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POW WOW: Local residents celebrate

August 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Just over 200 years ago, Chief Little Turtle died in 1812. It is befitting the Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow 2012 was a success with more than 2,000 people attending the 17th annual event at Morsches Park in Columbia City Friday through Sunday.
Lila Park, chairwoman of the Mihsihkinaahkwa Pow Wow committee, said the pow wow is simply a big family gathering.
“The Miami people host this event and is unique because it creates a special occasion for Native Americans to come together to honor, strengthen and share traditions, with one another and with others,” said Park.

GROUNDBREAKING: 1st Source Bank breaks ground in Col. City

August 13, 2012

Columbia City, IN – 1st Source Bank announces it will break ground on a new banking center at 630 Countryside Dr. in Columbia City, across the road from the Kroger Plaza.
A groundbreaking ceremony will be held Wednesday, August 15 at 11:00 a.m.
Those scheduled to attend the groundbreaking include Ryan Daniel, Mayor of Columbia City; Doug Brown, Director of the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce; Jennifer Zartman-Romano, Chamber Board President; Larry Mayers, 1st Source Regional President; and Cari Wells, 1st Source Banking Center Manager, among others.

OCEANS APART: Couple goes to great lengths to bring their daughter home

August 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Saturday’s birthday party was four years in the making for Charlotte Eun Joo Smith, known as Charley, to her new adoptive family.
Shawn and Megan Smith, of Indianapolis, adopted Charley from Seoul, South Korea. The process took 14 months, but on May 26, Shawn and Megan welcomed their daughter into the family.
“When we were ready to start a family, we did not feel that our children needed to be biological to be ours. Our daughter was simply in South Korea,” said Megan, who is originally from Columbia City.

DROWNING: Fort Wayne man, 29, dies in Old Lake

August 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Indiana conservation officers are investigating the apparent drowning of a Fort Wayne man on a northwest Whitley County Lake.

Officers say 29-year-old James Beck was swimming Saturday around 1:45 p.m. toward a floating raft on Old Lake when his girlfriend spotted him struggling.

Despite her attempt to swim out and help him, she couldn't hold on to him as he struggled and he disappeared under the surface of the water.

Divers from five different agencies spent approximately seven hours searching for the body. He was recovered in about 20 feet of water.

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