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Archive - Mar 2011

March 18th

After working hard, Walter ready to play hard

March 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — One of the icons of the Whitley County Extension Office and the 4-H program is stepping down as of this afternoon.
Kay Walter has been the smiling face behind the counter, the secretary for the extension office, for “23 1/2 years and eight days” she said Wednesday, but she’s not counting.
Married to Steve Walter, Kay was a stay-at-home mom to their daughters Stephanie and Kathy before taking a job with L.M. Berry in Warsaw. When that business moved to Dayton, she applied for the extension office job.

Fire burns strong again in City

March 18, 2011

   Nearly two years ago at this time, Columbia City boys’ basketball was without a head coach as the offseason began.
   The Eagles program stood at a crossroads with back-to-back losing seasons not what fans had grown accustomed to.
   Meanwhile, over in Valparaiso, Drew Benedict, an eighth grader at the time, received a text from longtime friend Derek Hinen.
   “Hey, the job is open again. Just have your dad come back.”

EMS fund growing, used to fund services

March 18, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — In a time when funds are tight and belts are being cinched to the last eyelet, one Whitley County entity continues to be funded year in and year out thanks to a 15-year-old compromise.
On Monday, September McConnell, Executive Director of the Whitley County Community Foundation, will give a report to the county’s Board of Commissioners about just such a fund — the Whitley County/Whitley Memorial EMS Fund.

New owners take over magic at local course

March 18, 2011

   The unique golf course well-known around the area for its night golf has new ownership running things.
   Roughly a month ago, former owner Kent Miller sold the golf course — on the corner of state Route 9 and county road 500 north — to Russel Fahl.
   According to son-in-law Ryan Cook, who will be running the course with his wife, the course was something that interested Fahl as a former resident of the area.

March 17th

United Way celebrates campaign, volunteers

March 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The United Way of Whitley County recognized its volunteers and shared 2010 fundraising campaign results at a breakfast Tuesday morning at the Eagle’s Nest Event Center.

County takes big step forward in education goals

March 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The road to a college education just got a little bit easier for some Whitley County students thanks to a partnership announced Wednesday between the Whitley County Community Foundation and the Questa Foundation for Education.
The Questa Foundation, based in Fort Wayne, announced that it is expanding its Questa Scholars Program into Whitley, DeKalb, Huntington and Kosciusko counties, and hopes to expand to the rest of northeast Indiana by 2013.

Tom Rethlake named Republican of the Year

March 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Area Republicans gathered Wednesday night to mingle, discuss successes and strategies and recognize their own at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, held at the Eagle’s Nest in Columbia City.
Party Chairman Sen. Jim Banks took the podium before the dinner, and prior to the arrival of Keynote Speaker Gov. Mitch Daniels and called on his fellow Republicans to find his replacement.
“We are looking for new leadership of the (county) party,” Banks said.

Lucas Lang, infant

March 17, 2011

Lucas Allen Lang, infant son of Cayala A. Lang and John M. Galligher, died at 6:22 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at Parkview Whitley Hospital where he was born at 5:04 p.m.
Surviving relatives also include grandparents, Robert L. Lang Sr. of Churubusco, Angela S. Lang of Churubusco, Michael A. and Christina M. Galligher of Albion; and great-grandparents, Adabelle Lang of Roanoke, Margaret Simons of Iowa, Raymond Carnes of Arizona and Eleanor Galligher of Avilla.
The graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at South Park Annex Cemetery.

June Hadley, 86

March 17, 2011

June Pauline (Leiter) Hadley, 86, a resident of rural LaOtto and widow of Vaughan A. Hadley, passed away at 2:55 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Hadley was born June 3, 1924 in Noble County, a daughter of Clarence Samuel and Pearl Edith (Wood) Leiter. She was a widow of Vaughan A. Hadley
The surviving relatives include her daughter, Sandra S. Hadley; two sisters, Mary (Louie) Peduto and Dorothy Martin; a brother, Ray (Patsy) Leiter.

Daniels addresses county GOP

March 17, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Gov. Mitch Daniels’ flair for levity and sarcasm drew countless laughs as Indiana’s top elected official poked fun at boycotting House Democrats, the President and even himself Wednesday night as the keynote speaker for Whitley County’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner.
“Wherever I go, I get asked a lot of questions about Indiana,” said Daniels, adding that he fields numerous inquiries about the state’s budget surplus. He said he tells people there’s a reason why Indiana is different from some states whose financial ledgers are in the red.

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