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May 13th, 2013

Wind farm to expand turbines: Success after Whitley Co. ordinance stifled construction

May 13, 2013

BLUFFTON (AP) — The developer of a proposed wind farm in northeastern Indiana is increasing the number of turbines it wants to install as part of a $336 million complex on about 37,000 acres of land.

Apex Wind Energy of Charlottesville, Va., will present its new design to local officials next month and says it expects construction to begin by the end of the year.

The design is a change from the 87 turbines on 18,500 acres that Apex initially proposed, an area newspaper reported.

Crash kills baby, injures 4 children

May 13, 2013

NOBLE COUNTY — An 8-month-old boy was killed and four other children were injured in a vehicle accident Saturday.

According to area media, the car crashed into a tree near the Noble-Elkhart County line Saturday when the driver swerved to miss an animal that ran out into the road.

The driver, Angelica Ibarra, 39, of Ligonier, was cited for not having a license and other violations.

Police said Ibarra drove straight through a curve, slid sideways and struck a tree on the rear passenger side of the vehicle.

Ibarra was not injured, but Gael Ibarra, 8 months, died from his injuries.

SERVICE A PRIVILEGE: Loft named The Center’s outstanding volunteer

May 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Chris Loft, 28, is a body mechanic by day and a youth mentor by night.

He doesn’t view himself as anything extraordinary, but to The Center for Whitley County Youth, Loft is an outstanding volunteer.

At the annual benefit cook-off for The Center, Loft was awarded one of the Volunteer of the Year Awards.

“I am at The Center almost every day,” Loft said. “I have the luxury of working a job that allows me to be there shortly after school to volunteer. I don’t see it as an obligation, but a privilege to invest in the lives of these students.”

FARMERS MARKET: Opening day grows interest

May 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Farmers Market opened its season Saturday to brisk temperatures and overcast skies.

Last year, the market opened a week earlier and experienced colder-than-normal temperatures. Pushing the start of the market back a week, Market Master Chris Lilly hoped the weather would cooperate.

Lilly said that although the temperatures weren’t ideal, the first Saturday of market season was a success.

INVESTIGATION PROGRESSING: Body found in woods I.D.’d as drug felon

May 13, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — More information is coming forward about the man who was found dead in a wooded area Wednesday.

Dillon Warner, 22, was identified Friday as the body found by a property owner in eastern Whitley County.

Warner, a convicted drug felon, may still have been alive had his court hearing last month had a different outcome.

The Allen County judge spared Warner prison time — which may have been more of a death sentence.

HANDGUNS: To carry? Or not to carry?

May 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For some, carrying a handgun is a way of life, for others, its purely recreational.

Regardless of the reason for registering for a handgun permit, police warn citizens to plan and prepare before they carry.

In Indiana, people aren’t required to complete handgun training before receiving their permits.

In fact, citizens don’t have to take a test regarding the laws of concealed or open carry.

So when can — and can’t — you carry?

Without a license, the options are limited.

May 10th

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.

 

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