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May 16th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â Less than a week short of a jury trial, a South Whitley man admitted his guilt in a sex case with a minor.
Timothy J. Swihart, 19, pled guilty to sexual misconduct with a minor, a Class C felony, last week.
As part of a plea arrangement, Swihart will receive a six-year sentence with a cap on time served being four years.
A second part of the agreement is to have two counts of perjury against Swihart dismissed.
Swihart was arrested in January. The victim in the case, a 14-year-old girl, had visited a school counselor, fearing being pregnant.
(May 16, 2013) â The Whitley County Sheriff's Department announced that County Road 550 East north of County Road 500 North will be closed today for a culvert replacement. Road should be back open by 2:30 p.m. today.
COLUMBIA CITY â Mark Parker, a Columbia City resident who teaches at Wolcott Mills Elementary School, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of twenty-one NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is a federal agency that each year supports summer study opportunities so that teachers can work with experts in humanities disciplines.
COLUMBIA CITY â A recruitment session is scheduled for potential participants for the 49th program of Distinguished Young Woman/Junior Miss Saturday.
The recruitment session is Sunday, May 19,. at 1:30 p.m. in the board room of the Whitley County Community Foundation, 400 N. Whitley St., Columbia City.
All individuals participating must register through the national website of Distinguished Young Woman. Attending the orientation is strongly suggested prior to registering on the national website.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Indiana Heart Gallery, an exhibit featuring portraits of children in need of adoptive families, is stopping in Columbia City.
The gallery will be at the Whitley County Family YMCA May 20 to June 10. The Indiana Department of Child Services uses the Heart Gallery to help raise awareness about children in foster care in need of a home.
There are approximately 1,100 foster kids in Indiana currently eligible for adoption, and while many will be adopted by a relative or foster parent, DCS is actively seeking adoptive families for a number of them.
COLUMBIA CITY â Jeff Ott, owner and operator of Precision Arms Of Indiana, in Columbia City, was the speaker at the Rotary Club meeting Tuesday.
Ott spoke on some of the current issues relative to firearms in the State of Indiana.
âActually, business is too good right now,â he said. The demand far exceeds the supply. And itâs a little hard to explain why,â he said.
He said it was more complicated than simply attributing it all to recent tragedies.
He equated it to panic buying without thought.
Ross Harvey, a senior at Whitko High School, took the American Welding Society Welder Certification Test and earned national certification in the Gas Metal Arc Welding process May 9.
He demonstrated his skill at the Steel Dynamics Keith E. Busse Technology Center of Ivy Tech Community College on the Fort Wayne campus.
The test consisted of depositing a six-inch over-head butt weld with 100 percent penetration throughout the welded joint. The test was overseen and inspected by AWS Certified Welding Inspector John Christman.
The bridge on the Blue River Trail Extension is now open to the public, according to Columbia City park officials.
The entire extension on the trail will be completed by the end of this month, along with the new bathrooms at Morsches Park.
Dustin Papenbrock, the latest deputy to join the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department, walks out of the Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.
This week is National Police Week, and between 20,000-40,000 law enforcement officers are in Washington D.C. for the event.
See Fridayâs edition of The Post & Mail for an article assisted by Mary Raber Elementary School students on the impact local law enforcement has on the community.
Editorâs note: The following is a series highlighting unique summer jobs to be held by area students.
COLUMBIA CITY â Although students view the weeks between school ending and school beginning as a vacation, summer jobs can be a temporary way for students to earn cash.
For Foster Eber, a Columbia City High School senior, the weeks between graduation and starting his freshman year at Ball State University will be spent working.
However, he wonât just have any job. Heâll be employed at one of his favorite summer spots â Cedar Point, an amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.