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January 7th, 2013
CHURUBUSCO â Eight people turned out to interview for the two open school board seats for Smith-Green Community Schools Wednesday.
Gary Smith, who was originally elected to serve on the school board, resigned his position leaving two seats to be filled. President Kathy Petrie read Gary Smithâs letter of resignation to the assembly.
âDue to unforeseen circumstances, I will be unable to perform my duties as a school board member,â Smith wrote. âI want you all to know I really was excited to serve and be a part of Smith-Greenâs success.â
COLUMBIA CITY â There were no homicides in Whitley County for the year 2012. There were also no homicides in the county in 2011. However, there were three in a 13-month period between 2009 and 2010.
âWe averaged one per year, and that is out of the ordinary for Whitley Countyâ Whitley County Sheriff Chief Deputy Marc Gatton said. âNormally we donât have any.â
The Fire and Ice Festival, traditionally held on the Whitley County Courthouse Square, has been cancelled for 2013.
Both the Columbia City Chamber of Commerce and the mayorâs office confirmed the cancellation. Financial reasons were cited as the reason for cancellation, although an official statement has not been released. âWe are disappointed, but I support the Chamber of Commerceâs decisionâ said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. âWe would like to see a winter festival planned for Columbia City to bring people downtown, but that probably wonât happen for this year.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, the second-youngest mayor in Indiana, completed his first year in office in 2012, and, in a recent interview, highlighted what he felt were some of the bright spots of his inaugural 12 months in office.
The largest accomplishment for the city, in the mayorâs estimation, was the completion of Phase 2a of the long-term control plan and, just as importantly, receiving a two-year extension on the need to complete Phase 2b.
Here are the headlines in Monday's Post & Mail:
City to hire new officer soon
No Whitley homicides for second year in a row
Smith-Green board hopefuls vie for two open seats
Review of Mayor Daniel's first year in office
COLUMBIA CITY â Annie Morsches of Columbia City will be part of presidential history. As a member of Culver Academyâs Equestriennes, Morsches will be saddling up for a Jan. 21 ride down Pennsylvania Avenue as part of the Presidential Inaugural Parade.
COLUMBIA CITY â The year 2013 brought one big change for a family from Whitley County. Lang Johnson and Nick Dausman of Larwill are now the parents of the first baby born in the county in 2013, their son, Cody Levi Dausman.
Cody was born on Thursday, Jan. 3 at 6:13 p.m. He was 8 pounds 4 ounces and 20.5 inches long. Cody has one sibling, his sister, Jennica, who is 7. His parents were glad to begin the new year with such joy and did not imagine that their son would be the first baby born in 2013.
COLUMBIA CITY â Saturdayâs dog-fighting bust has left many local residents asking the same question, âWhy did those people come to Churubusco?â
Most of the 18 people arrested werenât 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 âdog show.â Saturday nightâs 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 Cityâs Police Department and the Whitley County Sheriffâs 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 doesnât think citizens need to fear any immediate restrictions.