April 29th, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS â€” Debates regarding rules and regulations for legalizing fenced hunting have come to a standstill with Indiana legislators.
Indianaâ€™s House of Representatives voted 52 to 39 to approve a bill to legalize five fenced deer-hunting preserves in Indiana, however the measure was halted in the Senate within days.
Those legislators who voted in favor of the bill cite support for business, small farms and breeders as reason to OK the measure.
In 2005, Indiana Department of Natural Resources ruled fenced hunting illegal.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A potential need for a new high school in the Whitley County Consolidated School district (WCCS) does not necessarily mean that the academic performance of the current students is not to be overlooked.
U.S. News recently released its list of the best high schools in the nation and also gave honors state-by-state. While Columbia City High School was not one of the three schools in the state given a gold medal by the publication, it did perform well in some of the metrics used in the study.
Approximately 250 feeder calves went through 4-H weigh-in Saturday at the Whitley County Fairgrounds. 4-Hers also had the opportunity to put their animals through dehorning, castration and vaccinations â€” all necessary before the 4-H fair in July. Pictured above is Courtney Johnson, 10, a second year 4-H member, with her two feeder calves, Mike (left) and Spot. â€śTheyâ€™re going to be mad at me after today,â€ť Johnson said, after her animals were dehorned.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Medical records were ordered to be released in a pending sex abuse case in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Judge James Heuer said a guardian for an alleged victim in a sex abuse case can sign off the medical records. The girlâ€™s mother is out of state and could not be located.
The alleged victim, a 17-year-old girl, is alleged to have had two children with the defendant, Dean Pressler, age 39.
Charlotte Christine â€śChrisâ€ť Paulus, 62, of Columbia City, passed away at 11:16 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2013, at her residence. Born on April 7, 1951, in Huntington, she was the daughter of William Charles Kelsey and Vivian Charlotte (Bodey) Stotts.
Charlotte grew up in Huntington and moved to Whitley County in 1967. She graduated from Columbia City Joint High School with the Class of 1970. Chris attended the Practical Nursing Program with the Class of 1977, receiving her LPN., and later received an associate degree in applied science-nursing and obtained her RN in 1991.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A turkey nearly went through the windshield of a semi truck on U.S. 30 Monday morning.
The tractor-trailer was headed westbound on U.S. 30 near the intersection of Ind. 205, when a turkey hit the windshield, shattering it.
The driver was uninjured in the crash.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel announced a new program which will provide additional accessibility to the mayor for city residents.
â€śWe will begin a Mayorâ€™s Night In program which will allow residents, who arenâ€™t available during regular business hours, to have the opportunity to meet and discuss their city issues with me,â€ť stated Daniel.
Ten-minute slots will be available during a two- hour period, once a month for meetings with citizens.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s baseball team split a doubleheader with West Noble Saturday, giving the Eagles a 5-2 record on the year.
Columbia City lost the morning game 12-10, and then took the second game 12-2 in five innings.
In game one, the visiting Chargers put up eight runs in the first two innings, while the Eagles only managed one. West Nobleâ€™s biggest lead in the game was eight, when the Chargers were up 10-2 after four innings.
KENDALLVILLE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls track team won the East Noble Relays for the sixth year in a row on Saturday.
The Lady Eagles won the invitational by a close 15 points.
â€śIt was a close meet the entire day,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl said. â€śIt came down the the last race. It was a great display of effort by so many young ladies.â€ť
The team was led by Kalisha Goree, who was named the John Reed Relays MVP.
Goree won the long jump and 100-meter hurdles, and placed fourth in the high jump, behind teammate Carlee Hearld who won the event.
PONETO â€” Whitkoâ€™s baseball team took two lopsided wins over Southern Wells Saturday.
The Wildcats won the first game 13-3, and the second 15-4.
In game one, Hunter Sroufe batted 3-for-3, scored four runs, including a home run, and had two RBIs.
Wyatt Wolf pitched all five innings with four strike outs. He gave up one earned run, three hits and two walks.
Sroufe, along with Ethan Nicodemus, picked up the opening runs for the â€™Cats off a single by Zach Snep.