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November 29th, 2013

Turnover sparks discussion for Electric Dept.

November 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Board of Works approved the hire of two new members to the electric department, as one employee moved on to another company and another is set to retire in January.

The hiring process may be slightly different this time, as city officials are working to avoid high turnover.

The city puts money and effort into training new employees, and in some cases, employees have moved on to private electric companies with the training they’ve received at the city.

Many hands make celebration possible

November 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For two evenings, the Whitley County Courthouse lawn will play stage to a live and narrated Nativity.

Whitley County’s Community Christmas Celebration will be Dec. 6 and 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free.

“This is a great kick-off to the holidays,” said event coordinator Peg McCarthy. “The bustle around the Courthouse livens the downtown square, and starts the season with a remembrance of what Christmas is really all about.”

Christmas comes to town

November 30, 2013

The Columbia City Lighted Christmas Parade brought Christmas into town Friday night. Along with a parade on Van Buren Street, Santa Claus arrived to the Santa House on the Courthouse lawn, and officials turned on all the Christmas Decorations downtown. Pictured is a live nativity scene that was featured in the parade.

WCCS extends O’Connor’s contract

November 30, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Two weeks ago, Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat O’Connor hit the four-year mark with her career at WCCS.

At the regular meeting a week later, the WCCS Board of Trustees approved a contract extension with O’Connor.

“We really appreciate you and the work you’ve done,” said Deb Hiss, board member. “You make our job a little more comfortable.”

Working for wellness

November 29, 2013

Whole Health Wellness Center, a nonprofit community organization, hosts monthly educational meetings at the Whitley County YMCA to teach clean, healthy living options. Recently the group gathered to learn about the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. Each workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, email wholehealthwellnesscentergroup@gmail.com or visit online at www.wholehealthwellnesscenter.com.

Cassell placed on home detention

November 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who has been in prison since the 1990s on drug charges will be placed on home detention until his release next year.

Rusty R. Cassell, 43, was sentenced in 1996 to the Indiana Department of Corrections for 20 years for dealing in a Schedule IV controlled-substance. He was given a 12-year sentence enhancement, served consecutively, for being a habitual felony offender.

Cassell’s other two felonies included possession of a handgun without a license in 1992 and a burglary charge in 1988.

Santa to share breakfast with kids

November 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After Santa is led into downtown Columbia City tonight with the Lighted Christmas Parade, he will make several appearances throughout the holiday season.

A breakfast with Santa Claus is planned for Saturday, Dec. 7 at 8:30 a.m. and at 10 a.m.

The meal will be held at Downtown On The Square and is sponsored by the restaurant and Starr CPA & Associates, LLC.

There is no charge for the event, however, donations are appreciated.

This will be the second community event brought to downtown by the Columbia City Main Street Association.

‘A Barnyard Moosical’

November 29, 2013

Little Turtle Elementary School presented, “A Barnyard Moosical,” Tuesday. Pictured is Ella Murphy, 6, who received flowers from her grandmother after her portrayal of a cow. She is the daughter of Ron and Karen Murphy of Columbia City.

S. Whitley event brings town together

November 29, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Christmas spirit and holiday cheer will come to South Whitley by way of a town-wide holiday festival.

Katey Till, a South Whitley resident, joined with several other community members to coordinate Home for the Holidays, Dec. 8 from 3 to 6 p.m.

“There’s been several people who have mentioned the idea of a winter festival,” Till said. “I thought it would be fun to have a town Christmas tree. We started brainstorming ideas, and it all started coming together.”

November 27th

City preps for lighting contest

November 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s government officials are encouraging residents to decorate their homes with Christmas lights.

In the next couple weeks, officials will be judging citizens’ outdoor decorations. Columbia City Common Council President Dan Weigold said the winners should be announced by the next council meeting, Dec. 10.

Weigold, who heads the contest, is promoting that citizens get in the Christmas spirit.

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