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HOMEMADE AVIATION: Gordon Airport one of CC's best kept secret

August 29, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Have you ever looked to the skies in Columbia City around dusk and seen what looks to be a small airplane flying? Then you’ve probably spotted local resident Ervin “Junior” Geiger Jr. in his homemade ultralight aircraft. The 66-year old Columbia City resident and retired aircraft engineer has been designing and flying aircraft his entire life. “My mom would tell me stories of when I was two or three; I would put popsicle sticks together and fly them around the room,” said Geiger.

KIDS DREAMLAND UNSTABLE: Location of new playground discussed

August 29, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After the Columbia City Park Department recently announced its future plans for Kids Dreamland playground on West Van Buren Street, the park board discussed the viability of that location. “I’m all for an upgraded playground, I just think there should be a discussion about the location,” said Park Board member Maury Bordner.

The Park Board’s next meeting is Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. at City Hall.

FREE MEAL: Ball Furniture hosting free Bar-B-Q this Saturday to signal end of summer

August 29, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Ball Furniture & Mattress Co. in downtown Columbia City will offer a free barbeque meal this Saturday starting at 11 a.m. as part of Labor Day Weekend.

The free meal, prepared by Bruno's Bar-B-Q, "with all the fixin's," is part of Ball Furniture's "End-of-Summer Sizzlin' Saturday Cookout Sale," as well as a salute to past, current and future customers.

"Customer Appreciation Savings" of up to 60 percent will be available on furniture, mattresses and accessories this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the store.

FIRST-AID: Middle schoolers become trained to save

August 28, 2014

Seventh-grade students enrolled in Whitko Middle School’s Family and Consumer Sciences class recently learned about first aid. Christine Miller, Whitko Middle School a registered nurse, presented and demonstrated to the students how to perform CPR, the Heimlich maneuver and basic first aid procedures. The students were then able to practice those skills on a manikin.

OUT WITH OLD, IN WITH NEW: Engine passed on to Richland Township

August 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Less than two weeks ago, Thorncreek Township Fire Department unveiled a new fire engine for its station. As one new engine came into the department, another engine was let go.

LIMITING PHOSPHOROUS: City’s wastewater plant to face more regulations

August 28, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Ever-increasing limitations and regulations have sent Columbia City’s Wastewater Department into debt, forcing discussions of upcoming sewer rate increases and frustration for citizens and officials alike.

Within city limits, phosphorous typically comes from fertilizers, chemicals and household cleaning products that go down the drain. Studies show that most phosphorous run-off into rivers comes from farmland.

READING CHALLENGE: Preschoolers complete 1,000 Book Club program

August 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Peabody Public Library recently announced several preschoolers who have completed the 1,000 book reading challenge. The library offered children a series of books to be read with their parents. Preschoolers most recently completing the challenge include Daniel James, Trevor Sutton, True Shafer and Charlotte Misiora for reading or listening to 1,000 books.

TOFU TRENDING: Big topic of healthy eating at PWH

August 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — “Terrific Tofu Recipes” was this quarter’s healthy-eating theme, sponsored by Parkview Whitley Hospital. The hospital hosted a night where lead chef Jacob Kemery taught various ways to cook with tofu.

FAREWELL, GOOD FRIEND: Police dog Stryker retires from action

August 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Nine years ago, when Columbia City Police Officer Tim Pittenger went to pick out his new K-9 partner, he had no clue he would find such a perfect match. At just six weeks old, Pittenger knew he found a dog with just as much energy as he had.

GOODBYE EAGLES BUILDING: Demo begins transformation

August 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Demolition has begun on the Columbia City Redevelopment Commission’s building, located at the corner of Van Buren and Line Streets. The former location of the Eagles Lodge was purchased by the Columbia City RDC late last year.

MAN SHOT: 1 dead, 2 injured

August 27, 2014

CROMWELL — The man identified as the deceased in a shootout in Cromwell Monday night has a criminal history in Whitley County, as well as Koscuisko County. Gary Helman, 56, of Cromwell, was found dead in a bedroom in his mother’s home, located on Doswell Drive in Cromwell.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRISTIE: You’re never too old to celebrate a birthday

August 26, 2014

I don’t know who sold us adults on the idea that once we get a certain age, birthday celebrations are not necessary. Today I turn 37, and even at 37, I would be the first in line for the bounce house, to receive a balloon animal or watch a magic show. To me, it doesn’t matter how old I get, I still enjoy my birthday. I get excited about the notion of cake, I still rush to the mailbox to collect my birthday cards and I wait with anticipation to see what my special day will hold.

'BUSCO'S MOVIE NIGHT: One of several downtown events

August 26, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — “The Amazing Spider-Man” made its debut at Churubusco PNC Bank parking lot Saturday for a screening of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The public screening was sponsored by the Churubusco Chamber of Commerce and local merchants in order to increase community involvement.

DETAILS STILL IN WORK: New pool to be a ‘destination’

August 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CTIY — While some may be shocked at the approximate $3.5 million pricetag on the proposed new aquatics facility in Columbia City, officials say the pool is meant to be more than a replacement for Burnworth Memorial Pool. “This is not your normal city pool,” said Columbia City Park Director Mark Green. “This is a destination that will draw people from well outside of Whitley County.”

PIGSKIN PICKS 2014: Debuts Wednesday

August 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – The Post & Mail’s popular weekly Pigskin Picks returns each Wednesday beginning tomorrow, Aug. 27, with a selection of nine games (NFL and NCAA) for readers to choose winners.

The first week traditionally offers exclusively NCAA games.
What’s in it for readers? Weekly cash prizes will be awarded –plus weekly fame in your local newspaper!

 

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