Columbia City High Schoolâs 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 Tuesdayâs 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 yearâs 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 trainerâs 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 Schoolâs 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 nationâs second-deadliest school shooting, exceeded only by the Virginia Tech shooting that claimed 33 lives in 2007.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (AP) â A man opened fire Friday inside the Sandy Hook Elementary where his mother taught. Twenty-six people were killed, including 20 children. Area media report youngsters huddled in corners and closets frightened at the sound of shots ringing through the building.
The 20-year-old killer, killed his mother at home, carried two handguns to the school where he committed suicide, bringing the death toll to 28, authorities said.
More in depth coverage can be found in Saturday's Post & Mail with local comments from area residents and school administration.
FORT WAYNE â A high-speed chase that began in Fort Wayne ended at the Whitley-Allen County Line Tuesday.
Whitley Countyâs Sheriff deputies were called to assist Fort Wayneâs Police Department after the pursuit headed toward Columbia City on U.S. 30.
The deputies set up stop sticks near CR 300 E., but the suspects, Pedro Garza and Luis Juarez-Cabrera, turned north on County Line Road before being apprehended by Fort Wayne police.
SOUTH WHITLEY â High utility bills? Some residents of South Whitley believe the rates appearing on their monthly utility statements are higher than average. In fact, one resident appeared at the town council meeting Tuesday night to voice her concern over an increasing utility bill.
Town council members wanted to know just where utility rates stood in relation to covering costs and preparing for future upgrades.
COLUMBIA CITY â The wind blew hard, but Columbia City pushed back.
On June 29 of this year, a violent wind storm powered its way through Columbia City. The tempest left a trail of damage in its wake, including downed trees. For many towns, the clean-up effort could have been a marathon. However, Columbia City Tree Board President Ken Lundquist said that the work has been âexcellent,â and thanked the City Electric Department for its input in the project.
LIGONIER â The Whitko Lady Wildcats traveled north Thursday night to face the West Noble Lady Chargers in a non-conference basketball matchup. A furious fourth quarter rally by the Lady Wildcats put the Lady Wildcats in a position to win, but the loss of two important players and game-long free throw woes sent the Lady âCats down to a 53-51 overtime loss to the Lady Chargers.