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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.
Call before 10 a.m. for the sale to be published in the next day's paper.
Call Jill 244-5153 or visit The Post & Mail to place your ad today.

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.

AWARDED: Bollinger receives state honors

April 16, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — John Bollinger, a former Indiana Department of Health milk inspector and life-long Whitley County resident, has been honored for his outstanding contributions to the dairy industry in Indiana.

Bollinger received the Steve Atkisson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Indiana Milk Quality Professionals’ annual conference.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: City Master Gardeners is calling all green thumbs

April 15, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — The city’s beautiful parks and landscaping don’t happen on their own.
Columbia City’s Master Gardeners provide horticulture talent — but are in need of help.

Formed in 2006, Columbia City’s Master Gardeners group was germinated to help beautify the city’s parks.

Former Mayor Jim Fleck started the program with Aileen Meier, along with a grant from the Whitley County Community Foundation.

RED FLAG WARNING: Wind, low humidity combine for fire danger

April 15, 2015

...RED FLAG WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ THIS
EVENING FOR STRONG WINDS AND LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY ACROSS NORTHERN
INDIANA AND NORTHWEST OHIO...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTHERN INDIANA HAS ISSUED A RED
FLAG WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ THIS
EVENING.

* AFFECTED AREA...NORTHERN INDIANA AND NORTHWEST OHIO.

* TIMING...THIS AFTERNOON AND EARLY EVENING.

* WIND...EAST WIND 15 TO 20 MPH WITH SOME GUSTS TO NEAR 30 MPH.

* HUMIDITY...RELATIVE HUMIDITY WILL DROP TO BETWEEN 20 AND 25 PERCENT.

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