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January 18th, 2013

GROWING CASE COUNT: Courts see more criminal cases in 2012

January 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — By most measures, 2012 was a heavy year for the court systems in Whitley County. Whitley County Circuit Court had more criminal cases last year than in 2011. The court heard 314 total cases in 2012, up from 250 the year before that. In one respect, though, 2012 was lighter than 2011. Last year, there were no jury trials, as opposed to the two in 2011.

GLITTER, GLAMOUR AND GLEE: City Heat, Lights, prepare for 2013

January 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School’s show choirs presented their competition shows for parents and choral supporters Thursday night.

City Lights, an all female choir, is accompanied by City Soul, an instrumental back-up band. City Heat is a mixed choir of boys and girls and is also supported by City Soul. Both groups are assisted by City Crew, a stage crew.

The choirs are under the direction of Rosalie Geller and choreographed by Jason Johnson. City Soul is directed by Carolyn Hindbaugh. Saturday, the groups will compete at Eastside High School in Butler.

ECONOMY IMPROVES: Whitley Co. defies trend, sees growth in 2012

January 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — While some people in the country might feel they are still digging out of the Great Recession, some economic indicators show Whitley County might be back to normal.

The Community Research Institute (CRI) at IPFW released its 2012 document of business dynamics in Whitley County. Most of the findings showed growth in the county, with expansion in job numbers and dollars invested locally.

TECH SAVVY: WCCS may have technology changes on horizon

January 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Changes in technology have affected almost every sphere of life, with education being no exception.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WCCS) has looked at changes in how it purchases curriculum. The district, as it examines textbooks, also examines the software present. This has led to conversations regarding the future of technology for WCCS.

“You can look at things and say this is fabulous, and think you can do great things, but applied to larger scale it does not work with our hardware,” said Dr. Pat O’Connor, WCCS superintendent.

PLAY BALL: DeVol Field revives baseball past

January 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Something old in Columbia City will have a new feel to it and could recharge memory banks for some in the community.

DeVol Field is having a baseball/softball diamond reconstructed with an estimated target for completion in the summer.

This is not the first time the field has been used for these sports in the town’s history.

When Morsches Park was constructed, the fields down at DeVol fell out of use. There will only be one field there in 2013, as opposed to the multiple fields that were there in the past. The timing will be impeccable for the city.

IN THE HEADLINES

January 18, 2013

Here are the headlines in Friday's Post & Mail:

Whitley County defies trend, sees growth in 2012

City Heat and Lights prepare for 2013

WCCS may have technology changes on horizon

Devol Field revives baseball past

January 17th

NORRIS CHARGED: Alleged attempted escapee back in court

January 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Cromwell man who allegedly attempted to escape Whitley County Jail in December was back in court Monday.

Charles Norris, 29, was in Whitley County Circuit Court for probation violation. The charges against Norris for the alleged incident include attempted escape, a Class B felony, and intimidation with a deadly weapon, a Class C felony.

BLUE RIVER TRAIL: Work to be completed by spring

January 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Work on Columbia City’s Blue River Trail is so close to completion that residents may believe it is already finished.

However, Columbia City Park Director Mark Green said asphalt is still needed on parts of the bridge and along the trail.

“They have been working on it for the past six weeks,” Green said. “It looks like it’s done, but they have more to do in the spring.”

Presently, construction is stalled until spring, but Green believes the project will be finished by the end of the school year.

PUPPY LOVE: Shelter cares for dogs inside and out

January 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After a dog-fighting ring was busted in December 2012, three animals are still being cared for by the Whitley County Humane Shelter.

In December, police found evidence of dog fighting in a Churubusco home. As 18 suspects were arrested, three dogs were found bloody from wounds that appeared to be as a result of fighting.

Whitley County Humane Society put out a plea for funds to help cover the specialized treatment the dogs would need, and monetary donations started coming in.

Medical care is important for the dogs, but treating physical injuries is just the beginning.

TURTLE DAYS: President talks utilities terms

January 17, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Turtle Days’ president was on hand at the latest Churubusco Town Council meeting. His intention — to extend an olive branch.

For those relationships to be mended, one issue of importance that had to be discussed was finances surrounding the annual festival.

In regards to paying for town utilities and resources used during Turtle Days, Barkley emphasized he held a different perspective than previous Turtle Day board members.

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