May 13th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Chris Loft, 28, is a body mechanic by day and a youth mentor by night.
He doesnâ€™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.
â€śI am at The Center almost every day,â€ť Loft said. â€śI have the luxury of working a job that allows me to be there shortly after school to volunteer. I donâ€™t see it as an obligation, but a privilege to invest in the lives of these students.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™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 werenâ€™t ideal, the first Saturday of market season was a success.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” 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 â€” which may have been more of a death sentence.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 arenâ€™t required to complete handgun training before receiving their permits.
In fact, citizens donâ€™t have to take a test regarding the laws of concealed or open carry.
So when can â€” and canâ€™t â€” you carry?
Without a license, the options are limited.
Carey M. Maggert Sr, 62, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2013, at Dupont Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Born in Wolf Lake, Carey was a self employed truck driver. He was a NASCAR fan who enjoyed hunting and fishing.
June M. James, 87, entered into the presence of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saturday, May 11, 2013, with her loving daughters at her side. Born in Assumption, Ill., she was the daughter of the late David and Ola (Davis) Cotner.
She was a member of Woodburn Missionary Church and a faithful prayer warrior. The Hope Center was blessed with the dozens of baby quilts she so enjoyed making for them. She had worked for the old Woodburn telephone company and retired in 2006 from the staff of the Woodburn Missionary Church after 20 years of service.
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 Corporationâ€™s Superintendent Steve Clason serving muffins to guests.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
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 â€śbodyâ€ť of Churubusco student Chelsea Bennett, who â€śdiedâ€ť in Fridayâ€™s crash.