISTINGUISHED YOUNG WOMAN: Kauffman returns from DYW state program

March 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Corinne Kauffman, Whitley County’s Distinguished Young Woman for 2013, joined high school seniors from across Indiana for DYW’s state program.

The event was held Thursday and Friday night with a myriad of talent presentations, questions, interviews and other behind the scene opportunities for the contestants.

Kauffman was received by family and friends at a reception in her honor Sunday.

Held at the Whitley County Community Foundation, Kauffman shared her week’s experiences with her supporters.

SUPPORTING SCHOOLS: Region 8 provides educational services for area students

March 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated School District’s Board of Trustees heard about regional benefits in its own backyard recently.

Joshua Wenning, executive director of Region 8 of the Education Service Center, explained to the board how this regional group supports local education.

WCCS is one of 45 member school districts from 14 counties in Region 8. The office is located in Decatur.

Wenning shared the benefits for instructors, such as development workshops. He also discussed advantages for districts, such as a pooling of substitute teachers.

CONFESSION: Ducharme’s partner admits guilt

March 4, 2013

PLANO, TEXAS — A man who was arrested with Duane DuCharme has confessed to conspiring to launder drug proceeds.

Jason Peebles was seen with DuCharme, a Whitley County businessman, in April. The pair was spotted by investigators outside a storage facility in Plano, Texas exchanging money. Peebles gave DuCharme $500,000 in cash.

DuCharme was picked up by investigators buying a shipping box at an office supply store later that day.

STATE CHAMPIONS: Kreiger wins first title

March 4, 2013

Canterbury’s girls basketball team won the Class 1A Indiana State Title Saturday in Terre Haute. The team has five Whitley County natives.

Pictured, Columbia City High School alumnus Scott Kreiger, former Canterbury girls head coach with four state titles, congratulates his father, Wayne Kreiger, former Columbia City girls coach, on his first state title win. Wayne is a first-year head coach for Canterbury.

March 2nd

EMMA HINDBAUGH: A life cut short by cancer

March 2, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Graceful. Strong. Warm. Caring. These are words used to describe Emma Hindbaugh, of Columbia City, who passed away Jan. 8 at the age of 6.

Having battled cancer for more than three years, Emma was sick for half of her life, but that did not diminish the impact she had on those she came in contact with.

She attended Faith Christian Academy, Columbia City, where classmates and faculty held fundraisers to offset medical expenses and rallied around Emma to cheer her on in her fight.

LIBRARY ACCESS: County library privileges boil down to taxes

March 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “A friend of mine recently bought a home in Whitley County. He tried to sign-up for a library card and was denied. How can he be made to pay taxes for Whitley County, but denied access to our library?”

That was the question posed on The Post & Mail’s Facebook page by Bobbie Alexander Funk, prompting a long string of comments.

“Has anyone else ever heard of this? He was told that certain areas in the county aren’t covered,” Funk wrote. “What does that mean? I hope this is addressed and made right, because it certainly does not reflect well on Whitley County.”

SENTENCE GIVEN: Kirk receives 8 years

March 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — An Avilla man received his sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for dealing in methamphetamine.Logan Kirk, 20, was sentenced to eight years in the Whitley County Jail, with four of those years to serve and four suspended for the Class B felony.

He will also be recommended for work release.Kirk pleaded guilty on Jan. 28 to the charge of dealing in methamphetamine. As part of a plea arrangement, he had three other charges dismissed.

COMING BACK: Mayor hopes to reinstate housing authority

March 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A return when needed. Columbia City may have its housing authority revived, if Mayor Ryan Daniel gets his wish.

“My goal for this year is to get it restarted,” he said.
The committee had gone dormant. Daniel said it could take most of the year to revive it, but said it may also form quickly.

“There are state statutes I have to follow as far as who is on it,” he said. “But it could take shape very quickly. I have taken some first steps but it is still (early in the year).”

Columbia City soccer player Shila Tolliver signed to play soccer at Huntington University Thursday...
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