COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Park Board reversed its decision to close the sledding hill at DeVol Field after an outcry from the public.
More than 30 people were present at a public hearing Thursday, with nine taking the podium to voice their opinions â all in favor of reopening the hill.
Before the public spoke, the city explained its reasoning for closing the park, a decision made on a 3-2 vote at last weekâs Park Board meeting based on liability and safety.
SOUTH WHITLEY â It took a few ideas, some brainstorming and a community pulling together to plan South Whitleyâs Home for the Holidays event.
The downtown Christmas celebration will take place Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., and will feature ornament making, cookie decorating, food, a live Nativity, music and a ceremonially tree lighting.
One particular event will have a winning announcement made at 6 p.m. â the townâs wreath contest.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County officials met Tuesday to discuss CEDIT spending for the next two years.
However, discussion was held once again on the need for financial disclosure from Whitley County Humane Shelter leaders.
âWe havenât had any sort of a report in months,â said Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake.
Representing the Commissioners at the Whitley County Council meeting, Rethlake recapped the concerns the Commissioners had with financially supporting the shelter.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Director of Communications, Terry Wherry, had some impressive statistics to present to the Common Council last week.
Ten years ago, the city invested in an e-mail filter company, Preferred IT Group, to protect the city.
The overall cost for the program is $1,800 per year, and officials said the service is well worth the money. âThe cost is benefiting us,â Wherry said. âItâs taken care of a lot of spam.â
Pierceton Elementary School recently awarded Riley VanCleave (right) with a gift card for being the top seller for the Parent-Teacher Organization fundraiser this year. VanCleave is a fourth-grade student, but has been awarded this prize every year since he was in kindergarten. The PTO would like to thank VanCleave and his mother for all their hard work in supporting the school. Awarding VanCleave with the gift card is Kathy Wright who is co-president of the PTO.
The Ag Museum Board would like to extend an invitation to all persons who have an interest in Whitley County history to attend the Annual Meeting Saturday at 6:15 p.m. at the museum. The program will be cover the history and making of maple syrup. Those interested do not need to be a member to attend the meeting. Bring a covered dish and table service to take part in the food and fellowship. The meat and drinks will be furnished. Pictured is one area of the museum that portrays pioneer life.
Mary Raber Elementary School recently celebrate its November Shining Stars.Â The following students were recognized this month for using their life skills, treating people right and doing the right thing: Kindergarteners â Ethan Huerta, Lillen Johnson, Tatianna Saavedra, Meya Gonzalez, Wesley Fowler and Haylee Harpel. First graders â Aleighya Loe, Brandelyn Maggard, Isabelle Landis, Iziah Rinehold, Kassidy Welch and Mikayla Cochran. Second graders â Brodie Baughman, Xander Ogden, Sam Bechtold and Kelan Ferguson.
âą Walk of Trees - 5 p.m.
In its fourth year, The Walk of Trees will open for tours Friday at 5 p.m. and will continue Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 14. at The Clugston, Chauncey Street, Columbia City.
More than 20 trees are expected to be a part of this yearâs walk.
FORT WAYNE â A third-quarter charge was not enough for Whitkoâs girls basketball team against Fort Wayne Northrop Wednesday.
The Lady Wildcats lost to the Lady Bruins by a final score of 60-49.
It was the second defeat in a row for Whitko (3-3), but the third consecutive contest against a Class 4A school. It was the first win of the year for 1-5 Northrop.
Whitko Girls Basketball Head Coach Brandon Bradley said Northrop challenges his squad in a unique fashion.
COLUMBIA CITY â Two Eagle wrestling squads squared off Wednesday night at the Donald S. Weeks Gymnasium for Whitley County bragging rights and both the Olde Golden Eagle Trophy and the Blake-Jones-Koontz Cup, as wrestling supremacy in Whitley County was on the line.
Columbia City, fresh off a victory over Whitko at the Wawasee Invitational, looked to defend last yearâs title. Standing in the Eaglesâ way was a veteran Churubusco team looking to avenge last yearâs narrow, home loss to Columbia City.