COLUMBIA CITY â€” Families lined the Whitley County Courthouse Monday night waiting for candy and oranges.
The Columbia City Fire Department has held the tradition of passing out treats to children on Christmas Eve for more than 100 years.
Dressed in their Class A uniforms, the firemen greeted children and prepared 550 1-pound bags of candy and an orange to each person.
Fire Chief Tom LaRue labeled the tradition as one that â€śunites the community.â€ť
Coming through the line, first-time visitor Joshua Pope, 11, was an out-of-town guest taking advantage of the holiday tradition.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ The Post & Mail, Whitley County's daily newspaper, will suspend publication of its print edition on Christmas Day.
Complete local coverage of Whitley County via the print edition will resume on Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Merry Christmas to all!
NORTH WEBSTER â€“ A storm system reaching the west coast of the United States this morning will reach the southern Plains on Tuesday and then strengthen as it tracks into the Ohio River Valley Tuesday night into Wednesday.
While there is still uncertainty regarding the exact track and strength of this storm, there is a likelihood of accumulating snow across much of northern Indiana, southern lower Michigan, and northwest Ohio late Tuesday night into Wednesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ As a special Christmas gift to non-subscribers of The Post & Mail, Whitley Countyâ€™s daily newspaper, the complete regular edition of The Post & Mail will be distributed to the total Whitley County market on Monday, Dec. 24.
Typically, the total-market edition of The Post & Mail is distributed to non-subscribers on Tuesday, but due to Christmas Day, distribution will fall on Monday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Non-subscribers received the same newspaper as Post & Mail subscribers received today, Christmas Eve.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the first of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A father, a husband and the cheif deputy of the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department. Marcus Gatton, 41, has more than one duty â€” heâ€™s the second in command to the sheriff, a youth league baseball coach in the summer for his two sons, and a lifepartner to his wife of 16 years.
â€śWeâ€™ve always had a strong family,â€ť Kay Gatton, Marcâ€™s wife, said.
Churubuscoâ€™s wrestling team competed in the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Associationâ€™s team wrestling state finals on Saturday.
The Eagles made it to the final round, falling to Adams Central by a 46-23 score. Individual results were not available at press time.
Above, Shane Shroyer scores a win in the championship round as his teammates cheer in the background.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle School, Columbia City, has been in existence for 17 years, and the future looks as bright as ever. The school has posted a solid track record in standardized test scores. For example, 97 percent of eighth graders at ISMS who took algebra passed the End-of-Course-Asses-sment. There are other areas where the school is trying to excel and is equally proud of its success.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Twenty years in the making has put Whitley Countyâ€™s Economic Development Corporation (EDC) in a position to focus on the future, rather than simply celebrate the past.
While reveling in its 20th anniversary, Alan Tio, president of the EDC, applauded the organizationâ€™s capabilities to help launch new businesses in Whitley County as well as sustain existing ones.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Christmas carols can conjure up warm, holiday memories. When sung by a choir, carols can have a magical quality to them. Christmas carols can evoke the child inside generating an excitement for the season. Christmas songs can transport hearts and minds across the miles as familiar words and melodies remind us of the ones we love.
Two songs in particular created such a feeling. The first, Bing Crosbyâ€™s â€śWhite Christmas.â€ť The song is most known for its presence in the movie musical, â€śWhite Christmas.â€ť However, the song was first used in another movie musical, â€śHoliday Inn.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€”Even with months to go before the end of the school year, Whitley County Consolidated School students are making course selections for the 2013-14 school year. On Jan. 9 at 8 p.m. parents and incoming freshman are invited to attend an informational and interactive night to help make high school class selections.
Having Eagle Tech Academy (ETA) as an educational option opens up many learning opportunities, but at the same time can add to the overwhelming feeling incoming freshman may experience when selecting a study path.