June 15th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Mayor Ryan Daniel announced today the city is issuing a ban on open burning . â€śDue to the lack of rain and for the protection of the residents of Columbia City, the fire department and Mayor Daniel have established a fire ban within the city limits,â€ť said the city press release. â€śThe ban means no recreational fireworks or burning of campfires will be allowed within the city limits until further notice.â€ť
Respondents to last week's poll question on 2012 vacation plans were fairly evenly split between an at-home "stay-cation," a short trip for rest and recreation â€“ and no vacation at all.
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COLUMBIA CITY â€”Â Several passengers got stuck at the top of the "Runaway Train" roller coaster at Paiges Crossing Thursday afternoon.
Columbia City's Fire Department along with the Union Township Fire Department and Whitley County Sheriff's Deputy Tony Helfrich were able to safely get the riders off the train.
No injuries were reported, and Tim Summers, owner of Paiges Crossing, said the ride will not be reopened until deemed 100 percent safe.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The council approved an amendment to the Traffic Ordinance at its meeting Tuesday.
At the Common Council of Columbia Cityâ€™s meeting in May, Kelly Cearbaugh, the Columbia City street superintendent, requested an amendment to chapter 75 of the cityâ€™s Traffic Ordinance.
Mayor Ryan Daniel reminded the council that this was an amendment â€śto kind of go through and change different things.â€ť
The amendment regarded two-way stop intersections, one-way stop intersections, yield right-of-way intersections and speed limits.
Ice cream social
The Cleveland Township Fire Department will host its annual ice cream social Saturday at 4 p.m. The event will take place at the Cleveland Township Fire Department and will feature homemade ice cream, hamburgers and desserts. For more information contact Steve Weber at 479-8486 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Columbia City High School class of 1943, will have a reunion at Big Gâ€™s restaurant Saturday at noon.
Janetta Crabill, 93, of Okeechobee, Fla., died Monday, June 11, 2012.
She was born Aug. 3, 1918, in Allen County, a daughter of Ira Edward and Iva Mae (Leland) Bowsman.
Her formative years were spent in Whitley County. She completed her education at Columbia City High School.
On Jan. 8, 1953, she was united in marriage to Oscar L. Crabill. They made their home in Columbia City until moving to Florida in 1954. From 1980 until 1995, they spent their summers in Columbia City. Mr. Crabill died Aug. 22, 1986.
James Strong, 64, of Churubusco, died at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
He was born June 6, 1948, in Fort Wayne, a son of Cecil and LaVon (Disler) Strong.
His wife, Frances, and his father, preceded him in death.
Survivors include his mother, LaVon Strong, one brother, six stepchildren, one niece and one nephew.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, with Pastor Paul D. White officiating.
Jon Lynn Gaff, 54, of Columbia City, formally of Green Township, died at 6:10 a.m. on Sunday, June 10, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Gaff was born on Aug. 16, 1957, in Columbia City, a son of J. Lincoln and Juanita (Decker) Gaff.
Survivors include mother, Juanita LaVon Gaff, of Columbia City, one daughter, one son and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, one brother and one nephew.
Funeral services will be held at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home on Saturday at 1 p.m., with Pastor Brad Fredrickson, officiating.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the second of a four part series in honor of Fatherâ€™s Day.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the director of Eagle Tech Academy (ETA), Brady Mullett has a lot on his plate.
Some might remember Mullett as a student in the very halls in which, as an adult, he now works. Born and raised in Columbia City, Mullett attend middle school in the Marshall building.
Now Mullett is a father to Emily, eight, Daniel, six, Allison, four and Isabelle, one.
Skyler Tucker, left, sprays his cousin, Zoey Egner, right, with a water bottle Tuesday at Columbia City's Splash Pad in Morsches Park.