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December 1st

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.”

HOMECOMNG: Two 'Busco soldiers return home

December 1, 2012

Two U.S. National Guard soldiers returned home from a year in Afghanistan. Jake Krider and Travis Collinsworth were escorted into town by members of the American Legion, police and fire departments. Patriotic signs, American flags and cheers of support greeted the two soldiers. The two men were celebrated at a party where they were joined by family and friends. The pair are both Churubusco High School 2005 graduates.

November 30th

POOL CLOSURE: Creates mixed feelings

November 30, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — For 52 years, the Burnworth Memorial Pool has been part of Columbia City’s aquatics — but a recent decision by the Columbia City Park Board to opt-out of its lease agreement, closing the pool in 2014, has left some community members with mixed emotions.

The tough decision was finalized after board members took hundreds of surveys into consideration from open community forums and online submissions.

WITH ARMS WIDE OPEN: Local residents give back to dedicated organization

November 30, 2012


Editor’s note: The following is the second of a two-part series on the mission-minded efforts of Rob and Beth Arms.

COLUMBIA CITY — When representatives from Destiny Rescue gave a missions presentation to members of New Hope Wesleyan Church, they did not know that Rob and Beth Arms, of Columbia City, were looking for an opportunity to give back.

'CREATIVE' CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS: City to select winners of holiday contest

November 30, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Everything from the Grinch on a rooftop to a 12-foot Santa Claus decorate local houses in Columbia City each year.

Some decorations are store-bought, while others are homemade, but in the upcoming week, each house in the city limits will be judged in the 21st Annual Christmas Lighting Award Contest.

Judging the contest will be Columbia City Common Council President Dan Weigold and Councilman Ben Romine — who will stroll down the streets of Columbia City looking for houses that beat the competition.

DRAW!

November 30, 2012

Martha Burnau, 94

November 30, 2012

Martha M. (Johnson) Burnau, 94, passed away at 4 p.m. Nov. 27, 2012, in her home.
She was born on Feb. 11, 1918, in Huntington County, to Flora (Weber) and David Roscoe Johnson.
She married Donald T. Burnau in Markle Jan. 11, 1941. He preceded her in death on Oct. 5, 1993.
Surviving relatives include three sons, one daughter, six grandchildren, three greatgrandchildren and a sister in law.

November 29th

BURNWORTH: Park board plans to cease operation of pool, look into new facility

November 29, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — November 30, 2014, is the final date for Burnworth Pool, the community swimming pool in Columbia City.

After weighing all options and viewing several surveys, the city plans to cease operations and maintenance of Burnworth Pool — shutting down the 52-year-old facility.

“We’ll start looking into a new facility,” said Columbia City Park Director Mark Green. “If everything comes together like we hope, there won’t be a gap without a pool. That’s the goal.”

GIVING BACK: Motorsports retailer brings recreational vehicles to at-risk kids

November 29, 2012


Editor’s note: This is the first of a two-part series on the mission-minded efforts of Rob and Beth Arms.

COLUMBIA CITY — Rob and Beth Arms, of Columbia City, might be best known for all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and motorcycles.

As the owners of R&D Motorsports, a four-wheeler or golf cart is as common as office furniture to the recreational vehicle retailer. But to certain children in Grundy, Va., four-wheelers and ATVs are a foreign luxury.

That is why Rob’s visit to the Mountain Mission School was such a “treat” for these children.

TRAIL PROJECT: Park board asks citizens to keep away from trail, bridge until next spring

November 29, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — While the Blue River Trail project is still progressing, the city asks local residents to keep away from the bridge and trail until next spring.

“The project looks very nice, and I’ve received several calls from people who are interested in it,” said Columbia City Park Director Mark Green. “But we’ve also had a lot of people walking on the trail.”

During the Columbia City Park Board meeting Monday, the board discussed its thoughts about people using the trail before it is completed.

 

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