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May 10th, 2012

DUI DEATH: Driver pleads not guilty

May 10, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A not guilty plea was entered into Whitley County Circuit Court Wednesday for a man involved in a fatal car crash April 29 in southern Whitley County that killed a three-year old boy.
According to officials in the court, the initial hearing for 52-year-old Mya Tha Tun of Fort Wayne, originally scheduled for Monday, was delayed until an interpreter could be located who spoke Burmese.
Once the interpreter was located, a hearing was held Wednesday and an initial plea of not guilty was entered.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

May 10, 2012

Salvation Army open house today
Today the Salvation Army will celebrate its 75th anniversary in Whitley County with an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. The new office is located inside the First Church of God on 1200 DePoy Dr. The open house happens to be on “Donut Day” so refreshments will be offered. When entering the church, use door five and enter the second door on the left.

Humane Shelter auction and banquet May 19
The Whitley County Human Shelter will hold an auction and banquet May 19 at Eagle’s Nest Event Center. Doors open at 5 p.m.

May 9th

HEUER RETAINS GOP SLOT: State rep to face Good in Nov.

May 9, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Kathy Heuer joined incumbent state legislators state-wide in holding her Republican spot in Tuesday’s Indiana primary.
Heuer, elected to Indiana’s House of Representatives in 2010 for the 83rd District, defeated Keith R. Potter handily with 69 percent of the vote (5,967) while on the other side of the aisle, Democrat John A. Good advanced unopposed to face Heuer in November.
As expected, Heuer defeated Potter easily in her home county with 77.8 percent of the vote.

WCCS: Board receives budget update

May 9, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Board received a budget update at Monday night’s work session from Business Manager Tony Zickgraf. Whitley County Consolidated Schools has a budget of approximately $24,000,000 with approximately $21,000,000 of that coming from the State of Indiana noted Zickgraf. WCCS received approximately $5,424 per student from the state, down from a high of $5,781 in 2005.

GOP HOLDS ON: County council incumbents win primary

May 9, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — All three Republican incumbents for Whitley County Council held on to the party’s nod for the panel’s three available at-large seats during Tuesday’s primary.
“I’m just glad it’s over,” said Councilman Thomas Western at the Northside Grille, serving as Republican Headquarters Tuesday night. “It was a pretty close election and that’s exactly what I expected. I guess it really means that people are relatively happy with the way things are running in the county.”

TREASURER NOMINEE: Hodges wins post's GOP nod

May 9, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Republican Laurell Hodges received the majority of votes in the primary election Tuesday, making her a 2012 nominee for the county treasurer position.
The slot was vacated by Lisa Richmond.
“It was just an opportunity that I saw, and I’ve been involved in local politics, and so I just thought it was time for me to take this leap,” said Hodges.
With all votes reported, the day ended with Hodges at 44.34 percent, and her fellow Republican runners, Cindy Doolittle at 39.09 percent and Tami Plew at 16.57 percent.
For Hodges, the win came as a humbling experience.

HODGES GETS GOP TREASURER NOD: County primary results tabulated

May 9, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Republican candidate for Whitley County Treasurer Laurell Hodges defeated Cindy (Greer) Doolittle to become the Republican candidate for Whitley County Treasurer in Tuesday's primary election.
Hodges received 44.34 percent of the vote (3,909) to Doolittle's 39.09 percent (1,999). Tammy Plew finished third with 747 votes, or 16.57 percent of the vote.
In the race for three at-large slots on the Whitley County Council, all three Republican incumbents held on to represent their party in the November election.

May 8th

CASTING A BALLOT

May 8, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — Cleveland Township resident Natalie Thorne signs her signature prior to casting her ballot Tuesday as Poll Clerk JoEllen Fitch assists. This year, Cleveland Northeast and Cleveland Northwest voting location moved from the Cleveland Township Fire Station to the South Whitley United Methodist Church, lower level.

PARTNERSHIP: Local manufacturer partners with WHS students

May 8, 2012

LARWILL — Locally-based contract manufacturer Red Star Manufacturing, Inc. recently collaborated with Whitko High School to support component manufacturing for a custom-ordered 10-ton plastic injection molding machine.
In late 2011, Red Star owner Scott Werstler approached Whitko Engineering and Welding Technology teacher Jay Ocken about providing his students with hands-on experience with tools and techniques in component manufacturing.

SOUR NOTES: Band students short on funds

May 8, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School band members are frequently seen in the community performing at football games and basketball games. They are a competitive team and a talented ensemble representing the community in parades as well as honoring our local veterans in several events. Although successful and growing, the band is experiencing a shortage of funds.
With help from the CCHS Band Boosters, a nonprofit organization in charge of raising funds for the program, Helen Foster, the director of bands at CCHS, is asking for the community’s help in funding the band program.

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