Archive - May 10, 2013
Pierceton Elementary School celebrated mothers Friday morning before school started. The Parent-Teacher Organization sponsored the event, which hosted 435 students with their mothers and grandmothers. The breakfast was held in the commons and gym areas of the school. Fathers and grandfathers were celebrated in March with donuts. Pictured is Whitko Community School Corporationâs Superintendent Steve Clason serving muffins to guests.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City High School Intern Program recently celebrated a milestone.
The program, ran by Coordinator Judy Moore, has been helping students decide their future plans for the past 15 years.
A banquet was held at Parkview Whitley Hospital to honor the businesses that participate in the ICE program as well as some of the businesses that have been with the Intern Program since its inception.
COLUMBIA CITY â A man accused of sexual misconduct with a minor will stand trial Tuesday and Wednesday.
Timothy J. Swihart, 19, of South Whitley was arrested in Jan. 11. He posted bond Jan. 15.
His defense counsel, Jeff Arnold of Columbia City, said some progress has been made between his side and the state, but not enough, so he wants to keep the trial date.
It was alleged, according to case reports, that Swihart had sex with a 14-year-old girl on more than one occasion.
The defense has said that the defendant was home each night the alleged events occurred.
Churubusco High School hosted Operation Prom, a mock accident, for its students Friday afternoon. The scenario depicted an after-prom gone bad, as several students were injured, and even killed, in a drunk driving crash. Pictured, Smith Township firemen cover up the âbodyâ of Churubusco student Chelsea Bennett, who âdiedâ in Fridayâs crash.
WHITLEY COUNTY â The body found in the woods in eastern Whitley County has been identified.
After an autopsy, Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger confirmed the body to be Dillon Travis Warner, 22, of Fort Wayne.
According to the Fort Wayne Police Department, Warner had been filed as a missing person since May 2.
Police in Allen County recently issued a warrant for Warnerâs arrest after he failed to appear for a drug hearing on April 29.
Dellinger said in a press release Friday morning that information about the cause and manner of Warnerâs death is still pending.
COLUMBIA CITY â Third shift law enforcement officers see a dramatic change as the weather warms up.
From OWIs to vandalism, most officials donât hesitate to say there is an increase in crime in the summer months.
âThe kids are out of school and that means some of them are out doing things they arenât supposed to,â Whitley County Sheriffâs Department Sergeant Todd Cook. âThereâs a definite difference between summer and winter on third shift.
âWhen its 10 degrees below zero and snowing, nobody wants to be outside. When it warms up, the call volume goes up quite a bit.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Building community interest is a by product of the Leadership Whitley County program, but personal connections are the added bonus.
âI wasnât sure what I was getting into when I signed up for this program,â said Mark Green, Columbia Cityâs parks director.
Green was a part of the nine-month leadership organization in 2006-07.
âBeing involved allowed me to get to know the community and create ties within the community,â he said.
Leadership Whitley County assists individuals in making a âmore meaningfulâ connection with their community.
The Whitley County Farmers Market begins another season Saturday morning in downtown Columbia City.
How often will you frequent?
INDIANAPOLIS â Softball sectional brackets were released Thursday morning by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.
Teams from each of the three Whitley County high schools will be traveling to various parts of Northeast Indiana for the first round of sectional play.
In Class 4A, Columbia City will compete in Sectional 5 at DeKalb. The Lady Eaglesâ first-round opponent will be Carroll. Their game will be Monday, May 20 at 6 p.m.
Columbia City lost earlier this season on Carroll 7-0.
The winner will play East Noble, which has a first-round bye.
NORTH MANCHESTER â Whitkoâs boys golf team took second in a three-way meet at Sycamore Thursday.
The Wildcats shot 172 as a team. Wabash scored 164 to win the meet. Lakeland Christian Academy had a score of 184.
Daniel Zawlocki led the Whitko boys with a score of 40. That put him three strokes behind Wabashâs Jordan Blair, who had the meetâs top score at 37.
Following Zawlocki, Cole Bechtold got 42 for the Wildcats. Will Peters shot 43, Colton LeTourneau turned in a 47 and Cole Findley finished off the Whitko scoring with a 61.