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July 24th

DOWNTOWN REVITALIZATION: City hopes to purchase Eagles building

July 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission approved plans to potentially purchase the former Eagles Lodge #1906.

The Eagles Lodge, located at 306 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City, has been going through struggles as the club’s membership and finances have suffered. The club has discussed selling the building previously.

According to Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, previous negotiations to purchase the property have fallen flat in the past. However, this latest attempt, which was approved Friday, began at the state level.

CLEAN UP BEGINS AT LICENSE BRANCH: Suspect of stolen vehicle pursuit was allegedly suicidal

July 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — As clean up begins at Whitley County’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles, police are continuing to investigate the motive behind the man who drove a stolen car into the side of the building.

Danny Rose, 20, remains in custody at the Whitley County Jail with additional charges added and his bond raised Tuesday morning.

According to a press release by the Columbia City Police Department Tuesday morning, police were initially tipped off to Monday night’s events when a vehicle, believed to belong to his ex-girlfriend, was reported stolen.

Gloria Glass, 80

July 24, 2013

Gloria J. “Butch” Glass, 80, of Columbia City, died at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at The Oaks, Columbia City where she had been a resident for the past 11 years.
She was born May 4, 1933, in Ashland, Ohio the daughter of the late Willard J. and Josephine M. (Homsher) Glass. Her formative years were spent in Ashland until the family moved to TriLakes, Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1951.
She completed a Bachelor’s of Business Administration at Valparaiso University. During her college years, she worked as an operator for United Telephone.

Busz captures first place

July 24, 2013

Brian Busz, of South Whitley, took home first place in the Wing Class at the Miami County Speedway Saturday.

Busz came back after finishing third in the heat to take first in the feature.

July 23rd

See Friday’s edition for Athlete of the Year

July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Selections have been made for The Post & Mail’s 2012-13 Athlete of the Year.

Last year’s top selections were Alex Stoddard, a baseball, football and basketball athlete from Whitko, and Karissa Olinske, who played softball, basketball and volleyball for the Lady Wildcats.

This year, both selections are Columbia City athletes who both have competed in three sports at some point in their high school careers, and have committed to play sports in college.

NU a good fit for Hazen

July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — When making her college selection, Columbia City volleyball player Gabrielle Hazen looked at the big picture.

While she had the option to attend many schools in the Big Ten Conference, including Ohio State where teammate Kalisha Goree will be attending, Hazen decided to go with a school with strong academics.

“Northwestern is amazing academically,” Hazen said. “When narrowing down schools, I wanted to come out with a great education as well as a great athletic career.

“At Northwestern I’ll be getting both.”

Goree commits to Ohio State

July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City stand-out volleyball player Kalisha Goree has made her college decision — Ohio State University.

Goree verbally committed to the Big Ten school recently, and said her experience at Columbia City has made a large impact on her successful career.

With some of her family living in Fort Wayne, Goree had the opportunity to attend a Fort Wayne school, but she chose Columbia City.

Felines fancy the 4-H fair

July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — The Cat Club held its show and judging before the Whitley County 4-H Fair was in full swing.

Felines converged onto the fairgrounds June 29 and in the end, Dayra Fry and her cat Shadow were named Grand Champion.

COL. CITY VOLLEYBALL: Dynamic duo heading to Big Ten

July 23, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City volleyball’s Kalisha Goree and Gabrielle Hazen have played on the same side of the net for countless games as Lady Eagles, as well as in off-season leagues, for several years.

Starting in the fall of 2014, hat is going to change for Columbia City’s dynamic duo, as Hazen and Goree will be conference rivals — in the Big Ten.

Goree has committed to Ohio State University and Hazen will play at Northwestern University.

HOMETOWN HEROES: Kris Bair - Smith Twp. Fire Department

July 23, 2013

Editor’s note: The Post & Mail is featuring several public safety officials in a multi-part series.

COLUMBIA CITY — Kris Bair and his wife, Missy, have both been involved in rescuing people for more than 20 years — both in their jobs and together.

Kris has been with Smith Township’s Fire Department for 23 years. Missy has been a medic for 20 years and is also a registered nurse.

Kris vividly recalls the couple working together to save someone’s life.

 

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