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December 27th

WCCS eyes new wheelchair elevator

December 27, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees agreed last week to replace Columbia City High School’s aging wheel chair lift.
Corporation Business Manager Tony Zickgraf suggested the board approve the installation of a new lift to replace the current one which according to Zickgraf is slow and not up to code.
“I’ve been here 16 years and it was here when I got here,” said Zickgraf. “The present one is real slow and not very ADA (American Disabilities Act) friendly for the handicapped person trying to do it himself.”

Fire guts mobile home

December 27, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — At approximately 3 a.m. Monday morning, Jason Snyder and his dog were awakened by a fire alarm and a house full of smoke at their trailer at 3004 North County Road 250 West.
Firefighters from the Thorncreek Fire Department, along with two Whitley County Sheriff Deputies assisted with the fire.
Upon arrival, the first crew in the house found the kitchen and living room on fire.
Assistant Fire Chief Adam Hurley said a candle could not be ruled out as the cause of the blaze.

Park Dept. cautions Baker’s Field sledders

December 27, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Sledding down the hills in DeVol Field is a popular winter activity, but sledding in Baker’s Field is dangerous and off-limits, according to the Columbia City Parks Board.
“Every year we have issues with this (Baker’s Field), but what drives us crazy is they (people sledding) are not allowed to sled on the Baker’s Field side,” Parks Director Mark Green said Monday evening.
“This is dangerous because you don’t know what is under the snow and it seems once a year somebody breaks their leg. We want people to stay between the bales.”

Last boiler down: Marshall bldg. without heat this morning

December 27, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — Employees working in the Marshall Community Building this morning were sitting at their desks in their winter coats.
The building, which houses the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s district offices, has been limping along for some time with only one of its two boilers operational.
Last night, according to Business Manager Tony Zickgraf, that last boiler went down.
“They (maintenance crews) discovered it wasn’t working this morning,” said Zickgraf. “They had a part and got it on at 6 a.m. this morning. So, it is working it’s just taking awhile to warm up.”

New member appointed, officers elected to 4-H Inc. board

December 27, 2010

Former board member Dave Rupley was not reelected at the annual meeting for the Whitley County 4-H Inc. board, but will return to the board as he was appointed to replace Bob McKown at the Dec. 14 meeting held at the 4-H Center. McKown resigned from the board earlier in the year.
Officers were elected at the meeting with the following results: Bill Leeuw, president; Cathy Heritier, vice president; Dave Rupley, secretary; Kent Reese, treasurer; Julie Johnson, assistant treasurer; and Rex Eiler and Aaron McDevitt, executive board.

December 23rd

Santa’s helper wears brown

December 23, 2010

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 — 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.

Giving away the Christmas spirit

December 23, 2010

On his way home from the store after Christmas last year, Gene Hoover of Columbia City called his sister.
“You’ve got to help me, I have an addiction,” he said. His truck was so full he couldn’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.

The Mclaughter is free with an order

December 23, 2010

Some people choose a profession which will allow them to make a difference in the world. Others make a difference by choosing to “bloom where they are planted.”
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, “Next victim!”
When this is followed by “How may I mess up your order?” one can’t help but smile.
Farnbauch’s caustic wit and fearless humor has gained her a following, and those who work with her are the first to sing her praises.

Education service center leaving Marshall

December 23, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — One of Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s tenants in the Marshall Community Building is moving out.
Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor read a letter to the corporation’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.
“It is with a degree of sadness that I find myself writing this letter to you,” wrote Huffman.

WCCS board signs funding resolution

December 23, 2010

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees joined hands with a host of other school districts in sending a message to the state legislature — 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.

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