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November 29th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs Commissioners finalized a plan on how to spend approximately $1.4 million in a two-year span.
The funds are part of the county‚Äôs CEDIT spending, which is County Economic Development Income Tax.
Originally, monies factored from wages as part of the employee‚Äôs income tax were turned over to government entities to use for economic development.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs 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 they‚Äôve received at the city.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ For two evenings, the Whitley County Courthouse lawn will play stage to a live and narrated Nativity.
Whitley County‚Äôs Community Christmas Celebration will be Dec. 6 and 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free.
‚ÄúThis is a great kick-off to the holidays,‚ÄĚ said event coordinator Peg McCarthy. ‚ÄúThe bustle around the Courthouse livens the downtown square, and starts the season with a remembrance of what Christmas is really all about.‚ÄĚ
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 ‚ÄĒ Two weeks ago, Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat O‚ÄôConnor 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 O‚ÄôConnor.
‚ÄúWe really appreciate you and the work you‚Äôve done,‚ÄĚ said Deb Hiss, board member. ‚ÄúYou make our job a little more comfortable.‚ÄĚ
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 email@example.com or visit online at www.wholehealthwellnesscenter.com.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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.
Cassell‚Äôs other two felonies included possession of a handgun without a license in 1992 and a burglary charge in 1988.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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.
Little Turtle Elementary School presented, ‚ÄúA Barnyard Moosical,‚ÄĚ Tuesday. Pictured is Ella Murphy, 6, who received flowers from her grandmother after her portrayal of a cow. She is the daughter of Ron and Karen Murphy of Columbia City.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Christmas spirit and holiday cheer will come to South Whitley by way of a town-wide holiday festival.
Katey Till, a South Whitley resident, joined with several other community members to coordinate Home for the Holidays, Dec. 8 from 3 to 6 p.m.
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs been several people who have mentioned the idea of a winter festival,‚ÄĚ Till said. ‚ÄúI thought it would be fun to have a town Christmas tree. We started brainstorming ideas, and it all started coming together.‚ÄĚ