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March 4th, 2013

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).”

SHOOTING: Man shoots his wife, turns gun on self

March 2, 2013

CROMWELL — A Cromwell man apparently shot and injured his wife Thursday night before he fatally shot himself in their mobile home, according to the Noble County Sheriff’s Department.

The wife was identified as Delana Forsyth, 40, and her husband was Christian Forsyth, also 40, sheriff’s Detective Shawn Dunafin said.

Using a handgun, the husband shot his wife in the leg and abdomen and then shot himself in the head, the sheriff’s department said.

March 1st

LONG, PUGH PERFORM: Columbia City talent appears on stage

March 1, 2013

FORT WAYNE — Two of Columbia City’s own will appear in the Fort Wayne Civic Theater’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Opening this weekend, the musical plays out the imagination of a Broadway theater fanatic. The man in chair, as the lead role is called, allows his fantasies to take over as his dreams come to life and play out in his apartment.

Saturday’s performance is at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. Ticket prices range from $18 to $26. The show will run through March 17.

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