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March 8th, 2011

Ticket to game supports leagues

March 8, 2011

Columbia City residents are invited to support the local youth baseball and softball leagues by attending Columbia City night at the TinCaps.
A block of seats at Parkview Field have been set aside for Columbia City people for the June 14 game against the Dayton Dragons. Game time is 7:05 p.m.

Event offers work of local artists

March 8, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Than Bouttel says art makes him happy, and through his photographs he likes to make other people happy too.
Connie Brockup finds that art is good relaxation and likes to paint most of all.
Robin Elsner likes to re-create what she sees in nature — flowers, birds, rainbows, trees.
Through Passages’ art program these clients and many others get the chance to use their artistic talents, and on March 17, they are selling their works of art during the “Paintings, Pickles and Patrick” fundraiser.

March 7th

Little lady makes an entrance

March 7, 2011

Kreig family reunited as SSGT Krieg comes home from Iraq deployment.
COLUMBIA CITY — A lady likes to make an entrance and Piper Krieg is no exception.
It almost seemed she orchestrated circumstances to assure she would be at the airport to meet her daddy when he returned home from Iraq after seven months away from home.
SSgt Scott Krieg is full-time active duty with the 122nd fighter wing security forces squadron based out of Fort Wayne. He lives with his wife Pam (Reed) Krieg and daughters in Columbia City when not deployed.

FIT looking for fire's cause

March 7, 2011

LAUD — Fire investigators were on the scene this morning of a house fire that destroyed a two-story home in southern Whitley County.
According to the Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, a call came in at 7:36 p.m. Sunday night reporting a fire at the residence owned by Leland P. Harrington, 1696 East County Road 800 South.
Washington Township firefighters were dispatched. According to Washington Township Fire Chief Jeremy Hammel, the house was a total loss.
Hammel said the Whitley County Fire Investigation Team was dispatched this morning to investigate the cause of the fire.

City police find stolen pickup truck

March 7, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — An alert Columbia City policeman located a truck stolen from the front of a city residence last week.
According to Columbia City Police Department Capt. Brian Anspach, Patrolman Jeff Chapman spotted the black 1999 Dodge pickup reported stolen Thursday from a residence on Holden Road.
Anspach said Chapman was patrolling in the area of Elm and Harrison streets around 4 a.m. Saturday when he saw the vehicle and called in the license plate number for confirmation.

March 4th

Teams set to battle at fourth Benefit Cookoff challenge

March 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — While public schools are generally not held up as creators of haute cuisine, when it comes to competition, they move to the head of the class.
All three county public schools are going head to head — in chef hats — with the cafeteria staff at Parkview Whitley Hospital, to see who can make the tastiest meal, according to a persnickety public.
And all for a good cause.
Jeff Wike, director of The Center for Whitley County Youth is excited this year as he is planning for The Benefit Cookoff. In its fourth year, Wike says the event grows by another 50 people each year.

Local ice artist Stan Horne creating sculpture in Alaska

March 4, 2011

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Four men who carved ice sculptures at the recent Fire & Ice Festival in Columbia City have traveled to Fairbanks, Alaska for the 2011 BP World Art Ice Art Championship.
“This annual event has been held since 1988, when the tradition of ice sculpture, a feature of the Fairbanks Winter Carnival celebrations held during the 1930s, was revived,” said event publicity chairman, Don Callahan in a press release. “The event is run almost exclusively by volunteers, of whom some have traveled from as far away as Australia.”

Program aims to reduce energy costs

March 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Through concerted efforts between Columbia City’s electric utility and the state’s municipal power supplier, area officials are hoping to burn a few less lumps of coal.
During the regular session of Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety Friday, Electric Department Superintendent Larry Whetstone announced a statewide program designed to “reduce energy use and save money.”
Whetstone said the program is available to commercial and industrial customers of municipal utilities who are members of the Indiana Municipal Power Agency.

City police recover one, look for second stolen truck

March 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Police are on the lookout for a black 1999 Dodge Dakota pickup truck stolen from a residence on Holden Road sometime last night or this morning.
According to Columbia City Police Department Capt. Brian Anspach, reports of several vehicle break-ins, as well as two vehicle thefts, have occurred in the city since early evening Thursday with similar activity going back several days.
“In the past week or so, we’ve been having some reports of vehicles being entered,” Anspach said this morning.

Toxic waste: EPA, private contractors in process of determining scale of project

March 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Workers wearing hazardous materials suits aren’t on-scene yet, but officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and independent contractors are in Columbia City assessing the scale of cleanup that will be needed to bring a local industrial property into federal compliance.
“The state fire marshal and IDEM (Indiana Department of Environmental Management) first requested our assistance back in 2006,” said Theresa Holz, an on-scene coordinator for the U.S. EPA who is overseeing the cleanup of the former Testworth Laboratories, Inc. building on South Main Street.

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