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May 9th

Cluster creates cackle of surprise

May 9, 2014

A unique birthday present gave a mushroom enthusiast a “shock.”
Rose Hurd, of Whitley County, calls herself “the mushroom lady.”

She’s sold mushrooms for 26 years and is a supplier to four retailers, but she said she “has never seen anything like this before.”

“I got a package shipped from Nevada from my supplier,” said Hurd, who celebrated her 87th birthday Tuesday.

HEAD OF THE CLASS: CCHS honors two class leaders

May 9, 2014

For the first time in Columbia City High School’s history, two valedictorians have been named.

They may have different personalities and different academic motivation, but the end result was the same — Sarah Wise and Kiersten Thomas are at the top of the CCHS Class of 2014.

Neither Wise nor Thomas set out to be the valedictorians of their class when they started high school.

“It was less about being at the top of my class and more about keeping up with my sister,” Thomas said.

Thomas’ sister, Michaela, was salutatorian of the Class of 2012.

COSTLY COMMUNICATION: Sheriff given OK to seek proposals for upgrades

May 9, 2014

“It’s been a long time coming,” said Whitley County Sheriff Mark Hodges. “We knew this day would come.”

The county’s dispatch equipment is no longer supported for maintenance and is quickly becoming “obsolete.”

At Wednesday’s County Council meeting, Hodges explained the need for upgrades as well as the changes to the department’s communication systems.
Computer equipment and software will be updated to a more current operation system, according to the proposal presented to County Council members.


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May 8, 2014

Musical instrument manufacturer expanding operations in county

May 8, 2014

Fox Products, a manufacturer of double reed woodwind instruments, announced plans Wednesday to expand its operations here, creating up to 30 new jobs by 2017.

“From the honk of a car horn to the low tones of a Fox Products bassoon, Hoosier companies are singing Indiana’s tune as the best place to build the world’s products,” said Eric Doden, president of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

“From its top tax climate to its consistently balanced budgets, Indiana’s business climate is in perfect harmony with what companies need to grow.

Dress giveaway puts the ‘glam’ in prom

May 8, 2014

High school girls throughout the county had the chance to pick out a dress for prom at an annual giveaway held at Columbia City High School.
A variety of dress styles, colors, lengths and sizes were donated by area residents, and on March 19, the formal gowns were made available at no cost to any high school girl in Whitley County.
“Every girl should have the chance to look and feel her best at prom. It’s a glamorous night for these high schoolers,” said Sandy Kohut, CCHS nurse and event organizer.

Advisory Board determining EMA structure

May 8, 2014

After Cathy Broxon-Ball announced her intent to retire from her position as Whitley County’s Emergency Management Agency director, the agency’s Advisory Board is discussing how the office will serve the community in the future.

“We’ve been talking about what we want to do with this department,” said Don Amber, Whitley County Commissioner and Advisory Board member. “I think we agree that we’d like to see things focused on Whitley County and efforts spent to prepare us here at home. Other than that we don’t know what this is going to look like.”

Passages to hold job fair

May 8, 2014

Passages, Inc. supports people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to discover their potential and achieve the quality of life they desire.

The organization is hosting a job fair with open interviews for Direct Support Professionals Wednesday at the Passages Creative Learning Center located at 333 N. Oak St., in Columbia City. Information and interview sessions will begin at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Area blood mobile collects 57 pints from 66 donors

May 8, 2014

Whitley County’s Ellen Hively reached a milestone few people achieve Thursday at the Red Cross Bloodmobile.

Hively received recognition for giving 28 gallons of blood to help a possible 672 patients.

Columbia City United Methodist Church hosted the bloodmobile.
Fifty-seven pints were collected from 66 potential donors.


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