Archive - 2012 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While several ideas exist at the state level on how to bring in more money for roads and bridges, Whitley County Highway Department Superintendent Michael Barton said raising the current 18-cents-a-gallon gas tax is not one of them.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Post & Mail received three awards, including two first-place awards at the Hoosier State Press Associationsâ€™s annual recognition ceremony Saturday.
Nicole Ott received a first-place award for Best News Coverage Under Deadline Pressure for her article in the Dec. 1, 2011 issue entitled â€śWater rescue: Five people in two vehicles hit high water, get stranded.â€ť
Five people were stuck on top of their cars for more than an hour after they drifted off due to high water on the roadway.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In most cases, itâ€™s better safe than sorry.
Columbia City High School was on lock down Monday morning after a gun magazine was found on the road in front of the school.
A K-9 from Allen County was brought to the school to search the building, but during the search it was determined that the magazine belonged to a Columbia City Police Officer.
Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said there was no safety issue with the students, and they were put on lock down as a precaution.
According to the National Weather Service of Northern Indiana, there is a dense fog advisory in effect until 11 a.m. EST this morning.
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.