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Sheriff’s Dept. works pair of crashes

May 12, 2014

Whitley County’s Sheriff’s Department worked a pair of crashes over the weekend.

Saturday, at the intersection of Ind. 105 and County Road 1000 South, a man allegedly ran a stop sign, striking another vehicle.

According to a crash report by the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Michael Sills, 66, of South Whitley, was traveling westbound on CR 1000 S., when he ran the stop sign at the intersection with Ind. 105, hitting a truck driven by Kyle Whitehead, 24, of Nappanee.

Ribbon Cutting at Farmer's Market

May 12, 2014

The 2014 Farmer’s Market season officially opened Saturday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Vendors, local farmers, officials and community members gathered to take part in the celebration. Pictured from left to right starting in the back is Doug Brown, Canda Goldwood, Matt Hopf, Michael McCoy and Tom Hartzell. Middle row: Kelley Sheiss, Jane Loomis, Kay Hildman. Front row: Mayor Ryan Daniel, Market Master Chris Lily, Jennifer Romano, Tom Wise and Laura Richcreek.

Solid Waste District plans electronics expansion

May 12, 2014

Whitley County Commissioners gave the go-ahead to allow for a wall to be broken through for the Solid Waste District.

Regulations have chan-ged, which now require the Solid Waste District to move electronics inside the building.

Computers, televisions and other electronic devices are able to be disposed of Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, at the county facility, located at 701 S. Line St. in Columbia City.

Homemade goods hit local scene

May 12, 2014

Farmers market opened Saturday celebrating its 15th year

May 12, 2014

Whitley County’s Farmers Market opened Saturday at the Whitley County Courthouse Square, celebrating its 15th year of providing a variety of fresh local produce, meats, eggs, home-baked goods, plants, flowers and a wide array of local crafts.

The market is open each Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through October. “We have added food trucks and carts so those at market can get something hot to eat,” said Chris Lily, market master.

State leaders speak to home crowd at Rotary

May 12, 2014

Columbia City’s Rotary Club welcomed two of its own members to speak at a recent meeting.

Senator Jim Banks, and Rep. Kathy Heuer presented an update on this past session of the Indiana State Legislature.

Rep. Heuer started with an overview of how a bill moves through the legislature.

“The language of the bill has to be very specific,” said Heuer. “It is defined in one committee, referred to another, defined again, then back and forth until everyone agrees with how the bill is worded.”

Virus declared the culprit for closure: Los Tequilas reopens after investigation

May 12, 2014

Health officials confirmed that the Norovirus was the cause of more than 40 patrons becoming ill after eating at Los Tequilas, a Columbia City restaurant.

Mary Ann McClusky, Whitley County’s environmental health food specialist, issued the order to close the establishment April 21 after receiving a number of complaints of illness of patrons who had eaten at Los Tequilas April 17 through April 19.

“The Norovirus is very contagious,” said McClusky. “During that time there were five out of nine employees who were sick and were working.”

Program to accelerate new business

May 12, 2014

Whitley County Commissioners and Council members were updated on a unique initiative to help launch new businesses in the area.

Alan Tio, Whitley County Economic Development Corporation president, was on-hand at a recent meeting to share the vision behind the Growth Venture Accelerator Program.

The new accelerator program provides funding, coaching and mentorship to help high value startups and expansions begin in Whitley County.

Applications for the first session of the program are due Thursday and can be requested by visiting the EDC online at

Diverse display of produce at opening of Whitley County Farmer's Market

May 12, 2014

Moms deemed ‘special’ by NHES students

May 12, 2014

Mothers throughout Whitley County will be treated to handmade cards, flowers and breakfast in bed.

Sunday is Mother’s Day, and students at Northern Heights Elementary School took time to write what makes their moms so special.

“Moms do many things for us,” said Summer. “They take care of us and love us. So, give your mom your love because you only have one mom.”


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