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December 26th

Columbia City firemen hand out candy, oranges for Christmas

December 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — While Whitley County children were spending Christmas Eve preparing for the visit of Santa Claus, Columbia City’s firefighters were preparing to keep a tradition alive. CCFD firemen greeted children with bags of candy and an orange at the courthouse on Christmas Eve — a tradition that has been in place for more than a century.

“We’ve traced this (tradition) as far back as the 1880s,” said CCFD Chief Tom LaRue.

Although young residents may not think too much about the orange they were given, the children of the 1800s most likely did.

Snow creates difficult road conditions

December 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A white day-after-Christmas created difficult road conditions across Whitley County Thursday.

A light dusting of snow hit the area after midnight. While accumulation was minimal, it was enough to make several of the county’s roads, particularly U.S. 30, dangerous for drivers.

Julie Smith of the Whitley County Sheriff dispatch center said several calls came in of drivers having slide-offs.

“People were driving too fast for the road conditions,” she said. “U.S. 30 was really bad.”

Many of those phone calls came in early Thursday morning.

Snow creates difficult road conditions

December 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man arrested on drug-related charges during a spring traffic stop will stand trial early next month in Whitley County Circuit Court.

Vanness D. Oliver, 35, of Mansfield, Ohio, was arrested during a traffic stop in late April, and was charged with dealing a Schedule I, II or III controlled-substance and possession of a narcotic drug.

His trial is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2014, with jury selection at 9 a.m. and evidence beginning at noon.

Oliver’s attorney is Nikos Nakos. Oliver is currently out on bond and is not incarcerated.

December 24th

CHRISTMAS WISHES FLOW: M.C. Wheeler & Sons offer best to all

December 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – M.C. Wheeler & Sons, sales, service and installation of well drilling, heating, plumbing and geo thermal, offers Merry Christmas to all.

"Have a very Merry Christmas," notes the staff of the long-time Whitley County business. "May all your hopes and dreams come true this holiday season. Many thanks for your kind patronage."

Serving Northern Indiana since 1884, M.C. Wheeler & Sons may be reached at 1-800-552-3660. The business is located at 7055 N. 350 W., Columbia City.

December 23rd

Two teens take steps to earn Eagle Scout

December 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

Children of all ages anticipate Christmas

December 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — No matter how big or how small, how short or how tall, and no matter the color of hair or the shoes they wear — 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 Santa’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 Santa’s list can bring.

Candy tradition keeps spirits bright

December 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 War of the Worlds

December 23, 2013

The Peabody Radio Theatre Players presented “The War of the Worlds Christmas Special,” a mixed parody of H.G Wells “War of the Worlds” and Clement Moore’s “T’was the night before Christmas” at the Columbia City’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.

Hake prepares to say so long

December 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY – Jackie Hake’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. It’s been a bittersweet announcement, as Hake leaves with numerous fond memories of her years spent with the senior center.

“I have had the chance to sit in my position and watch so many great things happen here,” Hake said. “This has been my life. Although I am ready to retire, it’s hard to say goodbye.”

WCCS wraps up end-of-year financials

December 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools took steps to complete its end-of-year financials at last week’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.

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