COLUMBIA CITY â€” Candy canes and cookies were on the menu at Downtown On The Square Saturday.
Far from its normal fine dining, the restaurant, located across from the Whitley County Courthouse in Columbia City, changed its culinary specialties to host a breakfast with Santa event for children.
The breakfast is just one of the many downtown appearances Santa Claus has made this holiday season.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” After spearheading two large-scale park renovations, Katey Till announced she was stepping down from the South Whitley Park Board.
Till, a South Whitley resident, is a mother, wife and active volunteer.
With so much on her to-do list, she told South Whitley Town Council members at a meeting in November that she would be resigning her seat on the board.
â€śItâ€™s time,â€ť Till said. â€śIâ€™ve done what I wanted to do.â€ť
Official resignation of Tillâ€™s spot will be Friday. Her departure is in addition to another vacant seat needing to be filled.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man died in a crash in Whitley County Friday night.
Zachariah â€śZachâ€ť Ballard, 28, was driving north on County Road 450 East, south of Cider Mill Road, when police believe his truck traveled left of center and ran off the roadway.
Investigation by the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department showed that Ballardâ€™s vehicle struck two trees, and when officials arrived, Ballard was partially ejected from the truck.
INDIANAPOLIS â€” The Post & Mail newspaper, Columbia City, brought home 10 awards from the Hoosier State Press Associationâ€™s yearly banquet Saturday.
Editors Christie Workman and Nicole Ott were awarded for feature and sports articles, as well as photography.
Ott earned Photo of the Year in The Post & Mailâ€™s division, with the front-page photo of Ethan Krider and Jade North for Valentineâ€™s Day.
The photo also won its category, Best Feature Photo, and was a contender for overall Photo of the Year, an award won by The Evansville Courier and Press.
FORT WAYNE â€” Difficulty getting inside, along with their opponentsâ€™ athleticism, made for a difficult Friday for the Columbia City Eagles boys basketball team.
One season after defeating Fort Wayne Northrop, the Eagles fell to the Bruins by a final of 44-24.
There were times when the game was close. Northrop had just a 9-8 lead after one quarter, and Columbia City cut the margin to 20-18 in the third quarter. But overall, it was not enough.
Whitley Countyâ€™s Community Christmas Celebration began last night at 6 p.m. and will continue tonight from 6 to 8 p.m.
The event is free and features a live Nativity on the Courthouse lawn and music performed by various residents inside the Courthouse.
Pictured, the Community Choir serenades those visiting the Courthouse during the celebration. The choir is directed by Anita Harris.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Churubusco teenager pleaded guilty Monday and received a four-year sentence for several drug-related crimes.
Timothy L.K. Thalman, Jr.., 19, pleaded guilty to possession of two or more precursors with intent to manufacture methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia.
Judge James Heuer gave him a two-year sentence for the first charge, and a one-year sentence for each of the last two, all consecutive.
Two of those four years will be served at the Whitley County Jail, and the other two will be suspended.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Columbia Cityâ€™s Wastewater Department may be considering a rate increase due to poor financial standing, Columbia City Clerk-Treasurer Rosie Coyle said the cityâ€™s electric department has a good cash-flow.
â€śThe electric department is in good shape. Thatâ€™s one we donâ€™t have to worry about,â€ť Coyle said.
While the department is doing well financially, the city is still conserving funds for upcoming projects, such as the fiber network the city may install on the current electrical poles.
FORT WAYNE, Ind. â€” Heavy snow continues to fall this morning across most of southern Indiana, and a second wave of snowfall is anticipated for later today. Road conditions around the state currently are passable, but motorists should use extreme caution while driving.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man pleaded not guilty to multiple drug-dealing charges in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday. Charlie S. Ryan, 21, has two charges of dealing in a Schedule I, II or III controlled substance, and two charges of possession.
He pleaded not guilty at his initial hearing and will be represented by Brad Voelz at his next court appearance, Dec. 30. The two drug-dealing charges are Class B felonies, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years of incarceration. The possession charges are Class D felonies, which have a three-year maximum sentence.