Archive - Dec 26, 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Whitley County children were spending Christmas Eve preparing for the visit of Santa Claus, Columbia Cityâ€™s firefighters were preparing to keep a tradition alive. CCFD firemen greeted children with bags of candy and an orange at the courthouse on Christmas Eve â€” a tradition that has been in place for more than a century.
â€śWeâ€™ve traced this (tradition) as far back as the 1880s,â€ť said CCFD Chief Tom LaRue.
Although young residents may not think too much about the orange they were given, the children of the 1800s most likely did.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A white day-after-Christmas created difficult road conditions across Whitley County Thursday.
A light dusting of snow hit the area after midnight. While accumulation was minimal, it was enough to make several of the countyâ€™s roads, particularly U.S. 30, dangerous for drivers.
Julie Smith of the Whitley County Sheriff dispatch center said several calls came in of drivers having slide-offs.
â€śPeople were driving too fast for the road conditions,â€ť she said. â€śU.S. 30 was really bad.â€ť
Many of those phone calls came in early Thursday morning.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man arrested on drug-related charges during a spring traffic stop will stand trial early next month in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Vanness D. Oliver, 35, of Mansfield, Ohio, was arrested during a traffic stop in late April, and was charged with dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled-substance and possession of a narcotic drug.
His trial is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2014, with jury selection at 9 a.m. and evidence beginning at noon.
Oliverâ€™s attorney is Nikos Nakos. Oliver is currently out on bond and is not incarcerated.