Archive - Dec 26, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â While Whitley County children were spending Christmas Eve preparing for the visit of Santa Claus, Columbia Cityâs firefighters were preparing to keep a tradition alive. CCFD firemen greeted children with bags of candy and an orange at the courthouse on Christmas Eve â a tradition that has been in place for more than a century.
âWeâve traced this (tradition) as far back as the 1880s,â said CCFD Chief Tom LaRue.
Although young residents may not think too much about the orange they were given, the children of the 1800s most likely did.
COLUMBIA CITY â A white day-after-Christmas created difficult road conditions across Whitley County Thursday.
A light dusting of snow hit the area after midnight. While accumulation was minimal, it was enough to make several of the countyâs roads, particularly U.S. 30, dangerous for drivers.
Julie Smith of the Whitley County Sheriff dispatch center said several calls came in of drivers having slide-offs.
âPeople were driving too fast for the road conditions,â she said. âU.S. 30 was really bad.â
Many of those phone calls came in early Thursday morning.
COLUMBIA CITY â A man arrested on drug-related charges during a spring traffic stop will stand trial early next month in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Vanness D. Oliver, 35, of Mansfield, Ohio, was arrested during a traffic stop in late April, and was charged with dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled-substance and possession of a narcotic drug.
His trial is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2014, with jury selection at 9 a.m. and evidence beginning at noon.
Oliverâs attorney is Nikos Nakos. Oliver is currently out on bond and is not incarcerated.