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February 24th, 2014

MELTING ICE REVEALS POTHOLES: Street crews receive little break in weekend work

February 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Street Department has been working nearly non-stop since the beginning of the year clearing snow and ice from roadways.

Recently, officials discussed concerns with overtime expenses, as crews have had to balance creating safer roadways within the city’s budget.
There was a small light at the end of winter’s tunnel last week, with temperatures warming to above freezing for the first time in 2014, and snow and ice finally melting from streets.

What was left behind was almost as dangerous as the snow and ice themselves.


February 24, 2014

(Feb. 24, 2014) -- Whitley County officials have announced that County Road 550 East is closed between Anderson Road and County Road 300 North due to high water. The road will remain closed until further notice.

February 23rd

Woman charged with drug dealing near school

February 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman who was arrested during a recent drug sweep throughout Columbia City is facing a Class A felony drug charge.

Tara N. Christopher, 31, of Columbia City, was arrested Feb. 14. She is charged with dealing methamphetamine by manufacture within 1,000 feet of a school, a Class A felony.

Class A felonies are punishable by up to 50 years of incarceration, with a minimum sentence of 20 years.

Event to provide exponential benefits

February 23, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A group of nonprofit agencies, companies and service providers will gather together at Indian Springs Middle School for the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce’s annual expo, March 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Last year, the event drew in more that 1,500 visitors, and Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Brown is anticipating that number to grow.

“We have a variety of vendors that strike interest for a lot of people that come,” Brown said. “People see the value of what the expo can bring to both vendors and visitors.”

February 22nd

Group gathers to celebrate success of county’s transitional shelter

February 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A mission to provide housing to the homeless had great support as a large group of community members rallying around the cause.

Interfaith Mission, The Lighthouse, is a transitional home located off of Business 30 in Columbia City.

Working to generate financial support and awareness, an annual dinner was held Thursday night at Grace Lutheran Church, Columbia City.

Puttin’ on the Ritz: State superintendent visits Whitley Co. schools

February 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Surrounded by elementary students, Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz took time to tap into her inner child Friday at Coesse Elementary School.

Speaking in colorful voices that helped to portray thought-provoking life lessons, Ritz read books to students as part of the school’s Emphasis on Reading Week.

“Literacy is so important,” Ritz said. “It is something these kids will need for the rest of their lives.”

February 21st

Sunday bulletin

February 21, 2014

Columbia City UM
This Sunday at Columbia City United Methodist Church, the message title is “Turning the World Upside Down.” The Scripture is from 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, 16-23, and Matthew 5:38-48.
The February Mission Project of the Month is Habitat for Humanity. In Whitley County, this group has completed four houses within the last seven months.
The Columbia City United Methodist Church Lent Study will begin March 2 through April 19, and the book to be studied will be Adam Hamilton’s 24 Hours That Changed the World.

Council on Aging makes plans for seniors in March

February 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Council on Aging announced its events for March.
Events are held at the Woodlands Senior Center in Columbia City.

Special events
•AARP — March 4 at 1 p.m.
•Bingo & Farm Wagon — March 5 and 19 at 9:30 a.m.
•MMM Bingo — March 6 at noon
•Tipton House donuts — March 7
•Foot care — March 10 at 8:30 a.m.
•Silver Striders — March 10 at 10 a.m.
•Renaissance Village & North Ridge Bingo — March 10 at noon
•Haircuts — March 12 at noon.
•Massages ­— March 12 at 9 a.m.
•MMM Crafts — March 12 at 9:30 am
•Blood Pressure — March 12 at 10:30 a.m.

Parkview Hospital welcomes new full-time pediatrician

February 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Parkview Physicians Group and Parkview Whitley Hospital are pleased to welcome Carla Bystricky, MD, to Whitley County.
Bystricky received her medical degree from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

She completed her residency at the University of Connecticut Pediatric Residency Program in Hartford, Connecticut.

Dr. Bystricky is a Fellow of the American Board of Pediatrics.

She also served two years as a locum tenens, serving as a pediatrician for hospitals throughout the United States including, Connecticut, Oregon, Missouri and Indiana.

Writing workshop to be held at county historical museum

February 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Historical Museum will be hosting a writing workshop Saturday, March 8 at 2 p.m.

The event will feature local author Monica Koldyke Miller. Miller is the author of a historical romance book titled, “Threads of Betrayal.”
Admission to this program is free. This program was made possible in part by a grant from the Whitley County Community Foundation.


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