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February 22nd, 2013
A defense motion filed to dismiss an attempted murder charge was dismissed Tuesday.
Dakota Kimbler, 17, was charged as an adult with attempted murder from an incident that occurred in December.
Kimbler allegedly snuck in the back of a South Whitley manâ€™s car after he escaped from Pierceton Woodsâ€™ juvenile corrections facility.
When Johnny Couch, former Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s reserve deputy, was on his way home from his third-shift job in Pierceton, Kimbler waited until they got to Larwill before allegedly shooting Couch in the chest.
PIERCETON â€” With a newly elected Indiana state education superintendent, school board members and administration with Whitko Community School Corporation are keeping a close eye on pending legislation.
At Mondayâ€™s school board meeting, Superintendent Steve Clason shared what bills would have a direct impact on Whitko schools.
â€śWe are in the middle of a session so a lot of bills wonâ€™t go anywhere,â€ť Clason said. â€śThere are some we are watching for. The ones that could impact us here at home are of the greatest importance.â€ť
The Whitley County Emergency Management Agency has issued a winter weather advisory for Whitley County until noon Friday. Heavy snow followed by sleet or rain is expected after 9 a.m. Friday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Dazzlers, a special needs cheerleading group, is headed to Myrtle Beach, Fla. March 14 to 17.
A competition is on the itinerary for the girls as well as some â€śfun.â€ť
â€śThis is such a great chance for the girls,â€ť said coach Vanessa Bills. â€śFor some this will be the first time they ever see the ocean. Entire families are going and using it as a vacation. Itâ€™s just a really good opportunity for everyone.â€ť
But the trip does not come without a price.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the final installment of a two-part series on the radio program at Columbia City High School.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Tune the radio dial to WJHS 91.5 and students from Columbia City High School can be heard broadcasting community news, events as well as popular music.
The station, which started in 1985, works as a on-air classroom.
â€śYou learn as you go,â€ť said Hunter Clark, a CCHS junior. â€śThis is a class where you learn on the job, but the experience is invaluable.â€ť
For Clark, the radio station has helped direct his career choice.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Who should be in charge?
That is the question asked by the Indiana Conference of Mayors (ICOM). ICOM has begun a campaign known as Trust Local.
The message has been spread at the Indiana Statehouse this year, with the principle being that control should be in the hands of city and local government as much as possible, rather than with the state or federal government.
â€śSometimes the state broad brushes an issue,â€ť said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel.
CLAYPOOL â€” A Columbia City man is behind bars after allegedly molesting a 3-year-old Claypool girl.
Zachary Robert Roderick Walsh allegedly confessed to the Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Department that he touched a young girl inappropriately.
He was preliminarily charged with child molesting and is currently being held in the Kosciusko County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
According to a press release by the Kosciusko Sheriffâ€™s Department, KCSD deputies responded to a Claypool residence Monday at approximately 11:30 p.m. in regards to a possible molestation incident.
PIERCETON â€“ With a looming roof project hovering at $700,000, Whitko Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees voted to sell off some of the districtâ€™s bonds in order to generate money for the project at Mondayâ€™s meeting.
Whitko High School is in need of roof repairs, but budget strains caused the project to be pushed off. With the boardâ€™s approval to sell the bonds, Business Manager Tom McFarland will move ahead and update the board with the financial progress at March meeting.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees unanimously approved the continuation of the dean of students position at Columbia City High School Monday.
WCCS Superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor requested the board approve the position for an additional year.
â€śBased on ongoing needs of Columbia City High School, it is necessary to continue the position full-time,â€ť she said. â€śHe supports safety and discipline and assists with a myriad of duties and responsibilities. He is critical in supervision of all activities.â€ť