COLUMBIA CITY â€” Last weekend, snow and ice covered the streets of Columbia City, and many parts of Northeast Indiana. Last week was the last scheduled week of leaf pick up in Columbia City.
Mother nature isnâ€™t giving Street Department workers much of a transition from fall to winter.
With many slide offs and slick conditions reported, Columbia City Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh and his crew were called in to take care of the streets â€” before all the trucks were prepared for winter weather.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s young basketball team is continuing to gain experience and improve in the early part of the season.
After beating county-rival Whitko in the season-opener Wednesday, the Eagles dropped a low-scoring, 46-35 game to Warsaw in their home opener Saturday night.
While the score writes its own story about the defensive efforts of both teams, the 11-point margin is slightly misleading.
SYRACUSE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s wrestling team made the trip to Syracuse Saturday to defend the Wawasee Invitational title the Eagles won last year.
Columbia City joined Whitley County rival Whitko, the host Wawasee Warriors, West Noble, Tippecanoe Valley and Fort Wayne South Side in making up the field.
The Eagles swept the competition, posting a 5-0 record on their way to the invitational crown, while Whitko finished third with a 3-2 record.
LEO-CEDARVILLE â€” A speedy offense from the host Leo Lions was too much for Whitko Saturday.
The Wildcats lost to Leo by a final score of 79-46. The defeat puts Whitko at 0-2 on the 2013-14 campaign. It was the first game of the year for the 1-0 Lions.
Leo ran a high-pressure, full court defense that quickened the pace of the game, particularly in the second half. The Lions had 50 points combined from the third and fourth quarter.
Whitko Boys Basketball Head Coach Scott Wessel said his team had the correct strategy in its first game of the year against Columbia City â€” slow the pace.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After plates were cleaned and dessert was had by all, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner served hundreds of meals.
The meal was sponsored by the Columbia City Rotary Club and was open to the county on Thanksgiving Day at the 4-H Center.
Rotarian Jacie Worrick estimated 124 meals were delivered and 175 meals were served.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Commissioners finalized a plan on how to spend approximately $1.4 million in a two-year span.
The funds are part of the countyâ€™s CEDIT spending, which is County Economic Development Income Tax.
Originally, monies factored from wages as part of the employeeâ€™s income tax were turned over to government entities to use for economic development.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™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 theyâ€™ve received at the city.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For two evenings, the Whitley County Courthouse lawn will play stage to a live and narrated Nativity.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Community Christmas Celebration will be Dec. 6 and 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free.
â€śThis is a great kick-off to the holidays,â€ť said event coordinator Peg McCarthy. â€śThe bustle around the Courthouse livens the downtown square, and starts the season with a remembrance of what Christmas is really all about.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s girls basketball team used strong second and fourth quarters to land a 69-46 win over Eastside Friday night.
After facing a 16-11 deficit at the end of the first quarter, the Lady Eagles came back to score 23 points in the second, while holding Eastside to four.
Churubusco used a scoring attack from six different players in the second quarter to steal the lead â€” and never give it back.
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.