July 24th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” It was a bittersweet departure for Rotary Club outgoing exchange student Madisson Hodges â€” both when she left the U.S. for Mexico and when she left Mexico to come back to the U.S.
Hodges spent almost a year as an exchange student in Mexico as part of the Rotary Clubâ€™s program to offer studies abroad to local students.
When she shared her anticipation in leaving for the foreign country, she was not the least bit intimidated about the new surroundings even though she didnâ€™t speak Spanish.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Redevelopment Commission approved plans to potentially purchase the former Eagles Lodge #1906.
The Eagles Lodge, located at 306 W. Van Buren St., Columbia City, has been going through struggles as the clubâ€™s membership and finances have suffered. The club has discussed selling the building previously.
According to Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, previous negotiations to purchase the property have fallen flat in the past. However, this latest attempt, which was approved Friday, began at the state level.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As clean up begins at Whitley Countyâ€™s Bureau of Motor Vehicles, police are continuing to investigate the motive behind the man who drove a stolen car into the side of the building.
Danny Rose, 20, remains in custody at the Whitley County Jail with additional charges added and his bond raised Tuesday morning.
According to a press release by the Columbia City Police Department Tuesday morning, police were initially tipped off to Monday nightâ€™s events when a vehicle, believed to belong to his ex-girlfriend, was reported stolen.
Gloria J. â€śButchâ€ť Glass, 80, of Columbia City, died at 5:40 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at The Oaks, Columbia City where she had been a resident for the past 11 years.
She was born May 4, 1933, in Ashland, Ohio the daughter of the late Willard J. and Josephine M. (Homsher) Glass. Her formative years were spent in Ashland until the family moved to TriLakes, Columbia City. She graduated from Columbia City High School in 1951.
She completed a Bachelorâ€™s of Business Administration at Valparaiso University. During her college years, she worked as an operator for United Telephone.
Brian Busz, of South Whitley, took home first place in the Wing Class at the Miami County Speedway Saturday.
Busz came back after finishing third in the heat to take first in the feature.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Selections have been made for The Post & Mailâ€™s 2012-13 Athlete of the Year.
Last yearâ€™s top selections were Alex Stoddard, a baseball, football and basketball athlete from Whitko, and Karissa Olinske, who played softball, basketball and volleyball for the Lady Wildcats.
This year, both selections are Columbia City athletes who both have competed in three sports at some point in their high school careers, and have committed to play sports in college.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When making her college selection, Columbia City volleyball player Gabrielle Hazen looked at the big picture.
While she had the option to attend many schools in the Big Ten Conference, including Ohio State where teammate Kalisha Goree will be attending, Hazen decided to go with a school with strong academics.
â€śNorthwestern is amazing academically,â€ť Hazen said. â€śWhen narrowing down schools, I wanted to come out with a great education as well as a great athletic career.
â€śAt Northwestern Iâ€™ll be getting both.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City stand-out volleyball player Kalisha Goree has made her college decision â€” Ohio State University.
Goree verbally committed to the Big Ten school recently, and said her experience at Columbia City has made a large impact on her successful career.
With some of her family living in Fort Wayne, Goree had the opportunity to attend a Fort Wayne school, but she chose Columbia City.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Cat Club held its show and judging before the Whitley County 4-H Fair was in full swing.
Felines converged onto the fairgrounds June 29 and in the end, Dayra Fry and her cat Shadow were named Grand Champion.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City volleyballâ€™s Kalisha Goree and Gabrielle Hazen have played on the same side of the net for countless games as Lady Eagles, as well as in off-season leagues, for several years.
Starting in the fall of 2014, hat is going to change for Columbia Cityâ€™s dynamic duo, as Hazen and Goree will be conference rivals â€” in the Big Ten.
Goree has committed to Ohio State University and Hazen will play at Northwestern University.