November 30th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â For 52 years, the Burnworth Memorial Pool has been part of Columbia Cityâs aquatics â but a recent decision by the Columbia City Park Board to opt-out of its lease agreement, closing the pool in 2014, has left some community members with mixed emotions.
The tough decision was finalized after board members took hundreds of surveys into consideration from open community forums and online submissions.
Editorâs note: The following is the second of a two-part series on the mission-minded efforts of Rob and Beth Arms.
COLUMBIA CITY â When representatives from Destiny Rescue gave a missions presentation to members of New Hope Wesleyan Church, they did not know that Rob and Beth Arms, of Columbia City, were looking for an opportunity to give back.
COLUMBIA CITY â Everything from the Grinch on a rooftop to a 12-foot Santa Claus decorate local houses in Columbia City each year.
Some decorations are store-bought, while others are homemade, but in the upcoming week, each house in the city limits will be judged in the 21st Annual Christmas Lighting Award Contest.
Judging the contest will be Columbia City Common Council President Dan Weigold and Councilman Ben Romine â who will stroll down the streets of Columbia City looking for houses that beat the competition.
Martha M. (Johnson) Burnau, 94, passed away at 4 p.m. Nov. 27, 2012, in her home.
She was born on Feb. 11, 1918, in Huntington County, to Flora (Weber) and David Roscoe Johnson.
She married Donald T. Burnau in Markle Jan. 11, 1941. He preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 1993.
Surviving relatives include three sons, one daughter, six grandchildren, three greatgrandchildren and a sister in law.
COLUMBIA CITY â November 30, 2014, is the final date for Burnworth Pool, the community swimming pool in Columbia City.
After weighing all options and viewing several surveys, the city plans to cease operations and maintenance of Burnworth Pool â shutting down the 52-year-old facility.
âWeâll start looking into a new facility,â said Columbia City Park Director Mark Green. âIf everything comes together like we hope, there wonât be a gap without a pool. Thatâs the goal.â
Editorâs note: This is the first of a two-part series on the mission-minded efforts of Rob and Beth Arms.
COLUMBIA CITY â Rob and Beth Arms, of Columbia City, might be best known for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motorcycles.
As the owners of R&D Motorsports, a four-wheeler or golf cart is as common as office furniture to the recreational vehicle retailer. But to certain children in Grundy, Va., four-wheelers and ATVs are a foreign luxury.
That is why Robâs visit to the Mountain Mission School was such a âtreatâ for these children.
COLUMBIA CITY â While the Blue River Trail project is still progressing, the city asks local residents to keep away from the bridge and trail until next spring.
âThe project looks very nice, and Iâve received several calls from people who are interested in it,â said Columbia City Park Director Mark Green. âBut weâve also had a lot of people walking on the trail.â
During the Columbia City Park Board meeting Monday, the board discussed its thoughts about people using the trail before it is completed.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Columbia City Common Council is moving to pass an ordinance fixing annual salaries of all city elected officials for next year. The ordinance will not allow for any raises.
âWe have already passed the salaries for employees, but we have not yet passed the salaries for elected officials,â said Mayor Ryan Daniel at Tuesdayâs council meeting. âWe need to get moving on this in order to make sure it gets passed for first reading and second reading before the end of the year.â
âąToy collection â 6:15 p.m.
The Marines will be present at the Columbia City boys basketball game at 6:15 p.m. on Friday. The Marines will collect new, unwrapped toys for needy children in the community.
âą Cookie, candy sale â 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.