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December 3rd

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.

December 2nd

HOLIDAY EVENTS

December 2, 2013

HOLIDAY EVENTS

Saturday, Dec. 7

• Hanging of greens - 5 p.m.
Hanging of the Greens will be Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at Churubusco United Methodist Church.
This Advent celebration is a holiday gift for the season. It will be a time of reflection and music. Childcare will be provided.

• Breakfast with Santa

Ready to meet the kids

December 2, 2013

Santa prepares to greet children at his house on the Whitley County Courthouse lawn with the help of his elves, Graceland Rose, 3 (right), and Vivian Gaerte, 10. Santa was ushered into downtown Columbia City with the Lighted Christmas Parade Friday night.

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.

 

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