The Journal Gazette
Thursday, November 14, 2019 1:00 am



Columbia City looks to beautify

Columbia City will transform Ohki Alley downtown into a vibrant public space if a $50,000 crowdfunding campaign reaches its goal by Dec. 28.

The campaign, led by the Whitley County Economic Development Corp., is using the CreatINg Places program sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to activate the alley.

If the goal is met, the Ohki Alley project will receive a matching grant of $50,000 from the state. Donations can be made at

“Activating this alleyway will provide residents and visitors a new space to host local events,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, board chair for the state agency. 

Funding will cover the costs of a small rain garden, artistic bike rack, flexible seating, communal tables, movable planters, two large structures with nearly 10,000 multicolored translucent pixels and a stage area.


Naval ship to don Lugar's name

U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., announced Wednesday that the Navy will name a warship after Richard Lugar, a six-term senator from Indiana who died April 28.

Young will host a private naming ceremony for the USS Richard G. Lugar on Monday at the Indiana War Memorial in Indianapolis. Attending will be Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and members of Lugar's family.

Lugar, a Republican senator from 1977 through 2012, was a Navy officer from 1957 to 1960. Young and Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., in June introduced an amendment to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act calling for the Navy's next unnamed Arleigh Burke Class Destroyer warship to be named for Lugar. Congress has yet to pass the defense bill.

– Journal Gazette

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