Archive - 2013 - News Article
"2012 Year in Review" comes out in today's issue of The Post & Mail....get your copy and see photos and the top headlines from 2012....
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ Turning short-term goals in to life-long ambition is the mission behind the Whitley County YMCAâs Whitley Weighs-In program.
Now in its seventh year, YMCA Executive Director Erica Miller is hoping to overhaul the health and well being of people in Whitley County with the weight loss challenge.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Churubusco man who was previously convicted of bomb charges has pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court to sexual misconduct charges.
Christopher Sargent, 23, accepted a plea agreement for the Class B felony in exchange for a sentence of 7.5 years, with an added 2.5 years for probation violation.
Sargentâs first run-in with the police was in July 2011, when the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department was investigating a possible illegal drug case and stumbled upon a bomb at Sargentâs home he rented.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Police Department will be hiring a new officer this year â marking a milestone for the force. CCPD Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said this will be the first new officer the department has hired in 10 years. The new hire will be the 18th full-time officer for the force.
The process is currently underway, and the department has already had applicants perform the written exam and the physical agility test. Interviews are scheduled for Jan. 12 with the hope that the new officer will begin in February. The chief added that the list of applicants is strong.
CHURUBUSCO â Eight people turned out to interview for the two open school board seats for Smith-Green Community Schools Wednesday.
Gary Smith, who was originally elected to serve on the school board, resigned his position leaving two seats to be filled. President Kathy Petrie read Gary Smithâs letter of resignation to the assembly.
âDue to unforeseen circumstances, I will be unable to perform my duties as a school board member,â Smith wrote. âI want you all to know I really was excited to serve and be a part of Smith-Greenâs success.â
COLUMBIA CITY â There were no homicides in Whitley County for the year 2012. There were also no homicides in the county in 2011. However, there were three in a 13-month period between 2009 and 2010.
âWe averaged one per year, and that is out of the ordinary for Whitley Countyâ Whitley County Sheriff Chief Deputy Marc Gatton said. âNormally we donât have any.â
The Fire and Ice Festival, traditionally held on the Whitley County Courthouse Square, has been cancelled for 2013.
Both the Columbia City Chamber of Commerce and the mayorâs office confirmed the cancellation. Financial reasons were cited as the reason for cancellation, although an official statement has not been released. âWe are disappointed, but I support the Chamber of Commerceâs decisionâ said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. âWe would like to see a winter festival planned for Columbia City to bring people downtown, but that probably wonât happen for this year.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, the second-youngest mayor in Indiana, completed his first year in office in 2012, and, in a recent interview, highlighted what he felt were some of the bright spots of his inaugural 12 months in office.
The largest accomplishment for the city, in the mayorâs estimation, was the completion of Phase 2a of the long-term control plan and, just as importantly, receiving a two-year extension on the need to complete Phase 2b.
Here are the headlines in Monday's Post & Mail:
City to hire new officer soon
No Whitley homicides for second year in a row
Smith-Green board hopefuls vie for two open seats
Review of Mayor Daniel's first year in office
COLUMBIA CITY â Annie Morsches of Columbia City will be part of presidential history. As a member of Culver Academyâs Equestriennes, Morsches will be saddling up for a Jan. 21 ride down Pennsylvania Avenue as part of the Presidential Inaugural Parade.