COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Decorating for Christmas took on a whole new meaning for some Whitley County families.
The 2nd Annual Lighthouse Christmas Walk took place Saturday and is a fundraiser for the transitional shelter.
‚ÄúThis time of year is harder on us than others,‚ÄĚ said Tania Keirn, director for The Lighthouse. ‚ÄúIf we had 10 people from every business, church and organization pledge just $10 per month, we would have what we need.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A man accused of attempting to rape a 13-year-old girl had a new trial date announced Monday.
Dustin A. Nimtz, 19, of Columbia City, was set to stand trial later this month.
His attorney, Anthony Churchward, made a motion to have the trial date moved to 2014.
Prosecutor Matt Rentschler agreed, and both parties resolved to have a trial, by jury, March 25 at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7
‚ÄĘ Hanging of greens - 5 p.m.
Hanging of the Greens will be Saturday, Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. at Churubusco United Methodist Church.
This Advent celebration is a holiday gift for the season. It will be a time of reflection and music. Childcare will be provided.
‚ÄĘ Breakfast with Santa
Santa prepares to greet children at his house on the Whitley County Courthouse lawn with the help of his elves, Graceland Rose, 3 (right), and Vivian Gaerte, 10. Santa was ushered into downtown Columbia City with the Lighted Christmas Parade Friday night.
Long-time Santa House Coordinator Jill Winebrenner has a moment to ask Santa for a special Christmas season. This is Winebrenner‚Äôs last year heading up the holiday tradition.
Kylie Renee Baker, 3, poses with Santa at Churubusco‚Äôs Christmas tree lighting Friday. The event hosted Santa and featured a town Christmas tree, carols and hot chocolate.
Santa traveled by fire truck to Churubusco‚Äôs tree lighting event Friday night. Pictured, Santa passes out candy to Truman Sade (left), 6.
PIERCETON ‚ÄĒ Pierceton Elementary School held its 15th Annual Talent Show, "Back to the Future,‚ÄĚ Friday Nov. 15.
There were 21 student acts in the categories of Vocal, Gymnastics, Instrumental and Variety. Nathan Polston, principal, continued a tradition ‚ÄĒ having the first year principal participate by reading "Thomas' Snowsuit."
Bill Rhodes, master of ceremonies, also entertained the crowd by playing the guitar, and several members of the teaching staff performed as "jailbirds" to "Jailhouse Rock."
Six year old Truman Sade waits for Santa‚Äôs arrival at Churubusco‚Äôs Second Annual Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony. Sade, is a kindergarten student at Churubusco Elementary School.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Veterans in Whitley County have a specialist enlisted to assist in a variety of ways.
From helping to determine benefits to leading veterans through state and federal applications, Veteran Service Officer (VSO) Gene Rohrer is on-hand to support those who have served the country.
However, the office, which is located in the Whitley County Government Center, West Van Buren Street, Columbia City, is becoming too small to handle the work flow and needs of the department.