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COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Friends and family gathered Saturday at Morsches Park to honor Alex Trabert‚Äôs 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‚Äôs event was not the typical somber occasion, but more ‚Äúextreme.‚ÄĚ Friends spent the afternoon sporting tricks on skateboards and bicycles while others took part in a cook out.
ANGOLA ‚ÄĒ 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.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With the chimney taken down and gutting in progress, Columbia City‚Äôs Park Department hopes to have new bathrooms in the pavilion at Morsches Park by next spring.
‚ÄúThe bathrooms down here weren‚Äôt nice, and it‚Äôs one of those things that has needed an upgrade for some time,‚ÄĚ said Columbia City Director Mark Green.
Before the work began in the pavilion, there were two sets of men‚Äôs and women‚Äôs restrooms ‚ÄĒ one set accessible from the inside and one from the outside.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ The Post & Mail received three awards, including two first-place awards at the Hoosier State Press Associations‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúWater rescue: Five people in two vehicles hit high water, get stranded.‚ÄĚ
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 ‚ÄĒ In most cases, it‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ as long as they stay within the city limits.
‚ÄúUnless the officer lives outside the city limits, the vehicle should not be anywhere else,‚ÄĚ CCPD Chief Tim Longenbaugh said. ‚ÄúThe reason for that is it needs to benefit Columbia City and its citizens.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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‚Äôs fire chief. He remembers the annual event as a child.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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 ‚ÄĒ not compete, but to perform the ‚ÄúStar Spangled Banner.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI talked to Geoff Penrod (athletic director for CCHS) and told him I wanted to sing the National Anthem,‚ÄĚ said Leeuw. ‚ÄúHe made all the arrangements.‚ÄĚ