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Nov. 8 election to determine two council seats

November 1, 2011

NAPPANEE — The City of Nappanee will do some seat-shifting Jan. 1 as (all five) seats expire on the main governing entity, the city council.
One person is stepping down. Council At Large member Don Miller is retiring and District 3 member Janet Brown (R) will take that position as her intentions are unopposed. District 2 member Michael Stull (R) and District 4 member Jeff Kitson (R) also have no one vying for their seats so they will remain for another four-year term.

Halloween hoopla in Wakarusa

November 1, 2011

Spooky pirate Bo Brunner, 4, takes a turn tossing rings toward plastic bottles in attempt to ring one for a prize during Wakarusa’s annual Halloween party Thursday evening. Behind him, Allyson Gabrielson (right), 4, as a mailbox, and sister Olivia, 7, a knight in shining armor (left) watch patiently waiting for their turns. Several games were offered and everyone was invited to enjoy free cider and donuts and cotton candy at the center of town.
Photo by Angel Perkins

Butch Nine memorial Thursday

November 1, 2011

The Nappanee Police Department will hold the 23rd annual memorial of the death of Officer Brant Nine. Brant (Butch) was killed in the line of duty Nov. 3, 1988 while responding to a call at a local merchant regarding an individual attempting to pass a forged check. Officer Nine was 41 years old and had served on the Nappanee Department for six years prior to being shot in the line of duty. The Memorial Service will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Bremen Cemetery at the grave site for Officer Nine.

Wakarusa celebrates 60th Halloween party

October 27, 2011

WAKARUSA — Doc Abel tested the cider, says “It’s just right” and is ready to serve it along with delicious donut holes to all the tricksters who attend the 60th Annual Wakarusa Halloween/Fall Party Thursday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. in downtown Wakarusa. This annual event has been combined with the town trick-or-treating from 5 to 7 p.m. and Miller’s Senior Living trick-or-treating from 5 to 6 p.m. 

Former player steps up to the plate

October 27, 2011

WAKARUSA — Shelly Newcomer stepped up to the plate Oct. 21 to try to help fund repairs necessary and to buy equipment needed for the local ballpark in Wakarusa.
The repairs weren’t the usual wear and tear or the need for better equipment though. She sold chicken last Friday to buy equipment to replace what was stolen by vandals.

Nappanee dog park construction underway

October 27, 2011

NAPPANEE — News that construction had begun on the Nappanee Dog Park was released during the Oct. 17 Nappanee City Council meeting, the first day of work on the project.
Construction has begun on the Nappanee Dog Park being developed adjacent to both the Nappanee Nature Center and McCormick Creek Golf Course, on North Oakland Avenue (C.R. 7). So far work has been concentrated on installing water lines and constructing fences.

Robbery thwarted in Wakarusa

October 27, 2011

What would you do if you were woken from sleep shortly before midnight on a dark and stormy night, by your doorbell ringing?
If you had lived your life in the small, quiet community of Wakarusa, you likely would throw on something more appropriate for visitors calling and then answer the door to assist the person that was seemingly in need of help.

City donates

October 20, 2011

From left, EMS paramedic Sandi Witt, volunteer fireman Andy Karnes, Nappanee Police Chief Julie Dijkstra, EMS chief Jim Sumpter offer check to United Cancer Services of Elkhart County Representative Pete Norton. City of Nappanee employees sold Breast Cancer Awareness T-shirts as a fundraiser to benefit the cause.

Maintenance department approvals given

October 20, 2011

WAKARUSA — Wakarusa’s town council gave the maintenance department several approvals at the regular October meeting. The first was to pay for the total cost of a project that involves three streets for a total of four city blocks that came with a bill of $93,140 from Rieth Riley. Much of the work involved milling down the streets and re-graveling and re-surfacing to assure the roads were safe, had a good base, and were ready for the winter.

Wa-Nee approves full-day kindergarten

October 20, 2011

NAPPANEE — In an enthusiastic and swiftly-executed demonstration of support, members of the Wa-Nee Board of School Trustees voted unanimously to institute full-day kindergarten beginning in the 2012-13 school year. The vote was rendered during the Monday, Oct. 10 evening session of the board.

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