By NICOLE OTT
The Post & Mail
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The results are in. The City of Columbia City held its annual Christmas lighting contest again this season, giving top honors to Mike and Amy Cook of 318 Shorewood Court in Northeast Columbia City.
The city also handed out awards for all four districts.
Garold E. Geisleman, 86, of Columbia City, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, at Millers Merry Manor in Columbia City.
Born in Plymouth, he was the son of the late Everette and Artabel Geisleman.
The World War II Army veteran retired from Slater Steel after 43 years of service. He was also a farmer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” An apple a day does keep the doctor away, but area school students are also having a spoonful of change to improve nutrition in their lives.
New federal regulations have created changes with lunch programs at education centers nation-wide, and local schools have also had to adjust.
Some of the new requirements include calorie limits for students by age, larger servings of vegetables and less sodium, among others.
Melvin L. Fouts Jr., 59, of Columbia City, died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, at his home. He had been in failing health.
He was born June 6, 1953, in Huntington, a son of Melvin Leon and Lena Jane (Waters) Fouts.
In 1964, his family moved to Pierceton, where he completed his education. In the 1980s he moved to Columbia City.
Melvin worked part time at the YMCA.
His church membership was with Columbia City United Methodist Church.
Arnold Souder, Jr., originally of Columbia City, died Dec. 10, 2012, at his residence in Sante Fe, N.M.
He was born on Aug. 15, 1923, to Edna (Baker) and Arnold Souder, Sr. in Columbia City.
He grew up in Columbia City, graduating high school in 1941 and attending nearby Manchester College that fall.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in 1943, enrolling in the Army Specialized Training Program in medicine at Indiana University.
Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s bands and choirs played and sang for two concerts Thursday night. The Winter Concert featured both instrumental and vocal solos as well as a holiday sing-along with audience participation. Pictured left is the Wind Ensemble.
SOUTH WHITLEY Ââ€” As Tuesdayâ€™s South Whitley Town Council meeting came to a close a sigh of relief was had by many when numbers added up where they once did not.
Forms were signed by council members to move necessary funds to balance the 2012 budget just weeks before the yearâ€™s end.
After weeks of wrestling with appropriations and budget numbers, Clerk-Treasurer Bob Gould, with the help of Retha Hicks from HR Resources, was able to answer the questions asked by council members regarding the budget numbers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Donations are being doubled for the United Way of Whitley County. After being approved for a matching grant, the United Way is on a mission to not only raise funds for the Live United campaign, but meet a maximum matching dollar amount of $18,000 by the end of 2013.
New donors giving in increments of $100, as well as new businesses giving in increments of $500 will be matched dollar for dollar in partnership with the Indiana Association of United Ways INVest 1213.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City fans saw what looked more like a hockey match than a boys basketball game Friday night.
The Eagles hosted East Noble in the Northeast Hoosier Conference opener â€” in a game with two technical fouls and two Columbia City players who took a trip to the trainerâ€™s office with injuries.
Despite the rough-housing, the Eagles came out with their sixth victory, by a 76-35 score â€” improving to 6-0.
The physical play began late in the first quarter, when Columbia City had a 20-12 lead.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Connecticut massacre has touched the lives of people across the nation â€” even in Whitley County â€” 750 miles from the tragedy.
Before Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s boys basketball game Friday night, officials held a moment of silence in honor of the 26 lives lost after a gunman opened fire in an elementary school â€” killing 20 children.
The rampage is the nationâ€™s second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech shooting that claimed 33 lives in 2007.