Angels, wise men and gift bearers were part of the cast at Churubusco United Methodist Church for the Festival of the Hanging of the Greens Saturday and Sunday. The annual holiday program featured live animals, music and pageantry. Cast members worked two weeks to put together this yearâ€™s presentation. The festival has been an annual tradition for the church for a number of decades.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m.
Items on the agenda include the introduction of the districtâ€™s school resource officer, Mike Peterson, and a presentation by Maintenance Director Dan Rex.
Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees will meet Monday at 7 p.m.
Whitko Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees will meet Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Carolyn J. Jones, 89, of Columbia City, died at 8:17 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013, at Parkview Whitley Hospital. She was born July 19, 1924, in Kendallville, a daughter of Cyril G. and Audrey M. (Lawson) Kollman.
She grew up in Avilla until the late 1930s when the family moved to New Haven. She graduated from New Haven High School in 1943.
She was employed at Lincoln Life Insurance for 25 years, retiring in 1979. After retirement, she worked at the Otis Bowen Center for six years.
Churubusco United Methodist Church held its annual holiday program, â€śFestival of the Hanging of the Greens,â€ť Saturday. Cast members prepared of the first night of the festival, which featured elaborate decorations for the season as well as live animals, music and dramatic presentations. Pictured, from left, are cast members Dawn Greve, Wendy Herendeen, Lea Ann Manth, Festival Director Tammy Towns and Allison Rinker. â€śThis is the embodiment of the Christmas Spirit,â€ť said Towns. â€śItâ€™s our gift to our community.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Nu Thetaâ€™s chapter of Sigma Phi Gamma and Walgreenâ€™s, in Columbia City, are sponsoring a gift-giving opportunity.
â€śPlay Santa for a Senior,â€ť allows the community to purchase presents for seniors in Whitley County.
A tree is provided at the cosmetics counter inside Walgreenâ€™s with suggestions for gifts. All gifts will be delivered to the Whitley County Council on Aging Dec. 20.
â€śThis program was a roaring success last year,â€ť said program coordinators. â€śLetâ€™s make it even better this year.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” All three individuals facing drug charges in the same case pleaded not guilty this week.
Shawn D. Arnold, 22, Melissa R. Smith, 36, and Kearsten E. Britten, 19, all of Columbia City, will be back in court in early January.
Arnold is charged with dealing in methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana, possession of a synthetic drug, possession of paraphernalia and maintaining a common nuisance. The most serious charge is dealing in methamphetamine is a Class B felony, punishable by a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Churubusco United Methodist Church held its annual Festival of the Hanging of the Greens Saturday and Sunday. The holiday program featured live animals, decorations and music. Portraying â€śJosephâ€ť is John Engle as he holds the Christ child, played by Violet Engle. In addition to holiday music and decorations, the festival staged a dramatic presentation of the Biblical Christmas story. For more photos, see the Dec. 12 edition of The Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Last week, the Allen County Coroner announced that there have been 44 homicides in Allen County so far this year â€” tying the record set in 1997.
Whitley County, on the other hand, hasnâ€™t had a violent homicide since 2010 â€” and only two in the last four years.
While local law enforcement officials believe many factors play into the countyâ€™s recent crime trends, many agree that Whitley Countyâ€™s stiff judicial system thwarts crime.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County residents woke up to bitter cold temperatures this morning and are doing their best to stay warm.
The National Weather Service issued a wind chill advisory covering Whitley County and several other Indiana areas until 8 a.m. today.
Angela Knezevich, a Post & Mail Facebook follower, shared how her family and her pet are staying warm in below-zero temperatures.
CHURUBUSCO â€” A Churubusco High School freshman is in the finals of an athletic competition.
What makes the story of Stacia Fester more remarkable is that she is doing it while recovering from spinal surgery this year.
The surgery was June 4, and was done to correct a curve in her spine which could eventually threaten her life.