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December 20th

Woman finds transformation before New Year

December 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Traditionally, people circle Jan. 1 on their calendars as the day they will implement a healthier lifestyle.

Barb Ward, of Churubusco, has turned tradition on its head by beginning early.

Ward started working out at Anytime Fitness in September of this year, when she began Care2BFit, a health class that targets women.

Since that time, Ward is down four pants sizes and has seen other remarkable changes.

“I was getting out of breath coming up and down the stairs, it was going from bad to worse,” she said of her health before she started the class.

County hosts Shop with a Sheriff

December 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As many people are wrapping up their Christmas shopping this week, Whitley County’s Sheriff’s Department lent a helping hand to local children.

Eighteen children spent the evening with WCSD staff, first having dinner at the Whitley County Government Center, before heading to Walmart to go shopping.

Each child received a $100 gift card to spend on toys, clothing and other necessities.

Children were chosen by guidance counselors from all three Whitley County school districts.

The event was coordinated by Tim Johnson, of the WCSD reserves.

Schools to conduct another survey

December 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools officials are seeking input from the community on the long-term plans for the district.

In September, officials conducted an online and telephone survey in reference to the possibility of a new high school.

“For several years, the school district’s long-range planning committee has considered options for replacing the current Columbia City High School,” WCCS Superintendent Pat O’Connor said.

WCCF awards $196K in grants

December 20, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Several county nonprofit organizations and groups benefited from the Whitley County Community Foundation’s (WCCF) most recent funding session.

The announcement of those receiving the awards comes with one particular sizeable grant of $150,000 to the Whitley County YMCA.

Recently, YMCA officials announced that planning would begin for expanding the current Columbia City location in order to house its full-day childcare center.

The Early Learning Center has been operating out of New Hope Wesleyan Church since it took on the initiative almost two years ago.

December 19th

COLOR IT MERRY: Farmers Mutual Insurance offers wishes

December 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Farmers Mutual Insurance of Whitley County, 518 Branch Court, sends a colorful holiday greeting to all.

"Wishing you a truly inspiring holiday season filled with lots of beauty, joy and laughter," note the staffers at Farmers Mutual. "We appreciate your patronage and look forward to your continued friendship in the years to come."

You can reach Farmers Mutual Insurance of Whitley County at 260 244-5571.

BARBER SHOP TUNE: Mike's Barber Shop offers best during holidays, 2014

December 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Mike's Barber Shop, located at 204 E. Van Buren St., is sending best wishes during the holiday season.

"Wishing all our friends and neighbors a VERY Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year," says Mike Biddle.

SEASON'S GREETINGS: Merritt L. Norris Insurance offers best to all

December 19, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY – Dennis G. Norris and the staff at Merritt L. Norris Insurance offers "season's greetings" to all.

Proud to be affiliated as an Independent Insurance Agent, Merritt L. Norris Insurance, located at 307 N. State St. in South Whitley can be reached at 260 723-4722. For more information, you may go to the business website at www.mlninsurance.com

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

UPDATE: Kos. County makes arrest in Barbee Lake shooting

December 19, 2013

Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Detectives have released more information and names that are related to the shooting incident that occurred last night near the Barbee Lake Chain south of North Webster.

FAMILY FUN: Hoslers TV & Appliance makes the holidays brighter

December 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Family and friends make the holidays, and Hoslers TV & Appliance, 124 N. Main St., is the place to purchase your next appliance to make the holidays even brighter.

Whether it's home entertainment or something to make cooking or laundry easier, Hoslers has suggestions to meet any budget and any need.

"We wish you all the happiest of holidays," note the friendly folks at Hoslers. "Enjoy your time with family and friends."

Hoslers can be reached at 260 244-7106 and is a proud retailer of Crosley, Toshiba, Amana, Whirlpool and Maytag products for the home.

LIST MAKING: Teghtmeyer Ace Hardware is the place

December 19, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Teghtmeyer Ace Hardware, 200 Diplomat Drive, is the place to make a list for holiday giving – but Ace employees are making a list of their own.

"We're make a list and would like to thank all our customers for being so loyal throughout the year. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas," Ace staffers say.

In addition to all your hardware needs boosted by helpful, hardware folks, Teghtmeyer Ace Hardware also offers UPS shipping, window and screen repair, and a variety of other important and useful services for home owners and businesses.

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