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January 16th, 2014

3 dead in North Indiana grocery store shooting

January 16, 2014

ELKHART (AP) — A gunman walked into a northern Indiana grocery store and fatally shot two people Wednesday night.

He was then killed by police, authorities said.

Elkhart police received a call about a shooter at Martin's Super Market about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Indiana State Police Sgt. Trent Smith said at a news conference early Thursday.

The gunman used a semi-automatic handgun to shoot and kill a woman, then walked to another aisle and shot and killed another woman, Smith said.

One victim was an employee and appeared to be in her late teens or early 20s.

City contest winners

January 16, 2014

Columbia City officials handed out awards to its Christmas Lighting Contest winners at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The overall winner was Mike Christie, of Columbia Parkway. Other winners include: Fred Gawthrop, West Van Buren Street; Derek, Vickie and children Gage and Ava Coyle, North Line Street; Mike and Pam Hoppe, West Squawbuck Road; Ora Kidd, East Hanna Street. Pictured, Gage and Ava Coyle (front); from left, Gawthrop, Derek Coyle, Kidd, Vickie Coyle, Christie and daughter Erin Christie. Not pictured: Mike and Pam Hoppe.

City hands out lighting awards

January 16, 2014

Columbia City Council President Dan Weigold shakes hands with the overall winner of the city’s Christmas Lighting Contest, Mike Christie (right) at Tuesday night’s council meeting. Judging for the contest was held in December, and winners of all districts received awards at Tuesday’s meeting. See Page A2 for a photo of all contest winners.

Festival date change shell-shocks council

January 16, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — A long-standing summer tradition is at risk of being canceled should board members and town leaders fail to negotiate a new agreement.

Two members of the Turtle Days Association were at Churubusco’s Town Council meeting to answer questions regarding two points in the previous contract that had not been met.

According to the contract that was put together March 6, 2013, the town gave exclusive use of the Churubusco Park for the four-day festival. However, the contract specifically calls for the festival to be held the third Wednesday through the third Saturday of June.

Board, O’Connor discuss A-F grades; Officials hope for more explanation

January 16, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After what many school officials hope is the last year of Indiana’s A-F grading system, Whitley County Consolidated School officials discussed the good and bad of this year’s grades.

Overall, WCCS’s high schools scored a 3.45 on a four-point grading scale. The middle and elementary schools averaged a 3.0, or a B.
The A-F grading system was put in place by the state to judge the school systems’ performances. However, with little explanation of reasoning for grades, many school officials have been up in arms about the program.

Warsaw woman trapped under vehicle

January 16, 2014

WARSAW -- A Warsaw woman was seriously injured Wednesday after she was run-over by a vehicle in her driveway southeast of Winona Lake.

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department Deputies and emergency personnel responded Wednesday at 5 p.m. to the 2200 block of S. Lake Sharon Rd, Warsaw, after receiving a 911 call of a woman struck by a motor vehicle.

Shoveling out

January 16, 2014

Brandon Ray shovels the parking lot at Pizza King, Columbia City, to park his delivery car during Winter Storm Ion, Jan. 6. Residents were assisted in the snow shoveling by warmer weather later in the week. Although light snow is in the forecast today and Friday, temperatures could reach the 40s during the weekend.

January 15th

Upcoming meetings

January 15, 2014

Whitko schools
Whitko Community School Corporation will hold an informational meeting Monday to discuss the renovation of South Whitley Elementary School which is scheduled to begin during the 2014-15 school year.
The design plans of the building and the impact on students during the project will be presented.
Parents, staff and community members are encouraged to attend. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at South Whitley Elementary School.
The district’s school board meeting will still be held Monday at 6:30 p.m., but at SWES, before the public meeting.

SCHOOLS ALLOWED TWO WAIVER DAYS FOR SNOW: WCCS to utilize three make-up days for extra week off

January 15, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — With an extra week of vacation last week due to the winter storm, many parents and students are concerned about the school year being extended into the summer.

For students of Whitley Count Consolidated Schools, thanks to two-day a waiver from the state, the last day of school is still May 28 — for now.

Since Whitley County was under a declared state of emergency for two days last week, Monday and Tuesday, Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) officials approved to grant free days to districts under extreme weather conditions.

Reader snapshot

January 15, 2014

Natalie Sheets, 7, built a giant snowwoman Friday and named it Margaret. The snow sculpture was constructed with the help of Sheets’ father and grandmother. Would you like to see your photographs in The Post & Mail? Submit photos of your family, pets, holiday celebrations, sports shots, fan photos and other milestone events to the newspaper for publication. Submissions can be emailed to

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