March 22nd, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Pierceton man pleaded guilty to a burglary charge in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Jeremiah Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to burglary, a Class C felony. With his criminal history, he also was charged with being a habitual felony offender as part of a plea arrangement.
A charge of theft, a Class D felony, was dismissed as part of the agreement.
Smith admitted to breaking into the Larwill Deli, located at U.S. 30 and Ind. 5. He was accused of stealing $1,252.76 of merchandise ‚ÄĒ 12 cartons of cigarettes.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Pocket change is needed to make positive change for Whitley County families.
B.A.B.E.‚Äôs annual April giving campaign is in its fifth year and baby bottles are being prepared for distribution across the county to collect monetary donations.
‚ÄúThese bottles will be in businesses all over the county,‚ÄĚ said Shawn Ellis, B.A.B.E.‚Äôs executive director. ‚ÄúThere are smaller bottles that we are handing out to churches so that their members can take them home and fill them.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Honoring the past while creating the future.
That is the idea behind much of the educational practices of Northern Heights Elementary School. Jake Hoag, principal of NHES, gave a presentation to the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees (WCCS) Monday about the vision in his building.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ A crushed pipe, resulting in more than $1,500 in repair work, was deemed to not be the responsibility of the town by the South Whitley Town Council last week.
When a resident brought the concern to the town‚Äôs council, President Tony Starkey asked for more information.
After bills were submitted to Town Manager Dave Wilkinson and more questions were answered, the council members decided there was no liability on the town‚Äôs part to cover the repair costs.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs girls track team excelled in the Three Rivers Conference last season.
For 2013, the Lady Wildcats are back for more and are hoping to take the conference championship once again.
Whitko won the Three Rivers Conference two ways last year, taking first in the conference meet, 48 points ahead of second-place Southwood, and also posting a 7-0 mark in the season, league-wise.
While the Wildcats graduated three seniors from last year‚Äôs team, Coach Gary Sims was excited about the talent that remains.
See Saturday's Post & Mail for an updated review of Whitley County unemployment numbers.
Betty L. Hodges, 89, a resident of rural South Whitley, died at 12:30 a.m. Thursday March 21, 2013, at the home of her daughter. She had been in failing health.
She was born May 10, 1923, in Carroll County, a daughter of the late Leo F. and Axie E. (Cross) Landis.
Her formative years were spent in north central Indiana. She graduated from Larwill High School in 1941.
On June 1, 1941, she was united in marriage to George E. Hodges. They made their home in on a farm in rural South Whitley. Mr. Hodges died Nov. 27, 1995.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Though Columbia City‚Äôs boys and girls swim teams didn‚Äôt have a state-title, stand-out season ‚ÄĒ there was much to highlight about the small squad‚Äôs performance this year.
Eagle head coach Kristen Swonger, who is stepping down after this season, said every swimmer broke their personal record at least once, and some swam new events for the first time.
With only 11 girls and 12 boys on the team, winning many meets posed big challenge for the Eagles.
‚ÄúWe had no idea what was going to happen,‚ÄĚ Swonger said.
INDIANAPOLIS ‚ÄĒ In light of all Churubusco‚Äôs football team‚Äôs success throughout the last three years ‚ÄĒ including a 33-5 combined record ‚ÄĒ only three players have received such an honor.
Offensive lineman Eric Kuznar joins former ‚ÄôBusco standouts Kyle Monk and Kyle Matthewson as recipients of a ‚ÄėGriddy‚Äô award Sunday.
The senior was honored at the Colts Pavilion in Indianapolis ad the awards ceremony.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Bringing home a national award is cause for celebration for any team, squad or group.
But for Vanessa Bills and the Whitley County Dazzlers, winning a cheerleading national title is somewhat shocking.
‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt even realize we would be competing like that,‚ÄĚ said Bills who is the Dazzler‚Äôs coach.
The special needs cheerleading squad is open to any age and gender in Whitley County who has a disability.
Last week, the squad took its first cross-country trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C. to compete in Cheer Ltd.‚Äôs national competition.