May 15th, 2013
The bridge on the Blue River Trail Extension is now open to the public, according to Columbia City park officials.
The entire extension on the trail will be completed by the end of this month, along with the new bathrooms at Morsches Park.
Dustin Papenbrock, the latest deputy to join the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department, walks out of the Courthouse Tuesday afternoon.
This week is National Police Week, and between 20,000-40,000 law enforcement officers are in Washington D.C. for the event.
See Fridayâs edition of The Post & Mail for an article assisted by Mary Raber Elementary School students on the impact local law enforcement has on the community.
OSSIAN â An NCAA Division I-bound starting pitcher awaited Columbia Cityâs baseball team after a long bus ride to Ossian Tuesday night.
The Eagles were able to hang around for the first three innings with Norwellâs Josh VanMeter on the mound, but the Knightsâ bats eventually came to life, and the Eagles lost 13-5.
Columbia City finishes its Northeast Hoosier Conference schedule with a record of 5-2. The Eaglesâ only other NHC loss came against Carroll last week by a score of 7-6.
Columbia City is now 10-8 overall.
FORT WAYNE â Churubusco Head Track Coach Zack Dock described Tuesday eveningâs Northrop IHSAA Girlâs Track and Field Sectional as âa very good night.â
The Lady Eagles used strong performances in the field events to send three athletes in four events on to next Tuesdayâs Northrop Regional competition.
The Lady Eagles placed ninth as a team with only two points separating them from seventh place.
Eagle junior Katie Monk qualified in both of the throwing events.
NEW HAVEN â âElated is an understatement to describe my feelings after the meet.â
Needless to say, Columbia City Head Coach Bob Fahl was pleased with his teamâs performance at the New Haven sectional girls track meet Tuesday.
âEveryone we anticipated to qualify for the regional made it,â Fahl said. âThere were no disappointments.â
The Lady Eagles placed second as a team, only topped by Bellmont, 156-106, in a field of 11 teams. Whitkoâs girls also competed, placing seventh overall.
Editorâs note: The following is a series highlighting unique summer jobs to be held by area students.
COLUMBIA CITY â Although students view the weeks between school ending and school beginning as a vacation, summer jobs can be a temporary way for students to earn cash.
For Foster Eber, a Columbia City High School senior, the weeks between graduation and starting his freshman year at Ball State University will be spent working.
However, he wonât just have any job. Heâll be employed at one of his favorite summer spots â Cedar Point, an amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio.
COLUMBIA CITY â A second man who was charged with dealing drugs in the Walmart parking lot in Columbia City pleaded guilty Monday.
Shane Bocskey, 26, Columbia City, admitted to dealing in methamphetamine. Four other counts that Bocskey was charged with at the time of his February arrest were dismissed.
In February, Bocskey was arrested with Derek Kohut after a confidential informant exchanged $120 and two boxes of pseudoephedrine for 2.85 grams of meth.
COLUMBIA CITY â Ordinance enforcement has created more agenda items for the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety.
Those who violate Columbia City ordinances can appeal to the board. Two families who made appeals Tuesday had their requests satisfied.
Christine Broni lives on Old Trail Road near the edge of town. She and her husband were cited for having two horses on the property as well as chickens, a violation of the animal ordinance.
COLUMBIA CITY â It took no longer than the blink of an eye for the city to change its ordinance on flashing message signs.
Columbia Cityâs Common Council gave the final stamp of approval to an ordinance change regarding electronic message centers Tuesday. However, those signs, which flash in seconds, have been debated for months at the Columbia City Planning Commission.
Dave Sewell, of the commission, spoke to the common council and informed them of this ordinance change. Some were concerned with potential current violations, but Sewell noted all existing signs will be allowed.
Glenn âSpikeâ R. Martin, 87, of Columbia City, passed away at 8:51 a.m. Monday, May 13, 2013, at his home. Born March 25, 1926, in Etna, he was the son of Chester Edward and Nita Gertrude (Keister) Martin.
He lived his entire life in Etna, graduating from North Webster High School with the Class of 1944. On Dec. 30, 1949, he married Boneta âBonnieâ Vesta Coverstone. Together they spent 63 years in Etna. He worked at Weatherhead, Columbia City, as a set-up operator for 30 years, retiring in 1987. Glenn was an avid Cubs baseball fan and IU basketball fan, and farming was his life.