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May 20th, 2011

‘Ceme-tourism’ comes to area

May 20, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — It’s a club where everyone is related, if you dig back far enough.
Members and guests at the Genealogy Society annual meeting Thursday night at Eagle’s Nest in Columbia City joked about their family links, but the point was proven when Dr. Donald Gradeless, recited some research he had conducted about the guest speaker.
As it turns out, John Bry, executive director of the Noble County Convention and Visitors Bureau, has ancestry from Whitley County, by the name of Smith, of the local funeral home.

Fantacular!

May 20, 2011

May 19th

Whitley County and the Indy 500

May 19, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — The Indianapolis 500 race, to this generation, seems an icon, celebrating its 100th race this month.
The originator of the race was Carl Graham Fisher, an Indiana native. He was called a genius of promotion and loved speed, racing his school chums on ice skates and roller skates as a youngster. He started his own bicycle shop in his home town of Greensburg staging stunts to promote his product such as dropping a bicycle off the top of the tallest building in Indianapolis. And of course, they raced.

'Busco top grads focused on the prize

May 19, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — The top two students at Churubusco High School will finish their four-year career at the head of a class of 108 students, having taken two slightly different, yet similar paths to achieve the most coveted of high school accomplishments.
Valedictorian Shannon Kuznar put the highest class ranking in her sights out of the gate her first day of high school, while Salutatorian Dustin Arvola saw the finish line even earlier in the race.
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May 16th

A tiger in the bush

May 16, 2011

May 15th

Water tower contract mulled by city

May 15, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Water Department Superintendent Mike Dear will have to wait a few weeks to see if the town’s current agreement with its water tower maintenance company will be extended.
“This is the largest company in the country that does the cleaning,” said Dear Friday at the regular meeting of the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety.
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Home break-in reported in Columbia City

May 15, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City police are investigating a home burglary that happened Monday in the Heritage Place subdivision.
According to Det. Tim Longenbaugh, a home on Cambridge Drive was forcibly entered between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday.
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City crews working shorthanded

May 15, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — As belts get tighter and budgets begin to squeak in the wake of a staggering economic downturn several years running, municipalities are feeling the crunch like everyone else.
And, as is the case with Columbia City, the war on terror joins the economy as a reason for some city departments that are stretched to the limit.
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May 13th

Dryer, Cheng tops in ’11 class

May 13, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City High School seniors will be led by two young ladies this year.
Alexandria Kathleen Dryer, daughter of Jeff and Sharon Dryer of Columbia City achieved valedictorian status for the 2011 graduating class and Hei Lam “May” Cheng, daughter of Ray and Amy Cheng of Columbia City ranked salutatorian.
“We were tied for second at the beginning of the year,” said Cheng in a dual interview with Dryer Thursday.
It was the weight of the Advanced Placement classes that separated the top three students in the final rankings.

Whitko educators bone up on technology in the classroom

May 13, 2011

PIERCETON — A contingent of math and science teachers, along with other select faculty and administrators in the Whitko Community School Corporation were recently bombarded with today’s educational buzz phrase — “21st-Century Learning.”
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