About Deb Patterson

Deb Patterson has been with The Papers Inc., full time since 1978. Starting out rewriting general news releases, Patterson has expanded to covering all areas in the reporting field and won numerous awards through HSPA. She is also the former editor of four northern Indiana Senior Life publications.

Gelbaugh Honored With Service Award

  MENTONE — Normally the Community Service Award from the Kosciusko County Fireman’s Association is presented at its September fish fry. However, Roger Gelbaugh was unable to attend, missing the first fish fry in 43 years. The honor was presented Thursday evening, Oct. 19, at the county fireman’s … Read More

Groninger Is Second Candidate To File For County Commissioner

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — Cary P. Groninger has officially announced his candidacy to seek the vacated Kosciusko County Commissioner-middle district seat, previously held by Ron Truex. He filed his declaration of candidacy with Kosciusko County Republican Central Committee President Mike Ragan Thursday, Oct. 19. Groninger, 50, of Mentone, is … Read More

Special Awards Presented To Four At KBOR Quarterly Meeting

LEESBURG — A check presentation, and presentations from Cardinal Services and Warsaw Mayor Joe Thallemer were part of the fourth quarter general luncheon of the Kosciusko Board of Realtors. The event was held Wednesday, Oct. 18, at Tippecanoe Country Club. The luncheon included the recognition of real estate … Read More

Change of Venue Denied In Clevenger Lawsuit

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — A motion for a change of venue in a lawsuit has been denied. The motion was filed by counsel for Clifford Clevenger, Pierceton, in his suit against North Webster Police Department, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department and Wawasee Community School Corporation and specified employees of those … Read More

UPDATED: Dirck Files For County Commissioner-Middle District

WARSAW — Sheal A. Dirck, Warsaw, has filed his candidacy for Kosciusko County Commissioner-Middle District, with Kosciusko County Republican Central Committee Chairman Mike Ragan. A caucus of all county Republican precinct committeemen will be held at 7 p.m.  Wednesday, Nov. 8, in the historic Kosciusko Circuit Courtroom, Kosciusko … Read More

Crafton Sentenced, But Argues With Judge

WARSAW — “Give me probation, that’s better than work release,” Kimbert Alvin Gregory Crafton, 32, 609 W. Boston St., Syracuse, stated to Kosciusko Superior Court III Judge Joe Sutton, following his sentencing Wednesday morning, Oct. 18. Sutton had just sentenced Crafton to 5 ½ years in the county … Read More

What Is With The Plea Agreements?

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — Plea agreements or plea bargaining are becoming prevalent in criminal court cases. In fact it is estimated 90 percent of criminal cases are resolved through negotiated plea bargains. This is especially true in cases of sexual related crimes and crimes involving deaths. Imagine being the … Read More

A Victim’s Impact Statement From Katie Conrad

WARSAW — The following is the victim impact statement Katie Conrad read during the sentencing of Mickgomery Hisey Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 17, in Kosciusko Superior Court III. “ ‘We will be at Michael’s in 15 (emoji smiley face)’ is what the text message read from Kim to Jeffery. … Read More

Michael Conrad Gives A Victim’s Impact Statement To The Court

WARSAW — The following is the victim impact statement read by Michael Conrad, regarding the death of his mother, Kim, and brother, Stephen Conrad. The statement was read prior to the sentencing of Mickgomery Hisey, Syracuse, Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 17. “The year 2016 was a year of our … Read More

A Victim’s Statement From Steve Conrad

WARSAW — Steve Conrad read a victim impact statement before the court Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 17. His statement, along with that of his son and daughter-in-law, were read before Kosciusko Superior Court III Judge Joe Sutton sentenced Mickgomery Hisey to 14 years at the Indiana Department of Corrections … Read More

Family Reflects After Sentencing

WARSAW — Community support continues for Steve, Michael and Katie Conrad. It was evident during the sentencing of Mickgomery Hisey Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 17. Over 30 people filled the courtroom to show support for the Conrads. Kimberly Conrad and Stephen Conrad II lost their lives in a vehicle … Read More

‘Not Enough Jail Time For Broken Hearts,’ Hisey Sentenced To 14 Years

WARSAW — “You imposed a life sentence for these folks,” Kosciusko Superior Court III Judge Joe Sutton stated to Mickgomery Hisey, 27, Syracuse, Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 17, before sentencing Hisey for the Dec. 25, 2016, deaths of Kimberly Conrad and her son, Stephen Conrad II, and the injuries … Read More

Appeal Notice Filed With Courts For Soto

WARSAW — A notice of appeal has been filed with Kosciusko Circuit Court by counsel for Mark H. Soto. The notice was filed Friday, Oct. 13. Details of the appeal have not yet been filed with the Indiana Court of Appeals. The appeal is expected to focus on … Read More

A Perfect Fall Day For Syracuse Fall Harvest Festival

    SYRACUSE — It was the perfect day to enjoy the Syracuse Fall Harvest Festival at Lakeside Park. The park was filled with hundreds of people from all over the area, many of whom were families, enjoying the numerous activities and goods at various vendors. This was … Read More


Caucus Set To Elect County Commissioner

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — Long-time Kosciusko County Commissioner Ron Truex has had to resign his position due to relocating his residency out of his elected district. “We are saddened by the news of Ron’s resignation,” said Mike Ragan, Kosciusko County Republican chairman. “As chairman of the Kosciusko County Republican … Read More

Knights Community Closet, Fulfilling A Need For Students

CLAYPOOL — Imagine being a child and having to attend school wearing clothes that are torn, several sizes too big, stained, no socks, or shoes either too big or so worn they are ready to fall apart. This happens every day in many schools, especially schools designated as … Read More