COLUMBIA CITY â€” Upgrades to the Whitley County Jail continue to be debated by County Commissioners. Although some work has started, the lot of parts needed have not been approved for purchase Â â€” a cost that could be in excess of $80,000.
At a previous council meeting, Commissioner Tom Rethlake had shared with county officials that a valve originally bid to cost $1,066 each, might be able to be purchased at a price of $776 from a different company.
However, Rethlake said he would turn the bid over to County Maintenance Supervisor Mark Sturtevant for review and follow up.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For some, Christmas involves more than receiving â€” giving too.
That is certainly true for Kelly Maloy of Columbia City. What started as an idea has morphed into a reality beyond her wildest dreams.
Maloy posted on Facebook recently, asking that her friends remember their animal friends and donate $1 to the Whitley County Humane Society.
Individuals could send their dollars to her, and she would make the donation just before Christmas.
Maloy said the success of her endeavor has already surpassed her expectations.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After a 10-year dry spell, Columbia Cityâ€™s Police Department is looking to hire its second new officer in 10 years.
Last year, CCPD Officer Jon Stoffel was hired in as the first new officer to the department in a decade, replacing a master patrolman who resigned from his position.
This year, the CCPD is adding another officer to the force, as Master Patrolman Mike Petersen was selected to serve the areaâ€™s youth as the Whitley County Consolidated Schools resource officer (SRO).
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Smith & Sons Funeral Home, in Columbia City, and their Miller Chapel, in South Whitley, wish area families a safe and happy holiday season.
Caring and trusted since 1851, Smith & Sons Funeral Home has a legacy of compassionate professionalism in the greater Whitley County community.
Currently undergoing a major expansion project at its historic funeral home in Columbia City, the long-time family owned business is poised to serve area families in their times of need for generations to come.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Oak Grove Church of God, 2426 S. Raber Road, located just south of Columbia City, invites all to join one of two family-friendly Christmas Eve Celebrations, Tuesday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The special celebrations are a gift to the entire community. Please join the congregation for these memorable Christmas Eve services.
Find out more about Oak Grove Church of God on its web site at www.oakgrovecog.com or call 260 244-3025.
A blessed Christmas to all!
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ It's always great to be home for the holidays, and the agents and staff at Orizon Real Estate are pleased to help folks find their perfect home.
The Columbia City-based real estate firm has been helping area residents claim their own "American dream" since 1978.
As a major part of the Whitley County and regional community, Orizon Real Estate offers a hearty "Happy Holidays" and a sincere "Merry Christmas" to all.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ The delightful tastes and aromas of the holiday season are often times associated with wonderful food at gatherings of friends and family.
And, for many in Whitley County and the surrounding area, Krider's Market & Meat Processing, 735 W. Market St., is a big part of those holiday plans.
The family-owned and award-winning shop wants to take time during this busy season to say, "With heartfelt thanks for your kind patronage this past year, we wish everyone Season's Greetings!"
You can reach the business by calling 260 248-8315.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Like a good neighbor, State Farm Insurance and agent Becky Curless (and Jamie), 208 N. Line St., are wishing Merry Christmas and a safe and joyous New Year to all.
The long-time local insurance agency prides itself on being part of the State Farm Insurance organization, specializing in auto, life and fire insurance.
The business can be reached at 260 244-3903 and . . . "Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there."
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A woman accused of using someone elseâ€™s checks at a local bar pleaded guilty Monday.
Deborah S. Holden, 55, of Albion, admitted she tried to use a check of another person at Duffâ€™s Bar in Columbia City, which constituted forgery.
Forgery is a Class C felony, punishable by up to eight years in prison.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Talented. That is one word some would use to describe Hannah Schaeffer, a senior at Columbia City High School.
Hardworking. That would be the other word to describe this teen who recently used both hard work and talent to land a spot on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Schaeffer was given the honor to sing the National Anthem at the IHSAA State Football Championship games Friday, Nov. 29.