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SUPERINTENDANT: 2013-14 year off to a good start at WCCS

September 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat O’Connor praised all of the WCCS staff for working hard for a smooth to start the 2013-14 school year.

At Tuesday’s WCCS work session, O’Connor told the Board of Trustees that all of the staff, from janitors to bus drivers, was diligent over the summer months to get the school year off to a good start.

“The custodial staff did a great job getting the schools in shape,” O’Connor said.

Custodians conducted deep cleaning of the schools, as well as painting and landscaping to spruce up the buildings.

Curless sworn in

September 4, 2013

Dan Curless (center) was sworn in to the Whitley County Consolidated Board of Trustees Tuesday night.

Curless was voted in by his fellow board members Aug. 19. He replaces Chris Bechtold, who took a math teaching position at Eagle Tech Academy.

From left, WCCS Superintendant Pat O’Connor, Board President Don Armstrong, Curless, Business Manager Tony Zickgraf and Stan Meyer, board member.

BIG LAKE FIRE: Local firemen assist Noble Twp.

September 4, 2013

BIG LAKE ­— Several Whitley County fire departments assisted Noble Township with a house fire that stayed ablaze from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning.

Firefighters were initially called to the home at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday night, but were called back at midnight when the fire rekindled, as flames and heavy smoke poured from the structure.

The home, located at 5194 S. Union Street, in Big Lake, was severely damaged and portions of the roof collapsed.

LAUNDRY DISPUTE: Col. City woman seriously injured in beating

September 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A 24-year-old Columbia City woman was severely injured after she was battered at Jellystone Campground in Pierceton over the weekend.

The victim, whose name hasn’t been released, was taken to a hospital in Fort Wayne in critical condition after a confrontation about laundry at the campgrounds.

According to a press release by the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, the woman got in a dispute with Patrick Zimny, 54, of Glenwood, Ill., about use of a clothes dryer unit.

IN COURT: Norris sentenced for escape attempt

September 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Cromwell man who attempted to escape from the Whitley County Jail last year received a 12-year prison sentence Monday.

Charles E. Norris, 29, will serve eight of the 12 years at the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) and will have four suspended for attempted escape.

Norris received a concurrent eight-year sentence, with all to serve at DOC, for intimidation.

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