Archive - Nov 27, 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs government officials are encouraging residents to decorate their homes with Christmas lights.
In the next couple weeks, officials will be judging citizensâ outdoor decorations. Columbia City Common Council President Dan Weigold said the winners should be announced by the next council meeting, Dec. 10.
Weigold, who heads the contest, is promoting that citizens get in the Christmas spirit.
COLUMBIA CITY â With the recent decision by the Columbia City Parks Board to ban sledding at DeVol Field, many Whitley County natives have strong opinions on the topic â particularly on social media websites.
In light of a new fence on a familiar sledding hill, Columbia City Attorney Marcia McNagny cautioned local officials on the potential liability of leaving the park open for sledding this winter. After much discussion, the Columbia City Park Board determined on a 3-2 vote to forbid sledding at DeVol Field, due to safety concerns.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Post & Mail, Whitley Countyâs daily newspaper, again will be publishing a newspaper on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, Nov. 28.
And, like last year, the newspaper will expand delivery of the newspaper to most residents in the Greater Columbia City area, whether or not they are a subscriber to the daily newspaper.
The special Thanksgiving morning edition will be a full local newspaper. with expanded delivery to most non-subscribers in the 46725 zip code.
COLUMBIA CITY â Slick, icy U.S. 30 and other local roadways caused several motor vehicle accidents in the early evening hours Wednesday.
At least one personal injury accident occurred. One accident on U.S. 30 east of Columbia City caused traffic to back up on the busy thoroughfare. More details will be in Fridayâs Post & Mail.
The National Weather Service is reporting some areas of northern Indiana have received 8 inches of snow, with up to a foot of lake-effect snow possible on one of the year's busiest travel days.
COLUMBIA CITY â It may be hard for some to believe, but election season is approaching for several local offices.
The primary election, held May 6, 2014, will narrow down the field for 13 county seats and eight school board positions, as well as federal and state offices.
One of those seats, Whitley County Sheriff, already has a candidate, Marcus Gatton.
Gatton, the current chief deputy at the Sheriffâs Department, has announced that he is running as a Republican candidate.
SOUTH WHITLEY â An initiative to halt the sale of the South Whitleyâs water utility had Town Council members discussing protocol for the upcoming public hearing.
Town Attorney Greg Hockemeyer advised the members that the meeting, which is set for Dec. 3 at 6:30 p.m., was necessary before adopting an ordinance to authorize the sale of the water utility to Indiana American Water, a company that currently services 30 states.
This ordinance does not mean the town will sell, it simply allows councilmen to further explore the value of the utility and entertain offers.
COLUMBIA CITY â An entrepreneur is planning to renovate a vacant Columbia City building to create 25 new jobs by 2016.
Bill Smith is launching Blue M Medical, LLC, joining several other Whitley County companies who announced job creation and investment plans in 2013 â Micropulse, Inc., Red Star Contract Manufacturing, Inc. and Sound Ideas.
Blue M Medical is a manufacturer of custom medical devices, which will locate its operations in Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â Santa is cominâ to town Friday.
With lights, floats and music, a parade will usher Santa into downtown Columbia City to his house, which is set up on the northwest corner of the Whitley County Courthouse lawn.
The little red house has been a staple holiday sight for decades, according to Jill Winebrenner, who has been a long-time coordinator of Santaâs House.
Beginning Friday night and on through Christmas Eve, children can visit Saint Nick at his home and have their photos taken with the holiday figure.
SOUTH WHITLEY â South Whitley Elementary Schoolâs Spell Bowl teams recently competed in state-wide event in Wabash at the Honeywell Center.
According to coaches, the fifth grade team did not fare as well as hoped. The group competed in the small-school division for fifth graders, but were not able to field a full team.
COLUMBIA CITY â After nearly five years with no raises, Whitley County Consolidated Schoolsâ employees are getting a small bump next year.
The WCCS Board of Trustees approved a two-percent raise for school bus drivers, classified staff and administrators, effective in 2014.
âIt has been several years since our employees have had increases,â WCCS Superintendent Pat OâConnor said.