February 15th, 2013
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.
Editorâs note: The following is the first of a two-part series on the special education services at Whitko Community School Corporation.
PIERCETON â Whitko Community School Corporation is delivering improved education to students in need of special attention.
Donna Lehman, director of Special Services at WCSC, knows students experience a better future when given every chance to succeed in school.
âI want our students to be able to move forward confidently,â said Lehman. âI want them to be able to contribute to our community.â
Columbia Cityâs Police Department expressed its gratitude to an Allen County family this week.
The Wentland family found CCPD K9 Stryker, who went missing for nearly 24 hours in January after he got out of his kennel, approximately eight miles away.
Pictured, from left, CCPD K9 handler Tim Pittenger, CCPD Chief Tim Longenbaugh, Arani Wentland, Rylen Wentlant, Tanner Wentland, Emily Wentland and Brian Wentland.
Ned S. Byall, 84, of Columbia City, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013.
Born in Whitley County, Ned graduated from Jefferson Center School. He served in the U.S. Army and went to Radio School in Fort Benning, Ga. He was with the 1st Cavalry Ski Patrol during the Korean War and was stationed in Hokkaido, Japan.
Ned, along with his wife, Delores, operated the family farm with the help of their son, Brent. He was a member of Grace Point Church of the Nazarene, Fort Wayne.
Indian Springs Middle School hosted a swim meet Tuesday night. Pictured above, Eagle Maggie Vandersaul swims the butterfly.
Results and more photos from Tuesdayâs meet will appear in The Post & Mail as they become available.
CHURUBUSCO â Churubusco senior Jason Nicodemus is going to end his season where dreams are made: at the state wrestling tournament in Indianapolis.
Nicodemus has already had a memorable season. Before adding a state trip to his resume, he won the NECC championship at 220 pounds and was also a sectional and regional champion.
This will be the first âBusco wrestler to advance to state in two years.
COLUMBIA CITY â Indian Springs Middle Schoolâs 8th-grade Lady Stars played host to the Lady Squires of Manchester Wednesday night.
The Lady Stars improved to 8-5 on the season with a 36-17 win over the visitors.
Mason Van Houten scored 20 points to lead Indian Springs.
Madison Hansen also chipped in 11 points. Crystal Van Houten and Justene Whitehead each scored two points and Bella Krieg added a free throw to round out the scoring for ISMS.
âWe finally put four quarters together and it paid off,â said coach Tommy Baldwin. âWe won as a team tonight.â
COLUMBIA CITY â A Churubusco man pleaded guilty to a charge of dealing in methamphetamine in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Andrew Greer, 28, pleaded guilty to the Class B felony charge and will be sentenced at a later date. As part of a plea arrangement, Greer had five other charges dismissed.
COLUMBIA CITY â Today is the day for chocolates, hearts, flowers and romance â Valentineâs Day.
Students from Coesse Elementary School had plenty of ideas on how to convey love to someone on Valentineâs Day.
Brooklyn Fraunfelder, a first grader at CES suggested giving a variety of gifts.
âYou could give them a box of chocolates and a stuffed bear,â Fraunfelder said, âYou could buy them cupcakes, give them a heart pillow or a thing of heart suckers.â
Noble, a second grader at CES agrees with the gift-giving idea.