Crews with Kim L. Reiff & Sons, new property owners, began taking big bites out of this former gas station at 315 West Van Buren St. in Columbia City about mid-day on Wednesday. The buildingâs corner positioning on the lot, and its long history as a downtown service station, made the structure unique. Perhaps most notably it was Barnettâs Gas Station for years. By the end of the day the structure was leveled.
COLUMBIA CITY â Those going for noon lunch encountered a traffic snarl near Line and North streets due to fire personnel responding to a re-kindle of a structure fire at 504 N. Line St.
The house caught fire Thursday afternoon.
A hot spot that re-kindled at noon Friday was quickly put out by firemen.
CHURUBUSCO â Members of the Smith-Green Community School Board decided 3-2 to set the graduation date for seniors for Sunday, June 7.
The boardâs decision did not come lightly, as it was initially tabled by board member Luke Gross for further discussion.
Gross said his decision was based primarily on a need for additional discussion.
COLUMBIA CITY â Judging for Columbia City Municipal Electricâs annual Christmas Lighting Decorating Contest has concluded with the following awards:
â˘Paul & Joyce Coulter
1595 E. Sparrow Cove
â˘Chad & Laurie Richter
323 N Main St.
â˘Steve & Rosemary Brown
325 E. Shorewood Ct.
â˘Duane & Tamie Miller
600 E. Hanna St.
â˘Jim & Lois Brandenburg
416 W. Spencer St.
LIGONIER â Young teams have to go through some growing pains from time to time. The Whitko Lady Wildcats have five wins this season against five teams with losing records. This week presents two tough tests. The first test came Thursday night at West Noble. With all underclassmen on the floor to end the game, the Lady âCats gained some valuable experience, but it came in a loss to the Lady Chargers 42-40.
Whitko struggled through the first three quarters of play, especially when sophomore Aly Reiff was out of the line-up.
COLUMBIA CITY â In nautical terminology âabeamâ means âto be even with.â
At the December meeting of the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees, six Columbia City High School students presented information on how Columbia City High Schoolâs Career and Technical Education program and ABEAMS has put them not even with, but rather, ahead on the pathway to a career.
Firefighters attempt to make entry into a burning home at 504 N. Line St. in Columbia City about 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Line Street was closed from North Street to Park Avenue while firefighters extinguish the blaze. The home was believed to be empty at the time of the fire.
There was also a property damage crash in front of the home, before Line Street was closed.
Details in Friday's Post & Mail.
According to eyewitnesses, young drivers âdoing donutsâ in the Towne & Country Center parking lot, directly in front of Dunhamâs Sports in Columbia City, got out of hand Monday and the recklessness resulted in a trip down the embankment separating the parking lot from U.S. 30. There were believed to be no injuries. Details were not available from police.
WHITLEY COUNTY â A routine organizational renewal between the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce and Whitley County Government faced opposition Monday during a meeting of the countyâs commissioners.
The disagreement came about from remarks made by Commissioners Tom Rethlake and Don Amber regarding Whitley County Chamber of Commerce Director Doug Brownâs $607 request for the Whitley Countyâs chamber membership renewal.