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January 5th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Saturdayâ€™s dog-fighting bust has left many local residents asking the same question, â€śWhy did those people come to Churubusco?â€ť
Most of the 18 people arrested werenâ€™t from Whitley County. In fact, 13 were from out of state. Most of the arrested came from the Gary-Chicago area, along with several from Michigan.
Brice said typically, dog-fighting rings publish underground magazines, e-mail and text message each other to get the word out about what they call a â€śdog show.â€ť Saturday nightâ€™s show just happened to be hosted in Churubusco.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Gun permit applications are still on the rise in Whitley County, as both Columbia Cityâ€™s Police Department and the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department tripled their applications in December.
In December 2011, the WCSD had 29 total gun permit applications. In December 2012, after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, the department has completed 93 applications.
Though the shooting has stirred talks of gun control laws, WCSD Chief Deputy Marc Gatton said he doesnâ€™t think citizens need to fear any immediate restrictions.
Many Columbia City residents, such as Zach Miner (above), are carrying out their New Yearâ€™s resolutions at Whitley Countyâ€™s YMCA. Working to turn resolutions into lifestyle changes, Whitley Countyâ€™s YMCA will hold its annual fitness contest, Whitley Weighs-In. The event is in its seventh year and promotes weight loss and healthy lifestyle goals. Special monthly challenges will accompany the contest for the first time. The Post & Mail will have full event details in Mondayâ€™s edition.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two incidents, one in September and one in December, caused the Columbia City Police Department to re-evaluate policies and internal protocol.
Monday, Dec. 3, a loaded gun magazine was found on the ground near Columbia City High School. This caused the school to go into a lockdown status briefly that day.
Although the situation was accidental and resolved without incident, Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said the department has made changes to prevent such an event from happening in the future.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Although the county has seen several inches of snowfall and below-freezing temperatures, ice on area lakes and ponds is still thin.
According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, lakes and ponds may appear to be ideal for winter recreation, but caution is still necessary when venturing out onto the ice.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It was a hot and dry year across the Midwest in 2012. Northeast Indiana and Whitley County were no exceptions to that trend.
Michael Sabones, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in North Webster, said 2012 was at or near record-setting for heat. The drought was brought on, in part, by the warm winter in 2011-12. The slow-melting snow pack is what helps with the soilâ€™s deep moisture.
This absence contributed to the drought.
Here are the headlines in Friday's Post & Mail:
Local Police Comment on Gun Magazines and Hit Pedestrian
2012 Weather Was Hotter and Drier
DNR Discusses Dangers of Ice Covered Lakes
Donnelly Sworn In
COLUMBIA CITY â€” New Yearâ€™s Day met local politicians with a ceremony to officially begin their terms.
On Tuesday elected officials gathered at the Whitley County Courthouse for the swearing-in ceremony.
Among those officials being sworn in were Don Amber and Tom Rethlake as county commissioners; Bill Overdeer, Paula Reimers and Tom Western as members of county council; Laurell Hodges took office as treasurer; in the position of surveyor was Ron McNeal and Randy Dellinger took office as the countyâ€™s coroner.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An alleged felon requested to represent himself in court and was denied Wednesday in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Terrance Ward, 31, of Lagrange, was arrested in July on six drug counts, including four felonies and two misdemeanors. Ward was previously represented by Anthony Garza, a relationship that was terminated by the court Wednesday. Ward said he wanted to represent himself.