August 23rd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A man who had sex with a 14-year-old girl received a five-year prison sentence Monday.
Bradley Kincaid, 21, will serve three of his five years in the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) and have the remaining two suspended.
Kincaidâ€™s attorney, Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz, said his client should receive a short sentence because of his admission of guilt early and remorse over his crime.
â€śHeâ€™s maintained consistent employment, and has no relevant criminal history,â€ť Voelz said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 2014 budget for Whitley County Consolidated Schools is under review by the Board of Trustees.
WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf released the proposal to the school board at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
â€śWe encourage each of you to meet with the superintendent and myself with any questions you have about the budget,â€ť Zickgraf said.
Zickgraf and his staff put several months into the budget project, which will be open to public discussion at the Sept. 3 board meeting.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A Columbia City woman received an eight-year sentence for a crime her own attorney referred to as â€śstupid.â€ť
Krystal Thornsbearry was ordered to serve four years of her eight-year sentence at the Whitley County Jail for dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance.
Thornsbearryâ€™s attorney, Brad Voelz, said his client had several positive traits to offer society.
â€śKrstyal has no drug history and has a good employment history,â€ť he said. â€śShe said this was the dumbest thing sheâ€™s ever done. I agree, it was dumb.â€ť
Jason Traxler, store manager for Dunhamâ€™s Sports, in Columbia City, officially cuts the ribbon to open the store to the public Friday morning.
Dunhamâ€™s now occupies the former Scottâ€™s building, which has been empty for several years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City senior Seth Kissinger is stepping off the football field and putting on his running shoes this fall.
After playing most of his high school career with the pigskin, he made a tough decision to leave the squad and join cross country this fall.
â€śIt was a hard decision,â€ť Kissinger said. â€śI had to ask myself what the better option was for my future.â€ť
Kissinger took on the 800-meter run last spring in track and wanted to make running a more year-round practice to increase his chances of a scholarship.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Thereâ€™s more to outfitting a sports team than color selection.
For area high schools acquiring sports uniforms their athletes need provides myriads of options.
Some school districts, such as Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS), make a formal contract with an athletic company.
SGCS just signed a three-year uniform agreement with Adidas.
Other districts do not enter into contracts in that sense and work with a variety of different companies.
Whitko Athletic Director Casey Stouffer said a variety of companies work with the school to provide Wildcat apparel.
LARWILL â€” Celebrating 159 years, Squawbuck Days returns to Larwill this weekend.
The three-day event is sponsored by the Larwill Firemen, Lions Club and the Richland Township Community Association, and is a joint fundraiser to raise money for the community.
Festivities will begin Friday at 4 p.m. with a tenderlion dinner at the townâ€™s fire department. The Larwill Lions Club will host a night of bingo at 7 p.m.
Saturday will start with a breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. along with crafts, a flea market and town garage sales.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A 150-year-old legacy was recognized by the state of Indiana recently.
Henry Hiner purchased the homestead located at 10418 S. Washington Rd. Columbia City in April of 1863.
Fast forward approximately 150 years â€” the Hiner-Geeting-Ware farm was recognized by the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. A Hoosier Homestead Award was presented to Deloris Ware, 83, who currently resides in the family home where she was born.
â€śMy mom and dad drove the horses for the farm,â€ť Ware said. â€śIt was survival of the fittest. If you didnâ€™t work, you didnâ€™t eat.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A proposed Controlled Feeding Operation (CFO) has residents in Washington Township steamed at the thought of hundreds of hogs moving into the area.
Sandy Bates is a long-time resident on S. Ind. 9, just a mile and a half from the proposed hog feeding operation.
Her concern and complaint against the proposed CFO lies with the waste disposal from the animals.
â€śWhere is the waste from the animals going? What about the nearby ditches?â€ť Bates wrote in a Letter to the Editor submitted to The Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High School 2013 graduate Jordan Bickle is headed to the Big Ten to play NCAA Division I baseball.
Bickle recently signed with Purdue University to play baseball in the 2014 season.
â€śIâ€™m definitely on the team,â€ť said Bickle when asked about his status on the Boilermakers spring roster.
Bickleâ€™s path to playing collegiate baseball for the Boilermakers wasnâ€™t a straight one. In fact, his mind was not made up until after graduation day at CCHS.