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June 12th, 2011

Larwill council hears EDC update

June 12, 2011

LARWILL — Alan Tio, Whitley County Economic Development Corporation’s president, attended the Larwill town council meeting Thursday night and provided updates on EDC activities, along with an overview of last year and the upcoming 2012 budget.
“The thing about the EDC is it represents a 20-year commitment that Whitley county has had to supporting (and growing) industry and bringing new money into our county,” Tio said. “We (EDC) want to make sure we keep that effort strong and continue to respond to the needs of business.”
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June 8th

A tour of Parkview’s future

June 8, 2011

Randy Vondran, site superintendent for Hagerman, Inc. gives a tour Tuesday afternoon to employees of Parkview Whitley Hospital of the hospital’s new facility being built at the corner of Ind. 205 and U.S. 30. The staff tours are ongoing as construction of the new hospital continues, gearing Parkview Whitley for the expected “first patient day” of Oct. 20.

S. Whitley progresses on Doodlebug

June 8, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — With determination and ongoing efforts of two South Whitley mothers, the town’s park will soon transform into a state of the art magical play land providing physical activity and excitement for children.
A ground breaking ceremony was held in the town park for phase I of Doodlebug Village on May 21.
In the past two years, Katey Till and Colleen French have been dedicating all their free time raising funds in order to provide the community with a play time dream.
The two mother’s successfully raised $65,000 towards phase I, along with $6,000 in pledges.

Former excise officer gets two years

June 8, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The former Indiana Excise officer accused of breaking into the unit’s Columbia City post back in August was sentenced Monday to two years in prison.
After initially pleading not guilty in November, Aaron Bishop, 34, changed his plea last month in Whitley County Superior Court.
He was charged with theft and official misconduct.
A Fort Wayne native, Bishop was given a sentence of two years in prison for stealing guns and money from the Indiana Excise Police evidence room.

June 6th

D-Day — 67 years later

June 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Gnarled hands, ravaged by decades of hard work, held the tiny silver pieces while weathered eyes that have seen both the gallantry and horror of war inspected the shiny medals.
It was a day of commemoration and reflection as the Whitley County Historical Society spearheaded a ceremony that honored local veterans of World War II, while marking the 67th anniversary of Operation Neptune, or the D-Day landings in Normandy, France.
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May 27th

CCHS Honors Convocation pictures

May 27, 2011

The photos taken at the Columbia City High School Honors Convocation are partially uploaded and available in the photo gallery on this website. Completion of all the photos should be done by Monday evening. Thank you for your patience.

Former Marines honor their fellow Leathernecks

May 27, 2011

WHITLEY COUNTY — The Leatherneck Coffee Club — whose membership consists of those from Whitley County who served in the U.S. Marine Corps — decorated the graves of former club members with flags for Memorial Day, followed by a brief prayer and a salute this week.
Ron Egolf became a Marine after his older brother, Rodger, serving in Vietnam, was killed on Hill 55, 12 miles southwest of Da Nang. Rodger was 20 years old.
“I never knew him as a man,” Egolf said Thursday at his brother’s grave in South Park cemetery in Columbia City. He was eight years younger than Rodger.

May 25th

CCHS students take center stage

May 25, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City High School Class of 2011 can be very proud of their members as the number of awards received at the Honors Convocation Monday evening in the Newell Rice Auditorium was staggering.
The numerous awards and their respective winners follow:

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May 23rd

Banks talks about Daniels’ decision

May 23, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s envoy to the Indiana Senate says Gov. Mitch Daniels made an impact on the U.S. Presidential race, even though his hat was never officially thrown into the ring.
“Governor Daniels would have brought what is desperately needed on the national stage — fiscal sanity,” said Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City.
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Wise joins Col. City mayoral race

May 23, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Another candidate has joined the race for Columbia City mayor, making the ballot for November’s mayoral election a three-candidate affair.
Scott Wise filed paperwork Saturday to be the Libertarian party’s candidate for Columbia City’ top elected spot.
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