March 13th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Rain barrels were on the plate for the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety Tuesday.
A rain barrel program was proposed at last monthâ€™s meeting. This would be a partnership between the city and citizens whereby residents would purchase a rain barrel and have the city reimburse $30 of the cost. The barrel would be placed to catch rain water coming off of the roofs of houses. This would then prevent water from going into the combined storm and sewer system.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Having two of three senior players miss time due to injuries would make for a rough season for just about any team.
Thatâ€™s what happened to Churubuscoâ€™s girls basketball team during its 2012-13 season, as the Lady Eagles finished the year 3-18.
Savannah Labenz had returned for her senior season to start at point guard for the Lady Eagles. Unfortunately, her high school finale was cut short by a torn labrum suffered shortly before Christmas that caused her to miss the remainder of the season.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” â€śWhitley County LIFE: Learning, Living & Lots of Funâ€ť is a series of special sections to be published in The Post & Mail that will focus on quality of life issues.
The series of special sections will be published Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in The Post & Mail.
The sections will be exciting, graphic-oriented compilations by the newspaperâ€™s award-winning news-editorial staff examining criteria for Whitley County concerning livability.
Such topics as life-long learning, life quality attributes and recreational opportunities are among the topics.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is scheduled to join executives from 80/20 Inc., an aluminum components provider, at an economic development announcement Wednesday.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation said the announcement will be made at 3:45 p.m. at 1701 S. 400 E., Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A trial date has been announced for a South Whitley man accused of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Timothy Swihart, 19, was arrested Jan. 11 for the charge, which is a Class C felony. He appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday. His attorney, Jeff Arnold, made a motion for a trial date, which was arranged for May 14 and 15, beginning at 9 a.m.
The final pre-trial conference will be May 6 at 9 a.m.
Swihart was alleged to have had sexual relations twice with a 14-year-old girl in the fall of 2012.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the methamphetamine problem growing in Indiana, legislation has been proposed to limit its viability.
Mayors from several communities around the state have lobbied for tighter regulations on pseudoephedrine, a drug found in many cold medicines. The proposal would limit the amount able to be purchased to 61 grams per year, about two-thirds of the current legal cap.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and Passages, Inc. wants the community to better understand what the adult service program offers.
â€śWe want to show the community that our clients have something to offer,â€ť said Alice Anderson, vice president of programs. â€śOur clients are not just taking, but they are giving back as well.â€ť
To prove Andersonâ€™s point, Passages has prepared 15 to 20 baskets that are full of items its clients have made.
The baskets will be delivered to individuals and organizations who help support Passagesâ€™ clients.
Editorâ€™s note: All three Whitley County high school principals were asked to nominate three students who they deemed up and coming leaders.
Each student was asked a series of questions and will be highlighted during the next week. A boy and girl will be selected by The Post & Mail as the overall Leaders of Tomorrow.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Tiffany Schuman is a senior at Whitko High School.
Q: What activities are you involved in at school or within the community?
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The end is better than the beginning.
That statement was certainly true for Whitkoâ€™s boys basketball team in the 2012-13 season. The Wildcats, under first-year head coach Scott Wessel, finished with a record of 6-16. However, Whitko ended its season playing its best basketball of the year and was able to avenge an early-season defeat in the sectional tournament.
â€śWe ended the year the way you want to be playing,â€ť Wessel said.
Whitko was 4-4 in the final weeks of the season, claiming close wins over conference foes in the process.
Shelly Lynn Smith, 62 of Huntington, passed away at 10:50 p.m. Friday, March 8, 2013, at her residence. Shelly was born July 9, 1950, in Columbia City, the daughter of Philip A. and Rose M. (Clark) Myers.
Surviving relatives include her husband, a son, a daughter, two brothers, seven grandchildren and several special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, Lyle Myers.