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December 4th

TRABERT MEMORIAL: Skate park renamed

December 4, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Friends and family gathered Saturday at Morsches Park to honor Alex Trabert’s memory. The skate park, located near the front of Morsches Park, will now be known as the Alex Trabert Memorial Extreme Sports Park.
Alex, a 2007 graduate of Columbia City High School, was killed Nov. 25 in a hit-and-run accident in Indianapolis.
Saturday’s event was not the typical somber occasion, but more “extreme.” Friends spent the afternoon sporting tricks on skateboards and bicycles while others took part in a cook out.

December 3rd

ANGOLA BLAST: Explosives in doll house lead to investigation

December 3, 2012


ANGOLA — Police in Angola said an explosive put inside a doll caused a blast that rattled people in nearby homes.

Various reports to area media said the boom was heard around 6:50 p.m. in the 200 block of Henry Street, Angola.

Police Chief Stu Hamblen told an area paper that no injuries or damage were reported.

UPGRADES: Gutting begins for Col. City Park’s pavilion

December 3, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — With the chimney taken down and gutting in progress, Columbia City’s Park Department hopes to have new bathrooms in the pavilion at Morsches Park by next spring.

“The bathrooms down here weren’t nice, and it’s one of those things that has needed an upgrade for some time,” said Columbia City Director Mark Green.

Before the work began in the pavilion, there were two sets of men’s and women’s restrooms — one set accessible from the inside and one from the outside.

DECLINING DOLLARS: State mulls ideas to bring in more money for Highway Dept.

December 3, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

THE POST & MAIL: Takes home three state awards from HSPA banquet

December 3, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Post & Mail received three awards, including two first-place awards at the Hoosier State Press Associations’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 “Water rescue: Five people in two vehicles hit high water, get stranded.”

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.

LOCKDOWN: Columbia City High School on lockdown after gun magazine scare

December 3, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — In most cases, it’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.

DENSE FOG ADVISORY

December 3, 2012


According to the National Weather Service of Northern Indiana, there is a dense fog advisory in effect until 11 a.m. EST this morning.

December 1st

POLICE PRESENCE: Police allow off-duty vehicle use in city

December 1, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 — as long as they stay within the city limits.

“Unless the officer lives outside the city limits, the vehicle should not be anywhere else,” CCPD Chief Tim Longenbaugh said. “The reason for that is it needs to benefit Columbia City and its citizens.”

CHRISTMAS CANDY: Firemen sustain sweet treats for kids

December 1, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 City’s fire chief. He remembers the annual event as a child.

LEEUW SINGS AT BIG CAME: CCHS senior performs at Lucas Oil

December 1, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 — not compete, but to perform the “Star Spangled Banner.”

“I talked to Geoff Penrod (athletic director for CCHS) and told him I wanted to sing the National Anthem,” said Leeuw. “He made all the arrangements.”

 

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