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November 17th, 2011

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November 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City police officer and area fireman’s house caught fire Thursday night.
Kenny Smith, master patrolman for the CCPD and a long-time fireman for Thorncreek Township, was on police duty when his home caught fire just around 11 p.m.
The officer’s wife, Julie Smith, was on-duty as a Whitley County dispatcher and took the 911 call from her son.
Smith said he rushed home at 185 W CR 200 N and was able to save two of three cats. He then changed from his CCPD uniform to his fire gear to assist in extinguishing the fire.

McConnehey sentenced to five years

November 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY - The mother of a 17-month-old infant who died was sentenced Monday.
Brittany N. McConnehey, 24, was charged with reckless homicide, a class C felony, in the death of her daughter June 13.
McConnehey was sentenced to five years, with three years serving time and two years of probation.
McConnehey and the child's father, Jesse E. McIntosh, 25, were both charged.
McIntosh was sentenced to in October to four years in jail with two years to serve and two years probation.
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Wind issue still up in the air

November 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY – One thing was crystal clear at the Whitley County Plan Commission meeting held Wednesday: The “pro-wind” and “anti-wind” groups are still miles apart.
Specifically, 5,000 feet apart.
The steering committee formed to fact-find submitted its report to the commission; both sides of the issue are represented and were given the opportunity to speak on its respective group's behalf.
One thing agreed upon was that an ordinance – one way or another in regards to wind farming – is a necessary thing.

Mayor-elect part 2: Daniel talks preparation, future

November 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Though he won’t be taking office until 2012, mayor-elect Ryan Daniel has been and will continue to be a busy man heading into office.
Daniel will be participating in workshops for newly elected officials, set up by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns.
The workshops are available to prepare both new and incumbent mayors for their upcoming four-year term, according to Daniel.
The workshops cover everything from municipal law, leadership qualities and as Daniel put it, “really just everything under the sun that will help a new mayor.”

November 16th

Wonderly pleads guilty

November 16, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The second suspect involved in a methamphetamine case that was connected to the death of a baby girl has pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Travis A. Wonderly appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Wednesday and entered a plea of guilty, according to Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler.
Wonderly had been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of chemicals with the intent to manufacture, maintaining a common nuisance and neglect of a dependent resulting in death.

Albion hunter dies after tussle with shot buck

November 16, 2011

ALBION, Ind. (AP) — A northeastern Indiana hunter has died after struggling with a buck he had just shot.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says 62-year-old Paul Smith of Fort Wayne died Monday during a deer reduction hunt at Chain O’Lakes State Park about 20 miles northwest of the city. It says the Noble County coroner says the death was due to a lacerated liver, possibly suffered during the struggle.

November 11th

2012-2013 school calendar proposed

November 11, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The 2012-2013 school calendar was proposed this week at a very brief work session for the Whitley County Consolidated School Board of Trustees.
Pending approval of the schedule at the board’s next meeting, the first day of school will be Aug. 21, 2012 and the school year will end on June 5, 2012 – barring the need for any makeup days due to weather.
In other WCCS business:

November 10th

Photo: First snow of season falls Thursday

November 10, 2011

The first snow of the season fell in Whitley County Thursday afternoon. There has been minimal accumulation and light snow showers are expected throughout the night.

Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott

Snow squalls usher in season at 2:09 p.m.

November 10, 2011

Break out the snowmobiles, sleds and snow shovels, the season's first snow blew into Whitley County at 2:09 p.m. today, Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011.
With temperatures barely reaching 40 degrees today, a few snowflakes at 2 p.m. turned into brief but semi-heavy snow squalls throughout the afternoon. Snow was confirmed in Columbia City and South Whitley, and from radar reports undoubtedly was present throughout Whitley County.
No accumulation was reported or expected.

WCCS New Teacher Program succeeding

November 10, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools implemented a project last year known as the New Teacher Program.
Michelle Urban, vice principal at Indian Springs Middle School, updated the WCCS school board on the program’s progress Monday.
Urban said the goal of the program is to explore best practices, provide them with educational research and create an environment for elaboration and discussion.
The program meets once a month. Following the meeting, Urban emails an account along with questions and material for the mentors to work on with their mentees.

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