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Skating skills

December 4, 2013

Todd Franks (left), of Larwill, and Isaac Gust avoid Black Friday shopping while at Headwaters Park ice skating rink Friday. Franks, 13, attends Indian Springs Middle School, and Gust, a Columbia City native, attends Lake Stevens Middle School in Lake Stevens Washington.

Learning the numbers

December 4, 2013

Amy Pettigrew’s class at Churubusco Elementary School and co-teacher, Carol Sebastian (pictured) used a life-size ten frame to help children gain a better understanding of the base 10 system in math class. Teachers used the students to create groups of fewer than 10 and more than 10 in order to compare numbers. The project allowed students to receive a real-time understanding of what is more and what is fewer, which can be difficult concepts for kindergarteners. “When we teach this in lessons, ten frames are smaller on paper and use chips or counters to show ten,” said teachers.

Schedule of entertainment

December 4, 2013

Celebration entertainment
The following acts are scheduled to appear as part of the Community Christmas Celebration

Friday — 6 to approximately 7:40 p.m.
•Community choir
•Kylie and Haley Zumbrum (piano)
•Sigma Eta Sorority chorus
•Hadley Snell (piano)
•Jaxson Mishler (piano)
•Desiree Fey and Jolene Stewart (piano)
•Sierra Hull (piano)
•Jenna and Mary Grace Rudolph (cello and violin)
•Unique Kase
•Rebekah Marshall (piano)
•Lawrence E. Wolfe Handbell Choir

Saturday — 6 to approximately 7:45 p.m.
•Community choir
•Juanita Schrader (piano)
•Aveya Rice (piano)

Sights, sounds to celebrate Christmas

December 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The scene is set for the holiday revelers to take a “journey to Bethlehem,” at the Community Christmas Celebration Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Whitley County Courthouse.

The event is free and will take place both on the lawn and inside the Courthouse.

Several churches and community organizations have come together to act out the Biblical Christmas story.

“This celebration starts the season with a remembrance of what Christmas is really all about,” said event coordinator Peg McCarthy.

Police to conduct driving training

December 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Police Department is planning some extra training for officers with their police cars.

The Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) is a program to help officers operate their vehicles under the demanding police patrol conditions.

Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh told the Columbia City Common Council last week that the city hasn’t offered EVOC training for a long time, and is looking forward to freshening up its veteran employees on driving maneuvers.

Residents spout off on possible water sale

December 4, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — It was standing-room only in the South Whitley Town Council chambers for a public hearing held Tuesday night.

Residents came to learn more about the possible sale of the town’s water utility.

Poor water quality and the need for infrastructure upgrades had prompted the council to look at funding alternatives. Selling the utility would mean costly upgrades and maintenance expenses would become the burden of the buyer, not the town.

However, citizens voiced two main concerns at the public hearing ­­— rates and control.

Public hearing set for Thursday

December 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After last week’s decision to do away with sledding at DeVol Field, in Columbia City, there has been an outcry from many citizens who oppose the choice.

Thursday night, Columbia City’s Park Board, which made the decision based on liability issues, is holding a public hearing for citizens to voice their opinions.

Columbia City’s Attorney Marcia McNagny, recently warned city officials of the potential liability at the park, especially considering a fence that was recently put up after the construction of a new baseball diamond.

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