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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.

December 3rd

Five things for donors to remember as Dec. 31 draw near each year

December 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY ­— The end of the year will soon be upon us and before we know it a new year will dawn.

To help our Whitley County community finish up this year in charitable style, here are five gentle reminders from the Whitley County Community Foundation. Should you have any questions, please contact the Whitley County Community Foundation, 400 N. Whitley St., Columbia City, IN 46725. Phone number is 260 244-5224. Website is: www.whitleycountycommunity foundation.org.

Developer requests PVC water pipes in city

December 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — With many construction companies moving to PVC (plastic) water pipes to save money, a local developer was present at last week’s Columbia City Board of Works meeting to request officials allow for PVC pipe.

Don Langeloh, a local developer, asked the board to consider allowing him to install PVC pipe on a new area he’s developing in the city, Ravenwood Court in Eagle Glen, as well as Lincoln Pointe addition, located near CR 300 East and U.S. 30.

“More and more developers and communities are going to this,” Langeloh said. “I think PVC is the next step for waterlines.”

Council considers demolition ordinance

December 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — At last week’s Columbia City Common Council meeting, Councilman Bill Simpson shared his concern about the lack of regulations on building demolitions within the city limits.

While there are a number of ordinances and regulations for constructing buildings, there may be a need for city ordinances regarding demolition.

A permit must be obtained before a building can be torn down, but Simpson’s concern lies with the citizens, as there aren’t regulations for safety or timetables for when the demolition needs to be cleaned up.

Decorated homes support homeless

December 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Decorating for Christmas took on a whole new meaning for some Whitley County families.

The 2nd Annual Lighthouse Christmas Walk took place Saturday and is a fundraiser for the transitional shelter.

“This time of year is harder on us than others,” said Tania Keirn, director for The Lighthouse. “If we had 10 people from every business, church and organization pledge just $10 per month, we would have what we need.”

Attempted rape trial moved to March

December 3, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man accused of attempting to rape a 13-year-old girl had a new trial date announced Monday.

Dustin A. Nimtz, 19, of Columbia City, was set to stand trial later this month.

His attorney, Anthony Churchward, made a motion to have the trial date moved to 2014.

Prosecutor Matt Rentschler agreed, and both parties resolved to have a trial, by jury, March 25 at 9 a.m.

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