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December 18th

WHS hosts leadership group focusing on teamwork

December 18, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — December’s session of Leadership Whitley County, a group comprised of community members working on leadership, communication and servant skills, convened at the media center of Whitko High School in South Whitley.

The workshop was hosted by LWC Alum Patty Weybright, and began with an awareness session featuring a panel of local non-profit organizations.

College savings discussed at Rotary meeting

December 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Big plans start with a simple choice — this is the working mantra of a company that has developed a way to save for a child’s college education.

Jodi Golden, a representative for College Choice 529, was the guest speaker at Tuesday’s Rotary Club meeting in Columbia City.

She came from Indianapolis to discuss the Choice 529 plan and its direct savings program set up to offer parents a planned way of providing for someone’s future educational needs.

NHES students give back

December 18, 2013

To give or not to give? That is the question. The students at Northern Heights Elementary School have been in the giving spirit, as seen here with some of the NHES Student Council members. Students collected more than 6,000 items for area food banks. Pictured, from left, with some of the collected food items are Cailey Allison, Evin Devito, Hailie Green, Garrett Geiger, Andrew Korus, Shawna Hall, Katie Hoag, Bella vonSeggern and Sammi Zumbrun.

City trash schedule to be adjusted for Christmas, New Year

December 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City officials have announced a revised trash pick up schedule during the holiday season.Due to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day trash pickup will fall one day later in the week.

Trash that would normally be picked up on Wednesday, Dec. 25 will be serviced Thursday, Dec. 26. Trash pickup will continue to run a day behind with Friday’s service bumped to Saturday.

The following week, the schedule will be repeated — trash service will run a day behind starting with Thursday, Jan. 2. Both weeks will have trash pick up on Saturday.

WCCS updates job description, raises salary of tech director

December 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY —Technology needs are constantly growing within school districts across the country. Whitley County Consolidated Schools are no different, and the district’s Board of Trustees made some updates to its technology director’s job description at Monday night’s meeting.

“This is a significant change from the former job description and is quite comprehensive in its requirements,” WCCS Superintendent Pat O’Connor told the Board of Trustees.

The position now requires a bachelor’s degree, more knowledge and skills and leadership roles within the district.

‘I feel like I have a gun in my back’ — Commissioners pushed: County jail upgrades put on hold

December 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Upgrades to the Whitley County Jail continue to be debated by County Commissioners. Although some work has started, the lot of parts needed have not been approved for purchase ­ — a cost that could be in excess of $80,000.

At a previous council meeting, Commissioner Tom Rethlake had shared with county officials that a valve originally bid to cost $1,066 each, might be able to be purchased at a price of $776 from a different company.

However, Rethlake said he would turn the bid over to County Maintenance Supervisor Mark Sturtevant for review and follow up.

Giving back to four-legged friends

December 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For some, Christmas involves more than receiving — giving too.

That is certainly true for Kelly Maloy of Columbia City. What started as an idea has morphed into a reality beyond her wildest dreams.

Maloy posted on Facebook recently, asking that her friends remember their animal friends and donate $1 to the Whitley County Humane Society.
Individuals could send their dollars to her, and she would make the donation just before Christmas.

Maloy said the success of her endeavor has already surpassed her expectations.

Col. City to hire new police officer

December 18, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After a 10-year dry spell, Columbia City’s Police Department is looking to hire its second new officer in 10 years.

Last year, CCPD Officer Jon Stoffel was hired in as the first new officer to the department in a decade, replacing a master patrolman who resigned from his position.

This year, the CCPD is adding another officer to the force, as Master Patrolman Mike Petersen was selected to serve the area’s youth as the Whitley County Consolidated Schools resource officer (SRO).

December 17th

HAPPY & SAFE HOLIDAYS: Smith & Sons Funeral Home issues greetings

December 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Smith & Sons Funeral Home, in Columbia City, and their Miller Chapel, in South Whitley, wish area families a safe and happy holiday season.

Caring and trusted since 1851, Smith & Sons Funeral Home has a legacy of compassionate professionalism in the greater Whitley County community.

Currently undergoing a major expansion project at its historic funeral home in Columbia City, the long-time family owned business is poised to serve area families in their times of need for generations to come.

CHRISTMAS EVE CELEBRATION: Oak Grove Church of God invites all to Dec. 24 services

December 17, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Oak Grove Church of God, 2426 S. Raber Road, located just south of Columbia City, invites all to join one of two family-friendly Christmas Eve Celebrations, Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.

The special celebrations are a gift to the entire community. Please join the congregation for these memorable Christmas Eve services.

Find out more about Oak Grove Church of God on its web site at www.oakgrovecog.com or call 260 244-3025.

A blessed Christmas to all!

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