March 15th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In addition to the sound of the summer breeze, this June will hear the sound of several thousand engines powering motorcycles through the city for the Mayorâ€™s Ride.
ABATE of Indiana, which stands for American Bikers Aimed Toward Education, chose Columbia City for this yearâ€™s event. In the past, the city hosted the ride at the Shrine Horse Grounds, holding the event for 18 years.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said he spoke with the Downtown Business Association (DBA), who was very much in favor of the ride.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The planning of two popular events scheduled this fall in South Whitley took a step in the right direction Tuesday evening with the town councilâ€™s approval of street closures in the downtown area.
Resident Ronda Sroufe, who organizes the annual car show, was in attendance and has requested street closure on Sept. 16 beginning at Columbia Street and continuing north on State Street to the railroad tracks for the car show. Car enthusiasts from the surrounding area participate in the annual event with approximately 110 entries last year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety approved a policy Tuesday to reduce the use of police and department vehicles when officers and employees are not on duty.
â€śIn trying to be good stewards of the taxpayers dollars, we came to the conclusion that we would restrict off-duty use of police vehicles,â€ť said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
COLUMBIA CITY - It's Whitley County's time to choose "the best" in numerous categories in The Post and Mail's popular annual Readers' Choice balloting that begins today.
An entry ballot flyer is inserted in today's newspaper. The official ballot will be inserted again Tuesday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 27. The ballot is also located under the Special Sections tab on the newspaper's website: www.thepostandmail.com
Deadline for the newspaper to receive completed ballots is at the end of the business day Friday, March 30.
Columbia City's parks and streets have been full of people this week with temperatures on the rise.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Some of the cityâ€™s departments are shifting sails a bit in preparation of spring, none more so than the cityâ€™s Parks and Recreation Department.
Park Director Mark Green said with the weather change, Morsches Park has seen steady and consistent traffic recently, keeping the park busy. The department has also been working on playing fields in anticipation of holding softball practice soon.
Registration for softball will close with a registration session Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Boys Minor baseball evaluation will occur at 1 p.m. and Boys Major is at 2:30.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Since 1887 the Churubusco/Smith Township Fire Department has been â€śBustinâ€™ Ours to Save Yours,â€ť according to the departmentâ€™s motto. Soon the department will be rewarded with a brand new facility.
The CSGFD is currently housed in the former town hall in an antiquated building. Later this spring, a new fire station is going to be built at 805 Johnny Krieger Drive. The address is currently a soccer field on the northwest side of the Churubusco Town Park.
COLUMBIA CITY â€”Tony Guyas, a chicken farmer from Ligonier, pulled up in his semi truck to the First Church of God in Columbia City Friday afternoon. Volunteers began pouring out the side door of the church, carrying large totes with donated items and loading them into the semi one by one.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With the Columbia City Street Department gearing up for the annual limb pickup season, Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh discussed a change with Columbia City Common Council to this yearâ€™s service, which begins on April 1 and runs through October.
The departmentâ€™s limb pickup will be curbside pickup only in 2012, meaning that residents can no longer pile their limbs in the alleyway. Cearbaugh said the department experienced problems with alley pickup and that there were several benefits to switching to curb pickup only.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Rosemary L. Lowen, 78, of Columbia City, passed away at 11 p.m. Monday at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor Nursing Home in Columbia City.
She was born May 5, 1933, in Muncie, the daughter of Kenneth W. and Edrie M. (Russell) Carney.
She attended South Side High School in Fort Wayne. She married Howard E. Lowen, Sr. in Fort Wayne on Oct. 4, 1952.
She and her family moved from Fort Wayne to Columbia City in 1967. She was a homemaker and member of the United Methodist Church.