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June 6th, 2012

LEGACY: Two families receive Masonic Lewis Awards

June 6, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Masonic jurisdictions have recognized the sons of Masons who join the fraternity by giving them the title of Lewis.
Strangely, this is a custom that has remained unpracticed in the United States. This year marks a change in the Masons, or at least in Indiana and in Columbia City.
Two families have bestowed the Lewis Award on their sons.
Recently, the Jerry Yagel and Cliff Schlatter families presented the Lewis Award to their sons.
Jerry’s son, Bob, presented the Lewis Award to his son Justin Yagel. Witnessing the event was Tim Yagel, cousin, and Jesse, uncle.

NEW DIRECTOR: Brown to head up county chamber

June 6, 2012

Brown to serve as Whitley County Chamber of Commerce executive director

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce announced today the selection of Doug Brown to serve as the organization’s new executive director.
“Former general manager of a local printing company and previous publisher of The Post & Mail newspaper, Brown brings great business experience and community connectivity to the position,” said the county chamber in a press release.

June 4th

CRUSHED — R.V. flattened; man airlifted

June 5, 2012

A mangled up pile of rubble was all that was left after an RV flipped off the road near Collamer Monday night.

The Winnebago, that was driven by a local man, according to police, rolled on its top, nearly crushing the driver, on River Road near CR 950 W.

The driver was pinned with thousands of pounds of rubble above him. A tow truck was expedited and the man was extricated within minutes According to witnesses, the driver was speaking after the accident, though occasionally lost consciousness. He was airlifted to Fort Wayne.

VIP VISIT: Coats, Mourdock visit C&A Tool

June 4, 2012

U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, left, and U.S. Sen. Dan Coats,right, stopped paid a visit to C&A Tool Engineering in Churubusco Friday morning. They were greeted by company president Dick Conrow.
The senator and senatorial candidate were there, according to a company press release, to discuss the healthcare reform package proposed by President Barack Obama.

WHITKO ARTISTS SHINE: Students garner art awards

June 4, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — For 28 years Whitko High School has celebrated budding artists.
Under the tutelage of Walt Malicki, students have been awarded many championships and honors.
This year was no different.
Competing against high school artists in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio, Rebekah Brenneman won the American Vision Award. Danielle Graves won Gold Portfolio.
Competing in the State Resolution contest, held at the Indiana State House, was Keaton Irwin and Ivory West. They received the Republic of China Awards.

MAYOR'S RIDE

June 4, 2012

Motorcycles made their way from Fort Wayne to downtown Columbia City for the 2012 Mayor’s Ride on Sunday. The town square hosted vendors and motorcycle enthusiasts all to welcome the collective riders. Event organizers timed the ride to coincide with motorcycle safety month.

FIGHTING FOR A CURE: Event raises $ for cancer research

June 4, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Participants in Whitley County’s Relay For Life took to the Indian Springs Middle School track, Saturday, for 24 hours in an effort to raise funds for cancer research.
Each lap took them one dollar closer to finding a cure. Partnering with the American Cancer Society, those participating in the event walked as survivors, caregivers or for those who lost their battle to cancer. To make special the memory of those lost to cancer, caregivers released balloons into the sky.

June 2nd

CRASH: Woman arrested for OWI

June 2, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A Pierceton woman was arrested for operating while intoxicated Friday night after she caused an accident in northern Whitley County.

Vickie Krom, 60, pulled into the intersection of Ind. 109 and CR 500 N. when her vehicle was struck by oncoming traffic.

Dora Arispe, a passenger of the victimized car, was the only one injured. The North Carolina resident was transported to Parkview Whitley with head injuries.

June 1st

REOPENED: Work on high-traffic bridge completed

June 1, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — After 11 weeks of reconstruction, one of the most highly traveled bridges in the county was re-opened May 25.
Bridge 18, is located on Business 30, crossing the Eel River.
“You’ve got all the traffic going to businesses and the industrial park,” said County Engineer Brandon Forrester.
“It was the highest impact bridge we have, as far as county bridges.”
Several factors played into the decision to reconstruct the bridge — salt and rust damage from 50-plus years of heavy traffic were two of the most compelling reasons, Forrester said.

NEW LIGHTS: CCHS gets $20K system

June 1, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Community Foundation awarded Columbia City High School $7,500 after receiving a request in April asking for financial assistance. The money will be used to upgrade the electrical system in CCHS’s Newell Rice Auditorium.
Shane Barkley, who has directed both plays and musicals at CCHS over the past seven years, submitted the grant proposal so that a new theatrical lighting system could be installed.

CCHS senior Cassie Bosselman signs a letter of intent to play volleyball for the University of...
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