April 11th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Friendly competition turned food into dollars at The Center for Whitley County Youthâ€™s annual Cookoff Thursday at First Church of God in Columbia City.
Four teams each assembled a menu that consisted of appetizers, entrees and desserts for cook-off patrons to vote on.
After collecting the ballots, taste-testers deemed Team Live United as having the best overall meal as well as presentation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śWhat you have here is wonderful,â€ť said Shae Kmicikewycz during her visit to Columbia Cityâ€™s downtown Thursday.
She was in the city to present the Columbia City Main Street Association (CCMSA) with an official certificate signifying its accomplishment in meeting the stateâ€™s requirements for joining the Indiana Main Street (IMS) Program.
Kmicikewycz is the program manager for the IMS, and represents Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann.
â€śYour downtown is unique,â€ť Kmicikewycz said. â€śItâ€™s what you have in the heart of your city that makes you so great.â€ť
Columbia City soccer player Shila Tolliver signed to play soccer at Huntington University Thursday afternoon.
Pictured, from left: Huntington University Coach Chris Tillett, Tolliver, father Robert Tolliver and mother Melody Tolliver.
CHURUBUSCO â€” With a 5-2 win in the season opener against Woodlan and another win over Oak Hill Thursday night, Churubuscoâ€™s baseball team is off to a 2-0 start to the season â€” an impressive feat as the team only had one practice on the field before the season opener.
As of March 10, Churubuscoâ€™s baseball field still had 14 inches of snow on it, forcing the Eagles to practice in the gymnasium and on the parking lot.
â€śWe tried to give them all the game situations through practice,â€ť said Churubusco Head Coach Mark Grove. â€śExperience is key.â€ť
HUNTINGTON â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s boys track team opened its season with a loss at Huntington North Thursday night.
Though the team didnâ€™t open the season with a win, Head Coach Krystal Zoltek said she was happy to be on the track.
â€śIt was nice to participate after the early cancellations and cold weather,â€ť Zoltek said. â€śWe are a young team and looking for great improvement as the season progresses.â€ť
The Eagles missed their first two meets to weather â€” the county meet March 20 at Churubusco, and a dual with Wawasee March 24.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Department worked to repair a water main break Thursday afternoon at the intersection of Elm and Market Streets.
The repair caused the intersection to be closed for several hours while crews worked to fully restore service to the area.
Pictured, Columbia City Water Superintendent Mike Dear (left) and Scott Buckles inspect the broken pipe.
COLUMBIA CITY (April 11, 2014) -- The Center for Whitley County Youth held its annual cook-off last night and the new team to the competition took two top awards.
Team Live United, led by Whitley County United Way Executive Director Cindy Baker, won "Best Meal" and "Best Presentation."
Team Forklift, led by Hank Workman, won "Most Unique Menu."
As officials with The Center continue to total donations received, more than $56,000 is already accounted for.
Read more about this event and see photos in today's Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County will soon have an additional 45 jobs added to the area, with hiring starting as soon as June.
PDQ Workholding will now have a sister company, PDQ Tooling. The new venture will offer manufacturing of the very tools that are used in the machines PDQ currently produces.
The company will invest $7.2 million to lease, renovate and equip a 17,000 square-foot facility located at 1100 S. Williams Dr. in Columbia City.
Columbia City Fireman Lance Beers takes advantage of this weekâ€™s nice weather to wash one of the cityâ€™s fire trucks Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures are expected to reach 70 degrees today, pleasant conditions after a long, cold winter.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Commissioners were given two requests to vacate property near county lakes.
Although the requests were similar â€” they were made to allow property owners to posses parcels that were otherwise right-of-ways or common ground â€” the outcome was entirely different.