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April 12th, 2013

$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.

PUPPY LOVE: Shelter makes hard decisions but not without heart

April 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Discussions regarding the care and concern for stray and abandoned animals in Whitley County have been thick with controversy.

When the Whitley County Humane Shelter petitioned the County Commissioners for funding, several letters were submitted to The Post & Mail that spoke of strong opinions both for and against the county’s financial support.

With the recent charges brought against numerous individuals found to have participated in a dog-fighting ring, the shelter was once again thrust in the spotlight.

LIGHT THE WAY: Event offers emotional healing

April 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — First Church of God was nearly packed with those who came to hear keynote speaker, April Maley, share how she overcame abuse as part of the 5th Annual Light the Way event.

Maley, author of the book, “I Will Not Be Silent,” was invited by The Salvation Army of Whitley County and its ministries director, Pat Mossburg.

The evening was organized to help break the circle of violence. Annually, Light the Way aims to help people identify child abuse, educate individuals on the effects of domestic violence, and what to do if a violence situation is suspected.

April 10th

ANIMAL DEATHS: Barn owner says it was not preventable

April 10, 2013

SUMMITTVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The owner of the central Indiana property where dozens of animal carcasses were found stacked inside a barn said the deaths were not preventable and that some of the animals died four months ago.

Daniel Ault told WISH-TV that he became overwhelmed with the amount of animals on the farm about 40 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

Police found the carcasses of between 75 and 100 animals — including horses, sheep, cows and chickens — when deputies were called to one of the barns Tuesday evening, said Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson.

WCCS PLANS FOR NEW HIGH SCHOOL: School system looking at the future, weighs options

April 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) are thinking of the future and looking at different possibilities for a new high school in Columbia City.

WCCS Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor presented to the school board Monday four courses the district could possibly chart.

While presenting, O’Connor informed the board that Columbia City High School’s poor facilities are the major focus as the district looks ahead.

“The Columbia City High School facility is grossly inadequate, functionally obsolete and not serving the needs of the students or community,” she said.

CITIZENS SPEAK UP: City delays IURC pullout

April 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After receiving input from citizens, the Columbia City Common Council agreed to delay the passage of a pair of ordinances that would withdraw the electric and water utilities from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) Tuesday.

The council’s decision was unanimous to push back the final reading to April 23.

“The purpose of the delay is to gather any additional information from people,” said Councilwoman Nicole Penrod.

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