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March 15th, 2012

SUN-STRUCK: Area temps expected to nearly reach 80s this week

March 15, 2012

Columbia City's parks and streets have been full of people this week with temperatures on the rise.

March 14th

SEASON CHANGING: Un-inclement weather altering some department priorities

March 15, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Some of the city’s departments are shifting sails a bit in preparation of spring, none more so than the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Park Director Mark Green said with the weather change, Morsches Park has seen steady and consistent traffic recently, keeping the park busy. The department has also been working on playing fields in anticipation of holding softball practice soon.

Registration for softball will close with a registration session Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Boys Minor baseball evaluation will occur at 1 p.m. and Boys Major is at 2:30.

DEPT. TO GET SPARK: 'Busco-Smith Fire Department getting new facility

March 15, 2012


CHURUBUSCO — Since 1887 the Churubusco/Smith Township Fire Department has been “Bustin’ Ours to Save Yours,” according to the department’s motto. Soon the department will be rewarded with a brand new facility.

The CSGFD is currently housed in the former town hall in an antiquated building. Later this spring, a new fire station is going to be built at 805 Johnny Krieger Drive. The address is currently a soccer field on the northwest side of the Churubusco Town Park.

TORNADO RELIEF: Local volunteers spring into action

March 14, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY —Tony Guyas, a chicken farmer from Ligonier, pulled up in his semi truck to the First Church of God in Columbia City Friday afternoon. Volunteers began pouring out the side door of the church, carrying large totes with donated items and loading them into the semi one by one.

CURBSIDE LIMB PICKUP SCHEDULED: Alleys no longer secondary option

March 14, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — With the Columbia City Street Department gearing up for the annual limb pickup season, Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh discussed a change with Columbia City Common Council to this year’s service, which begins on April 1 and runs through October.

The department’s limb pickup will be curbside pickup only in 2012, meaning that residents can no longer pile their limbs in the alleyway. Cearbaugh said the department experienced problems with alley pickup and that there were several benefits to switching to curb pickup only.

Rosemary Lowen, 78

March 14, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Rosemary L. Lowen, 78, of Columbia City, passed away at 11 p.m. Monday at Miller’s Merry Manor Nursing Home in Columbia City.
She was born May 5, 1933, in Muncie, the daughter of Kenneth W. and Edrie M. (Russell) Carney.
She attended South Side High School in Fort Wayne. She married Howard E. Lowen, Sr. in Fort Wayne on Oct. 4, 1952.
She and her family moved from Fort Wayne to Columbia City in 1967. She was a homemaker and member of the United Methodist Church.

Young athlete finishes fourth at the Elks hoop shoot state finals

March 14, 2012

Olivia Shearer, daughter of Columbia City Girls Basketball Head Coach Amy Shearer and former Churubusco athlete Chad Shearer, was the sole local hoopster to advance to the Elks Hoop-Shoot Indiana State Finals. Shearer placed fourth in her age group (age 10-11) at New Castle.

March 13th

SPECIAL MEETING SCHEDULED: City's Board of Works to meet Friday

March 13, 2012

The Columbia City Board of Works and Safety has scheduled a special meeting for Friday at 7 a.m. in the conference room at City Hall. The complete agenda can be viewed by clicking on the file below.

March 12th

SPRING CLEANING: Courthouse getting refreshed

March 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Courthouse’s exterior is getting a spring cleaning. Talks began while maintenance employees were prepping for a heating and cooling project to the courthouse, but brought the new project to the Commissioners’ attention, sensing urgency.

“Both Mark and I feel that this project is probably more important,” said Denny Fenker, courthouse maintenance.

NEWLY CROWNED PRINCE: Mr. CCHS named

March 13, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — There was some serious fun during a fundraiser at Columbia City High School Friday night. Ryan Romanowski was crowned 2012 Mr. CCHS and appeared to enjoy the title.

 

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