Headlines tell 2011 story

Published 10:33 pm Wednesday, December 28, 2011

With this year coming to an end the Argus has kept Edwardsburg residents informed all year with its headlines.
In January four men were arrested in a thievery ring, three faced charges.
Tips from the public lead to the arrest of those involved in a meth lab.
Holocaust and Rwandan survivors told their story to students in Edwardsburg schools. Third-graders read Books for Bikes sponsored by St. Peters Lodge 106. The Edwardsburg School Foundation sought nominees for the Hall of Fame, while students pack boxes for Feed the Children.
The Snowmobile Club presented a check for $500 to the Edwardsburg Emergency Fund and Food Pantry.
A fire destroyed the Ed Lowe Foundation headquarters in Cassopolis.
In February the Polar Plunge fundraiser was held at Pleasant Lake. The Presbyterian Women celebrated their 40th year at their Salad Smorgasbord. The Pinewood Derby of the Cub Scouts was held at Our Lady of the Lake Church.
Barnswallow Theater was raising money to purchase the Methodist Church building in Adamsville.
The Knights of Columbus held a celebration on Fat Tuesday by selling homemade paczkies. New carillon bells were installed at the Our Lady of the Lake Church.
Dick Yoder began a home building business with green certification. Miss Edwardsburg placed in the top five finalists in the Blossomtime pageant.
Unfortunately, a body was found in a field on Lane Road which was ruled a homicide.
An Edwardsburg man was sentenced to prison for the string of home invasions. A reward of $10,000 was offered for information on the Legends restaurant fire.
Edwardsburg High School announced the top 10 students for the 2011 graduation class while the Foundation selected Richard Franz and Keith Kirkdorfer for the Hall of Fame Life award. Edwardsburg High school hosted the State Science Olympiad.
Scott Hammontree joined Cressy and Everett and St. Peters Masonic Lodge provided a free child identification program.
Edwardsburg’s Carol Crowel won a makeover.
Birdella Holdread and John Feil were re-elected to the school board. 208 people participated in the test drive program sponsored by Ford Motor Company which awarded $4,000 to the school foundation
Three people were injured in a US 12 crash. Paul Mayhew was selected to receive the Dr. Sweetland Award from the Edwardsburg Museum. A benefit to raise  money for a new heart for Brian Stringfellow was planned. An Edwardsburg teen was sentenced to prison for home invasion and the drug team made another meth bust on Elkhart Road.
Ceremonies were held to honor America’s fallen heroes and Desert Storm veteran Paul Focht paid tribute with a display in the front yard of his home.
Edwardsburg graduated 181 students in the Class of 2011. Students in second grade at Eagle Lake school saw their suggestion for new street signs become a reality. Orange and blue signs were installed on Edwardsburg village streets. Eighth grader Noah McGivern won first prize in a state essay contest.
The Fire Department held an open house to show off its newly decorated fire station and with the Fourth of July coming up the area promised plenty of fireworks displays.
In July, Relay for Life set a goal of $60,000. Carmi Design and Tony Leininger completed a project in Niles. Area cheerleaders were a part of Nationals and fifth-grader Zoe Pegura won top honors in the dog show at the Cass County Fair.
The Business Expo returned to Edwardsburg at the Methodist Church social hall. Police reported several cases of fraudulent calls and a pharmacy drug store of the past was the featured exhibit at the  Edwardsburg Museum. The Edwardsburg High School Class of 1961 celebrated its 50-year reunion.
Collin Esarey recalled his summer trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala. John Sindelar held an open house to benefit the Edwardsburg Museum.
The Lions Club continued its emphases on vision by providing free eye screening for preschool children.
Our Lady of the Lake hosted a blessing of of animals ceremony. The Edwardsburg Sports Complex held a family festival. The Gunn sisters talked at the Museum about growing up in Edwardsburg. The Edwardsburg High School Band won the Harmony Award at the Apple Festival parade.
Eddies show school spirit to support their football team.
The Halloween witches hosted a tea at the Museum.
John Sindelar donated his woodworking skills to the Old Rugged Cross Church in Sumnerville.
An Edwardsburg Grad opened for the George Jones concert in Elkhart.
The Edwardsburg Lions Club celebrated 65 years with a dinner at the American Legion. The Boyer family was featured at the McDazzle Fundraiser.
Long time Fire Chief Willie Eltzroth retires and Bruce Stack takes his place. Edwardsburg sees its community represented at the White House. Former residents Wesley Thompson serves as in intern and Debbie Knox interviews the President.
The food pantry needed restocking and Santa came to town to visited by over 250 children. He lit the community Christmas tree on US 12.
Some people says their isn’t anything to do in Edwardsburg. This is only half of what happens in Edwardsburg and it is just as busy as it was 50 years ago.