June 25th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An apologetic and tearful South Whitley man received a six-year sentence for sexual misconduct with a minor Monday.
Timothy J. Swihart, 19, will serve two of those six years in Whitley County Jail, with the other four years of the sentence suspended and to be served on probation.
Swihart pleaded guilty as part of an agreement last month.
Part of that arrangement was capping his term of incarceration at four years.
In his statement, Swihartâ€™s attorney, Jeff Arnold, requested a local sentence.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s sole radio station, WJHS 91.5 FM The Eagle, recently announced its community programming schedule for the summer.
On the docket are live broadcasts from three popular local events: the American Legion parade during Old Settlers Days, the City of Columbia Cityâ€™s Fourth of July Celebration and the Whitley County 4-H Fair.
WJHS Station Manager Michele Creech is getting her team and students ready to cover these events.
â€˘Poor Jackâ€™s Amusement Midway â€” 5 to 11 p.m. daily Tuesday through Saturday;Midway wristband discount from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.
*Whitley County Historical Museum â€” Open tours & Quilt Show Tues. - Thurs. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, Friday 9 a.m. to Noon
*American Legion Bingo â€” Tues. 5 to 11 p.m., Wednesday - 5 to 11 p.m., Thursday - 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday - 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturday - 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Legion tent on the Midway.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A competitive field of 25 contestants will vie for the title of Mr. and Miss Whitley County during the annual 4-H scholarship program to be held at the Columbia City First Church of God July 1.
Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m.
There is a suggested $1 donation for admission, which will be given to the winners of the Hester Adams Memorial Award.
Dan Wyatt and Larry Hearld compete against each other in the Turtle Days Corn Hole Tournament in the parking lot of PNC Bank Saturday afternoon in Churubusco.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Once again, Whitley County Consolidated Schools will participate in the USDA Summer Food Service Program.
Free meals will be made available to all children under the age of 18 and to persons over 18 years who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled.
Free meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regarless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City residents will see a trash can swap this week.
Mayor Ryan Daniel has asked that as weekly trash is collected by National Serv-All this week, residents leave the brown totes at the curb.
A separate truck will be working its way through town collecting the brown containers while another truck delivers new gray carts.
According to Daniel, Advance Disposal, doing business as National Serv-All, is planning to start delivery today.
Turtle Town Players, a community theater group from Churubusco, entertained audience members Sunday with music featuring an animalistic theme.
â€śCelebrate Animalsâ€ť was a concert to benefit the Whitley County Humane Shelter, Columbia City. The event was held at the Churubusco United Methodist Church and featured a variety of local talent.
Although there was no charge for the concert, a freewill donation was taken. In the end, $400 was raised for the shelter.
Editorâ€™s note: Throughout the month of June, The Post & Mail will be featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Cory Patrick has only earned one life-saving award, the number of lives heâ€™s saved from stopping drunk drivers are countless.
Patrick, Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s deputy, led all agencies in Whitley County in drunk-driving arrests in 2012 â€” he booked 48 people who were operating while intoxicated (OWI).
â€śI feel like itâ€™s a place that I can make a difference,â€ť Patrick said.
Madilynn Hontz, 2, was the winner of the smallest turtle category Saturday at Turtle Days in Churubusco.
The festival concluded Saturday, with many events such as turtle races, cornhole tournaments, tractor pull, parade, BBQ cook-off and a fireworks display.
See Page A2 of the June 24 issue of The Post and Mail for more photos, as well as the winners of the turtle races.