November 29th, 2013
The Columbia City Lighted Christmas Parade brought Christmas into town Friday night. Along with a parade on Van Buren Street, Santa Claus arrived to the Santa House on the Courthouse lawn, and officials turned on all the Christmas Decorations downtown. Pictured is a live nativity scene that was featured in the parade.
COLUMBIA CITY â Two weeks ago, Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat OâConnor hit the four-year mark with her career at WCCS.
At the regular meeting a week later, the WCCS Board of Trustees approved a contract extension with OâConnor.
âWe really appreciate you and the work youâve done,â said Deb Hiss, board member. âYou make our job a little more comfortable.â
Fort Wayne â Columbia Cityâs Lady Eagle basketball team traveled to Fort Wayne to take on the 1-3 North Side Lady Redskins with the hopes of getting back in the win column following a heartbreaking home overtime loss to undefeated Leo.
The Lady Eagles used a pressure perimeter defense to negate the Lady Redskins main offensive threats and balanced scoring to down the host Lady Redskins by a 57-36 score Friday night.
WARSAW â A tough defensive effort from Warsaw proved too much for Whitkoâs girls basketball team Friday.
The Lady Wildcats dropped a road contest to the Lady Tigers by a final of 64-42.
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the 3-2 Lady Wildcats and was the first win of the year for 1-3 Warsaw.
Warsawâs press wore down Whitko as the game advanced, holding the Lady Wildcats to just 14 second-half points and six in the fourth quarter.
Whole Health Wellness Center, a nonprofit community organization, hosts monthly educational meetings at the Whitley County YMCA to teach clean, healthy living options. Recently the group gathered to learn about the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. Each workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit online at www.wholehealthwellnesscenter.com.
COLUMBIA CITY â A man who has been in prison since the 1990s on drug charges will be placed on home detention until his release next year.
Rusty R. Cassell, 43, was sentenced in 1996 to the Indiana Department of Corrections for 20 years for dealing in a Schedule IV controlled-substance. He was given a 12-year sentence enhancement, served consecutively, for being a habitual felony offender.
Cassellâs other two felonies included possession of a handgun without a license in 1992 and a burglary charge in 1988.
COLUMBIA CITY â After Santa is led into downtown Columbia City tonight with the Lighted Christmas Parade, he will make several appearances throughout the holiday season.
A breakfast with Santa Claus is planned for Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8:30 a.m. and at 10 a.m.
The meal will be held at Downtown On The Square and is sponsored by the restaurant and Starr CPA & Associates, LLC.
There is no charge for the event, however, donations are appreciated.
This will be the second community event brought to downtown by the Columbia City Main Street Association.
Little Turtle Elementary School presented, âA Barnyard Moosical,â Tuesday. Pictured is Ella Murphy, 6, who received flowers from her grandmother after her portrayal of a cow. She is the daughter of Ron and Karen Murphy of Columbia City.
CHURUBUSCO â Though Churubusco opened its boys basketball season with a loss, the Eagles showed a vast improvement from last seasonâs opener against Adams Central.
Last year, Churubusco fell 51-34, the first of its nine-game losing streak to start this season. This year, Adams Central squeaked out the win with an overtime, 3-point, buzzer-beater, winning 58-56.
Eagle Brent Simmons stepped up the the free-throw line with 10 seconds left and âBusco down two points.
SOUTH WHITLEY â For nearly an entire half, Columbia Cityâs boys basketball team had an advantage it did not exploit in its 49-31 win against Whitko Wednesday.
That advantage was at the tape measure. With three players at 6â5 or more, and Whitkoâs tallest being 6â3, the conventional wisdom would say that the Eagles would go inside, but that did not happen, at least at first.
âWe shot nine 3âs in the first half,â said Columbia City Boys Basketball Head Coach Chris Benedict. âI mean, youâve got to get the ball inside.
Itâs a little easier to go inside, then out on those 3âs.â