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May 29th, 2012

DATES ANNOUNCED FOR COL. CITY'S ANNUAL FIREWORKS, FIRECRACKER 5K

May 29, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — At the Columbia City’s Common Council meeting last week, Mark Green, parks and recreation director, reported the fireworks/4th of July celebration will be held Tuesday, July 3 this year at Morsches Park.
“I think the thought behind it was when the fireworks go later, because it gets darker later, people can sleep in the next day,” said Mayor Ryan Daniel.
There will be vendors again this year, starting approximately 5 p.m.
“It’s going to be a pretty neat day,” said Daniel.
Daniel asked Parks and Recreation director Mark Green if there would be a band playing as well.

ZONING CHANGE REQUESTED

May 29, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — David Sewell, executive director of the Columbia City/Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Department, came before Columbia City’s Common Council last week to request a change of zoning for a parcel of land within the city’s jurisdiction.
Sewell requested the parcel be re-zoned from agricultural to general business.
“The size of the parcel that is being requested is just shy of 1.5 acres, located on the north side of West Lincolnway, west of 150 west,” said Sewell.

REMEMBERING: Annual parade honors fallen veterans

May 29, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Freedom isn’t free. That was the theme of the ceremony at Greenhill Cemetery Monday presented by American Legion Post 98 and VFW Post 5582.
Under the direction of Richard A. Stark, current adjutant and past commander of Post 98, several speakers told of the meaning behind Memorial Day to hundreds of people carrying American flags.
The day began with a parade going through downtown Columbia City and ending at the cemetery. The parade was directed by Joe Pittenger.

RELAY: Survivor relays her victory over cancer

May 29, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY ­­ ­— Tammy Gross will never forget that day in August, almost six years ago, when she heard the words “breast cancer” attached to her diagnosis.
“August 15, 2006, I received my diagnosis of breast cancer. On that day I became a survivor,” said Gross.
In the months that followed, Gross underwent four surgeries, over five months of chemotherapy and more than six weeks of daily radiation.

May 28th

Eagles defeated in sectional finals

May 29, 2012

AUBURN — After a lopsided win over DeKalb Monday afternoon, Columbia City’s baseball team suffered a lopsided loss in Monday night’s sectional final game at DeKalb.

Carroll beat the Eagles 13-2. The Chargers jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first four innings.

Çolumbia City’s first run of the game came off a home run by Connor Slavich. Travis Herbst scored the final run of the season for the Eagles off a hit by Connor Reed.

Columbia City used Slavich, Austin Clark and Jordan Bickle at the mound.

Carroll won 9-1 over East Noble in Monday morning’s semi-final game.

Churubusco drops out of tournament

May 29, 2012

FORT WAYNE — What goes around comes around.

Churubusco’s baseball team very aware of that saying after suffering a 6-5 loss in the sectional semi-final game against South Adams Monday.

Last Thursday against Eastside, the Eagles squeezed out a 4-3 win with a walk-off single to keep their tournament hopes alive.

The Starfires avenged Eastside Monday afternoon, winning with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to win 6-5 and end Churubusco’s season.

May 25th

PARCHED EARTH: Lack of rain, warm temperatures play havoc with newly-planted crops

May 25, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — While Hoosiers on holiday don shorts, sandals and sunscreen to enjoy what promises to be an enjoyable Memorial Day weekend, many farmers could be looking to the skies, hoping for wet relief.

“We’re over an inch (of rain) below normal for the month of May and two and a half inches below normal since the beginning of January,” said Dave Addison of Whitley County’s Purdue Extension Office.

CRASH: Man seriously injured in crash on railroad tracks

May 25, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — A man was taken to Parkview Whitley Hospital with serious injuries Friday afternoon after a collision on West Old Trail Road on the railroad tracks.

A truck occupied by the injured driver and a child, who was uninjured, hit a railroad service truck which was parked at the crest of the road.

The large truck was knocked off the railroad tracks and the child was pinned inside the vehicle.

The Whitley County Sheriff’s Department, Columbia City Police Department, Columbia Township and Columbia City Fire Departments all responded to the scene.

AROUND TOWN: Parade downtown Monday; no trash pickup

May 25, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — In honor of the Memorial Day holiday, the Columbia City American Legion will sponsor the community’s annual Veterans Memorial Day Parade on Monday.

Line-up begins at 9:45 a.m. at Walnut Street in front of Eagle Tech Academy.

The parade begins at 10:30 a.m. and will travel south on Walnut Street, east on Van Buren Street and then south on Madison Street, ending at Greenhill Cemetery.

No trash pickup Monday

DELAYED: Whitko baseball sectionals threatened by rain

May 25, 2012

Whitko’s sectional opener against Norwell was delayed twice in the first two innings Friday night at Bellmont due to lightening.

The game was scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m., but the first pitch wasn’t thrown until after 8 p.m., due to the first game taking longer than expected. As of 9:15 p.m., only two innings were completed.

Results from the game were not available at press time.

Above, Whitko’s team sits in the dug out after the game was delayed for the second time.

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