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September 4th, 2013
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After nearly 10 years of raising funds, St. Paul of the Cross Catholic Church, in Columbia City, is able to move forward on its building project that began in 2005.
The church is looking to develop the empty lot to the north of its current building, located at 315 S. Line Street.
The community center will contain a gymnasium, food pantry and full kitchen, and the pricetag has dropped since the initial fund drive in 2005.
The initial estimated cost was $1.1 million, and Father Gary Sigler said he recently worked with contractors to help lower the price to $989,000.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Internal needs of the city could result in an exciting feature for Columbia City residents.
The city is working to install a fiber network to help provide more fluid communications between its buildings â€” City Hall, the Municipal Service Facility, Wastewater Facility, Water Treatment Plant and Parks Department (Morsches Park).
Putting in a fiber network also give officials the option of providing public wireless internet, WiFi, in the downtown area and parks.
Communications Director Terry Wherry said the public WiFi could cover three blocks of the downtown area.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” The Schinbeckler sisters, Eryn and Kyra, had a strong showing at the Indiana State Fair in early August.
Eryn, 17, and Kyra, 11, took home several championship banners against the top animals in the state.
Their showmanship skills come as no surprise, as Eryn was the 2013 Whitley County 4-H Sheep Showman of Showmen.
On Aug. 4, after two days of competing against more than 800 head of sheep at the state fair, the sisters brought home four grand champion/reserve grand champion awards.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After having some problems with grease buildup in some of the lift stations in Columbia City, the Wastewater Department is inspecting its lift stations for grease accumulation.
â€śIf we get a grease buildup in them, they donâ€™t operate properly,â€ť Wastewater Superintendent Mike Cook.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Fire Department is in the process of purchasing a new truck, and a pair of firemen was touted by many at a recent Columbia City Board of Works meeting for their extra effort.
Kyle Francis and Mike McGregor, two full-time firemen for the city, have been working for the past several months to put together the specs for the new truck.