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• VIDEO OF THE DAY • GOOD THINGS: Unforgettable holiday cookies

December 19, 2014

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Good Things - Unforgettable Holiday Cookies
’Tis the season for best-in-show desserts, and a batch of homemade cookies is the perfect holiday gift for the friends, neighbors, and schoolteachers in our lives. Sandwich walnut cookies, allergy-friendly molasses cookies, and sparkling vanilla sandwich cookies will do the trick for all your cookie-giving needs.

READING GIFT: Local Literacy Council looking for volunteers to attend tutor training programs in January

December 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – If you are looking for a way to volunteer and improve the lives of people right here in Whitley County, the Whitley County Literacy Council has an opportunity for you.
The Literacy Council is currently seeking volunteers to tutor adults who want to prepare for the High School Equivalency test or improve their basic reading skills.
Volunteers and students are matched based on tutor preferences and student requirements in Math, Reading, Writing, Social Studies and Science.
No previous experience is necessary, and all training and materials are supplied.

Big bites . . . and it’s gone

December 19, 2014

Crews with Kim L. Reiff & Sons, new property owners, began taking big bites out of this former gas station at 315 West Van Buren St. in Columbia City about mid-day on Wednesday. The building’s corner positioning on the lot, and its long history as a downtown service station, made the structure unique. Perhaps most notably it was Barnett’s Gas Station for years. By the end of the day the structure was leveled.

TRAFFIC SNARL: Noon time re-kindle of house fire causes street re-routing

December 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Those going for noon lunch encountered a traffic snarl near Line and North streets due to fire personnel responding to a re-kindle of a structure fire at 504 N. Line St.

The house caught fire Thursday afternoon.

A hot spot that re-kindled at noon Friday was quickly put out by firemen.

DATE SET: Smith-Green establishes graduation

December 19, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Members of the Smith-Green Community School Board decided 3-2 to set the graduation date for seniors for Sunday, June 7.
The board’s decision did not come lightly, as it was initially tabled by board member Luke Gross for further discussion.
Gross said his decision was based primarily on a need for additional discussion.

BEST LIGHTS: Columbia City judges, awards top Christmas decorations

December 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Judging for Columbia City Municipal Electric’s annual Christmas Lighting Decorating Contest has concluded with the following awards:

Overall Winner
•Paul & Joyce Coulter
1595 E. Sparrow Cove
Eagle Glen
Columbia City

Northwest Quadrant
•Chad & Laurie Richter
323 N Main St.
Columbia City

Northeast Quadrant
•Steve & Rosemary Brown
325 E. Shorewood Ct.
Columbia Shores
Columbia City

Southeast Quadrant
•Duane & Tamie Miller
600 E. Hanna St.
Columbia City

Southwest Quadrant
•Jim & Lois Brandenburg
416 W. Spencer St.

ABEAMS PROGRAM: Putting CCHS students ahead

December 19, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — In nautical terminology “abeam” means “to be even with.”
At the December meeting of the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees, six Columbia City High School students presented information on how Columbia City High School’s Career and Technical Education program and ABEAMS has put them not even with, but rather, ahead on the pathway to a career.

HOUSE FIRE, CRASH: Columbia City firemen rush to Line Street home

December 18, 2014

Firefighters attempt to make entry into a burning home at 504 N. Line St. in Columbia City about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Line Street was closed from North Street to Park Avenue while firefighters extinguish the blaze. The home was believed to be empty at the time of the fire.

There was also a property damage crash in front of the home, before Line Street was closed.

Details in Friday's Post & Mail.

RECKLESSNESS: Parking lot crash

December 18, 2014

According to eyewitnesses, young drivers “doing donuts” in the Towne & Country Center parking lot, directly in front of Dunham’s Sports in Columbia City, got out of hand Monday and the recklessness resulted in a trip down the embankment separating the parking lot from U.S. 30. There were believed to be no injuries. Details were not available from police.

$607 REQUEST: County balks at Chamber fee

December 18, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — A routine organizational renewal between the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and Whitley County Government faced opposition Monday during a meeting of the county’s commissioners.
The disagreement came about from remarks made by Commissioners Tom Rethlake and Don Amber regarding Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Director Doug Brown’s $607 request for the Whitley County’s chamber membership renewal.

City planning for its future parks

December 18, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A key component in the planning process for any agency that serves the public is input from those being served.
Mark Green, Columbia City Parks and Recreation superintendent, along with Aimee Shimasaki, a representative of Martin Riley Architects and Engineers, hosted a meeting Monday afternoon at City Hall to provide the public with an opportunity for input on the 5-year Comprehensive Plan being developed for the Columbia City Parks.
“We are meeting to get input,”said Green, “Not to present finished plans.”

• VIDEO ALERT • ROBIN WILLIAMS: Was most popular Google search term of past year

December 17, 2014

VIDEO OF THE DAY: Robin Williams was the Most Popular Google Search Term of 2014
According to Google, which released a report Tuesday on the top trending terms of the year, the top term overall was "Robin Williams," after the well-known and popular comedian died in August. No. 2 was "World Cup," the global soccer tournament held in Brazil in June. Third on the list was "Ebola," the highly contagious virus.

DR. PATRICIA O'CONNOR: Superintendent contract renewed thru ’17

December 17, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – The Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees met Monday evening at the Marshall Community Center. By a unanimous vote, the Board voted to extend the contract of WCCS Superintendent Dr. Patricia O’Connor for a year. O’Connor has two years remaining on her current contract.
Board President Don Armstrong said, “Giving her a one-year extension will give her essentially a three-year contract.”

STUDY RELEASED: Whitley County Jail needs additional beds and maintenance cited

December 17, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Representatives from DLZ, an Indianapolis-based architectural firm, gave a preliminary presentation to the Whitley County Commissioners Monday.
The presentation’s topic — the aging and over crowded Whitley County Jail and Corrections facility. Due to the county’s correctional issues, as well as recent changes in Indiana’s legislature, the commissioners found it necessary to have a report commissioned by DLZ in October.

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