February 15th, 2013
Editorâs note: The following is the final installment of a two-part series on the special education services offered at Whitko High School.
PIERCETON â Developing students into contributing community members is one of the many goals for Whitko Community School Corporation. However, when those students are faced with certain challenges that threaten their education, that goal can appear to be impossible to reach.
Donna Lehman, director of Special Services for WCSC, works with a group of teachers and administrators to remove those obstacles.
COLUMBIA CITY â Looks may have been deceiving for students leaving Columbia City High School Tuesday afternoon. Police were called to North Whitley Street for a domestic dispute between a man, Cody Miller, of Columbia City, and his girlfriend who was dismissed from school at 3:20 p.m.
While the scene wasnât an uncommon setting for police, many students believed they witnessed a handgun being apprehended from the man â but Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said the threat wasnât what it seemed.
âAfter a pat-down the officer found a BB gun,â Longenbaugh said.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs law enforcement officers are getting more than the average training this week. Whitley Countyâs Sheriffâs Department rented a F.A.T.S (firearms training simulator) and every officer in the county is scheduled to use it this week.
WCSD Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said the simulator brings real-life experience to training.
âThe F.A.T.S machine sharpens us up and keeps us from becoming complacent,â Gatton said. âWith all of the different environmental settings it gave us, we could never duplicate that in a shooting range setting.â
COLUMBIA CITY â âThe government that is closest to the people is what is best for the people.â
That was a phrase spoken near the end of Columbia City Mayor Ryan Danielâs State of the City address Friday. The mayor said it is an expression he often quotes and one he sincerely believes.
It is with this mentality that the city must tackle coming issues. There is optimism; as Daniel noted, the city had a better year than many in 2012, but there are also difficulties to come.
Virgil Lewis Ferrell, 72, of New Haven, formerly of Columbia City, passed away at 5:05 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at New Haven Care, New Haven.
Born Sept. 12, 1940, in Columbia City, he was the son of Wilbert L. and Henrietta (Boschet) Ferrell.
He attended Columbia City High School. Virgil spent most of his life in Whitley and Allen County and was a dedicated employee of South Side Gardens, Fort Wayne for 24 years.
Virgil will be lovingly remembered by his sister Bessie (Erville âDukeâ) Callison and many nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Alta I. Acres, 81, a former resident of Columbia City, died at 2:17 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, in the North Woods Village in Kokomo.
She was born near Albion March 3, 1931, a daughter of Orson and Gladys Smith Moore. Her formative years were spent in the Rome City community and she completed her education in the Rome City High School.
WARSAW â Thursday was the sectional preliminary round for boys swimming, and Columbia Cityâs squad will be hitting the pool at least one more time at sectional finals Saturday.
Swimmers had to place in the top 16 overall to qualify for Saturday and had to be in the top eight to make the championship heat. The 9-16 placers swim in the consolation heat.
OSSIAN â Indian Springs Middle Schoolâs wrestling team began its season with an undefeated record.
The Eagles faced New Haven and Norwell Wednesday night in a triple dual, topping Norwell by a decisive 72-15 score and beating New Haven by default.
The Bulldogs only brought seven grapplers.
Picking up wins against New Haven were: A.J. Chapin, Matt Wright, Seth Rosen, Jake Elkins and Jackson Wilcoxson.
COLUMBIA CITY â A South Whitley man accused of sexual misconduct with a minor has entered an alibi defense.
Timothy J. Swihart, 19, is accused of having sex on two occasions with a 14-year-old girl. His attorney, Jeff Arnold, entered an alibi defense for Swihart in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
A continuance was also granted, with pre-trial proceedings set to resume March 11.
Swihart was accused of having sex with the alleged victim Oct. 31 and Nov. 22.
Columbia City High Schoolâs Science Olympiad team recently finished its season at the regional competition at Goshen College. The team competed in 23 different events and placed fifth overall.
Pictured working with a Bunsen burner are, from left, Aakash Patel, Richelle Menzie and Tanner Daniel, all seniors on the team.
The squad is led by CCHS science teacher Andy Weaver. For a photo of the entire team, see Page A3 of today's paper.