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April 15th

BODY FOUND IN S. WHITLEY POND: 74-year-old woman dies Sunday

April 15, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — A South Whitley woman was found dead in a pond in Cleveland Township Sunday morning.

Officials say Bonnie Knetter, a 74-year-old who lived in the apartments located at 7550 W. CR 500 S, was discovered in a pond near her home by her family.

According to Indiana conservation officers, Knetter’s relatives came to check on her at approximately 10:45 a.m. Sunday, but couldn’t find her in her home.

The family searched the vicinity and found her in the pond a few hundred feet from her home, officials say.

VOGELY TO APPEAR IN COURT: Detective booked for OWI

April 15, 2013

LARWILL — A Whitley County Sheriff’s detective was arrested Saturday for operating a vehicle while intoxicated.

Chuck Vogely, 60, was booked into the Whitley County Jail Saturday at 5:35 p.m.

According to police scanner traffic, Whitley County received a call from Kosciusko County on a possible intoxicated driver, headed eastbound on U.S. 30.

Vogely was stopped in the Larwill area by a Whitley County Sheriff’s deputy.

He was arrested and booked by the Indiana State Police.

April 13th

TOP CHEFS: Cooking contest heats up Eagle Tech

April 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — War was waged at Eagle Tech Academy Friday — a cooking war, that is.

Sophomore Spanish students at ETA participated in a cooking competition that not only brought out creative dishes, but creative learning as well.

Seventeen teams fought for the honor of “Top Chef.” Several of the classrooms were converted into mini, make-shift eateries, as students prepared and served dishes from Spanish-speaking countries.

LILLY SCHOLAR: Chandler Brown receives endowment

April 13, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Out of 39 applicants participating in the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship selection process, Chandler Brown, a senior at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School, was awarded the honor.Chandler is the son of Doug and Larisa Brown, and the older brother of Seth.

As the endowment’s recipient, Chandler receives full tuition to the Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.His college of choice — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute.

April 12th

ONE DEAD: Man killed, woman injured in Indiana garbage truck

April 12, 2013

TERRE HAUTE (AP) — A Connecticut man died and his girlfriend was seriously injured when they were compacted inside a garbage truck after spending the night in a trash bin, police said.

Police responding to a 911 call early Thursday found the body of 46-year-old Franschon Barr in the rear of the garbage truck near a Terre Haute hotel.

PROSECUTOR:: Barn with carcasses 'unprecedented'

April 12, 2013

SUMMITTVILLE (AP) — 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."

ONLINE POLL RESULTS

April 12, 2013

Should marijuana be legalized, regulated and taxed in Indiana?

NEW HIGH SCHOOL: O’Connor says facility impedes education

April 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — There might be some new citizens to the community who ask, “Why a new high school?”

With the announcement of Whitley County Consolidated School District’s (WCCS) plan for a new high school in Columbia City, Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor 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.

BANNED: Modified strip club ordinance passes

April 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In Tuesday’s meeting, Columbia City’s 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 — such as locker rooms, hotels and doctor’s offices. Those establishments would not constitute an ordinance violation under normal conditions.

PROPERTY TAX: Bills out, new payment options available

April 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

“It’s quick, easy and free,” she said. “Visit the county government’s website, www.whitleygov.com and click the option to pay taxes online.”

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