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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Walmart had more than extra security in its aisles Tuesday night.
Nearly 10 law enforcement officers participated in a program put on by the Columbia City Police Department â€” Patrolling for Presents â€” and were sentinels of good tidings.
The program brought holiday cheer to 21 children with families who needed a helping hand this year.
CCPDâ€™s first-year officer, Jon Stoffel, headed up the event, which received praise from fellow officers, children and parents alike.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man who was part of a case involving a dead body in Whitley County was given a three-year sentence to the Indiana Department of Correction (DOC).
Nickolas A. Hurt, 24, of Woodburn, will serve 2.5 years of the three-year sentence behind bars, with the balance on probation, for altering the scene of a death, a Class D felony.
A charge of failure to report a dead body was dismissed by the state.
Molly Green (left), Megan Vogts and Taylor Smobaski (right) share a laugh as they prepare for the semi-formal dance, which will be at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School Jan. 4, 2014. The girls were working on decorations as part of their roles as student council members. Green is a sophomore, and Vogts and Smobaski are juniors.