Indiana Minority Business Magazine Celebrates Champions of Diversity

INDIANAPOLIS — On January 15, 2016 business owners, dignitaries and community leaders will gather to celebrate the 11th Annual Champions of Diversity Awards Dinner. The Indiana Minority Business Magazine will recognize 12 individuals, organizations and institutions that have demonstrated tremendous effort in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

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Elliott Announces Candidacy For Elkhart County Coroner

ELKHART COUNTY — James P. Elliott, chief deputy coroner for Elkhart County, has announced his decision to seek election for the office of Elkhart County Coroner. That office is currently held by John White who’s term limits will be expiring at the end of 2016.

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ECSD Arrests Three For Suspected Cockfighting

ELKHART COUNTY — Local, state and Federal authorities raided two suspected cockfighting breeders last night in Elkhart and Marshall Counties. Law enforcement officers from a multitude of agencies were involved in serving two search warrants at 8:00 p.m. Saturday night. Both warrants were served simultaneously at a home located at 21852 State Line Rd. in Bristol and a farm house located at 6244 Plymouth-Goshen Trail in Bremen.

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Every Day Is Special: Square Dancing

The Brady Bunch did it. So did Bugs Bunny and Bob the Builder. The Western American square dance, celebrated every Nov. 29, is the third most recognized dance form in the world, behind dances from China and India. American square dancing, affectionately dubbed “friendship set to music,” is … Read More

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IPFW Events Focus On Syrian Refugee Crisis

By JOHN KAUFELD Chief Communications Officer, IPFW FORT WAYNE — Inspired by recent events around the world, two upcoming events taking place at Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne will shed light on the Syrian refugee crisis and give an opportunity for community discourse. “Faculty and Students in Solidarity With the Syrian … Read More


Readers Vote For Family In Thanksgiving Day Poll

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — Earlier this week, InkFreeNews posed a question to our readers: What does Thanksgiving mean to you? You took to our website and Facebook page to share your opinions, and although the poll options couldn’t be all-inclusive, you responded with enthusiasm.

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Electrical Fire At Cool Beans Quickly Extinguished

SYRACUSE — Both employees and patrons were taken aback to see the dining room filling with smoke this afternoon at Cool Beans, 109 S. Huntington St., Syracuse. A small electrical fire on the grill began to emit smoke, and a patron in the diner made the call to the fire department.

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Purdue University Researchers Develop Innovations To Battle Diabetes

WEST LAFAYETTE — Food gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas require rigorous management by people affected by diabetes. Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, is the result of the breakdown of insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Type 2 diabetes can be the result of a combination of obesity, high caloric intake and a sedentary lifestyle.

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Kosciusko Weighs In On Syrian Refugee Debate

KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — Last week InkFreeNews invited readers to weigh in on an issue that has been saturating national and international news following the attacks that claimed the lives of more than 125 people in multiple venues throughout Paris. [See Related: Should We Allow Refugees On U.S. Soil?] Following reports … Read More


MCSD Seeking Information On Stolen Gun

ROCHESTER — The Marshall County Police Department is asking for information about the theft of a German Sports Guns .22 1911 pistol from a home in the 20,000 block of Hawthorn Road, Rochester. Officers responded to the call around 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 19.

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The pole barn on Owen Cobbum’s property, located on SR 13 south of North Webster, has been finished and the items previously stored outside have been removed or moved inside the barn. The county has requested $72,300 in fines be reduced to judgement, and the property be sold to pay the judgment. Trial is set for Nov. 5.

Court Imposes Fines, Orders Cobbum Property Sold

Two years of skirmishes with the county will cost Owen Cobbum $110,700 and his property south of North Webster. Kosciusko County Superior Court 1 issued a ruling Tuesday, Nov. 10, imposing the sum and ordering the sheriff to sell the parcel on SR 13 just south of CR … Read More


Should We Allow Refugees Homage?

Following the Friday, Nov. 13, attack on Paris, reactions across the world, including the Kosciusko County community have ranged from shock and sadness to anger and fear. Today, a week after the the massacre that claimed the lives of more than 125 people in multiple venues throughout Paris, … Read More

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Syracuse BZA Approves Sole Case

The sole hearing was approved as requested at the regular meeting of the Syracuse Board of Zoning Appeals Thursday, Nov. 19. The only item of business was a variance. McDonalds’ petition for a variance is to allow 411.23 square-feet of signage, where the ordinance only allows 200 square-feet. … Read More


New Paris Armed Robbery Ends In Pursuit, Arrest

NEW PARIS — A Columbia City man was arrested on Wednesday, Nov. 18, after being pursued by Goshen Police. Michael Binstock, 54, Columbia City, reportedly robbed the Dollar General store located on SR 15 in New Paris at 4:26 p.m.

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September Motorcycle Accident Claims The Life Of One

ELKHART COUNTY — A motorcycle versus buggy crash from Sept. 3, has claimed the life of one man, Tracy A. Newcomer, Nappanee. The accident occurred at 3:07 p.m. on CR 1350N, near CR 200W. Responders arrived locating the motorcycle driver, Newcomer, in the roadway.

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Syracuse Man Scratches Record-making Lottery Ticket

INDIANAPOLIS — Arlen Brennaman of Syracuse is seeing gold after scratching a record-making winning lottery ticket while on a break from work in Goshen. An employee at Forest River Inc., Brennaman said his initial reaction was complete shock after scratching off a ticket worth $7 million.

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Syracuse Swears In New Police Chief, Hears Update

SYRACUSE — Syracuse Town Council swore in Jim Layne as the town’s new police chief during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, Nov. 17. Layne had served as interim chief since Tony Ciriello retired last month.

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