November 28th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â As the holiday approaches, the Whitley County Courthouse continues to transform into a Christmas wonderland.
The Community Christmas Celebration is a tradition spanning 28 years and will promote the holiday theme both outside and inside the Courthouse.
On Dec. 7-8 from 6 to 8 p.m., seven stations will take visitors on the Christmas story journey. Area churches volunteer to make up live nativity scenes. Narrators complete the picture as they tell the traditional Christmas story.
COLUMBIA CITY â To avoid discrimination against its citizens who have disabilities, and to comply with federal law, Columbia City adopted an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Transition Plan.
Through this plan, the city will identify barriers to streets, sidewalks or buildings, addressing complaints and meeting access needs to transform the city into a more ADA friendly community.
The resolution was passed Tuesday at the City of Columbia Cityâs Board of Works and Safety meeting.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Katie Till, park board member, and several other board representatives attended the South Whitley Town Council meeting Tuesday looking for answers to their funding questions.
The board originally thought its park account had some $14,000 available for spending yet this year. However, at the last council meeting, the board was told that was not the case. Overspending in some categories due to a $160,000 error meant the board was forced to give up its appropriations.
SOUTH WHITLEY â After last meetingâs tense conversation over budget numbers, South Whitleyâs Town Council convened once again to sort through town funds and appropriations.
Lending her expertise to the topic was Retha Hicks from HR Unlimited. Hicks was contracted to help Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould reconcile bank statements and budget line items.
Hicks confirmed that the budget reflected an additional $160,000 for 2012 that was not actually given to the town to spend.
That error was made known at the last council meeting, but how the mistake happened has not been determined.
FORT WAYNE â Columbia Cityâs girls basketball team fell to Bishop Dwenger Tuesday night in a contest that was largely decided at the free-throw line.
The Lady Eagles were 8-for-12 from the charity stripe as a team in the 46-41 loss, but the Saints were 25-for-32, including a crucial 8-for-8 second quarter, when Dwenger took the lead for good. The trips to the line marred an otherwise good defensive effort by Columbia City.
The defeat dropped the Eagles to 2-4 on the year.
Michael H. N. Duckett, 50, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012.
Born in Fort Wayne, Michael was a food service supervisor with Marion VA Hospital.
He was a U.S. Army and National Guard Veteran that enjoyed fishing and loved his family.
Surviving relatives include his sons, Anthony Duckett of Fort Wayne, and Andrew Duckett of Copperton, UT.; brother, James (Michelle) Duckett of Huntington; sister-in-law, Marge Armstrong and grandchildren, Saturnina and Mia.
He was preceded in death by his older brother, Lee.
COLUMBIA CITY â While consumers saw an increase in their average Thanksgiving food bill this year, the common grocery bag may not continue to be packed as full of certain foods â as shoppers attempt to cut down on expenses.
CHURUBUSCO â Roger Ranney, a Churubusco native, is âliving the dreamâ in Los Angeles as a film producer, director and actor.
Coming from humble âBusco beginnings, Roger did not set his sights for the silver screen. Now he has a hand in what is played on that screen.
âThis is a herculean effort by my wife, Laura, and I,â said Roger.
The effort he spoke of is an adaptation of a short story into a short film. âPoker Donkeyâ is a story of a psychiatrist with a gambling problem who is then forced to face his vice while treating a poker champion.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitko High Schoolâs Pep Band sounded louder than usual at Saturday nightâs home basketball game.
The additional sound came from the alumni band members who doubled the bandâs numbers for alumni night.
Popular songs by Lady Gaga, Maroon Five and The Black Eyed Peas were new to the repertoire, and many alumni remarked at the improvements to the band program since their time at WHS.
Joey Shepherd is a WHS alumnus and in his first year as the band director at Whitko.
CHURUBUSCO â The town of Churubusco gathered together at the corner of U.S. 33 and Ind. 205 to watch the townâs Christmas tree light up.
Clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl organized the affair to promote holiday togetherness for the town.
âWe are hoping to make this an annual event,â said Sade-Bartl. âWe needed something here to kick off the holiday season. I think this works out just fine.â
Santa made his entrance on a fire truck complete with flashing lights.
Zane Sade, a Churubusco High School graduate, serenaded the crowd with a Christmas carol.