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January 9th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dakota Kimbler appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday for a pre-trial conference.
Kimbler, 17, is being charged as an adult after he hid inside a vehicle and shot a former Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Reserve Officer.
Kimbler was arrested Dec. 9 for attempted murder and attempted car-jacking. He allegedly escaped from Pierceton Woods Juvenile facility and hid in the back of a car owned by Johnny Couch, who had just finished working his shift at Paragon Medical.
PIERCETON â€” It was back to school Monday for Whitko Community School students and back to work for the school corporationâ€™s Board of Trustees.
An organizational meeting was held for the purpose of welcoming newly-elected and re-appointed board members. Georgia Tenney and Joe Begley were sworn in as the two new members.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated School District Board of School Trustees heard from WCCS superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor on Monday regarding the future of school safety in the district.
This discussion came in light of the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. After meeting with local law enforcement, Oâ€™Connor said these partnerships will be the engine that drives school safety.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Council heard the highlights of the County Commissioners plan for the County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) plan during its first meeting of 2013 Tuesday.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Two vacant board seats were filled at Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees meeting Monday.
Dean Geiger, of Churubusco, was selected to be the District 1 member on the schoolâ€™s board. Luke Gross, of Churubusco, was chosen to fill the District 2 position.
Geiger is an engineer at Eaton in Auburn. He graduated from Churubusco High School with the Class of 1989. He holds a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University. Geiger has three children currently in the SGCS school system.
Here are the headlines in Wednesday's Post & Mail:
Update on Dakota Kimbler, alleged carjacker
Sen. Jim Banks proposes new gun legislation
WCSC and SGCS school boards introduce new board members
County council weighs in on humane shelter funding
Whitley County Consolidated Schools are back in session after two weeks of Christmas Break. Above, students load the buses at Columbia City High School Monday afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dakota Wappes never imagined his time spent with the late Bob Brittain, a debate coach at Columbia City High School, would take him to Berlin, Germany.
Wappes, a sophomore at Ball State University, is a part of the schoolâ€™s debate team and a 2011 graduate of CCHS. For the first time, he ventured outside the U.S. and competed with his teammates from BSU in a debate challenge that encompassed some 400 schools from 82 different countries.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Board of Commissioners put the finishing touches on the CEDIT proposal at the first meeting of 2013 Monday.
The plan was amended to allow $100,000 to be put toward repair work on County Bridge 10, which runs over Carter Ditch on County Road 600 N. The total cost of the project will be approximately $215,00, with the remainder of the funds coming from CUMbridge and other sources.
The Commissioners also appointed new officers for 2013. George Schrumpf was named chairman for the year, with Don Amber appointed as vice-chairman.
PIERCETON â€” Whitko students will arrive at school 30 minutes later tomorrow and each Wednesday thereafter. The new starting times for Wednesdays at all Whitko Community Schools are as follows:
Whitko High School - 8:30 a.m.
Whitko Middle School - 8:15 a.m.
Pierceton Elementary School - 8:35 a.m.
South Whitley Middle School - 8:35 a.m.