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.
â€śUnless the officer lives outside the city limits, the vehicle should not be anywhere else,â€ť CCPD Chief Tim Longenbaugh said. â€śThe reason for that is it needs to benefit Columbia City and its citizens.â€ť
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 Cityâ€™s 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 â€śStar Spangled Banner.â€ť
â€śI talked to Geoff Penrod (athletic director for CCHS) and told him I wanted to sing the National Anthem,â€ť said Leeuw. â€śHe made all the arrangements.â€ť
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For 52 years, the Burnworth Memorial Pool has been part of Columbia Cityâ€™s 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.
Editorâ€™s 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.
â€śWeâ€™ll start looking into a new facility,â€ť said Columbia City Park Director Mark Green. â€śIf everything comes together like we hope, there wonâ€™t be a gap without a pool. Thatâ€™s the goal.â€ť