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HEARTS OF GOLD: 32 honored by Whitley County Community Foundation

November 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Friends, family and neighbors were honored at the Whitley County Community Foundation’s 18th Annual Heart of Gold Awards Ceremony Thursday night at the Eagles Nest.

LOCAL SPORTS PREVIEW: Boys winter sports preview inserted in today's Post & Mail

November 21, 2014

The 2014-15 Whitley County high school winter sports season for boys is previewed in Friday's edition of The Post & Mail.

Included are previews and photos for basketball, wrestling and swimming teams from Columbia City, Whitko and Churubusco high schools.

It's all in a special tabloid publication inserted in Friday's Post & Mail!

GOBBLE, GOBBLE, GOBBLE: Last chance to win a free turkey

November 20, 2014

Start or renew a subscription to The Post & Mail by the end of TODAY ONLY and be entered in a drawing for 1 of 2 free turkeys.

AUTOPSY RESULTS: Inmate death ruled a suicide

November 20, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — The death of a jail inmate has been ruled a suicide by Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger.

Kevin J. Minnix, 48, of Columbia City, was found dead in his cell at the Whitley County Jail Tuesday night.

Dellinger said Minnix was found with the string of his hooded sweatshirt wrapped around his neck and tied to a door hinge.

According to police reports, Minnix was detained Tuesday afternoon for operating while intoxicated, criminal mischief and operating as a habitual traffic offender.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Lines down on Main Street

November 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Motorists are advised to avoid the area of Main and North streets while crews clean up from a property damage car accident that knocked down an electrical pole and put power lines on the street.

NO FOUL PLAY: Coroner investigates inmate's death

November 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After an autopsy of a Columbia City man who died in jail Tuesday night, Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger said no foul play is suspected in the case.

Kevin J. Minnix, 48, was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.

According to a press release by Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges, Minnix was arrested by WCSD Deputy Scott Schimtt at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday for operating while intoxicated, criminal mischief and driving as a habitual traffic violator.

TWO HONORS CONVERGE: Sen. Banks sworn in while deployed

November 19, 2014

AFGHANISTAN — It was just another day of swearing in new legislators at the Indiana Statehouse Tuesday — except for one. Banks was sworn into office via Skype, an online video web chat, from halfway across the world — a first in Indiana’s history.

INMATE FOUND DEAD: Police investigating death at jail

November 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A jail inmate was found dead in his cell Tuesday night.
Kevin J. Minnix, 48, of Columbia City, was detained in the Whitley County Jail at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday afternoon and placed in a holding cell.

Tuesday evening, deputies took Minnix to Parkview Whitley Hospital for a blood draw for alcohol, which he refused.

After a warrant was obtained, Whitley County Sheriff deputies, assisted by the Columbia City Police Department, executed the warrant and returned Minnix back to the jail.

BODY ID'd: Officials release name of man found in field

November 18, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — A body found in a Whitley County cornfield has been identified.
After autopsy at the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center Monday, officials say the body belongs to Scott H. Vogan, 33, of Fort Wayne.
The body was found near a car by a farmer while he was working in a cornfield in the area of County Road 850 West and Ind. 114 in Whitley County.
Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger said it appeared the body had been in the field since late August.
No foul play is suspected at this time, however it is still not known how Vogan ended up in the field.

FINAL WARNING: Building Dept. gives final warning for unsafe building

November 17, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A final warning has been issued for the demolition or repair of a Columbia City building after officials deemed the building unsafe.

BODY FOUND: Deceased man found in Whitley County

November 17, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County Sheriff's Deputies found a body Sunday morning in Southwest Whitley County.

Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger said information is limited at this time, but the body was found in a rural area and is believed to have been there since late August.

The person has not yet been identified, but Dellinger believes the body is male.

At this time, officials don't think foul play is involved.

Dellinger said more information is expected to be released this week.

‘SNOW’-VEMBER: First accumulation Sunday night

November 17, 2014

Whitley County received its first accumulation of snow Sunday night and Monday morning, leaving some roads slick and hazardous. Sunday night, U.S. 30 was slick and snow-covered. By Monday morning (pictured) the highway was cleared for motorists. Whitley County Sheriff-elect Marcus Gatton said many motorists have handled the first snow well, with minimal crashes and slide-offs, and no major injuries reported.

MURPHY ON ESPN: Former Col. City standout flourishes at Miami University

November 17, 2014

OXFORD, OH. — During his high school career at Columbia City, Jared Murphy was an impact player earning All-Conference and All-State honors as both a receiver and a defensive back for the Eagles. Murphy is now making his presence felt on the college level as a receiver for the Miami University RedHawks.

PIONEER LIFE: Pioneer living brought to life for fourth graders

November 16, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Fourth graders from all four Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ elementary schools celebrated Thanksgiving early with Pioneer Day at the Whitley County Ag Museum, at the 4-H Fairgrounds.

GIVING THANKS: Organizations assisting in Thanksgiving donations

November 15, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — As the fall season progresses and the date for Thanksgiving quickly approaches, the need for food donations is ever-present.

Local organizations, such as the Columbia City Rotary Club and the South Whitley Area Emergency Food Bank, are continuing their annual Thanksgiving charity collections.

Last Saturday, Dave and Tanya Warner, volunteers at the South Whitley Area Emergency Food Bank, collected frozen turkeys and other food items during the organization’s 3rd Annual Turkey Drop at Dollar General in South Whitley.

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