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February 15th, 2013

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.

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE: A child’s perspective on Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Today is the day for chocolates, hearts, flowers and romance — Valentine’s Day.

Students from Coesse Elementary School had plenty of ideas on how to convey love to someone on Valentine’s Day.

Brooklyn Fraunfelder, a first grader at CES suggested giving a variety of gifts.

“You could give them a box of chocolates and a stuffed bear,” Fraunfelder said, “You could buy them cupcakes, give them a heart pillow or a thing of heart suckers.”

Noble, a second grader at CES agrees with the gift-giving idea.

ILLICIT DISCHARGES: Sewer service policy passes

February 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council passed an amendment to the sewer service ordinance, on first reading, at Tuesday’s meeting.

February 13th

RIVER STUDY: Fort Wayne looks into its downtown rivers

February 13, 2013

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Fort Wayne is launching its first comprehensive study of the city's three downtown rivers as part of an effort to spur development along the waterways.

Mayor Tom Henry said Tuesday the study will examine environmental issues, flooding, navigation and recreation uses along the St. Joseph, St. Marys and Maumee rivers. The northeastern Indiana city was founded as a military fort in 1794 along the confluence of those three rivers.

TEEN DATING VIOLENCE AWARENESS: Mayor advises students of healthy relationships

February 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — To commemorate February as Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel read a proclamation to students at Columbia City High School Tuesday.

Whitley County’s Domestic Violence Task Force (WCDVTF) spearheaded the event and joined with other local organizations such as the Columbia City Police Department, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Leadership Whitley County Youth and Columbia City Youth Council to impress on high school students the seriousness of dating violence.

'BUSCO SCHOOL BUILDING: Construction continues

February 13, 2013

Construction is still underway at Churubusco schools. Part of the renovation includes a new cafeteria, newly designed front entrance, as well as asbestos removal in the auditorium.

Recent Churubusco graduate Katie Monk signed with the University of Indianapolis for track and...
COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Community Foundation is hosting a 5K run to benefit a local...
Pictured is the Columbia City Park Department’s league and tournament champions — Downtown on the...

 

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