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April 20th, 2015
The pond at Morsches Park was nearly shoulder-to-shoulder with people Saturday for the Department of Natural Resource‚Äôs fishing derby. Prizes of fishing reels and supplies were awarded to the children with the biggest fish.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Education was a priority for city leaders when constructing the draft of Columbia City‚Äôs new Comprehensive Plan.
Along with ideas to further residents‚Äô learning and education, the plan also cites a potential new location of Columbia City High School ‚ÄĒ outside the city limits.
The Comprehensive Plan states that the current high school is ‚Äúin poor condition and out of date.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThe building has negatively affected the reputation of the school system,‚ÄĚ reads the plan.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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.
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COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ One of the main priorities of Columbia City‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúplay‚ÄĚ category.
In the ‚Äúplay‚ÄĚ category, officials discussed topics such as: community facilities, sports, clubs, shopping, eating and entertainment.
Currently, much of the city‚Äôs retail shopping is located along U.S. 30 and a small portion is downtown.
The pond at Morsches Park was stocked with 400 rainbow trout for Saturday‚Äôs fishing derby.
The derby is coordinated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and is intended to encourage fishing for the community‚Äôs 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.