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April 11th, 2014

Pipe parley: Developers, city discuss use of PVC pipe

April 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Cost and quality have been the topic of discussion for Columbia City officials at several Board of Works meetings this year.

Currently, nearly all of Columbia City’s water pipes are ductal iron.

Per the city’s ordinance, new housing additions are required to have ductal iron pipes installed, and some developers are trying to get that changed so PVC pipe can be used as well.

“From our standpoint, using PVC would be a considerable cost savings,” said Don Langeloh, a local developer.

However, city officials are hesitant to make the switch without through research.

Bucks boil over in annual cookoff

April 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Friendly competition turned food into dollars at The Center for Whitley County Youth’s annual Cookoff Thursday at First Church of God in Columbia City.

Four teams each assembled a menu that consisted of appetizers, entrees and desserts for cook-off patrons to vote on.

After collecting the ballots, taste-testers deemed Team Live United as having the best overall meal as well as presentation.

Downtown Association garners nod from state

April 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “What you have here is wonderful,” said Shae Kmicikewycz during her visit to Columbia City’s downtown Thursday.

She was in the city to present the Columbia City Main Street Association (CCMSA) with an official certificate signifying its accomplishment in meeting the state’s requirements for joining the Indiana Main Street (IMS) Program.

Kmicikewycz is the program manager for the IMS, and represents Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.

“Your downtown is unique,” Kmicikewycz said. “It’s what you have in the heart of your city that makes you so great.”

Water work: City crews repair main break

April 11, 2014

Columbia City’s Water Department worked to repair a water main break Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Elm and Market Streets.

The repair caused the intersection to be closed for several hours while crews worked to fully restore service to the area.

Pictured, Columbia City Water Superintendent Mike Dear (left) and Scott Buckles inspect the broken pipe.


April 11, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY (April 11, 2014) -- The Center for Whitley County Youth held its annual cook-off last night and the new team to the competition took two top awards.

Team Live United, led by Whitley County United Way Executive Director Cindy Baker, won "Best Meal" and "Best Presentation."

Team Forklift, led by Hank Workman, won "Most Unique Menu."

As officials with The Center continue to total donations received, more than $56,000 is already accounted for.

Read more about this event and see photos in today's Post & Mail.

April 10th

Cutting-edge jobs coming to city

April 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County will soon have an additional 45 jobs added to the area, with hiring starting as soon as June.

PDQ Workholding will now have a sister company, PDQ Tooling. The new venture will offer manufacturing of the very tools that are used in the machines PDQ currently produces.

The company will invest $7.2 million to lease, renovate and equip a 17,000 square-foot facility located at 1100 S. Williams Dr. in Columbia City.

Spring cleaning

April 10, 2014

Columbia City Fireman Lance Beers takes advantage of this week’s nice weather to wash one of the city’s fire trucks Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to reach 70 degrees today, pleasant conditions after a long, cold winter.

Two petitions receive two different outcomes

April 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Commissioners were given two requests to vacate property near county lakes.

Although the requests were similar — they were made to allow property owners to posses parcels that were otherwise right-of-ways or common ground — the outcome was entirely different.

INDOT announces more road closures for Whitley County

April 10, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — As winter weather ends, repair work begins.
Several of the county’s roads, as well as bridges and culverts, are receiving maintenance and repair work.

With the scheduled work, road closures are happening throughout the county. The Indiana Department of Transportation announced that Ind. 9 will be closed beginning Friday to rehabilitate the deck for the bridge over Catfish Creek.

The closure will be six miles north of Columbia City, and is expected to continue through early August.

5K for Jesus to start National Day of Prayer celebration

April 10, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Each year, dozens of area residents come together for the National Day of Prayer, held on the first day of May annually.

However, events are slated leading up to the nationwide day of observance. A 5K Walk, Run for Jesus will take off April 26 at 9 a.m. from The Center for Whitley County Youth in Columbia City.

“The race is being held to raise awareness and promote the National Day of Prayer in our community,” said organizer Sue Langohr.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Center.


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