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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Gene and Sandy Hoover have been lighting up their property on Airport and Etna roads for the holidays since 1997. The display that covers nearly one acre gets bigger and better each year.
Gene begins the annual ritual during the last week of October.
It takes a lot of extension cords and when in storage it takes two 40-gallon totes to store them.
The Hoovers store the hundreds of displays and lights in the walk-in attic over their two-car garage. But Gene ran out of room in the attic and had to buy a 10â€™ x 10â€™ storage shed.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two area men were arrested Saturday after a drug deal in northwest Whitley County.
At approximately 2 p.m., Noah Beck, 24, of Warsaw and Robbie Ramsey, 29, of Yoder, were arrested by Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies after a citizen complaint of possible drug activity.
According to a press release from the Whitley County Prosecutorâ€™s Office, the informant alleged that a large cash transaction had occurred and that such transactions had occurred on prior occasions.
Former Whitko Head Basketball Coach Bill Patrick, right, was inducted in Whitkoâ€™s Wall of Fame Friday night. He is presented a memento of the induction by Whitko Head Coach Rob Irwin. Patrick, current head coach at Tippecanoe Valley, brought his team of Vikings to South Whitley to pick up a win against his former team, in the gym he spent 24 years coaching in.
As a Whitko coach, Patrick was 19-3 against Tippy Valley.
In 2008, Patrick was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Doing their daily American and Hoosier duty are Andrew Hall and Rylee Gardner. Each day these fourth-grade students at South Whitley Elementary School raise the United States and Indiana flags and every day they lower them. Hall and Gardner have learned the proper way to fold the flags. They both feel honored to do this task, they said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Indiana Congressman Mike Pence, a Republican candidate for governor and national political figure, has been secured as the keynote speaker for the Whitley County Republicansâ€™ Lincoln Day Dinner, 7 p.m. Feb. 23 at a date to be determined, according to Matt Boyd, Whitley County GOP chairman.
Further details will be announced later.
â€śThis is an honor to be hosting one of the few principled congressmen we have,â€ť said Boyd.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” He took one look at her and knew she was going to be his bride.
What Keith Nicodemus didnâ€™t know was that Frances would be his bride for 70 years.
Keith and Frances were skating at the Happy Valley Roller Rink in Columbia City but didnâ€™t know each other.
â€śI was with Eldon Anderson and I told him that girl was going to be my wife,â€ť said Keith.
Eldon told him he was crazy.
Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma said Thursday that lawmakers may seek passage of a statewide smoking ban before the nationâ€™s attention turns to Indianapolis for the February Super Bowl.
Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said he may speed through a statewide smoking ban since Indianapolisâ€™ City-County Council on Tuesday voted down a proposal to ban smoking in the city ahead of the Feb. 5 Super Bowl.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Police Department and the Whitley County Humane Society Animal Shelter work in tandem to help both animals and residents of the city, according to Columbia Cityâ€™s top police officer.
Columbia City Police Chief Mike Petersen said the city is required by the state to have at minimum one animal control officer.
In Columbia City, one officer is not assigned to this duty; the entire department participates.
â€śAny of our officers can work a case,â€ť said Petersen
WATERLOO, Ind. â€” Indiana State Police have released the name of a northeastern Indiana police officer who was shot in the face while responding to a distress call.
State Police Sgt. Ron Galaviz says 47-year-old Deputy Marshal Stephen Brady, of Pleasant Lake, remained in serious condition at Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Brady is a 13-year veteran of the Waterloo Police Department, located in DeKalb County. He was shot while responding to a report that a man and woman had knocked on someoneâ€™s door about 3 a.m. Thursday saying they needed help because their car was stuck in a ditch.
The Criminal Investigation Division of the Indiana State Police arrested a Big Lake resident late Wednesday night on two counts of child molesting and one count of failing to register as a sex offender following a two week-long investigation.
Robert S. Gibson, 39, of rural Columbia City (Big Lake in Noble County) was arrested in connection to an allegation that he had sexual contact with a female victim under the age of 14 during the summer of 2010.
He was charged with two felony counts of child molesting and also for failing to register as a sex offender.