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GONE, GONE: City to demolish building

April 19, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

31 YEARS: Yorg retires after prestigious tenure at police dept.

April 18, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

HERE'S A BENJAMIN!: More than $105 in coupon savings, discounts in Weekend Edition of The Post & Mail

April 18, 2015

In addition to the top local news of the day, features and local sports, the Weekend Edition of The Post & Mail is full of coupon savings and discounts! The Weekend Edition of The Post & Mail is now available on newsstands and at convenience stores and other outlets throughout Whitley County. American Profile magazine is inserted this week too!

This Weekend's Edition of The Post & Mail offers more than $105 in advertised coupons, discounts and specials, including those in pre-printed inserts from:
•the popular SmartSource magazine of coupons;
•CVS Pharmacy;
•Walgreens;
•Walmart

VICTIM I.D.'D: Local man killed by tractor

April 18, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: ‘Play’ may take on new meaning

April 17, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — One of the main priorities of Columbia City’s 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 “play” category.

In the “play” category, officials discussed topics such as: community facilities, sports, clubs, shopping, eating and entertainment.

Currently, much of the city’s retail shopping is located along U.S. 30 and a small portion is downtown.

GOIN' FISHIN': Fishing derby is Saturday at Morsches

April 17, 2015

The pond at Morsches Park was stocked with 400 rainbow trout for Saturday’s fishing derby.

The derby is coordinated by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and is intended to encourage fishing for the community’s 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.

•VIDEO ALERT• TIME Releases Most Influential People List

April 17, 2015

TIME Magazine has revealed the 2015 TIME 100, its annual list of what it considers the 100 most influential people in the world.

NEW COP ON THE BLOCK

April 17, 2015

One of Columbia City’s newest police officers recently graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and is now on patrol in the city. Scott Valentik (left) is pictured with CCPD Chief Tim Longenbaugh on his graduation day in Plainfield. Currently, the city’s other new hire, Rae Carpenter, is training at the state level. The police academy is 16 weeks long. The city is in the process of hiring more police officers to offset upcoming retirements.

FREE: 4-H club provides bike repair day

April 17, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — For decades, the Whitley County 4-H Bike Club has been offering free bike repairs.

What many don’t know, is that those bike repairs are also free to the public.

Bike repair day is a community service project by 4-H Leader Eric Blank and the Bike Club. The event is scheduled for May 2.

RUN OVER BY TRACTOR: Officals work to wrangle run-away tractor

April 17, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia Township firefighters and Whitley County Sheriff's deputies are working to wrangle a tractor on the loose after its driver fell off and was run over and killed Friday afternoon.

Crews were called to the area of a tree nursery on Keiser Road in southwest Whitley County at 12:15 p.m.

The driver, whose name has not been released, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Whitley County coroner has been called to investigate.

Police scanner traffic indicated that the tractor was going around in circles with no driver aboard.

COLLEGE BOOT CAMP

April 17, 2015

Juniors from Whitko, Churubusco and Columbia City high schools gathered at Peabody Public Library in Columbia City Thursday for College Boot Camp. As a part of Indiana’s College Success Coalition, students visited with representatives Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Saint Francis to learn about college, career paths, goal setting and future networking opportunities. Above, Joyce Baker with the Career Services Department at Ivy Tech, talks to students about the challenge of choosing a major in college at Thursday’s College Boot Camp.

FOR THE FUTURE: City seeking public input

April 17, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — City officials are looking for the public’s input before making a final decision on its comprehensive plan.

The 159-page draft of the plan is published online and includes three main categories, broken down into subcategories.

The three categories include: People, Places and Things.

•People: Playing, supporting, learning and acting.
•Places: Living, experiencing, moving and growing.
•Things: Work, serve, preserve and share.

The document also includes maps, summaries, visions and goals.

1/2 PRICE: Garage sale classifieds special!

April 16, 2015

1/2 price on garage sale advertising now through April 30!
Maximum two days - 25 words. Sale must be scheduled in April.
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CITY: No tolerance for drugs and alcohol

April 16, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The City of Columbia City is taking a stance against drug and alcohol abuse by its employees.

“We’re trying to get as close to ‘zero tolerance’ as we can,” said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. “Our intent isn’t to intrude into our employees’ private lives, but as employees of the city we can’t have someone impaired.”

Daniel noted that many city employees are operating expensive equipment, paid for by taxpayers, and public safety employees can face life-or-death situations.

FRIDAY: Whitko to perform ‘Annie’

April 16, 2015

SOUTH WHITLEY — Students of Whitko High School will perform their rendition of “Annie” in the school auditorium Friday at 7 p.m.

Annie, played by Jasmine Gregory, begins in a rundown orphanage that is operated by the tyrannical Miss Hannigan, played by Amie Fortman. Annie works and cleans from day to day with hopes that someday her family will come for her.

Tickets for the show are $6 for adults and $5 for students, available at the door.

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