COLUMBIA CITY â€” The scene is set for the holiday revelers to take a â€śjourney to Bethlehem,â€ť at the Community Christmas Celebration Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Whitley County Courthouse.
The event is free and will take place both on the lawn and inside the Courthouse.
Several churches and community organizations have come together to act out the Biblical Christmas story.
â€śThis celebration starts the season with a remembrance of what Christmas is really all about,â€ť said event coordinator Peg McCarthy.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Police Department is planning some extra training for officers with their police cars.
The Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) is a program to help officers operate their vehicles under the demanding police patrol conditions.
Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh told the Columbia City Common Council last week that the city hasnâ€™t offered EVOC training for a long time, and is looking forward to freshening up its veteran employees on driving maneuvers.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” It was standing-room only in the South Whitley Town Council chambers for a public hearing held Tuesday night.
Residents came to learn more about the possible sale of the townâ€™s water utility.
Poor water quality and the need for infrastructure upgrades had prompted the council to look at funding alternatives. Selling the utility would mean costly upgrades and maintenance expenses would become the burden of the buyer, not the town.
However, citizens voiced two main concerns at the public hearing ÂÂâ€” rates and control.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After last weekâ€™s decision to do away with sledding at DeVol Field, in Columbia City, there has been an outcry from many citizens who oppose the choice.
Thursday night, Columbia Cityâ€™s Park Board, which made the decision based on liability issues, is holding a public hearing for citizens to voice their opinions.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Attorney Marcia McNagny, recently warned city officials of the potential liability at the park, especially considering a fence that was recently put up after the construction of a new baseball diamond.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s girls basketball team won its first of three games in a five-day span Tuesday.
The Lady Eagles got the three-home-game week, off to a good start with a 66-54 win against Adams Central.
Churubusco was paced by having three players in double digits. Montana Martin led the Lady Eagles with 18 points.
Jazlyn Needler was right behind with 17, and Brooke Yarnelle contributed 11.
Adams Central struck first, but â€™Busco bounced back and had a two-point lead by halftime.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Nearly every boys basketball team (with the exception of Churubusco, which returned all its players from last season) has been working to identify and fill the gaps left behind by players who graduated last year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle School hoops is in full swing, with both boys and girls squads taking the court in games.
The ISMS 7th-grade girls ran away with a lopsided 43-6 win to open the season at Harding last Monday.
All of the girls saw action in the opener and many contributed both offensively and defensively.
Ava Winters led all scorers with a quick 14 points off of several rebounds and some strong assists from teammates.
Grace Cotter added a solid 11 points. Brooke Ebersole poured in six points with some offensive put back baskets.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s girls basketball teams are in different places this week.
Squads will either try to bounce back from defeat or keep momentum rolling as the first full week of December commences.
Columbia City is off to a 4-1 start. The Lady Eagles host Fort Wayne Dwenger Tuesday.
Columbia City will be looking for its third win of the year against a Summit Athletic Conference (SAC) foe.
The Lady Eagles beat Fort Wayne Snider 63-55 Nov. 19 and blew out Fort Wayne North Side 57-36 Friday.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” The end of the year will soon be upon us and before we know it a new year will dawn.
To help our Whitley County community finish up this year in charitable style, here are five gentle reminders from the Whitley County Community Foundation. Should you have any questions, please contact the Whitley County Community Foundation, 400 N. Whitley St., Columbia City, IN 46725. Phone number is 260 244-5224. Website is: www.whitleycountycommunity foundation.org.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With many construction companies moving to PVC (plastic) water pipes to save money, a local developer was present at last weekâ€™s Columbia City Board of Works meeting to request officials allow for PVC pipe.
Don Langeloh, a local developer, asked the board to consider allowing him to install PVC pipe on a new area heâ€™s developing in the city, Ravenwood Court in Eagle Glen, as well as Lincoln Pointe addition, located near CR 300 East and U.S. 30.
â€śMore and more developers and communities are going to this,â€ť Langeloh said. â€śI think PVC is the next step for waterlines.â€ť