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Archive - Nov 2013

November 21st

Council determines mayor’s pay

November 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Every year, Columbia City’s Common Council is required to evaluate the salaries of elected officials.

This year was no different, and after discussions in previous meetings, the council made a decision last Thursday.

Officials chose to give both the mayor and clerk-treasurer positions the same raise that city employees are receiving this year, a $1,040 per year boost.

In previous meetings, the council considered giving the mayor’s position a larger raise, but after some research, decided against it.

Spellers set new school records as state finalists

November 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Spelling words like porphyry, beleaguerment, periphrasis and noblesse oblige, the Indian Springs Middle School Spell Bowl team competed in their second trip to a state competition Saturday at Purdue University.

Indian Springs placed 5th out of 9 teams in Class 1 spelling 63 words correctly out of a possible 72.

The team placed in the top 10 overall of the thirty schools competing in four different classes from throughout the state.

Eight rounds of nine words each are held for a total of 72 possible words in junior division competition.

Volunteers assist Toys for Tots in holiday drive

November 21, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Youth volunteers helped Whitley County Marine Corp Toys For Tots prepare their warehouse in preparation to gather toys for needy families in the area.

On Saturday, some members of the Columbia City Eagles football team helped the Leatherneck Coffee Club Marines move tables and supplies from storage to their warehouse.

On Sunday, National Honor Society students helped Toys For Tots get the warehouse ready for volunteers to come in and pack toys for families that have signed up for assistance.

Paul Creager, 81

November 21, 2013

Paul Eugene Creager, 81, of Fort Wayne, passed away at 5:03 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, surrounded by his family.
Born Aug. 4, 1932 in Columbia City, he was the son of James R. and Effie L. (Garvin) Creager.
He grew up attending Oak Grove United Methodist Church and graduated from Larwill High School with the Class of 1950.
Paul was a Korean War Army Veteran.
On Feb. 14, 1959, he married Sharon Ann Smith at Saturn Christian Church. They lived in Columbia City until 1977 then move to Woodburn for three years before moving to the New Haven area in 1980.

Tristan Bender, 26

November 21, 2013

Tristan Andrew Bender, 26, of Columbia City, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013, in an automobile accident.
He was born Feb. 22, 1987, in Whitley County, a son of Daryl A. and Colleen S. (Hoffman) Bender.
He attended Columbia City High School and achieved his GED through Ivy Tech in 2009.
Employed in the fast food industry, he has worked at Hardees and Arby’s in Columbia City and Arby’s, Burger King and Culver’s in Fort Wayne and had been an assistant manager at KFC in Decatur. He had also been a rural carrier for the Journal Gazette.

November 20th

Three Birds Casual relocates to encourage ongoing expansion

November 20, 2013

LARWILL (Nov. 18, 2013) - Locally based luxury casual furniture manufacturer Three Birds Casualannounced today the company has completed relocation of its headquarters facility to the former Larwill High
School building at 414 E North Street in Larwill.

“We continue to see significant opportunities to grow our company,” said Three Birds Casual president Tad Varga, “Our new location provides a better configured and larger space for us to manage all of our operations.”

Christmas walk highlight

November 20, 2013

Ron and Karen Murphy’s home (pictured) is one of the homes featured on The Lighthouse’s Christmas Walk slated for Dec. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. The home is located at 1176 Whitetail St. in Columbia City and is a 2,200 square-foot home with an open concept floor plan. Hardwood floors, Amish built cabinets and a unique 10-foot coffered ceiling are all showcased in this home. A handmade, homemade country Christmas motif is featured in the home. The annual event is held to raise funds for The Lighthouse, a nonprofit shelter.

MONEY MATTERS: Mileage debated by commissioners

November 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Getting the most bang for the county’s buck is one of the many duties for Whitley County’s Commissioners.

When an expense category seems to be out of line, Commissioners look to see if changes need to be implemented to curb the growing cost.
This was the case at Monday’s meeting, when a discussion regarding county maintenance vehicles was heard.

Commissioner Chairman George Schrumpf reminded county officials that maintenance staff are currently using their own vehicles to make trips to and from county buildings for work.

VEHICLE MAKEOVER: City to change police car color

November 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s police cars are going to take on a new color next year.

The Columbia City Board of Works unanimously approved to change from the current dark blue squad cars to white, as well as a new logo on the vehicles.

“We’ve had the same color and striping package on the cars for a long time,” said Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh. “I think it’s time for a change.”

Board of Works member Walt Crowder agreed.

“Change sometimes motivates and changes people,” Crowder said. “I think this is a positive thing.”

FFA: Livestock judging continues success

November 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Throughout the past decade, Columbia City High School FFA and 4-H livestock judging has slowly been building a nationally competitive program.

This program offers the community an avenue for their youth to expand themselves through evaluating livestock.

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