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December 2nd

Santa House visitor

December 2, 2013

Long-time Santa House Coordinator Jill Winebrenner has a moment to ask Santa for a special Christmas season. This is Winebrenner’s last year heading up the holiday tradition.

Holiday cheer

December 2, 2013

Kylie Renee Baker, 3, poses with Santa at Churubusco’s Christmas tree lighting Friday. The event hosted Santa and featured a town Christmas tree, carols and hot chocolate.

Christmas in 'Busco

December 2, 2013

Santa traveled by fire truck to Churubusco’s tree lighting event Friday night. Pictured, Santa passes out candy to Truman Sade (left), 6.

Elementary school travels ‘back to the future’

December 2, 2013

PIERCETON — Pierceton Elementary School held its 15th Annual Talent Show, "Back to the Future,” Friday Nov. 15.

There were 21 student acts in the categories of Vocal, Gymnastics, Instrumental and Variety. Nathan Polston, principal, continued a tradition — having the first year principal participate by reading "Thomas' Snowsuit."

Bill Rhodes, master of ceremonies, also entertained the crowd by playing the guitar, and several members of the teaching staff performed as "jailbirds" to "Jailhouse Rock."

Holiday elf

December 2, 2013

Six year old Truman Sade waits for Santa’s arrival at Churubusco’s Second Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Sade, is a kindergarten student at Churubusco Elementary School.

Veterans services grow, creating space concerns

December 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Veterans in Whitley County have a specialist enlisted to assist in a variety of ways.

From helping to determine benefits to leading veterans through state and federal applications, Veteran Service Officer (VSO) Gene Rohrer is on-hand to support those who have served the country.

However, the office, which is located in the Whitley County Government Center, West Van Buren Street, Columbia City, is becoming too small to handle the work flow and needs of the department.

City makes alley one-way

December 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Officials approved Columbia City’s first one-way roadway at last week’s City Council meeting.

While there are no one-way streets within the city limits, there is soon to be a one-way alley, located near Eagle Tech Academy, on North Walnut Street.

Officials discussed the topic when school started in August. With more and more students attending ETA every year, the increased traffic at the school has posed some concerns.

Courthouse Carols

December 2, 2013

Whitley County Children’s Choir, under the direction of Becky Walter, performed at the Courthouse’s gazebo Friday night after the Lighted Christmas Parade. The parade marched downtown for a second year in a row with music, floats and numerous lights.

Quick transition into winter

December 2, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Last weekend, snow and ice covered the streets of Columbia City, and many parts of Northeast Indiana. Last week was the last scheduled week of leaf pick up in Columbia City.

Mother nature isn’t giving Street Department workers much of a transition from fall to winter.

With many slide offs and slick conditions reported, Columbia City Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh and his crew were called in to take care of the streets — before all the trucks were prepared for winter weather.

November 29th

Turkey dinners tip the scale at 299 served

November 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After plates were cleaned and dessert was had by all, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner served hundreds of meals.

The meal was sponsored by the Columbia City Rotary Club and was open to the county on Thanksgiving Day at the 4-H Center.

Rotarian Jacie Worrick estimated 124 meals were delivered and 175 meals were served.

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