Archive - Dec 23, 2010 - News Article
Local UPS man retires after 33 years
No white beard is visible and his choice of color for his attire is more brown than red, but Shawn Slocum is unquestionably Santa. And not only at Christmas but every day.
Slocum will be hanging up the brown suit this year, though, retiring after 33 years with United Parcel Service (UPS). His last work day, fittingly, is today â€” Christmas Eve.
He began with UPS in 1978 as a sorter loader, working his way up sorting packages, washing and spotting vehicles inside the facility according to Steve Miller, delivery supervisor.
On his way home from the store after Christmas last year, Gene Hoover of Columbia City called his sister.
â€śYouâ€™ve got to help me, I have an addiction,â€ť he said. His truck was so full he couldnâ€™t see out the back window.
And what was the truck filled with? Christmas decorations.
Every year for the last 10 years, Hoover has decorated his yard with Christmas decorations, lights, figurines, inflatables, a projector shining scenes on the house, anything he can find at those after Christmas sales.
Some people choose a profession which will allow them to make a difference in the world. Others make a difference by choosing to â€śbloom where they are planted.â€ť
Renea Farnbauch is one of the bloomers.
Anyone visiting the Columbia City McDonalds may get a shock initially as they hear one of the ladies at the cash register yell out, â€śNext victim!â€ť
When this is followed by â€śHow may I mess up your order?â€ť one canâ€™t help but smile.
Farnbauchâ€™s caustic wit and fearless humor has gained her a following, and those who work with her are the first to sing her praises.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One of Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s tenants in the Marshall Community Building is moving out.
Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor read a letter to the corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees Monday night from Robert Huffman, Executive Director of Region 8 Education Service Center, which had its headquarters located in Columbia City for more than five years.
â€śIt is with a degree of sadness that I find myself writing this letter to you,â€ť wrote Huffman.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees joined hands with a host of other school districts in sending a message to the state legislature â€” and the board did it with the stroke of the pen.
At its regular meeting Monday, the board signed a resolution that had been presented to the panel earlier this month, drafted by the John Glenn School Corporation and addressed to Indiana lawmakers.
The Walkerton-based school corporation drafted a resolution to Indiana lawmakers and sent letters to WCCS and other districts around the state.