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February 18th, 2013

PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES: Convene for educational progress

February 18, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Parents and teachers gathered for a chance to discuss the academic well-being of Whitko High School students recently.

The second round of parent-teacher conferences was held Wednesday evening to touch base on students’ educational progress.

With a 30 percent attendance, the amount of parents choosing to take part in the evening was up approximately four percent from last year.

Parents had the chance to talk to faculty members and receive progress reports, as well as updated balances on book fees.

February 15th

SPECIAL SERVICES: Whitko works to give ‘best possible chance’ to kids

February 16, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the final installment of a two-part series on the special education services offered at Whitko High School.

PIERCETON — 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.

POLICE REPORT: No gun seized at CCHS

February 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 wasn’t an uncommon setting for police, many students believed they witnessed a handgun being apprehended from the man — but Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said the threat wasn’t what it seemed.

“After a pat-down the officer found a BB gun,” Longenbaugh said.

SKILL SHARPENING: Local law enforcement brings in special training

February 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s law enforcement officers are getting more than the average training this week. Whitley County’s Sheriff’s 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.

“The F.A.T.S machine sharpens us up and keeps us from becoming complacent,” Gatton said. “With all of the different environmental settings it gave us, we could never duplicate that in a shooting range setting.”

CITY ADDRESS: Past, present, future of City

February 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “The government that is closest to the people is what is best for the people.”

That was a phrase spoken near the end of Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel’s 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.

MISCONDUCT CASE: Man enters alibi defense

February 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE: CCHS Science Olympiad competes

February 15, 2013

Columbia City High School’s 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.

SPECIAL EDUCATION: Learning turns into a labor of love for Whitko

February 15, 2013

Editor’s note: The following is the first of a two-part series on the special education services at Whitko Community School Corporation.

PIERCETON — 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.

“I want our students to be able to move forward confidently,” said Lehman. “I want them to be able to contribute to our community.”

GESTURE OF APPRECIATION: K9 finders thanked

February 15, 2013

Columbia City’s 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.

February 14th

'BUSCO DEALER: Greer pleads guilty to meth charges

February 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 soccer player Shila Tolliver signed to play soccer at Huntington University Thursday...
CHURUBUSCO — With a 5-2 win in the season opener against Woodlan and another win over Oak Hill...
HUNTINGTON — Columbia City’s boys track team opened its season with a loss at Huntington North...

 

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