November 29th, 2013
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Two weeks ago, Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat Oâ€™Connor hit the four-year mark with her career at WCCS.
At the regular meeting a week later, the WCCS Board of Trustees approved a contract extension with Oâ€™Connor.
â€śWe really appreciate you and the work youâ€™ve done,â€ť said Deb Hiss, board member. â€śYou make our job a little more comfortable.â€ť
Fort Wayne â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Lady Eagle basketball team traveled to Fort Wayne to take on the 1-3 North Side Lady Redskins with the hopes of getting back in the win column following a heartbreaking home overtime loss to undefeated Leo.
The Lady Eagles used a pressure perimeter defense to negate the Lady Redskins main offensive threats and balanced scoring to down the host Lady Redskins by a 57-36 score Friday night.
WARSAW â€” A tough defensive effort from Warsaw proved too much for Whitkoâ€™s girls basketball team Friday.
The Lady Wildcats dropped a road contest to the Lady Tigers by a final of 64-42.
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for the 3-2 Lady Wildcats and was the first win of the year for 1-3 Warsaw.
Warsawâ€™s press wore down Whitko as the game advanced, holding the Lady Wildcats to just 14 second-half points and six in the fourth quarter.
Whole Health Wellness Center, a nonprofit community organization, hosts monthly educational meetings at the Whitley County YMCA to teach clean, healthy living options. Recently the group gathered to learn about the therapeutic benefits of essential oils. Each workshop is free and open to the public. For more information, email email@example.com or visit online at www.wholehealthwellnesscenter.com.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who has been in prison since the 1990s on drug charges will be placed on home detention until his release next year.
Rusty R. Cassell, 43, was sentenced in 1996 to the Indiana Department of Corrections for 20 years for dealing in a Schedule IV controlled-substance. He was given a 12-year sentence enhancement, served consecutively, for being a habitual felony offender.
Cassellâ€™s other two felonies included possession of a handgun without a license in 1992 and a burglary charge in 1988.