April 12th, 2013
SUMMITTVILLE (AP) ‚ÄĒ A prosecutor said Friday that an Indiana barn where investigators found starving animals living on top of more than 100 rotting carcasses was the worst case of animal cruelty he has seen, while one of the owners maintains that the conditions have been exaggerated.
No charges have been filed against the owners, but Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said "many counts of animal cruelty are a possibility."
Terry L. Pritchard, 64, of Columbia City, died at 2:40 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2013, at his home after a two-week-long battle with cancer.
He was born April 12, 1949, in Wolf Lake, the only child of Harry R. and Betty I. (Thompson) Pritchard.
His formative years were spent in Richland Township. He graduated from Larwill High School.
He was employed at Weatherhead, North American Van Lines for more than 24 years and Auto Zone.
His memberships included Sons of the American Legion, Eagles #1906 and ABATE of Indiana.
Elbert Verlin ‚ÄúRich‚ÄĚ Richard, 92, passed into his Heavenly rest Monday, April 8, 2013, at his home in Phoenix, Ariz. He was born May 12, 1920, on a farm in Cleveland Township, the second son of Robert Douglas and Rose Ellen (Trout) Richard. He graduated from Columbia City High School in 1938.
Rich married his high school sweetheart, Anna Marie Walter in 1940. Together they have a son, Marc, and a daughter, Rozanne.
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Many area sporting events, including Whitko‚Äôs boys golf match Saturday at Southwood. Pictured above is Whitko‚Äôs Colton LeTourneau at the county match at Sycamore Golf Course near North Manchester in Whitley County.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs athletic conference, the Northeast Hoosier Conference, is discussing changes to its member schools.
With the gap of school enrollment continuing to grow, Columbia City High School said Thursday in a press release that conversations have occurred throughout the school year concerning member schools.
‚ÄúAs a result of these discussions, principals and athletic directors will be considering future conference membership affiliations,‚ÄĚ the release stated.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs girls tennis team is gearing up for a new season on the courts under Head Coach Natalie Pugh.
The Lady Eagles lost one senior to graduation last summer. Morgan Young played number one singles for half of the 2012 season. For the other half, Young was out with an injury.
‚ÄėBusco will be rather young this season, but Pugh will still have Kayleen Mitchell on her team for 2013. Mitchell is a returning varsity player entering her senior year.
‚ÄúI am looking for her to have a successful season,‚ÄĚ said Pugh.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ There might be some new citizens to the community who ask, ‚ÄúWhy a new high school?‚ÄĚ
With the announcement of Whitley County Consolidated School District‚Äôs (WCCS) plan for a new high school in Columbia City, Superintendent Dr. Pat O‚ÄôConnor explained that, while a new high school will be costly, it is needed.
In fact, it may be needed for new individuals in the community.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ In Tuesday‚Äôs meeting, Columbia City‚Äôs Common Council passed a more specific version of its ordinance banning strip clubs.
Language was included in the revised ordinance, explicitly stating what constituted a nude or semi-nude act.
It also included the definition of a commercial establishment.
There was a section of the ordinance that included provisions for areas where nudity is normally allowed ‚ÄĒ such as locker rooms, hotels and doctor‚Äôs offices. Those establishments would not constitute an ordinance violation under normal conditions.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Property tax bills will be in the mail soon.
While citizens will need to make payments for the spring installment by May 10, there are alternative methods to take care of the bill that do not involve a trip to downtown Columbia City.
Whitley County Treasurer Laurell Hodges said e-payments are encouraged.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs quick, easy and free,‚ÄĚ she said. ‚ÄúVisit the county government‚Äôs website, www.whitleygov.com and click the option to pay taxes online.‚ÄĚ