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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.

Woodmansee will be the guest speaker at gardeners meeting

May 8, 2014

John Woodmansee will be the guest speaker at the South Whitley Area Gardeners meeting, May 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Whitley Community Public Library.

Woodsmansee recently joined the Whitley County extension agency as the extension educator and is “eager” to meet others in the community and serve as a resource for homeowners.

The main topic will be landscape tree selection and care.
Woodsmansee will also provide help for other landscape issues such as pest problems, garden and yard care, and pruning guidelines for trees and shrubs.

Spring property taxes due Monday

May 8, 2014

Whitley County Treasurer Laurell Hodges wants to remind taxpayers that property taxes are due Monday.

The fall installment will be due Nov. 10.
Property owners can view the new tax amounts for their parcels at

The following payment options are available:

•Electronic payment at
•In person at the Whitley County Treasurer’s Office, second floor of the Whitley County Government Building.
•By mail — all payments must be postmarked by May 12.

S. Whitley organization plans spring ‘spruce-up’ day Saturday

May 8, 2014

South Whitley Main St. is organizing a second Spring Spruce-Up day Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to participate in a few hours of cleaning to spruce up the town.

Volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves and need to meet at the bandstand by Town Hall to register, pick up a trash bag and a water bottle before heading out to clean.

Volunteers will be assigned an area. Neighbors and friends may also join together to clean up their own neighborhoods. Groups need to register at the bandstand so total tally of participants can be collected.

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