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April 11th, 2013
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.
SUMMITTVILLE, Ind. (AP) â€” 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 â€” including horses, sheep, cows and chickens â€” when deputies were called to one of the barns Tuesday evening, said Madison County Sheriff Ron Richardson.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 Oâ€™Connor presented to the school board Monday four courses the district could possibly chart.
While presenting, Oâ€™Connor informed the board that Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s poor facilities are the major focus as the district looks ahead.
â€śThe Columbia City High School facility is grossly inadequate, functionally obsolete and not serving the needs of the students or community,â€ť she said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 councilâ€™s decision was unanimous to push back the final reading to April 23.
â€śThe purpose of the delay is to gather any additional information from people,â€ť said Councilwoman Nicole Penrod.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County has celebrated several economic advances in recent months.
Kerr Real Estate, a Michigan-based developer, announced in January that Dunhamâ€™s Sports would soon occupy part of the former Scottâ€™s grocery store building in Columbia City.
Steel Dynamics, Inc. made plans in December to add new rail production capabilities creating approximately 40 new jobs.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety selected Advance Disposal to take care of the cityâ€™s solid waste for the next two years.
The move passed on a unanimous vote. The contract will be for two years with an option for a three-year renewal if Advance Disposal is meeting the cityâ€™s specs.
Whitley County has seen an abundance of field fires recently, as dry, windy conditions have provided the perfect storm for a blaze. Field fires may be less prevalent in the coming week, as the area saw rain Monday afternoon and more showers are expected throughout the week.