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April 12th, 2013

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."

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April 12, 2013

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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.”

$23,947.52: Cook off keeps Center aflame

April 12, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Food was the focus at The Center for Whitley County Youth’s 6th Annual Benefit Cook Off Thursday night, and wild game won over the palate of those in attendance.

Team Dillon, led by Dr. Gary Dillon and Bob Addison, took home the honor of Best Overall Meal at the fundraiser. Four teams competed with a variety of dishes.

Team Green served vegan dishes, while Team City, headed up by Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, served cinnamon-candied bacon over vanilla ice cream. The other team to compete was Team Forklift, with Hank Workman as the captain.

April 11th

COOK OFF WINNER: Team Dillon takes top prize

April 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY (April 11, 2013) - Team Dillon, led by Dr. Gary Dillon and Bob Addison, took home the honor of best overall meal at The Center for Whitley County Youth's annual cook off event Thursday night.
See Friday's edition of The Post & Mail for full coverage of the event and photos.

BREAKING NEWS: NHC administrators talk membership

April 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY (April 11, 2013) — Administrators at some schools in the Northeast Hoosier Athletic Conference (NHC) are contemplating the future of the conference as it relates to its current membership, according to a press release sent out Thursday afternoon by Whitley County Consolidated Schools.

In the release, WCCS officials stated one of their chief concerns is the "disparity among schools in terms of enrollment [that] continues to grow."

Columbia City High School is currently a member of the NHC, along with Bellmont, Carroll, DeKalb, East Noble, Homestead, New Haven and Norwell.

WCCS MULLS NEW BUILDING: School officials weighing their options

April 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Big changes require major considerations.

Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation (WCCS) Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor said plans for a new high school have been forming for a time and for major reasons.

“I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that we are looking at a new high school,” she said. “When it actually happens is a huge question mark.”

Four time lines were presented to the WCCS Board of School Trustees Monday. Those time lines had different dates for possible construction completion, with the years ranging from 2020-2022.

HUMANE SHELTER: Numerous happy endings outweigh unpleasant necessities

April 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Even though the situation surrounding the dog-fighting animals ended tragically, the shelter has a long list of success stories.

Linda Hoskins, of South Whitley, adopted Shadow from the shelter. Shadow, who was renamed Gus, is a 1-year-old lab mix that has some pit bull in him.

However, the concern over what is sometimes stereotyped as an aggressive breed did not deter Hoskins from giving Gus a home.

 

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