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‘Columbia City’s not going to give up’

December 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — After close games, many coaches don’t speak very highly of the opposing team.

It was quite the opposite for Norwell’s Head Coach Eric Thornton, when he spoke of Friday night’s game against Columbia City’s girls basketball team.
“Columbia City’s not going to give up,” Thornton said.

If effort heart could win the game, the Lady Eagles could’ve walked out of the gym with a second conference win Friday night.

Unfortunately, though, Norwell (5-1) held on through a roller coaster fourth quarter to win, 50-46, and pick up its first Northeast Hoosier Conference win.

Holiday shopping can still include military

December 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Although the holiday shopping season was cut short by a late Thanksgiving, there is still time for packages to be shipped to military personnel.

The U.S. Postal Service has detailed shipping dates listed by region on its website www.usps.com.

Little tokens of appreciation, such as cards and notes of appreciation, are welcomed by those serving the country and removed from family during the holidays.

Singing holiday cheer

December 14, 2013

Columbia City High School’s music department hosted its annual holiday concert Thursday night. Pictured are members of Columbia City’s show choir.

Ringing rallies change for people in need

December 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Red kettles are almost as popular of a sight during the holiday season as Santa.

Salvation Army kettles are placed at various retail locations around the county in an effort to raise funds for the nonprofit.

Money collected during the nationwide campaign goes toward helping those in need through a variety of programs.

The national fundraising goal is $3 million, which according to the Salvation Army’s website, the organization has only reached 31 percent in its efforts.

Men face burglary, theft charges

December 14, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A pair of men are accused of committing a burglary and theft in Churubusco.

Nicholas A. Coslet, 20, of Fort Wayne, and Cruz T. Johannsen, 22, of Fort Wayne, were charged with burglary, a Class B felony, and theft, a Class D felony. Both pleaded not guilty and are due back in court in January.

The victim lives in rural Churubusco. Case reports state he told investigators he arrived home from working third shift Dec. 2 at 7 a.m. He fell asleep on his couch and awoke at 2 p.m. At that time, he noticed a number of items missing.

No room for preschool at SWES

December 14, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — There is much anticipation surrounding the remodeling project slated for South Whitley Elementary School.

Small classrooms and overcrowding has motivated school leaders to move forward with an expansion project scheduled to begin this spring.

One group is not looking forward to the construction — South Whitley Community Preschool.

Ann Akpabio, 66

December 13, 2013

Ann G. Akpabio, 66, of Columbia City died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at her home.
She was born Sept. 6, 1947, and became the adopted daughter of DeWitt and Phyllis (Sheets) Schrader.
She spent her formative years in Washington Township. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1965 and went on to become a registered nurse in 1968.
She started her work career with the American Red Cross in Fort Wayne and later transferred to Boston, Mass.

WINTER STORM WARNING

December 13, 2013

(DEC. 13, 2013) — A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for Whitley County beginning at 7 p.m. through 7 p.m. Saturday. Snow accumulations are expected to range from 5 to 8 inches by Saturday.

Winter weather, warm sounds

December 13, 2013

Pictured are some of Columbia City High School’s Varsity Band members performing at an annual concert which highlights not only the band program but CCHS’s choir department as well.

DNR warns of thin ice on ponds

December 13, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The state Department of Natural Resources is warning Indiana residents to beware of thin ice on ponds and lakes despite recent cold temperatures.

DNR officials say every year people drown after falling through ice.
As ice begins to form on many waterways, Indiana conservation officers are reminding people to put safety first. The DNR says at least 4 inches of ice is recommended for safe ice fishing and 5 inches for snowmobiling.
They also say depending on conditions, ice can change from several inches thick to nearly open water within just a few feet.

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