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February 22nd, 2013

ANIMAL NEGLECT: Dogs rescued from Whitley Co. home

February 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “Each rib showed on the dog, as well as the entire contour of the spine. The hip bones also protruded out.”

In a case report, Whitley County Sheriff’s K9 handler, Jason Spencer, described the condition of two dogs he found at a rural Columbia City home Wednesday night.

The two animals, Albos and Ruby, were removed from the Doug Shearer residence at 2690 N. CR 450 E. after police found the canines severely malnutritioned.

ONLINE POLL RESULTS

February 22, 2013

ATTEMPTED MURDER CASE: Motion to dismiss Kimbler charges denied

February 22, 2013

A defense motion filed to dismiss an attempted murder charge was dismissed Tuesday.

Dakota Kimbler, 17, was charged as an adult with attempted murder from an incident that occurred in December.

Kimbler allegedly snuck in the back of a South Whitley man’s car after he escaped from Pierceton Woods’ juvenile corrections facility.

When Johnny Couch, former Whitley County Sheriff’s reserve deputy, was on his way home from his third-shift job in Pierceton, Kimbler waited until they got to Larwill before allegedly shooting Couch in the chest.

INDIANA EDUCATION: State laws impact local schools

February 22, 2013

PIERCETON — With a newly elected Indiana state education superintendent, school board members and administration with Whitko Community School Corporation are keeping a close eye on pending legislation.

At Monday’s school board meeting, Superintendent Steve Clason shared what bills would have a direct impact on Whitko schools.

“We are in the middle of a session so a lot of bills won’t go anywhere,” Clason said. “There are some we are watching for. The ones that could impact us here at home are of the greatest importance.”

February 21st

WEATHER ADVISORY

February 21, 2013

The Whitley County Emergency Management Agency has issued a winter weather advisory for Whitley County until noon Friday. Heavy snow followed by sleet or rain is expected after 9 a.m. Friday.

SPECIAL CHEERLEADERS: Dazzlers go south for unique experience

February 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Dazzlers, a special needs cheerleading group, is headed to Myrtle Beach, Fla. March 14 to 17.

A competition is on the itinerary for the girls as well as some “fun.”

“This is such a great chance for the girls,” said coach Vanessa Bills. “For some this will be the first time they ever see the ocean. Entire families are going and using it as a vacation. It’s just a really good opportunity for everyone.”

But the trip does not come without a price.

RADIO STARS: Station garnishes rave reviews by its students

February 21, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the final installment of a two-part series on the radio program at Columbia City High School.

COLUMBIA CITY — Tune the radio dial to WJHS 91.5 and students from Columbia City High School can be heard broadcasting community news, events as well as popular music.

The station, which started in 1985, works as a on-air classroom.

“You learn as you go,” said Hunter Clark, a CCHS junior. “This is a class where you learn on the job, but the experience is invaluable.”

For Clark, the radio station has helped direct his career choice.

MORE CITY CONTROL: Trust Local campaign continues

February 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Who should be in charge?

That is the question asked by the Indiana Conference of Mayors (ICOM). ICOM has begun a campaign known as Trust Local.

The message has been spread at the Indiana Statehouse this year, with the principle being that control should be in the hands of city and local government as much as possible, rather than with the state or federal government.

“Sometimes the state broad brushes an issue,” said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel.

February 20th

COL. CITY MAN ACCUSED OF MOLESTING GIRL: Walsh allegedly admits to abusing 3-year-old

February 20, 2013

CLAYPOOL — A Columbia City man is behind bars after allegedly molesting a 3-year-old Claypool girl.

Zachary Robert Roderick Walsh allegedly confessed to the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department that he touched a young girl inappropriately.

He was preliminarily charged with child molesting and is currently being held in the Kosciusko County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

According to a press release by the Kosciusko Sheriff’s Department, KCSD deputies responded to a Claypool residence Monday at approximately 11:30 p.m. in regards to a possible molestation incident.

WCSC BOARD: Stretching dollars, maximizing staff

February 20, 2013

PIERCETON – With a looming roof project hovering at $700,000, Whitko Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees voted to sell off some of the district’s bonds in order to generate money for the project at Monday’s meeting.

Whitko High School is in need of roof repairs, but budget strains caused the project to be pushed off. With the board’s approval to sell the bonds, Business Manager Tom McFarland will move ahead and update the board with the financial progress at March meeting.

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