June 8th, 2011
Randy Vondran, site superintendent for Hagerman, Inc. gives a tour Tuesday afternoon to employees of Parkview Whitley Hospital of the hospitalâ€™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 â€śfirst patient dayâ€ť of Oct. 20.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” With determination and ongoing efforts of two South Whitley mothers, the townâ€™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 motherâ€™s successfully raised $65,000 towards phase I, along with $6,000 in pledges.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The former Indiana Excise officer accused of breaking into the unitâ€™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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
BLOOMINGTON — With temperatures nearing 100 degrees in the stands and maybe more on the track, athletes braved the hot and humid conditions Saturday at the girls’ track and field state finals at Indiana University.
Among the athletes running for a top-9 state medal were three Columbia City Lady Eagles.
Two seniors and a freshman made up the most Lady Eagles to appear in the state finals for Columbia City since 2005.
BLOOMINGTON — Blistering hot, both on track and in the air, the Indiana high school boys’ track and field state finals got under way Friday at Indiana University.
Among the 4,411 fans in attendance, six athletes from Whitley County took to the track.
A pair of seniors from Churubusco, known better as Y2K, capped off a record-setting Eagles career.
MONTICELLO — The Lady Eagles state-bound run ended with a dramatic finish Saturday.
Columbia City was ahead against the No. 12 state-ranked Andrean 3-0 until the bottom of the sixth-inning, when the 59ers took off with a five-run rally to win, 5-3.
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KENDALLVILLE — A pack of Wildcats went into Friday’s East Noble boys’ golf sectional at Noble Hawk Golf Links and one remained after the dust settled.
As Whitko missed one of three advancing positions as a team by nine strokes, Daniel Zawlocki used his round of 77 on the par 71 course to take the fifth and final regional qualifying spot as an individual.
Homestead took the team title at 292 ahead of Carroll (305) and DeKalb (316) — who also advanced to regional.
The success of 2011 for Columbia City girls’ track and field comes down to a trio of Lady Eagles Saturday.
Invitational trophies, conference championships and several school records achieved, three girls and three events remain with one meet left to go.
Through this trio, the young talent of Columbia City comes through in freshman Samantha Roush. The timeless veteran experience of two sectional team championships is held down by seniors Corinna Raypole and Renee Menzie.
There were a lot of unknowns when Whitko’s distance team came into the track and field season.
Not knowing what they truly had on their hands, the Wildcat foursome of Brian Menzie, Jude Stieglitz, Brody Wilson and Trapper Mize began to see signs of something special.