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July 6th, 2011

Quilters' work to benefit ag museum

July 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Visitors at the 2011 Whitley County 4-H Fair have a chance to bid on a king-size country quilt.
Members of the Whitley County Country Quilters made individual blocks and then put them all together to make a king-size quilt that will be auctioned off at 6:45 p.m. July 19, at the fairground’s Agriculture Museum.
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Andreas remembered fondly by friends, family

July 6, 2011

TRI-LAKES — Those who knew 17-year-old Tyler Andreas are still in shock today following the news that the honor student and standout athlete died over the holiday weekend as a result of a pre-existing heart condition.
Andreas was unresponsive after he and a 15-year-old female passenger were thrown from a personal watercraft Andreas was driving Saturday afternoon on Shriner Lake, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
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July 1st

Middle schooler is mayor for a day

July 1, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A Whitko Middle School student got to do something many adults can’t do. He was “Mayor for a Day” in Columbia City Wednesday.
Christian England, 12, a sixth grader, spent the morning with Mayor Jim Fleck and became honorary mayor.
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Longtime pastor steps down from the pulpit

July 1, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — When he was a boy, Jim Clifford’s grandfather once told him he had the “shoulders of a preacher.”
Those words proved prophetic when Clifford, with the support of his wife Barbara, took the pulpit at Laud Christian Church and delivered sermons for 42 years.
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Longtime lumberyard stalwart hangs up bolt counter after 44 yrs.

July 1, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — For 44 years Rose Hunter has been working with nuts and bolts up to her ears.
Thursday she gave up all of the inventory when she officially retired from Morsches Builders Mart.
“I worked with three generations of the Morsches family. There was Paul Senior, Paul Junior, his brother Bob and now Franz,” Hunter said.
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S. Whitley board OKs scaled down festival

July 1, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — Fall Festival committee members Ronda and Craig Sroufe attended the town council meeting on Tuesday evening requesting that a portion of State Street be closed on September 18 for the annual car show.
“You probably heard, we are not doing a whole (fall) festival this year, but we are still planning on a car show on Sunday, September 18,” Ronda Sroufe said. “We would need this road closed from 7 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m.”
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County Highway Where do we go from here?

July 1, 2011

Editor’s Note: The following is the final part of a three-part series profiling the operations of the Whitley County Highway Department.
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COLUMBIA CITY — Theoretically, the strength of any organization is dependent on its leadership.
For the past two years, that has been a proven fact during the tenure of Michael Barton as director of the Whitley County Highway Department.
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June 30th

Local draft horse doubles as model

June 30, 2011

TRI-LAKES — In a quiet Whitley County woods lives a model of sorts.
Her name is Emma. She’s 10 years old, weighs 1,700 pounds, is just over five feet tall and can pull more than twice her weight.
Emma’s feet are as big as mixing bowls.
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S. Whitley’s Fall Festival suffers setback

June 30, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — Dating back to 1976, the South Whitley Fall Festival included the highly-anticipated bed race, bringing thousands of people to the community.
In fact, this small hometown became known as the “Bed Race Capital of the World” as years progressed.
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Houser appeal denied

June 30, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Court of Appeals of Indiana on Tuesday denied an appeal by a Columbia City man convicted of murdering his ex-wife in 2009.
Rodney Houser was charged Nov. 18, 2009 with the beating death of his ex-wife, Debra.
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