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December 20th

DEERSLAYERS: Indiana park deer hunts make inroads on Hoosier habitat recovery

December 20, 2011

Controlled deer hunts at state park properties are achieving the intended result of habitat recovery, but analysis of information collected this year indicates deer numbers remain above desired levels at many locations, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Volunteer hunters harvested 1,546 deer during four days of controlled hunts at 21 state parks in November.

That’s only the 10th highest total in 18 years of state park hunts, but resource biologists say harvest numbers alone have limited value in determining success.

EXCLUSIVE: Santa reveals last chances to see him in Columbia City before he makes his big road trip 'round the world

December 20, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY – Hours to visit Santa Claus in his cottage on the Whitley County Courthouse Square in downtown Columbia City have been established for coming days.
The Jolly Old Elf’s cottage is located on the northwest corner of the Courthouse Square. Assistants will be on hand to snap photos and they will be available for purchase.
Hours this Friday are 6 to 8:30 p.m.; and Christmas Eve Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

POLY-WOOD IN SYRACUSE: Outdoor furniture manufacturer to grow in Kosciusko County

December 20, 2011

SYRACUSE - Poly-Wood, Inc., a manufacturer of outdoor furniture, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 50 new jobs by 2015.

The company will invest $2.78 million to expand production operations and purchase a 25,000 square-foot facility and add a 35,000 square-foot addition on the company's current Kosciusko County campus. The new production operations, which include plastic lumber extrusions and furniture manufacturing, are slated to be operational later next year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS: $100,000 grant awarded to Passages, Inc.; 21 additional non-profits benefit Whitley County Community Foundation

December 20, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY – The Whitley County Community Foundation awarded one of its largest grants ever Monday afternoon.
Passages, Inc. was awarded $100,000 to convert the former Lehmberg Medical Building on North Oak Street into a state-of-the-art Creative Learning Center designed to provide optimal services to Passages’ clients.

December 19th

SENTENCED TO 30 YEARS: Rostochak to serve 25 years of three-decade sentence for molesting

December 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A former Richland Township fire captain will serve 25 years of a 30-year sentence for child molesting.
Ronald. A Rostochak, a former Richland Township fire captain, appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday after a 12-member jury found him guilty of child molesting, a class A felony, on Nov. 17.
His fate was in the hands of Circuit Court Judge James Heuer, who sentenced him to 30 years in prison, with 25 years to serve.
Rostochak was originally charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and child molesting.

ABOVE THE TREE TOPS: Bald eagle spotted

December 19, 2011

An American bald eagle flies above the treeline Monday around noon near a wooded area at the vicinity of CR 150 N. between Johson Road and CR 550 East.

BILL PATRICK: Former Whitko hoops coach afforded distinguished honor

December 19, 2011

Former Whitko basketball Coach Bill Patrick, right, was inducted to the school's Wall of Fame Friday night. The Hall of Fame coach was presented a memento of the induction by current Whitko Coach Rob Irwin.

CHRISTMAS WEEK SIGHTING: Bald eagle spotted in Whitley County northeast of Columbia City

December 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A bald eagle was spotted between CR 550 E and Johnson Road on CR 150 N Monday at mid-day. It wasn't a partridge in a pear tree, but it was a visual Christmas present for those who observed it.

Rural Columbia City yard glows brightly

December 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 10’ x 10’ storage shed.

County deputies nab two men after drug deal

December 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 Sheriff’s Deputies after a citizen complaint of possible drug activity.
According to a press release from the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office, the informant alleged that a large cash transaction had occurred and that such transactions had occurred on prior occasions.

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s tennis team picked up a 4-1 victory over Southside Thursday night, led by...
COLUMBIA CITY — For the Columbia City Lady Eagle soccer team, a time span of about 1:10 made the...
SOUTH WHITLEY — Columbia City traveled to county-rival Whitko Thursday night to top the Wildcats in...

 

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