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New fire truck sparks funding talks

December 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — For the last several months, Columbia City’s fire department has been in the process of purchasing a new truck.

A committee was formed, specs were sent out, and several bids were awarded at last week’s Columbia City Board of Works meeting.

The fire truck committee met Nov. 2 to review several bids before choosing 911 Fleet and Fire Equipment’s bid for $499,529.

With the new truck comes the need for new equipment. The Board of Works also approved $109,824.89 in equipment from multiple vendors.

ISMS girls basketball splits Summit

December 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Indian Springs Middle School’s girls basketball team took a win and a loss against Summit Middle School Tuesday night.

The seventh-grade Lady Eagles won 47-21 to go 2-0 on the season, and the eighth-grade girls fell 43-15, falling to 1-1 on the year.

All of the seventh-grade Lady Eagles’ players had the opportunity to contribute during the game, led by Grace Cotter with 14 points, as well as going 3-for-3 from the free-throw line.

Ava Winters and Alaina Rongos made a strong showing on the boards, as well as contributing 12 and six points, respectively.

December 4th

Skating skills

December 4, 2013

Todd Franks (left), of Larwill, and Isaac Gust avoid Black Friday shopping while at Headwaters Park ice skating rink Friday. Franks, 13, attends Indian Springs Middle School, and Gust, a Columbia City native, attends Lake Stevens Middle School in Lake Stevens Washington.

Learning the numbers

December 4, 2013

Amy Pettigrew’s class at Churubusco Elementary School and co-teacher, Carol Sebastian (pictured) used a life-size ten frame to help children gain a better understanding of the base 10 system in math class. Teachers used the students to create groups of fewer than 10 and more than 10 in order to compare numbers. The project allowed students to receive a real-time understanding of what is more and what is fewer, which can be difficult concepts for kindergarteners. “When we teach this in lessons, ten frames are smaller on paper and use chips or counters to show ten,” said teachers.

Schedule of entertainment

December 4, 2013

Celebration entertainment
The following acts are scheduled to appear as part of the Community Christmas Celebration

Friday — 6 to approximately 7:40 p.m.
•Community choir
•Kylie and Haley Zumbrum (piano)
•Sigma Eta Sorority chorus
•Hadley Snell (piano)
•Jaxson Mishler (piano)
•Desiree Fey and Jolene Stewart (piano)
•Sierra Hull (piano)
•Jenna and Mary Grace Rudolph (cello and violin)
•Unique Kase
•Rebekah Marshall (piano)
•Lawrence E. Wolfe Handbell Choir

Saturday — 6 to approximately 7:45 p.m.
•Community choir
•Juanita Schrader (piano)
•Aveya Rice (piano)

Virginia Smith, 79

December 4, 2013

Virginia B. “Ginger” Smith, 79, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, at 9:42 p.m. in her Winona Lake home.
Ginger was born May 17, 1934, to Harold and Irene (Torell) Bergstrom in Plainfield, NJ.
She was a graduate of Van Wert High School, earned a bachelor of science in education, a masters in guidance and counseling and earned a certification in school psychology.
On June 17, 1958, she and John L. Smith were married in Madison, Wisc. For many years they made their home in the Warsaw-Winona Lake area. He preceded her in death July 26, 1983.

Delois Clemons, 86

December 4, 2013

Delois “Dude” Clemons, 86, a resident of Churubusco and widow of Kelly Clemons, passed away at 6:28 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 at her residence. Although she had been in declining health, her death was unexpected.
Mrs. Clemons was born in Glomar, Ky. Aug. 20, 1927, a daughter of Matt and Flossie (Kincaid) Fletcher. She spent her early years in Kentucky and moved to Churubusco with her parents in 1942.
On July 6, 1946, she was married to Kelly Clemons, and lived most of her adult life in Churubusco.

Sights, sounds to celebrate Christmas

December 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The scene is set for the holiday revelers to take a “journey to Bethlehem,” at the Community Christmas Celebration Friday and Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Whitley County Courthouse.

The event is free and will take place both on the lawn and inside the Courthouse.

Several churches and community organizations have come together to act out the Biblical Christmas story.

“This celebration starts the season with a remembrance of what Christmas is really all about,” said event coordinator Peg McCarthy.

Police to conduct driving training

December 4, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Police Department is planning some extra training for officers with their police cars.

The Emergency Vehicle Operator Course (EVOC) is a program to help officers operate their vehicles under the demanding police patrol conditions.

Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh told the Columbia City Common Council last week that the city hasn’t offered EVOC training for a long time, and is looking forward to freshening up its veteran employees on driving maneuvers.

Residents spout off on possible water sale

December 4, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — It was standing-room only in the South Whitley Town Council chambers for a public hearing held Tuesday night.

Residents came to learn more about the possible sale of the town’s water utility.

Poor water quality and the need for infrastructure upgrades had prompted the council to look at funding alternatives. Selling the utility would mean costly upgrades and maintenance expenses would become the burden of the buyer, not the town.

However, citizens voiced two main concerns at the public hearing ­­— rates and control.

 

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