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COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man was injured in a one-vehicle crash Monday afternoon on Ind. 205.
Police, EMS, and fire crews responded at approximately 1:28 p.m. to find James M. Lawdâ€™s truck wrapped around a tree.
According to the report by Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department Deputy Randy Dellinger, Lawd, 64, was driving his truck eastbound on Ind. 205 at an excessive speed and drove off the right side of the road.
Lawd over-corrected and slid through a yard before striking a tree on the driverâ€™s side door.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees agreed last week to replace Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s aging wheel chair lift.
Corporation Business Manager Tony Zickgraf suggested the board approve the installation of a new lift to replace the current one which according to Zickgraf is slow and not up to code.
â€śIâ€™ve been here 16 years and it was here when I got here,â€ť said Zickgraf. â€śThe present one is real slow and not very ADA (American Disabilities Act) friendly for the handicapped person trying to do it himself.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” At approximately 3 a.m. Monday morning, Jason Snyder and his dog were awakened by a fire alarm and a house full of smoke at their trailer at 3004 North County Road 250 West.
Firefighters from the Thorncreek Fire Department, along with two Whitley County Sheriff Deputies assisted with the fire.
Upon arrival, the first crew in the house found the kitchen and living room on fire.
Assistant Fire Chief Adam Hurley said a candle could not be ruled out as the cause of the blaze.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Sledding down the hills in DeVol Field is a popular winter activity, but sledding in Bakerâ€™s Field is dangerous and off-limits, according to the Columbia City Parks Board.
â€śEvery year we have issues with this (Bakerâ€™s Field), but what drives us crazy is they (people sledding) are not allowed to sled on the Bakerâ€™s Field side,â€ť Parks Director Mark Green said Monday evening.
â€śThis is dangerous because you donâ€™t know what is under the snow and it seems once a year somebody breaks their leg. We want people to stay between the bales.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Employees working in the Marshall Community Building this morning were sitting at their desks in their winter coats.
The building, which houses the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s district offices, has been limping along for some time with only one of its two boilers operational.
Last night, according to Business Manager Tony Zickgraf, that last boiler went down.
â€śThey (maintenance crews) discovered it wasnâ€™t working this morning,â€ť said Zickgraf. â€śThey had a part and got it on at 6 a.m. this morning. So, it is working itâ€™s just taking awhile to warm up.â€ť
Former board member Dave Rupley was not reelected at the annual meeting for the Whitley County 4-H Inc. board, but will return to the board as he was appointed to replace Bob McKown at the Dec. 14 meeting held at the 4-H Center. McKown resigned from the board earlier in the year.
Officers were elected at the meeting with the following results: Bill Leeuw, president; Cathy Heritier, vice president; Dave Rupley, secretary; Kent Reese, treasurer; Julie Johnson, assistant treasurer; and Rex Eiler and Aaron McDevitt, executive board.
Local UPS man retires after 33 years
No white beard is visible and his choice of color for his attire is more brown than red, but Shawn Slocum is unquestionably Santa. And not only at Christmas but every day.
Slocum will be hanging up the brown suit this year, though, retiring after 33 years with United Parcel Service (UPS). His last work day, fittingly, is today â€” Christmas Eve.
He began with UPS in 1978 as a sorter loader, working his way up sorting packages, washing and spotting vehicles inside the facility according to Steve Miller, delivery supervisor.
On his way home from the store after Christmas last year, Gene Hoover of Columbia City called his sister.
â€śYouâ€™ve got to help me, I have an addiction,â€ť he said. His truck was so full he couldnâ€™t see out the back window.
And what was the truck filled with? Christmas decorations.
Every year for the last 10 years, Hoover has decorated his yard with Christmas decorations, lights, figurines, inflatables, a projector shining scenes on the house, anything he can find at those after Christmas sales.
Some people choose a profession which will allow them to make a difference in the world. Others make a difference by choosing to â€śbloom where they are planted.â€ť
Renea Farnbauch is one of the bloomers.
Anyone visiting the Columbia City McDonalds may get a shock initially as they hear one of the ladies at the cash register yell out, â€śNext victim!â€ť
When this is followed by â€śHow may I mess up your order?â€ť one canâ€™t help but smile.
Farnbauchâ€™s caustic wit and fearless humor has gained her a following, and those who work with her are the first to sing her praises.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One of Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s tenants in the Marshall Community Building is moving out.
Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor read a letter to the corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees Monday night from Robert Huffman, Executive Director of Region 8 Education Service Center, which had its headquarters located in Columbia City for more than five years.
â€śIt is with a degree of sadness that I find myself writing this letter to you,â€ť wrote Huffman.