On Feb. 24, Serenity Horse Rescue was raided by the Ohio Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Miami County Humane Society and Miami County Sheriff’s Office. One hundred and twenty-five animals were removed, and its owner Shula Woodworth charged with five charges and 37 counts of animal cruelty. Although the court procedures for those charges started May 16, her alleged mistreatment of animals started long before the property at Miami County. Woodworth has pled not guilty and denies all charges. Here is the other side of the story: part one of this series will look at the dealings of Woodworth and the rescue at former locations in Warren County.
By JOYELL NEVINS
Record Herald Editor
The mission statement of Serenity Horse Rescue says it is dedicated to “providing sanctuary, rehabilitation, and adoption for horses that have been abused, neglected or are unwanted.” But would Leggs, Blackjack, Sugar, Parmotion, Raja or many other horses agree? All of these animals came in to the rescue if not perfectly healthy, at least in good condition. They left either in a body bag (actually horses were buried on site) or in crippling condition.
TIPP CITY - Hoping to get more local kids active, the Parks Advisory Board is still considering adding a new basketball court to one of the neighborhood parks.
“That’s the kind of thing we want kids doing, right? A lot of times they’re just playing video games, ” Board member Doug Chitwood said.
At the last meeting in April, Sycamore Woods resident Greg Schultz asked the board to consider adding a basketball court to the open green space in his neighborhood. He explained that the neighborhood kids would benefit from having a place to play and presented the board with more than 30 signatures collected from neighbors in support of his proposal.
After learning that not all of the homeowners in Sycamore Woods were on board with the idea, Schultz suggested Hathaway Park as another location for the basketball court. Though Schultz was unable to attend the meeting, the board discussed his proposal.
“He understood that Sycamore Woods Park was not a good place to have a basketball court and suggested Hathaway,” City Engineer Scott Vagedes explained.
Hathaway Park, not far from the city government center and mostly surrounded by houses, currently features playground equipment and a stream with benches. Sycamore Park is an open, grassy field.
TIPP CITY – “Oh, The Places You Will Go!” retiring Broadway Elementary librarian, Jane Malafa exclaimed. Malafa, mother of five Tippecanoe High School (THS) graduates, read the Dr. Seuss classic aloud at the school’s Senior Girls’ Tea.
The tea was held May 2 at St. John’s Catholic Church. The Tea commemorated its 69th year, with Community Minded Women (CMW) hosting for the 15th year.
Malafa closed the story by substituting the names of each of the 56 graduating senior girls into the original closing words. “So…be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray or Mordecia Ali Van Allen O’Shea, you’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So…get on your way!”