Archive - Dec 1, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â The controversial topic of police take-home cars received another policy change in November.Columbia City Police officers are now allowed to have restricted off-duty use. According to the new policy, police are allowed to drive their cars while off the clock â as long as they stay within the city limits.
âUnless the officer lives outside the city limits, the vehicle should not be anywhere else,â CCPD Chief Tim Longenbaugh said. âThe reason for that is it needs to benefit Columbia City and its citizens.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Christmas Eve, firemen with the Columbia City Fire Department will partake in a tradition spanning 125 years.
The holiday candy and orange give-away has been one way the fire department serves the community. The event will be held on Christmas Eve from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Courthouse and is open to all children.
Tom LaRue is Col-umbia Cityâs fire chief. He remembers the annual event as a child.
COLUMBIA CITY â Jackie Leeuw, a senior at Columbia City High School, was the only representative from Whitley County at the state football championship last weekend.
Leeuw had the opportunity to walk the grid at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, home of the Colts â not compete, but to perform the âStar Spangled Banner.â
âI talked to Geoff Penrod (athletic director for CCHS) and told him I wanted to sing the National Anthem,â said Leeuw. âHe made all the arrangements.â
Two U.S. National Guard soldiers returned home from a year in Afghanistan. Jake Krider and Travis Collinsworth were escorted into town by members of the American Legion, police and fire departments. Patriotic signs, American flags and cheers of support greeted the two soldiers. The two men were celebrated at a party where they were joined by family and friends. The pair are both Churubusco High School 2005 graduates.