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May 16th, 2013

SUMMER CIVICS: Alexander explores government workings

May 16, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is a series highlighting unique jobs and activities held by area students during the summer months.

COLUMBIA CITY — Summer months are filled with baseball games, cookouts and dips in the pool. For some students, earning some cash becomes the focus.

Brooke Alexander, a student at Columbia City High School, has chosen to direct her summer focus in the direction of government.

Hoosier Girls State (HGS) is a program designed to educate high school girls in Indiana of the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship.

ROAD REPAIRS: Board takes street offers

May 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Three companies submitted bids for 2013 street repairs to Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety.

Niblock Excavating, E&B Paving and Wayne Asphalt were the three firms that turned in bids. Board members said they would take the bids under advisement and make a decision at a future meeting.

In other business, the board unanimously approved waiving the sewer tap fee for the Woodlands Senior Center.

The fee, which was already paid, was $500.

“I think a token of $500 is a small portion for what you do in the community,” said Board Member Walt Crowder.

TALKIN' TRASH: ’Busco opens bids

May 16, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Trash bids were opened at the Churubusco Town Council meeting Wednesday night.

Four bids were submitted to the council, including Whitley Environmental, the company contracted to collect Whitley County’s recycling.

According to Madalyn Bartl, the town’s clerk-treasurer, residents currently pay a monthly rate of $13.08 for trash pick up. The town’s current contract is with Republic Services, doing business as National Serv-All.

A stinky field trip

May 16, 2013

Indian Springs Middle School’s eighth graders took a trip to Columbia City’s Water Pollution Control Facility, the city’s wastewater treatment plant, Wednesday afternoon.

Above, a group of students look on as a mass of sludge is pushed into a drain. See more photos in Thursday's issue of The Post and Mail.

GUILTY: S. Whitley man admits sexual misconduct

May 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Less than a week short of a jury trial, a South Whitley man admitted his guilt in a sex case with a minor.

Timothy J. Swihart, 19, pled guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class C felony, last week.

As part of a plea arrangement, Swihart will receive a six-year sentence with a cap on time served being four years.

A second part of the agreement is to have two counts of perjury against Swihart dismissed.

Swihart was arrested in January. The victim in the case, a 14-year-old girl, had visited a school counselor, fearing being pregnant.

Eagle golf drops close match to DeKalb

May 16, 2013

AUBURN — Columbia City’s golf team fell in a tight Northeast Hoosier Conference match Tuesday at Bridgewater West.

The Eagles fell by four strokes, 165-169 to DeKalb.

The Barons’ top linkster, Spencer Shoemaker, paced the match by scoring a 36, one over par.

Columbia City’s Tyler Green scored a 39, and Spencer Klimek finished with a 40.

Whitko wins TRC game

May 16, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s baseball team won a 10-2 contest over Three Rivers Conference foe Rochester Wednesday night in South Whitley.

Ethan Nicodemus led the Wildcats from both the mound and the plate in the win.

Nicodemus struck out six, while only giving up one earned run and four hits.

From the plate, he batted 4-for-4, with four RBIs, two runs and a stolen base.

Nicodemus began his tear in the first inning, when he batted in teammate Alex Stoddard to take a 1-0 lead.

ROAD CLOSED

May 16, 2013

(May 16, 2013) — The Whitley County Sheriff's Department announced that County Road 550 East north of County Road 500 North will be closed today for a culvert replacement. Road should be back open by 2:30 p.m. today.

Col. City wins county rivalry

May 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — It was the battle of the Lady Eagles at Morsches Park Wednesday night, as Columbia City’s softball team hosted Churubusco for a county-rivalry game.

Columbia City came out on top with a 6-1 win.

Allie Vodde knocked her second home run in two games for Columbia City.
The hosts picked up their first run in the second inning, and tacked on three more in the third.

Columbia City scored its final runs in the fourth frame to take a 6-0 lead.

Shirley Murphy, 78

May 16, 2013

Shirley Ann Murphy, 78, of Columbia City passed away at 9:34 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Miller’s Merry Manor Inc., Columbia City. Born March 23, 1935, in Muncie, she was the daughter of Clarence and Elizabeth (Doth) Tucker.

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