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COLUMBIA CITY â€” Perseverance and dedication paid off for two Whitley County young men Saturday.
Joe Becker and Kable Coyle were sworn in as Eagle Scouts at Grace Lutheran Church in the presence of friends and family.
To become an Eagle Scout, the highest level of scouting, both boys were required to complete a rigorous list of requirements, including earning more than 21 merit badges, complete a service project and serve in a position of authority.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” No matter how big or how small, how short or how tall, and no matter the color of hair or the shoes they wear â€” children are anxiously awaiting the arrival of Saint Nick tonight.
As the hours count down and the night draws near, anticipation builds as children wonder when the big guy will appear.
While Santaâ€™s sack is stuffed with toys, coal awaits for naughty little girls and naughty little boys.
How does one ensure a present will be received? Bend your ear to these children who know exactly what Santaâ€™s list can bring.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Christmas Eve, firemen with the Columbia City Fire Department will partake in a tradition spanning 125 years.
The holiday candy and orange give-away is one way the fire department serves the community. The event will be held Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Whitley County Courthouse and is open to all children.
The department raises funds throughout the year to purchase enough candy for each child to have a one-pound bag of candy and oranges.
The Peabody Radio Theatre Players presented â€śThe War of the Worlds Christmas Special,â€ť a mixed parody of H.G Wells â€śWar of the Worldsâ€ť and Clement Mooreâ€™s â€śTâ€™was the night before Christmasâ€ť at the Columbia Cityâ€™s Library Saturday night. Pictured (front in brown sweater) is Jacob Kemery as Announcer and cast members. Kemery is also a contributing writer of the dramatization.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Jackie Hakeâ€™s final day as the executive director for the Whitley County Council on Aging is quickly approaching.
After 18 years of service, Hake will retire officially at the end of December. Itâ€™s been a bittersweet announcement, as Hake leaves with numerous fond memories of her years spent with the senior center.
â€śI have had the chance to sit in my position and watch so many great things happen here,â€ť Hake said. â€śThis has been my life. Although I am ready to retire, itâ€™s hard to say goodbye.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools took steps to complete its end-of-year financials at last weekâ€™s meeting.
WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf approached the Board of Trustees last Monday, requesting its approval of several financial projects to end the year.
The board first approved a reduction-resolution for the 2014 budget.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” What began as a violation of the county junk ordinance has evolved into court-ordered clean up with additional investigations pending.
Whitley County Commissioners worked with health and safety officials to declare the property of Thomas Ebetino, located at County Road 400 South, in violation of the junk ordinance and the home was deemed unsafe for several reasons.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City woman admitted Monday she violated her probation.
Heather Burns, 28, was on probation for multiple drug-related charges.
Her probation officer, Ed Beber, had made a petition alleging a probation violation. The petition stated Burns had tested positive for a controlled substance.
Monday, by the counsel of her attorney, Brad Voelz, Burns admitted her violation.
Voelz said he advised Burns to admit the violation and try to get on work release or home detention.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Commissioners and county officials took center stage at Columbia City High School Monday.
High school government students were brought to the auditorium to observe the Commissionersâ€™ meeting in order to learn how local government operates.
â€śI think itâ€™s good for us to get out to the schools,â€ť said Commissioner Don Amber at a previous meeting. â€śSometimes they have really good comments and suggestions. It never hurts to introduce teenagers to their local government.â€ť
PIERECTON Ââ€” Architectural renderings and floor plans were unveiled for Pierceton Elementary School at Mondayâ€™s meeting of Whitko Community School Corporation Board of Trustees.
Earlier in the year, board members and school leaders decided to move forward on two construction projects â€“ remodeling and expansion of South Whitley Elementary School and reconstructing Pierceton Elementary School.