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Muffins for moms

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 Corporation’s Superintendent Steve Clason serving muffins to guests.

Banquet held in gratitude of program supporters

May 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

Swihart trial set for Tuesday

May 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

OPERATION PROM

May 10, 2013

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 “body” of Churubusco student Chelsea Bennett, who “died” in Friday’s crash.

DEATH INVESTIGATION ONGOING: Deceased man missing since May 2

May 10, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — 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 Warner’s 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 Warner’s death is still pending.

PROTECTING YOUR POSSESSIONS: How to stay safe in the summer nights

May 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Third shift law enforcement officers see a dramatic change as the weather warms up.

From OWIs to vandalism, most officials don’t hesitate to say there is an increase in crime in the summer months.

“The kids are out of school and that means some of them are out doing things they aren’t supposed to,” Whitley County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Todd Cook. “There’s a definite difference between summer and winter on third shift.

“When its 10 degrees below zero and snowing, nobody wants to be outside. When it warms up, the call volume goes up quite a bit.”

LWC: More than networking, its personal

May 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Building community interest is a by product of the Leadership Whitley County program, but personal connections are the added bonus.

“I wasn’t sure what I was getting into when I signed up for this program,” said Mark Green, Columbia City’s parks director.

Green was a part of the nine-month leadership organization in 2006-07.
“Being involved allowed me to get to know the community and create ties within the community,” he said.

Leadership Whitley County assists individuals in making a “more meaningful” connection with their community.

ONLINE POLL RESULTS

May 10, 2013

The Whitley County Farmers Market begins another season Saturday morning in downtown Columbia City.

How often will you frequent?

Despite snags, ISTEP staying online

May 10, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS — Regardless of problems that caused students to be kicked offline and see frozen screens instead of their ISTEP tests, students shouldn’t expect to go back to No. 2 pencils and bubble sheets when taking standardized tests.

Online testing lets schools get results back weeks faster than with paper-and-pencil exams. That means teachers are able to see earlier what lessons students do and don’t understand and have more time to adjust their lessons.

ISP cracks down on aggressive drivers Sunday

May 10, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana troopers plan to crack down on motorists and truck drivers who drive aggressively around each other.

The Indiana State Police say they'll participate in a federal program aimed at such aggressive driving starting Sunday.

The Motor Carrier Safety Administration program is aimed at reducing the number of crashes involving commercial motor vehicles and passenger cars and will run through June 8.

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