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December 18th

T.L.C.: South Whitley Elementary students greeted with care

December 18, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY ­— “We offered our kids a lot of T.L.C.,” said South Whitley Elementary School Principal Bruce Hansen at Tuesday’s school board meeting.

Hansen shared with Whitko Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees that after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, faculty at SWES was briefed and a safety drill, which was already planned, was held.

“We worked hard to reassure the kids that they are safe,” said Hansen. “We gave out a lot of hugs.”

CAR VS. PEDESTRIAN: Six-year-old struck by car in city

December 18, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A six-year-old girl was taken to the hospital with multiple injuries Monday night after she was struck by a car. According to police, the girl was walking home from her neighbor’s house on W. Ellsworth Street in Columbia City at approximately 5:45 p.m. The girl was crossing from the south side of the road to her house at 614 W. Ellsworth St. as a car backed out and headed east.

A westbound vehicle didn’t see the girl, who was “just a few steps away from her driveway,” according to Columbia City Police Sergeant Trey Insley.

NOT GUILTY: Man accused of attempted escape appears in court

December 18, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A man accused of two felonies pleaded not guilty in the Whitley County Circuit Court Monday morning.Charles Norris, 29, of Cromwell, was accused of attempted escape, a Class B Felony, and intimidation with a deadly weapon, a Class C Felony.

The Class B felony carries a sentence of six to 20 years in prison, with 10 years being the advisory sentence. The Class C felony carries a sentence of two to eight years, with four being the advisory sentence.
Both crimes also have a maximum fine of $10,000 each.

ON THE JOB: CCHS students get an indepth look at careers

December 18, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — “What do you want to be when you grow up?” For high school juniors and seniors, this is a daunting question. With graduation looming in the near future, college and career choices become critical for students. But trying to make a decision with little to no real-life experience in a particular field of interest can make the selection stressful.
Laying the ground work
Judy Moore, Columbia City High School’s director of Career Development and Internships saw the need for students to get first hand experience in certain careers.

David Riker, 70

December 18, 2012

David J. Riker, 70, formerly of Columbia City, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at Wabash County Hospital where he had been taken following a seizure.
He was born Nov. 5, 1942, in Columbia City, a son of the late Rubim B. and Marie Elizabeth (Jones) Riker.
There are no surviving relatives.
The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City with visitation from noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service. The burial will be in the Eberhard cemetery.
Preferred memorials are to ARC of Wabash.
Condolences may be sent to www.smithandsonsfuneralhome.com.

Garold Geisleman, 86

December 18, 2012

Garold E. Geisleman, 86, of Columbia City, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Millers Merry Manor in Columbia City.
Born in Plymouth, he was the son of the late Everette and Artabel Geisleman.
The World War II Army veteran retired from Slater Steel after 43 years of service. He was also a farmer.

December 17th

LIGHTING UP: Col. City awards best-lit homes

December 17, 2012

By NICOLE OTT
The Post & Mail
COLUMBIA CITY — The results are in. The City of Columbia City held its annual Christmas lighting contest again this season, giving top honors to Mike and Amy Cook of 318 Shorewood Court in Northeast Columbia City.

The city also handed out awards for all four districts.

Garold Geisleman, 86

December 17, 2012

Garold E. Geisleman, 86, of Columbia City, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Millers Merry Manor in Columbia City.
Born in Plymouth, he was the son of the late Everette and Artabel Geisleman.
The World War II Army veteran retired from Slater Steel after 43 years of service. He was also a farmer.

HOT LUNCH: Local schools deal with changes to lunch programs

December 17, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — An apple a day does keep the doctor away, but area school students are also having a spoonful of change to improve nutrition in their lives.

New federal regulations have created changes with lunch programs at education centers nation-wide, and local schools have also had to adjust.
Some of the new requirements include calorie limits for students by age, larger servings of vegetables and less sodium, among others.

Melvin Fouts Jr., 59

December 17, 2012

Melvin L. Fouts Jr., 59, of Columbia City, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born June 6, 1953, in Huntington, a son of Melvin Leon and Lena Jane (Waters) Fouts.
In 1964, his family moved to Pierceton, where he completed his education. In the 1980s he moved to Columbia City.
Melvin worked part time at the YMCA.
His church membership was with Columbia City United Methodist Church.

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