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OAK GROVE CHURCH OF GOD: Join us for Christmas Eve celebration!

December 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Oak Grove Church of God, located just south of Columbia City at 2426 S. Raber Road, invites everyone to join the congregation for a Christmas Eve celebration.

Service times will be 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesday evening, Christmas Eve.

"You will be greeted warmly and made to feel right at home," notes the Oak Grove congregation.

Oak Grove Church of God's phone number is 260 244-3052.
Its website is:

LAST MINUTE IDEAS: Murphy Jewelers has the selection; gift certificates too!

December 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Murphy Jewelers, located at 103 S. Main St., in downtown Columbia City, is the store for last-minute gift ideas.

"Merry Christmas! We'll wrap up your purchase AND your shopping right here at Murphy Jewelers," notes the staff.

Included at the jewelery store are diamonds, gemstones, pendants, earrings Black Hills Gold, Charm bracelets, music and jewelery boxes, Citizen and BelAir Watches, gold neckchains and bracelets ---- plus gift certificates.

"Whitley County's Jeweler since 1950" will be open Tuesday until 7 p.m. and Christmas Eve until 3 p.m.

SAFE MOTORING: Buchanan Automotive encouraging safe travel

December 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – The staff at Buchanan Automotive and Body Shop, 2525 E. Business 30, just east of Columbia City, advises motorists to be especially safe this holiday season.

"We wish you safe travels .... and Merry Christmas!"

The business web site is:
Buchanan Automotive's phone number is 260 244-6105.

MERRY CHRISTMAS: State Farm Insurance wishes all the best

December 22, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Becky Curless, agent at State Farm Insurance, 208 N. Line St., near downtown Columbia City, is like a good neighbor!

Becky and Jamie are wishing friends and neighbors a Merry Christmas and a safe & joyous New Year!

The business phone number for State Farm Insurance is 260 244-3903.

CHRISTMAS FUN BOOK: 24-pages of puzzles, fun for all ages in today's Post & Mail

December 22, 2014

Children of all ages will enjoy a 24-page Christmas Fun Book inserted inside the Monday edition of your Post & Mail. It's full of puzzles, coloring pages and lots of fun!

Pick one up at a Whitley County newsstand, available throughout the county.

NHES: Helping hands

December 22, 2014

The students at Northern Heights were in the giving spirit. For one week, the students dug through their pantries and cupboards to find canned or boxed foods for those in need. The school collected a total of 5,490 food items for local food pantries. The class that brought in the most items will get to throw pies at their principal, Jake Hoag. Pictured are the helping hands from left, Hannah Harris, Eli Ralston, Devyn Krouse, Carter Krouse, Xander Young, Lexi Harker, and Madison Harris. Each student helped box the cans to be donated.

SLAYINGS: Police on alert

December 22, 2014

Big-city police departments and union leaders around the country are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media in the days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them to death inside their patrol car.

DELIVERING BIG: Toys for Tots program served more than 200 local families this season

December 22, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Thursday afternoon marked a special time for the children in Whitley County as the season’s generous giving culminated in a tremendous outpouring of Christmas Day gifts with the delivery of more than 200 Christmas present toy bags thanks to the service and dedication of the Toys for Tots program.
“People have been so generous with all of their donations this year,” said Whitley County Toys for Tots Program Coordinator Tiffany Murphy.

MUSICAL MUSEUM: Ultra-rare square-piano adorns Whiltey County Museum parlor

December 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — In the parlor of the Thomas R. Marshall home that serves as the main building of the Whitley County Historical Museum, there sits a piece of Hoosier history, an imposing piece of furniture that most visitors simply pass off as a short spinet piano.
Listed as a “parlor piano,” the piano is actually, technically called a Chase Square-Grand piano.

SAFE & HAPPY HOLIDAYS: Smith & Sons Funeral homes wish you Merry Christmas

December 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Whitley County's venerable Smith & Sons Funeral Home, caring and trusted since 1851, and its Smith & Sons Miller Chapel in South Whitley, wish "safe and happy holidays" to all.

The landmark Smith & Sons Funeral Home is located at 207 N. Main St. in Columbia City (244-7601) and the Miller Chapel is located at 208 N. Maple St. in South Whitley (723-5221).

The funeral homes' toll-free phone number is 1-800-225-9264.
The website for Smith & Sons is :

A MERRY GOOD TIME: Exotic Nails & Hair proclaims best wishes to all

December 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Exotic Nails & Hair, located at 801 E. Van Buren St. in Columbia City, is hoping all will have "A Merry Time!" this holiday season.

"Here's hoping the season brings you much warmth, love and joy," wish those at Exotic Nails & Hair. "Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas time and a safe and Happy New Year!"

Evening appointments are always available at Exotic Nails & Hair. Just call 260 244-5080.

ENJOY THE HOLIDAYS: Vardaman Insurance offers its best

December 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – "We hope the holidays bring you much warmth, love and happiness!" That's the wish from Vardaman Insurance, 244 Frontage Rd., in Columbia City.

An agent for Erie insurance, Vardaman Insurance can be reached at 260 248-8201 and offers the very best in auto, home, business, life, health and high risk insurances.

Even Santa is insured with Vardaman Insurance, just in case The Jolly Elf has an incident dropping down your chimney!

SUNDAY & CHRISTMAS EVE: Services highlighted at Columbia City United Methodist Church

December 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – "Come join us! Christmas makes everything NEW!," proclaims the staff and congregation at Columbia City United Methodist Church.

Warm and welcoming to visitors, CCUMC is located at 605 N. Forest Parkway in Columbia City. Their phone number is 244-7671 and the website is

Sunday, Dec. 21 worship services are 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Christmas Eve Services on Wednesday, Dec. 24 are at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and will include children and family candlelight services.

Please plan on attending Columbia City United Methodist Church soon!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS: Flower Barn & Treasures offers gift

December 20, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY – Flower Barn & Treasures, located at 114 N. State St., in South Whitley, wishes "Happy Holidays" to all. The business is offering 15% off on selected items.

You can stop by or call 723-4583. Email address is:

HAPPY TIME: Wheeler Mechanical Services issues greeting

December 20, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Wheeler Mechanical Services LLC, 309 Diamond Ave., Columbia City has issued its holiday best wishes. "In appreciation of our customers during the past year, we extend our very best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!"

With 45 years of experience, Wheeler Mechanical Services has certainly made its mark in heating, plumbing and cooling for local and area customers, whether residential, commercial or industrial.

Wheeler Mechanical offers 24-hour service and can be contacted at 260 244-6328. Their website is

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