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December 13th

Singing holiday cheer

December 13, 2013

Columbia City High School’s music department hosted its annual holiday concert Thursday night. Pictured are members of Columbia City’s show choir.

Ringing rallies change for people in need

December 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Red kettles are almost as popular of a sight during the holiday season as Santa.

Salvation Army kettles are placed at various retail locations around the county in an effort to raise funds for the nonprofit.

Money collected during the nationwide campaign goes toward helping those in need through a variety of programs.

The national fundraising goal is $3 million, which according to the Salvation Army’s website, the organization has only reached 31 percent in its efforts.

Men face burglary, theft charges

December 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A pair of men are accused of committing a burglary and theft in Churubusco.

Nicholas A. Coslet, 20, of Fort Wayne, and Cruz T. Johannsen, 22, of Fort Wayne, were charged with burglary, a Class B felony, and theft, a Class D felony. Both pleaded not guilty and are due back in court in January.

The victim lives in rural Churubusco. Case reports state he told investigators he arrived home from working third shift Dec. 2 at 7 a.m. He fell asleep on his couch and awoke at 2 p.m. At that time, he noticed a number of items missing.

No room for preschool at SWES

December 13, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — There is much anticipation surrounding the remodeling project slated for South Whitley Elementary School.

Small classrooms and overcrowding has motivated school leaders to move forward with an expansion project scheduled to begin this spring.

One group is not looking forward to the construction — South Whitley Community Preschool.

WINTER STORM WARNING

December 13, 2013

(DEC. 13, 2013) — A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Whitley County beginning at 7 p.m. through 7 p.m. Saturday. Snow accumulations are expected to range from 5 to 8 inches by Saturday.

Winter weather, warm sounds

December 13, 2013

Pictured are some of Columbia City High School’s Varsity Band members performing at an annual concert which highlights not only the band program but CCHS’s choir department as well.

DNR warns of thin ice on ponds

December 13, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is warning Indiana residents to beware of thin ice on ponds and lakes despite recent cold temperatures.

DNR officials say every year people drown after falling through ice.
As ice begins to form on many waterways, Indiana conservation officers are reminding people to put safety first. The DNR says at least 4 inches of ice is recommended for safe ice fishing and 5 inches for snowmobiling.
They also say depending on conditions, ice can change from several inches thick to nearly open water within just a few feet.

Students to receive aid on filing college funding forms

December 13, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City High School Guidance Department will be hosting a Financial Aid Night Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014 at 6 p.m. in the CCHS auditorium.

A financial aid representative from a local university will be present to answer questions about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

All college bound seniors, and juniors who plan to graduate early, must file a FAFSA by March 10, 2014.Guidance staff encourage parents and students to attend this free information night.

For more information on the FAFSA filing, visit www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Pushing winter weather aside

December 13, 2013

Tom Dome, who works for Smith and Sons Funeral Home in Columbia City, braves the cold weather Thursday while clearing the parking lot at the funeral parlor. Winds caused it to feel even colder, as the wind chill in Whitley County dipped well below zero Wednesday night into Thursday. More snow is in the forecast for Friday and Saturday.

Firemen battle blaze at asst. chief’s home

December 13, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — While Smith Township’s Fire Department fights fires of all kinds — car, home, barn and field — the department faced a blaze of a different kind Thursday afternoon.

The firemen were called to the home of their assistant chief, Kris Bair, at approximately 2:30 p.m. Thursday, to find smoke coming from the roof of the residence.

Bair’s home, located on the 8000 block of East U.S. 33, north of Churubusco, had a quick response from four fire departments, Smith Township, Thorncreek Township, LaOtto and Huntertown.

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