Archive - 2013 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Last weekend, snow and ice covered the streets of Columbia City, and many parts of Northeast Indiana. Last week was the last scheduled week of leaf pick up in Columbia City.
Mother nature isnâ€™t giving Street Department workers much of a transition from fall to winter.
With many slide offs and slick conditions reported, Columbia City Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh and his crew were called in to take care of the streets â€” before all the trucks were prepared for winter weather.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After plates were cleaned and dessert was had by all, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner served hundreds of meals.
The meal was sponsored by the Columbia City Rotary Club and was open to the county on Thanksgiving Day at the 4-H Center.
Rotarian Jacie Worrick estimated 124 meals were delivered and 175 meals were served.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Commissioners finalized a plan on how to spend approximately $1.4 million in a two-year span.
The funds are part of the countyâ€™s CEDIT spending, which is County Economic Development Income Tax.
Originally, monies factored from wages as part of the employeeâ€™s income tax were turned over to government entities to use for economic development.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works approved the hire of two new members to the electric department, as one employee moved on to another company and another is set to retire in January.
The hiring process may be slightly different this time, as city officials are working to avoid high turnover.
The city puts money and effort into training new employees, and in some cases, employees have moved on to private electric companies with the training theyâ€™ve received at the city.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For two evenings, the Whitley County Courthouse lawn will play stage to a live and narrated Nativity.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Community Christmas Celebration will be Dec. 6 and 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free.
â€śThis is a great kick-off to the holidays,â€ť said event coordinator Peg McCarthy. â€śThe bustle around the Courthouse livens the downtown square, and starts the season with a remembrance of what Christmas is really all about.â€ť
The Columbia City Lighted Christmas Parade brought Christmas into town Friday night. Along with a parade on Van Buren Street, Santa Claus arrived to the Santa House on the Courthouse lawn, and officials turned on all the Christmas Decorations downtown. Pictured is a live nativity scene that was featured in the parade.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two weeks ago, Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor hit the four-year mark with her career at WCCS.
At the regular meeting a week later, the WCCS Board of Trustees approved a contract extension with Oâ€™Connor.
â€śWe really appreciate you and the work youâ€™ve done,â€ť said Deb Hiss, board member. â€śYou make our job a little more comfortable.â€ť
Whole Health Wellness Center, a nonprofit community organization, hosts monthly educational meetings at the Whitley County YMCA to teach clean, healthy living options. Recently the group gathered to learn about the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. Each workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit online at www.wholehealthwellnesscenter.com.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who has been in prison since the 1990s on drug charges will be placed on home detention until his release next year.
Rusty R. Cassell, 43, was sentenced in 1996 to the Indiana Department of Corrections for 20 years for dealing in a Schedule IV controlled-substance. He was given a 12-year sentence enhancement, served consecutively, for being a habitual felony offender.
Cassellâ€™s other two felonies included possession of a handgun without a license in 1992 and a burglary charge in 1988.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After Santa is led into downtown Columbia City tonight with the Lighted Christmas Parade, he will make several appearances throughout the holiday season.
A breakfast with Santa Claus is planned for Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8:30 a.m. and at 10 a.m.
The meal will be held at Downtown On The Square and is sponsored by the restaurant and Starr CPA & Associates, LLC.
There is no charge for the event, however, donations are appreciated.
This will be the second community event brought to downtown by the Columbia City Main Street Association.