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June 12th, 2011

'Busco seniors move on

June 12, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — Traditions are appropriate at graduations but the salutatorian Dustin “Bob” Arvola broke it when he rolled down a sign that said “Bob” with an arrow pointing to him as he gave his dreaded speech.
A total of 105 Churubusco High School students made up the Class of 2011. An impressive 32 of them graduated with honors.
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WHS grads excelled in the classroom

June 12, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko High School Principal Parrish Kruger was quick to point out the academic prowess of his graduating class Friday night as the school paid homage to the Class of 2011.
“As Principal of Whitko High School, I must say it’s been an honor to serve you,” said Kruger as he addressed the class.
Kruger announced that 36 percent of the class graduated with honors diplomas, which he said was six percent above the state average.
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City graduates reflect, take next step in life

June 12, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City alumni group grew by 292 Friday evening as the 2011 senior class of Eagles turned their tassels, received a diploma and walked out into world.
One of the larger classes to go through Columbia City, the class motto of “we are the ones” puts in words how faculty speaker Bob Fahl witnessed one of the school’s most successful classes.
“They are without a doubt the best overall class that’s graduated from Columbia City High School in the last 30 years,” Fahl said in his address to the crowd.
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WMS secretary looks back on three decades

June 12, 2011

LARWILL — Georgia Tenney, secretary at Whitko Middle School, is retiring after nearly 33 years of service in education, with 14 of those years at Pierceton Middle School as a secretary and treasurer.
In 1993, when the school system consolidated its junior high schools, Tenney transferred from Pierceton to the newly-constructed Whitko Middle School as the school’s secretary.
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Larwill council hears EDC update

June 12, 2011

LARWILL — Alan Tio, Whitley County Economic Development Corporation’s president, attended the Larwill town council meeting Thursday night and provided updates on EDC activities, along with an overview of last year and the upcoming 2012 budget.
“The thing about the EDC is it represents a 20-year commitment that Whitley county has had to supporting (and growing) industry and bringing new money into our county,” Tio said. “We (EDC) want to make sure we keep that effort strong and continue to respond to the needs of business.”
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June 8th

A tour of Parkview’s future

June 8, 2011

Randy Vondran, site superintendent for Hagerman, Inc. gives a tour Tuesday afternoon to employees of Parkview Whitley Hospital of the hospital’s new facility being built at the corner of Ind. 205 and U.S. 30. The staff tours are ongoing as construction of the new hospital continues, gearing Parkview Whitley for the expected “first patient day” of Oct. 20.

S. Whitley progresses on Doodlebug

June 8, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — With determination and ongoing efforts of two South Whitley mothers, the town’s park will soon transform into a state of the art magical play land providing physical activity and excitement for children.
A ground breaking ceremony was held in the town park for phase I of Doodlebug Village on May 21.
In the past two years, Katey Till and Colleen French have been dedicating all their free time raising funds in order to provide the community with a play time dream.
The two mother’s successfully raised $65,000 towards phase I, along with $6,000 in pledges.

Former excise officer gets two years

June 8, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The former Indiana Excise officer accused of breaking into the unit’s Columbia City post back in August was sentenced Monday to two years in prison.
After initially pleading not guilty in November, Aaron Bishop, 34, changed his plea last month in Whitley County Superior Court.
He was charged with theft and official misconduct.
A Fort Wayne native, Bishop was given a sentence of two years in prison for stealing guns and money from the Indiana Excise Police evidence room.

June 6th

D-Day — 67 years later

June 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Gnarled hands, ravaged by decades of hard work, held the tiny silver pieces while weathered eyes that have seen both the gallantry and horror of war inspected the shiny medals.
It was a day of commemoration and reflection as the Whitley County Historical Society spearheaded a ceremony that honored local veterans of World War II, while marking the 67th anniversary of Operation Neptune, or the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.
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In the heat of state: Roush gives City highest finish in 1600

June 6, 2011

   BLOOMINGTON — With temperatures nearing 100 degrees in the stands and maybe more on the track, athletes braved the hot and humid conditions Saturday at the girls’ track and field state finals at Indiana  University. 
   Among the athletes running for a top-9 state medal were three Columbia City Lady Eagles.
   Two seniors and a freshman made up the most Lady Eagles to appear in the state finals for Columbia City since 2005.

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