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HUNTINGTON â€” Shortly after swearing in last month, Indiana State Sen. Jim Banks turned in his leave of absence.
Banks is currently serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy, and will be on leave until May.
While he is gone, the Republican Party is looking to fill his seat.
On Thursday, Dec. 4, the Indiana Republican Party is holding a caucus of the precinct committeemen of Senate District 17 to elect a temporary replacement for Banks.
The caucus will be held at the Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center near downtown Huntington at 6:30 p.m..
The center is located at 815 Warren St.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel (R) announced today his intentions to run for a second term as Mayor of the City of Columbia City.
Daniel was elected mayor in 2011 with more than 65 percent of the vote in the general election.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Multiple fire departments responded to a blaze that spread from a garage to a vehicle and RV Saturday night in Whitley County.
At approximately 11 p.m., crews were called to a home on Wolf Road, south of Whitley Road, with reports of a fully-engulfed detached garage. Five fire departments assisted in extinguishing the fire, and two more were on stand-by for help.
The fire was considered "under control" before midnight.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” A crash late Friday night took the lives of three Whitley County people and injured another.
Identities of the victims have been released by investigators and include:
â€¢Perry Coffelt, 50, Columbia City, driver
â€¢Eric Hoffman, 19, Columbia City, passenger
â€¢Savannah Labenz, 19, Churubusco, passenger
A fourth person, Breanna K. Waugh, 19, Columbia City, was taken to a Fort Wayne Hospital with minor injuries.
More than 50 small businesses are being celebrated in a special section of The Post & Mail's Weekend Edition, now available on newsstands.
This Weekend's big Post & Mail is packed with local news and features, plus tons of bargains for holiday shopping and Small Business Saturday. The newspaper has nearly a dozen pre-printed advertising circulars inserted into the edition.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Three people were pronounced dead an another was taken to the hospital late Friday night after a single-vehicle crash on Hartman Road.
At approximately 11 p.m., police and fire crews were called to the area of Hartman Road and County Road 300 East to find two people ejected and another trapped inside what was believed to be a passenger car.
First responders found the vehicle several feet down an embankment.
It appeared the vehicle was traveling northbound on CR 300 E. when it went off right of the road, down an embankment and struck several small trees.
Columbia City man was charged last month for sexual misconduct with a minor.
Ian Vorndran, 20, was arrested Oct. 28 after an investigation by the Columbia City Police Department.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Once again, InterFaith Mission, Inc. is ushering in the holiday season with its annual Christmas Walk slated for Saturday, Dec. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. Six stops are planned for the walk and will include entertainment, food and festivities at each location. Tickets are $15 each or two for $25. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Lighthouse, a transitional shelter serving Whitley County's homeless and displaced.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Columbia Cityâ€™s girls basketball team is off to its best start since the 2005-06 squad after beating North Side Friday night.
With a perfect 6-0 record, the Lady Eagles tie the 2005-06 team, with a chance to improve on their record Tuesday at Bishop Dwenger