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January 15th, 2015

VIDEO-ALERT • OSCARS: Nominees for Academy Awards unveiled

January 15, 2015


January 15, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The tickets are running out fast for the annual Father-Daughter Dance, hosted by the Columbia City Park Department.

Park Director Mark Green said more than half of the tickets have already been sold.
“They’re going really quickly,” Green told the City Council Tuesday night.

DONATION AT A COST: Downtown building deemed dangerous, will be razed

January 15, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — A donation of downtown property to the city’s redevelopment commission will come at a cost, officials say. The owner of the two-story building at 213 W. Van Buren Street, in Columbia City, has offered to give the building and land to the city.

The building, approximately 20 feet wide and 75 feet long, is located on the alley on the south side of Van Buren Street, between Chauncey and Line streets. Though in a prime location, the building is leaning and has been deemed unstable.

YEAR IN REVIEW: Coming to Friday's paper

January 15, 2015

See Friday's edition of The Post & Mail for a special publication recapping 2014's Whitley County events.

BIG THANKS: The Lighthouse flourishes from holiday gifts

January 15, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Since the holiday season has come to a close, board members and staff for InterFaith Mission, Inc. are offering a bit of thanks for the variety of donors that supported The Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse is a nonprofit transitional shelter serving the homeless and displaced in Whitley County. While celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas, some community members and organizations found time and resources to help the shelter.

January 14th

WARNER VACATES POSITION: Caucus to fill Cleveland Township board seat

January 14, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — As of Jan. 1, a Cleveland Township board member seat has been vacant.
The position, held by Thomas Warner, was vacated after he submitted a resignation letter that took effect immediately.

The Whitley County Republican Committee is looking to fill the spot, and will hold a caucus at the end of the month.

SEWER RATE HIKE: Columbia City approves

January 14, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City residents can expect to see a higher utility bill in March.
Tuesday night, Columbia City’s Common Council approved its highly-discussed sewer rate increase by a 3-2 vote.

The increase will come over a three-year period, with the first phase taking effect in March.
The average user can expect a $7 monthly increase this year, $6 next year and $5 in 2017.

FREE SKATING: Ice skating rink coming to Morsches Park

January 14, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Park Department is offering more than a sledding hill for winter enthusiasts this season.

Park Director Mark Green announced Tuesday that the city will have a free, community skating rink, which will be opening soon, weather permitting.

“I’m excited for it,” Green said. “It will be a fun thing for kids and adults to do in this weather.”
The rink will be 80 feet wide and 90 feet long and will be located in Morsches Park, where the T-ball fields are located. Park officials began constructing the rink on Tuesday.

January 13th

NO-INTEREST LOANS: Housing Authority announces program to help repair city homes

January 13, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The Columbia City Housing Authority announced Monday the beginning of an Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation program that is available to low-to-moderate income households.

“There was a strong need in our community to restart the Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation (OOR) program in our community,” said John Lefever, Housing Authority chairman. “We wanted to raise the overall quality of the homes in Columbia City and the surrounding area, while assisting those who may not be able to afford it.”

YOUTH COUNCIL: Supporting The Lighthouse

January 13, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — During its December meeting, the Columbia City Youth Council (CCYC) spent time shopping for the local homeless shelter.

Buying food, toiletries and cleaning supplies, the youth used their own dollars to make Christmas bright for the residents of The Lighthouse.

Gabby Anglin, CCYC president, said, “We wanted to give back to the community and support those in need during the holiday season. This seemed like the best way of using our time and money.”

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