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March 7th, 2014
Union Township firefighters Aaron Oliver (left) and Justin Whaley (right) use a flare to thaw a water connection on their fire truck Thursday morning. Crews were on the scene of a fatal house fire in Coesse for several hours, and many of their tools and hoses froze in single-digit temperatures.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” A snowmobile struck a mound of hardened snow Wednesday on Big Cedar Lake, sending the recreational craft into the air.
When it came down, the snowmobile flipped end over end, throwing the rider onto the ice, according to officials.
The Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department received a call at 3:08 p.m. from a resident who saw the crash, and then the rider lying motionless on the ice.
When conservation officers arrived at the scene, Paul Bennett, 55, of Columbia City, was found on the ice and being tended to by lake residents.
Indiana State Fire Marshal Mike Vogely investigates a fatal house fire in Coesse Thursday morning. The blaze claimed the lives of two men.
Get out your camera phones and shoot a selfie! The Post & Mail would like Whitley County residents to email their selfie pics for a special Saturday feature promoting area people.
Selfies can include you and a friend or family member. Those who submit photos must be willing to accept a reply message that includes 10 quick questions that require a couple of short answers. Your photo and your answers will be published in a weekend issue of The Post & Mail. This is a fantastic way to highlight the great people that make up Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śOvercoming Conflicts,â€ť was the main topic of discussion during the February session of Leadership Whitley County, held at the South Whitley Library.
The dayâ€™s session was sponsored by AgPlus.
Prior to the main program, Jeff Mize, CEO of AgPlus, shared an informative overview of the companyâ€™s services, their contribution to the local economy and their emphasis on community involvement.
Each Leadership Whitley County session incorporates an awareness segment featuring local information pertinent to our community or the class.
Little Turtle Elementary School will hold a carnival and silent auction to raise money for cancer research Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Pictured are some of the auction items: a bench, basket, bike, a Joni Walker piece of art, and a quilt are just some of the items which will be in the silent auction and raffle. Pictured, from left, are Conner Shawver, Kendra Roberts, Tyler Maggart, Max Stetler and Abby Peterson.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who was arrested in a Whitley County Drug Task Force bust at Miami Village in January admitted his guilt to aiding in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
Gary D. Hicks, 39, of Columbia City, pleaded guilty Monday as part of an agreement with the state, to the charge, which is a Class B felony.
An additional charge against Hicks of visiting a common nuisance will be dismissed after sentencing.
All other aspects of Hicksâ€™ sentence, which could be from six to 20 years, will be at the courtâ€™s discretion.
The sentencing date will be March 31.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In five weeks, community members will unite in a cook-off competition to benefit teens.
Each year The Center for Whitley County Youth holds a dinner like no other. Calm buffet lines are traded in for four teams to do battle in the kitchen. Their weapons â€” tongs and ingredients. Their reward â€” money and awareness raised for The Center.
This yearâ€™s cook off will be held Thursday, April 10 at First Church of God. The event will start at 6:15 p.m., and the dinner is served for a freewill donation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two men are dead after a late-night fire Wednesday.
Just before midnight, firefighters were called to 2480 Barr Street, in southeast Coesse, to a fully engulfed house fire.
According to fire scanner traffic, five people were in the home when it caught ablaze, including two children and three adults.
The children and two of the adults, the childrenâ€™s grandparents, made it out of the home safely.
Fire officials say the childrenâ€™s father was still trapped inside, and the grandfather went back into the home to rescue his son-in-law, but never returned.
Hannah Schaefer, a Columbia City High School senior, won the Soloist Competition, and Best Female Soloist in a Show at East Noble Show Choir competition March 1. Schaefer is a member of CCHS show choirs.