COLUMBIA CITY â€” A more than century-long tradition is continuing in Columbia City tonight.
Columbia Cityâ€™s fire department is hosting its annual treat handout at the Whitley County Courthouse from 6 to 8 p.m.
For more than 125 years, the CCFD has been passing out candy and an orange to children on Christmas Eve.
â€śWe donâ€™t even know what year this was started,â€ť said Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue. â€śWe know it has been around for at least 125 years.â€ť
When the event began, sugary treats were hard to come by, so a one-pound bag of candy was a special treat, as were oranges.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Midway through the third quarter, Columbia Cityâ€™s Brachen Hazen had 10 rebounds. That doesnâ€™t seem significant, except that at that same point in the game, the entire Wawasee team had 10 rebounds.
In typical Columbia City fashion rebounding, defense and free throws were the key as the Eagles dominated all three areas.
Columbia City led from start to finish and sent the Warriors home with a 55-38 loss.
Old St. Nick sits with 4-year old Jace Mills in his cozy cottage Sunday. He has been meeting with throngs of children at his Courthouse Square Santaâ€™s Cottage in downtown Columbia City. His final appearance at his Cottage will be Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Santa will re--appear from 6 to 8 p.m. Christmas Eve inside the Whitley County Courthouse, greeting tykes and handing out bags of candy and oranges. Sponsored by the Columbia City Fire Department, itâ€™s a Christmas Eve tradition dating back more than 100 years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The eighth grade Lady Eagles defeated Maple Creek Dec. 18 by the score of 34-30. Ava Winters led the way with 14 points and 14 rebounds. The Lady Eagles stepped up big down the stretch, coming back from being 8 points down in the second half. The Lady Eagle eighth grade team sports an unblemished 7-0 record.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The 2nd annual â€śPatrolling for Presentsâ€ť took place Monday evening at Wal-Mart in Columbia City.
Sponsored by the Columbia City Police Department, the event pairs children in need and local law enforcement officials together to give the opportunity for a unique Christmas shopping celebration.
Judging for Columbia City Municipal Electricâ€™s annual Christmas Lighting Decorating Contest has concluded with the following awards: The Overall Winner is the Paul & Joyce Coulter home at 1595 E. Sparrow Cove, Eagle Glen subdivision. The gorgeous, award-winning lighting is pictured. Other top homes highlighted by contest judges were: Northwest Quadrant, Chad & Laurie Richter, 323 N. Main St,; Northeast Quadrant, Steve & Rosemary Brown, 325 E. Shorewood Ct., Columbia Shores subdivision; Southeast Quadrant, Duane & Tamie Miller, 600 E.
FORT WAYNE â€” The Columbia City Lady Eagle basketball squad traveled to Concordia Lutheran High School Monday night looking to break a three-game losing streak.
The Eagles broke out of an early game shooting slump and then â€“ with both good team patience and some fine individual efforts from players off the bench â€“ held off the highly regarded Lady Cadets to vanquish the losing streak with a 51-48 win.
Early on the game bore striking resemblance to the last few contests as the visiting Lady Eagles missed their first eight shots from the field, quickly falling behind 9-0.
Nov. 27, 1936 â€” Dec. 21, 2014
George W. Atkinson, 78, of Columbia City, passed away at 6:02 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born Nov. 27, 1936 in Coudersport, Pa., he was the son of George â€śWillâ€ť and Violet (Peet) Atkinson.
He graduated from Coudersport High School with the Class of 1954 and served in the U.S. Air Force with time spent in Labrador. In 1961, he received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Indiana Institute of Technology.
Oct. 27, 1912 â€” Dec. 18, 2014
Florence E. Keiser, 102, formerly of Columbia City, died at 7:27 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Muncie where she had been a resident since March.
She was born Oct. 27, 1912 in Whitley County, a daughter of Elmer Franklin and Dessie Belle (Smith) Schrader. Her formative years were spent in Columbia Township where she had perfect attendance at the Schrader School all eight years.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Oak Grove Church of God, located just south of Columbia City at 2426 S. Raber Road, invites everyone to join the congregation for a Christmas Eve celebration.
Service times will be 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Christmas Eve.
"You will be greeted warmly and made to feel right at home," notes the Oak Grove congregation.
Oak Grove Church of God's phone number is 260 244-3052.
Its website is: www.oakgrovecog.com