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May 16th, 2013

ROAD REPAIRS: Board takes street offers

May 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Three companies submitted bids for 2013 street repairs to Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety.

Niblock Excavating, E&B Paving and Wayne Asphalt were the three firms that turned in bids. Board members said they would take the bids under advisement and make a decision at a future meeting.

In other business, the board unanimously approved waiving the sewer tap fee for the Woodlands Senior Center.

The fee, which was already paid, was $500.

“I think a token of $500 is a small portion for what you do in the community,” said Board Member Walt Crowder.

TALKIN' TRASH: ’Busco opens bids

May 16, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Trash bids were opened at the Churubusco Town Council meeting Wednesday night.

Four bids were submitted to the council, including Whitley Environmental, the company contracted to collect Whitley County’s recycling.

According to Madalyn Bartl, the town’s clerk-treasurer, residents currently pay a monthly rate of $13.08 for trash pick up. The town’s current contract is with Republic Services, doing business as National Serv-All.

A stinky field trip

May 16, 2013

Indian Springs Middle School’s eighth graders took a trip to Columbia City’s Water Pollution Control Facility, the city’s wastewater treatment plant, Wednesday afternoon.

Above, a group of students look on as a mass of sludge is pushed into a drain. See more photos in Thursday's issue of The Post and Mail.

GUILTY: S. Whitley man admits sexual misconduct

May 16, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

ROAD CLOSED

May 16, 2013

(May 16, 2013) — 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.

May 15th

Local teacher receives honor

May 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

DYW holding recruiting

May 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

Heart Gallery stopping at YMCA

May 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

Rotary is told firearms business is ‘too good’

May 15, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

“Actually, business is too good right now,” he said. The demand far exceeds the supply. And it’s a little hard to explain why,” he said.
He said it was more complicated than simply attributing it all to recent tragedies.

He equated it to panic buying without thought.

Whitko welding program gains certification

May 15, 2013

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.

 

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