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April 8th, 2013

Spring sports in full swing this week

April 8, 2013

Sports from all three Whitley County schools will be busy this week, as schedules are picking up after spring break. Above, Churubusco’s Jordan Howell pitches against Oak Hill last week. The Eagles won 14-1.

Whitko’s Wolf throws no-hitter

April 8, 2013

ARGOS — Wyatt Wolf threw a no-hitter as Whitko’s baseball team earned a sweep of Argos Saturday.

The Wildcats took game one 13-0 and won game two 14-3 in five innings.

Whitko was led in game one by Wolf, whose no-hitter included eight strikeouts and two walks in seven innings of work.

Offensively, the Wildcats were led in game one by Hunter Sroufe, who was 4-for-4 with four runs scored, one RBI and two stolen bases. Alex Stoddard was 3-for-5 at the plate with a home run and four RBI’s.

DOGFIGHT AFTERMATH: Dogs put down in fighting case

April 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It was more than three months ago that 18 individuals were arrested for various crimes related to dogfighting in Whitley County.

Since that time, two dogs have been euthanized, one more could be, and most of the court proceedings are still in the pretrial phase.

Two of the three dogs were euthanized in previous months, according to court documents which included an expense report from the Whitley County Humane Shelter.

NEW 911 EQUIPMENT TO BE INSTALLED: Whitley Co. ready for transition

April 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Emergency dispatchers are going to be more than just a comforting voice in the time of distress.

Within the next year, an old technology will be put to new use, as people will have the opportunity to send text, photo and video messages to 911 dispatchers.

While the technology may not be fully functional for a year, Whitley County is having all the necessary equipment installed this month.

Whitley County 911 Coordinator Scott Jones said everything will be up and running April 30, and personnel will be trained within the next two weeks.

MAYOR COMBATS LEGISLATION: Daniel speaks in opposition of new bill

April 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was at the Indiana Statehouse last week to testify concerning a piece of legislation.

House Bill 1307 was being discussed. The bill would allow customers of sewer and water utilities to appeal rates to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) if they live outside of the corporate limits of the city.

Daniel testified against the legislation. He was asked to do so by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT).

THE METH EPIDEMIC: Policing

April 8, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the fourth of a multi-part series on methamphetamine.

COLUMBIA CITY — Law enforcement officials are facing a difficult challenge when it comes to methamphetamine — how do you police a drug that is made of household items?

While other drugs, such as marijuana and cocaine, are easy to determine guilt, Whitley County Drug Task Force Detective Bill Brice said the law can be tricky with meth.

Lawmakers have put a limit on the amount of pseudoephedrine that can be purchased per day and per month.

April 5th

Whitko back in action tonight

April 5, 2013

Whitko’s baseball team, along with its softball team, will be in action tonight. The boys travel to Argos while the girls head in the other direction, facing Bluffton. Spring sports will be in full swing next week, as 38 varsity games are scheduled in the six-day span.

SEXTING EXPOSED: Locals weigh in on dangers of growing trend

April 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The phrase “nothing lasts forever” doesn’t apply to a growing problem in the technology world.

A photograph can last forever — and people are learning the consequences of the photos they take and send on their cell phones.

Teens and adults alike are becoming more aware of the ramifications of “sexting,” a mash-up of the words “sex” and “texting.”

Sexting is defined as the sending of sexually-explicit messages or images through the use of cell phones and texting.

MORSCHES PARK: Fun in the sun

April 5, 2013

Children of all ages are enjoying Morsches Park’s new playset, located near the park office. Above, kids enjoy the final days of spring break, with temperatures nearing 60 degrees Thursday afternoon.

THE METH EPIDEMIC: Dealing

April 5, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the second of a multi-part series on the growing problem of methamphetamine.

COLUMBIA CITY — Though many experts say AMC’s hit television series “Breaking Bad” is a fairly accurate portrayal of methamphetamine dealing in the Southwest U.S., the drug market is nearly the opposite in Whitley County.

The television show, staged in New Mexico, illustrates interactions and relations with Mexican drug cartels, along with high-level business operations in dealing meth.

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