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SUICIDE: Coroner determines cause of death of jail inmate

April 20, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Coroner has determined that the Whitley County Jail inmate who died early Monday morning died from apparent suicide.

According to a press release by Coroner Randy Dellinger, Brian Gurchiek, 51, died from asphyxia due to hanging.


April 20, 2015

Gardeners Linda Reuter (left) and Janice Klopfenstein volunteer their time to spruce up a flower garden near the entrance to Morsches Park on Friday. The Whitley County Master Gardeners are looking for more help from the community. The Master Gardeners weed, water and maintain 11 flower gardens in Columbia City. Those interested in being a part of the group should contact Mary Ann Anderson at 609-3744.

GONE FISHIN': Anglers abound

April 20, 2015

The pond at Morsches Park was nearly shoulder-to-shoulder with people Saturday for the Department of Natural Resource’s fishing derby. Prizes of fishing reels and supplies were awarded to the children with the biggest fish.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: Shows likely site for new CCHS

April 20, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Education was a priority for city leaders when constructing the draft of Columbia City’s new Comprehensive Plan.

Along with ideas to further residents’ learning and education, the plan also cites a potential new location of Columbia City High School — outside the city limits.

The Comprehensive Plan states that the current high school is “in poor condition and out of date.”
“The building has negatively affected the reputation of the school system,” reads the plan.

TRAFFIC TROUBLE: Work underway on Ind. 205 project; congestion begins

April 20, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Work has officially begun on Ind. 205 (East Van Buren Street) in Columbia City.

Prep work on the $3.14 million project began in late March, and last week city commuters saw a glimpse of the traffic troubles to come.

Parts of the highway are expected to be closed in the coming months, limiting access to Morsches Park, Peabody Public Library and Towerview Drive.

JAIL INMATE DEAD: State police investigate death at Whitley Co. Jail

April 20, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — An inmate was found dead in his jail cell early Monday morning.

The Indiana State Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of the 51-year-old jail inmate, Brian Gurchiek, who was found unconscious and unresponsive at 1:30 a.m. Monday during a routine check by confinement officers.

A report by the Indiana State Police states that officers immediately entered the cell and began performing CPR until Parkview Whitley EMS arrived minutes later.

Gurchiek was pronounced dead after medics attempted to save his life for approximately 40 minutes.

GONE, GONE: City to demolish building

April 19, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — A downtown building deemed to be unsafe is expected to be torn down in the upcoming months.

The building at 213 W. Van Buren St. is leaning and in poor condition. The property was given to the Columbia City Redevelopment Commission. Because of the condition of the building, officials elected to tear it down.

Requests for bids were sent to three local companies and are due back by May 1.

Community Development Director Jeff Walker said the lot will be seeded and grass will grow until the Redevelopment Commission decides what to do with it.

31 YEARS: Yorg retires after prestigious tenure at police dept.

April 18, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — After 31 years of service in Columbia City, Pete Yorg untied his boots, unstrapped his gun belt and hung up his uniform for the last time this week.

The 63-year-old has served in every rank of the Columbia City Police Department: chief, captain, detective, sergeant, patrolman and ordinance officer.

In his time, Yorg has seen the good, bad and ugly of Columbia City. He has had the opportunity to help many people and made an impact that will carry on for years to come.

HERE'S A BENJAMIN!: More than $105 in coupon savings, discounts in Weekend Edition of The Post & Mail

April 18, 2015

In addition to the top local news of the day, features and local sports, the Weekend Edition of The Post & Mail is full of coupon savings and discounts! The Weekend Edition of The Post & Mail is now available on newsstands and at convenience stores and other outlets throughout Whitley County. American Profile magazine is inserted this week too!

This Weekend's Edition of The Post & Mail offers more than $105 in advertised coupons, discounts and specials, including those in pre-printed inserts from:
•the popular SmartSource magazine of coupons;
•CVS Pharmacy;

VICTIM I.D.'D: Local man killed by tractor

April 18, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — A Whitley County man was killed by a large tractor Friday afternoon.

Emergency personnel were called to the 1800 block of West Keiser Road around noon Friday. Robert Laux, 71, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to Whitley County Coroner Randy Dellinger, Laux was working on the tractor. When the tractor was turned on, it ran him over.

His unmanned tractor was on the loose, driving in circles in the field for several hours until it ran out of gas.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: ‘Play’ may take on new meaning

April 17, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — One of the main priorities of Columbia City’s Comprehensive Plan is its people.

There are four areas of the plan that involve people: playing, learning, supporting and acting.

This article will feature the “play” category.

In the “play” category, officials discussed topics such as: community facilities, sports, clubs, shopping, eating and entertainment.

Currently, much of the city’s retail shopping is located along U.S. 30 and a small portion is downtown.

GOIN' FISHIN': Fishing derby is Saturday at Morsches

April 17, 2015

The pond at Morsches Park was stocked with 400 rainbow trout for Saturday’s fishing derby.

The derby is coordinated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and is intended to encourage fishing for the community’s youth.

Anglers do not need a fishing license for the free event. Prizes will be awarded to the youth with the biggest fish. A limit of five fish can be taken home.

The event runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday. DNR Biologist Jed Pearson expects shoulder-to-shoulder fishing at the pond. Bait and fishing supplies will be available for use.

•VIDEO ALERT• TIME Releases Most Influential People List

April 17, 2015

TIME Magazine has revealed the 2015 TIME 100, its annual list of what it considers the 100 most influential people in the world.


April 17, 2015

One of Columbia City’s newest police officers recently graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and is now on patrol in the city. Scott Valentik (left) is pictured with CCPD Chief Tim Longenbaugh on his graduation day in Plainfield. Currently, the city’s other new hire, Rae Carpenter, is training at the state level. The police academy is 16 weeks long. The city is in the process of hiring more police officers to offset upcoming retirements.

FREE: 4-H club provides bike repair day

April 17, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — For decades, the Whitley County 4-H Bike Club has been offering free bike repairs.

What many don’t know, is that those bike repairs are also free to the public.

Bike repair day is a community service project by 4-H Leader Eric Blank and the Bike Club. The event is scheduled for May 2.

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