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September 5th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For 11 years, the Whitley County Autumn Art Festival has displayed art, crafts and local talent on the Courthouse lawn.
Now in its 12th year, the festival has new leadership, Mark Espich and Katie Sweeney.
The event will now benefit the Whitley County Humane Society and will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor praised all of the WCCS staff for working hard for a smooth to start the 2013-14 school year.
At Tuesdayâ€™s WCCS work session, Oâ€™Connor told the Board of Trustees that all of the staff, from janitors to bus drivers, was diligent over the summer months to get the school year off to a good start.
â€śThe custodial staff did a great job getting the schools in shape,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said.
Custodians conducted deep cleaning of the schools, as well as painting and landscaping to spruce up the buildings.
Dan Curless (center) was sworn in to the Whitley County Consolidated Board of Trustees Tuesday night.
Curless was voted in by his fellow board members Aug. 19. He replaces Chris Bechtold, who took a math teaching position at Eagle Tech Academy.
From left, WCCS Superintendant Pat Oâ€™Connor, Board President Don Armstrong, Curless, Business Manager Tony Zickgraf and Stan Meyer, board member.
BIG LAKE Ââ€” Several Whitley County fire departments assisted Noble Township with a house fire that stayed ablaze from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning.
Firefighters were initially called to the home at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday night, but were called back at midnight when the fire rekindled, as flames and heavy smoke poured from the structure.
The home, located at 5194 S. Union Street, in Big Lake, was severely damaged and portions of the roof collapsed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A 24-year-old Columbia City woman was severely injured after she was battered at Jellystone Campground in Pierceton over the weekend.
The victim, whose name hasnâ€™t been released, was taken to a hospital in Fort Wayne in critical condition after a confrontation about laundry at the campgrounds.
According to a press release by the Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Department, the woman got in a dispute with Patrick Zimny, 54, of Glenwood, Ill., about use of a clothes dryer unit.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Cromwell man who attempted to escape from the Whitley County Jail last year received a 12-year prison sentence Monday.
Charles E. Norris, 29, will serve eight of the 12 years at the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) and will have four suspended for attempted escape.
Norris received a concurrent eight-year sentence, with all to serve at DOC, for intimidation.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Two people were injured in a single-vehicle motorcycle crash on Ind. 205 Monday night. A 55-year-old man from Kendallville and his passenger, a 41-year-old woman from Wolcottville, were transported to a hospital in Fort Wayne by Whitley County EMS.
A approximately 10 p.m., the riders' 1986 Honda F70 was northbound on Ind. 205, just north of CR 300 North when the motorcycle left the right side of the roadway and crashed into a ditch, throwing both the driver and passenger from the vehicle.
The water main under Ind. 205, south of U.S. 30, broke again Sunday, after it was repaired Friday afternoon.
Water to Parkview Whitley Hospital, Eagle Glen and Irish Glen was shutdown for several hours while crews worked to repair the break.
The city is in the process of creating a looping project, which would provide a secondary feed to residents north of U.S. 30 in the event of a water main break.
The Post & Mail will be publishing a salute to public safety personnel, slated to be inserted Sept. 11.
Pictured is the Washington Township Fire Department.
Front row, from left: Jim Mullett, Ben Ashbaugh, Jason Trabert, Brad Arnold, Nathaniel Worrick, Ryan Walter, Andrew Woodruff, Travis Kuckuck, Kyler Alexander and Larry Ashbaugh. Back row: Kevin Bollinger, Jerry Zorger, Chief Jeremy Hammel, Phillip Ness, Brad Wolfe and Assistant Chief Mike Vogely.
SIDNEY â€” A father and his four-year-old daughter were killed in a crash in Sidney early Friday morning.
Wesley Cox, 37, was taking his daughter, Grace, from his home in Laketon to his motherâ€™s in North Webster, when a freight train struck their car at a crossing in Sidney.
Coxâ€™s mother was planning to watch the girl while Wesley went to work in Elkhart County, Kosciusko County Sheriff Spokesman Chad Hill said.
The Norfolk Southern train crew told officials that Coxâ€™s vehicle came to a stop before entering the crossing, reports say.