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April 12th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” There might be some new citizens to the community who ask, â€śWhy a new high school?â€ť
With the announcement of Whitley County Consolidated School Districtâ€™s (WCCS) plan for a new high school in Columbia City, Superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, Columbia Cityâ€™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 â€” such as locker rooms, hotels and doctorâ€™s offices. Those establishments would not constitute an ordinance violation under normal conditions.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
â€śItâ€™s quick, easy and free,â€ť she said. â€śVisit the county governmentâ€™s website, www.whitleygov.com and click the option to pay taxes online.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Food was the focus at The Center for Whitley County Youthâ€™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.
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.
COLUMBIA CITY (April 11, 2013) â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Big changes require major considerations.
Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation (WCCS) Superintendent Dr. Pat Oâ€™Connor said plans for a new high school have been forming for a time and for major reasons.
â€śI donâ€™t think itâ€™s a surprise to anyone that we are looking at a new high school,â€ť she said. â€śWhen it actually happens is a huge question mark.â€ť
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 countyâ€™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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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, â€śI Will Not Be Silent,â€ť 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.