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January 29th, 2013

K9 MISSING: Columbia City police searching for dog

January 30, 2013

Columbia City police are searching for a missing K9, Stryker, and asking for the public's help.

The six-year-old Dutch Shepherd, reportedly escaped a kennel at his handler's house in Collins Tuesday. A police officer said he spotted Stryker at approximately 2:30 p.m. near the intersection of Ind. 205 and County Road 200 North.

TURNING BACK TIME: County legacy laid within cornerstone

January 29, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the final installment of a three-part series highlighting the Whitley County Courthouse.

COLUMBIA CITY — Standing as a pinnacle in Whitley County, the current Courthouse has existed for 123 years.

As part of the building’s foundation, a cornerstone, anchoring the northeast corner, was sealed Sept. 20, 1888, and inside a varied assortment of items were deposited to be uncovered at a future date.

Copies of invitations, posters, programs from the laying of the cornerstone were included.

FACEBOOK REACTS: Community excited about Dunham’s

January 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Last week, Kerr Real Estate announced its plans to develop the former Scott’s grocery store location into a multi-use building.

Occupying almost 60 percent of the building will be Dunham’s Sports, a sporting good retailer out of Michigan.

With a store already in Warsaw and Auburn and a new location planned for Fort Wayne, many Columbia City residents are anticipating a positive economic impact.

“I love it. A new business and new jobs,” commented Sheryl L. Crawford-Hackett on The Post & Mail’s Facebook page.

NEW DISPATCHER: First day on the job

January 29, 2013

Kassie Rife started her new job as a Columbia City dispatcher Monday. Currently Rife is training on the job for a period of four to six months, but eventually her duties will center around city police communications. Rife is from Whitley County and is the daughter of Pam Ruch and Ola Mullins. Rife said she is most looking forward to helping people in her new job. “This is a very gratifying position. I am really excited for it,” she said.

DRUG CHARGES: Meth suspect appears in court

January 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man arrested last week on drug charges had his first appearance in court Monday.

Michael Raber, 26 arrested Thursday and charged with six counts. He was charged with two counts of dealing in methamphetamine, a Class B felony; one count of possession of methamphetamine, a Class D felony; one count of possession of precursors for the manufacture of methamphetamine, a Class D felony; maintaining a common nuisance, a Class D felony and possession of paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.

January 28th

TWIST and SHOUT: Relay for Life kicks off with a party

January 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In the Parkview Whitley Hospital basement, surrounded by purple tablecloths and ribbons, Event Chairperson Cathy Cronin welcomed attendees to the annual Relay for Life Kick-off Party.

“We were expecting 30 people. We ran out of name tags,” said Melissa Stephens American Cancer Society (ACS) community representative.
“So this is a really great turn out.”

Relay for Life is a fundraising opportunity lead by the ACS.

SCHOOL SAFETY: Whitko, police unite

January 28, 2013

PIERCETON — School safety has been a recurring topic of conversation between administrators at Whitko Community School Corporation.

Recently, WCSC Superintendent Steve Clason met with local law enforcement to determine how to better protect Whitko schools.

“We discussed safety plans to figure out what the best course of action should be in our buildings,” Clason said. “Luckily, we haven’t had an immediate concern, but it is best to be prepared.”

TURNING BACK TIME: Courthouse dome holds a treasure of historic graffiti

January 28, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the second installment of a three-part series on the Whitley County Courthouse.

COLUMBIA CITY — “Men of all ages have built monuments which, in a broad sense, have been indicative of their social, moral and intellectual stature.”

That statement was made by the Honorable William F. McNagny as part of his speech made June 14, 1890, at the dedication of the Whitley County Courthouse.

'OUTRAGED' AT VIOLENCE: Healthy relationships become a passionate plea for task force

January 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “Dating violence is not acceptable.”

This is the message the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force (WCDVTF) is trying to impress on students and will convey in a dramatic presentation in March.

“The media has really made us numb to the violence in relationships,” said Natalie Lewis, interim president on the board of WCDVTF. “On TV, the domestic or dating violence story always has a happy ending, but that isn’t true to life.”

CHOIR WINNERS: City Stars champs

January 28, 2013

Indian Springs Middle School’s show choir, City Stars, won Grand Champion and Best Vocals in the Summit Invitational Saturday at Bishop Dwenger in the choir’s first performance of the season.

 

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