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December 8th

Time to read a good book

December 8, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Daily she is surrounded by 130,000 books at the Peabody Public Library. Now Janet Scank is retiring and may just be able to read one for herself.
Friday is Scank’s last day as director of the PPL. She will move back to her home in Bloomington. Her goal is to finish reading a book in less than one week.
For now she’ll have time to read those John Michell historical novels or the English murder mysteries she longs for.
Scank may even have time to finish all of those biographies she’s been collecting from the Friends of the PPL bi-annual book sales throughout her tenure.

December 7th

County enters into contract designed to cut costs

December 7, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County's Board of Commissioners decided this week to enter into a one-year contract with Spyglass.
Spyglass provides a research service that goes through local and long distance phone lines, fax lines, cell phone lines and internet connections to look for cost-efficiency opportunities.
The company reviews records to find out if a client is paying unnecessarily for services which either they no longer use or are being over-charged for.
Spyglass works with respective carriers who provide the service and analyzes the data to find out what if any changes can be made.

Loving embrace

December 7, 2011

Zane Moyer, second grader at South Whitley Elementary School, took one look at his great-grandmother, Leola Williamson, and ran to her arms during the first ever First Class Bulldogs assembly.
At South Whitley Elementary School, teachers, staff and administrators use a positive approach to teach students. SWES’ nickname is “the Bull Dogs,”
according to Principal Bruce Hansen. "We practice positive school involvement here. We take notice of the good things students do every day,” said Hansen.
Each day students are given the opportunity to receive “Bull Dog Bones.”

December 6th

'Grandma I'm hurt . . .': Phone scam Monday preys on emotions; bank personnel help block swindle

December 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY – An elderly Columbia City woman was nearly swindled out of $3,000 Monday morning had it not been for some questioning about a transaction by personnel at People’s Federal Savings Bank.
The criminals made a phone call to the woman concocting a scenario where bail money was immediately needed for the woman’s grandson.
When the phone rang at the 82-year-old woman’s home, she heard “Grandma, I’m hurt . . . I’ve been in a wreck, I got some teeth knocked out and I need money.”

December 2nd

Black Friday yields mixed results

December 2, 2011

According to estimates by the National Retail Association, more than 226 million shoppers spent their Black Friday (Nov. 25) either shopping in stores or going online.
More Americans than ever before were hunting for bargains over the course of the three-day weekend.
The national average of money spent was up by nearly $40, coming in at $398.
However, Columbia City businesses gave mixed reviews of 2011’s most famous of shopping days.
For some, the day after Thanksgiving generates increased revenue, despite many retailers having stock listed at bargain pricing.

November 28th

One shot: two kills

November 28, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — A young girl shot two deer with one bullet Wednesday, a feat many hunters don’t experience in a lifetime.
Kelly Schwenn of Etna-Troy Township walked into the woods with her rifle, and walked out of the woods with two does.
Schwenn and her mom, Wendy, have spent the season in a blind in a field west of Albion.
The eight-year-old Northern Heights Elementary School third-grader put down one game to engage another type of game; two in fact.
Kelly was playing her Nintendo DS, a handheld video game, when her mom tapped her on the shoulder to tell her there was a deer in sight.

November 25th

Santa arrives

November 25, 2011

Adam Gaerte, 3, sits on Santa’s lap early Friday evening at Santa’s Cottage on the Courthouse Square in Columbia City. Santa will take requests each Friday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.; Saturdays, noon to 3 p.m.; and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. up to and including Christmas Eve. Adam is the son of Adam Gaerte and Maryann Maley, both of Columbia City.

‘Busco senior lauded with ‘Spotlight on Success’

November 25, 2011

Haleigh Gross, left, is honored by Matt Widenhoefer, assistant principal, for being Churubusco High School’s Spotlight on Success at Monday evening’s school board meeting.
Gross, a senior at Churubusco Junior Senior High School, was honored Monday at the Smith-Green Community School board meeting.
“Currently she is ranked third in her class with a cumulative GPA of 11.3 and college GPA of 4.0 She takes some of our most rigorous courses. Aside from being an incredible student, Haleigh excels in extracurricular activities as well,” said Widenhoefer.

Die-hard fans

November 25, 2011

A quintet of dedicated Columbia City Eagles fans display synchronicity and school spirit during Wednesday night’s intra-county basketball contest between Columbia City and Whitko. The Eagles easily dispatched the Wildcats 61-41.

Columbia City wins rivalry game over Whitko

November 25, 2011

SOUTH WHITLEY — This year’s Columbia City-Whitko rivalry game didn’t come down to a last-second shot like last year.
In fact, Columbia City took the lead 3:30 into the game and never looked back, winning 61-41.
But the loss wasn’t from lack of Wildcat effort, more like bad luck.
Expected Whitko starter Lucky Winters was out of the game with an ACL tear, and Head Coach Rob Irwin isn’t sure of his status.
Logan Irwin’s 20 points was about half of the Wildcats’ offensive output.

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