May 16th, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” Don't look for the outcry over the Internal Revenue Service's improper targeting of tea party groups to subside with the ouster of the agency's acting commissioner.
Three congressional committees are investigating and the FBI is looking into potential civil rights violations at the IRS, Attorney General Eric Holder said.
Other potential crimes include making false statements to authorities and violating the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities, Holder said.
Mary Raber Elementary School recently announced its May Shining Stars.
Students are named this monthly program for â€śdoing the right thing and treating people right.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the City of Columbia City has announced a revised trash pick up schedule. There will be no collections Monday for trash and recycling.
Monday collections will be made Tuesday. Tuesday collections will be done Wednesday. Wednesday collections will be made Thursday and Thursday collections will be made Friday. Friday collections will be made on Saturday.
This schedule change applies to both trash and recycling pick up.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s junior varsity baseball team split a pair of games this week with area rivals.
Whitko fell to TRC-foe Wabash Monday, 7-5, but came back to beat Peru, 13-1 Tuesday.
Brady Weeks started his first career game for the Wildcats against Wabash. He gave up four earned runs and pitched all six innings.
SOUTH WHITLEYâ€” Whitkoâ€™s junior varsity softball team capped its season with two big wins earlier this week.
The first was a tight 11-10 win over Heritage Saturday that ended with a seventh inning walkoff hit.
Adrianna Holst of Whitko singled to start the bottom of the seventh against Heritage.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is a series highlighting unique jobs and activities held by area students during the summer months.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Summer months are filled with baseball games, cookouts and dips in the pool. For some students, earning some cash becomes the focus.
Brooke Alexander, a student at Columbia City High School, has chosen to direct her summer focus in the direction of government.
Hoosier Girls State (HGS) is a program designed to educate high school girls in Indiana of the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Three companies submitted bids for 2013 street repairs to Columbia Cityâ€™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.
â€śI think a token of $500 is a small portion for what you do in the community,â€ť said Board Member Walt Crowder.
CHURUBUSCO â€” 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 Countyâ€™s recycling.
According to Madalyn Bartl, the townâ€™s clerk-treasurer, residents currently pay a monthly rate of $13.08 for trash pick up. The townâ€™s current contract is with Republic Services, doing business as National Serv-All.
Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s eighth graders took a trip to Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Pollution Control Facility, the cityâ€™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.
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.