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April 7th, 2015

DISCRIMINATION: Fired deputy claims he was treated differently

April 7, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — A fired Whitley County Sheriff’s deputy sued the department last week with claims of racial discrimination.

Terrance McKinney, 29, was hired in August 2013 and fired May 2014 before his probationary period was completed.

In court documents, the sheriff’s department said he submitted false work hours, didn’t submit a monthly report and improperly used his department gas card — all violations while attending the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield.

•VIDEO OF THE DAY: Duke's Fantastic Freshmen Lead the Blue Devils to the National Title

April 7, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Duke's Fantastic Freshmen Lead the Blue Devils to the National Title
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CANNABIS: Drug-related church could test law

April 7, 2015

COESSE — Last week, a Coesse resident announced her intentions to begin a new church — a church with an illegal drug tied to its name and practices.

Jeannie Renninger is awaiting word from the state to incorporate her new church, “God’s Church of Cannabis,” in a shed on her property in Coesse.

When The Post & Mail published the story last week, Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler was out of his office.

100 YEARS: A man for all seasons

April 7, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Born April 9, 1915 and quickly approaching his centennial birthday, Elmer Heinley has seen plenty of seasons — some good, some not so — but all of them providing an interesting backdrop for his hundred years.

Heinley’s grandparents came from Germany, passed through Columbia City, and settled in the area known as Hell’s Half Acre, which at one time was a term synonymous with almost all of Whitley County.

A 100th Birthday Honor reception and open house will be held Friday, April 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the 4-H Community Center, Squawbuck Road in Columbia City.

April 6th

VIDEO-ALERT: Duke vs. Wisconsin --- breaking down the matchup

April 6, 2015

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Duke vs. Wisconsin: Breaking down the matchup
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NEW FLASHING ARROWS: $1M signal update begins on U.S. 30

April 6, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY — The Indiana Department of Transportation has begun signal improvements to numerous intersections along U.S. 30 in both Whitley and Kosciusko counties.

Beginning today, Shambaugh & Son of Fort Wayne started the $1 million modernization project near Etna Green in Kosciusko County, and is moving east along U.S. 30 toward Fort Wayne.

The project consists of new signal heads, cabinets and other upgrades designated for each area and the addition of flashing yellow arrows (FYA) on left-turn signals at select intersections.

GRASS FIRES: County responds to 7 over the weekend

April 6, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY — Firefighters in Northeast Indiana were busy fighting grass fires over the weekend.
In Whitley County, there were seven grass fires that required assistance from local fire departments.

On Sunday, Churubusco responded to three grass fires. Jefferson Township had two, Thorncreek Township had one and Union Township also had one.

On Saturday, Jefferson and Union townships also responded to a small house fire on Raber Road.
The fire, located at 2665 S. Raber Rd., was squelched 18 minutes after the departments were dispatched.


April 6, 2015

The Megga Easter Egg Hunt, sponsored by Christ Community Church in Churubusco, had a large turnout Saturday. Held at the Churubusco Town Park, there were 14,000 eggs spread throughout various fields. Children were separated by age group. The event also featured a bounce house, games with prizes and free drinks and snacks. Columbia City’s egg hunt, sponsored by the Columbia City Rotary Club, was held Friday at Morsches Park.

EXPERT PRESENT: Museum to host Kil-So-Quah talk

April 6, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Historical Museum will host Jim Bickel, Native American expert, on Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m.

Bickel will speak about Kil-So-Quah, the granddaughter of Miami War Chief Little Turtle. Admission to this program is free.

Bickel is from Huntington and serves as the president of the Huntington County Indian Artifact Society.

He is a past president and board member of the Huntington County Historical Society and Museum. He is also a board member of Forks-of-the-Wabash Museum in Huntington, and past president of the Indiana Archaeological Society.

ADA PARK: ’Busco looks toward its own

April 6, 2015

CHURUBUSCO — After Columbia City’s Park Department announced its new wheelchair-accessible playground last month, Churubusco officials are now looking to construct another in ’Busco.

Columbia City’s “Every Kid’s Dreamland” is expected to be completed by June.

Depending on funding, Churubusco park officials hope to have the town’s park within the next two years.
Officials decided to hold a raffle to help raise funds, and several prizes have already been collected.

Prizes include passes and gift cards from various retailers, a Peg Perago vehicle and a kitchen utensil basket.

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