October 9th, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEY Ââ As winter approaches, bringing bitter cold winds and snowy conditions, heating costs become a concern for Hoosiers.
However, South Whitley residents will soon have the opportunity to budget their seasonal heating costs thanks to an agreement reached at Tuesdayâs town council meeting.
Clerk-Treasurer Bob Go-uld petitioned the South Whitley Town Council with an idea to allow residents to average their utility bills.
âThis would be similar to other companies that offer a budget plan,â Gould said. âIt might give some of our folks a break during winter months.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Micropulse, Inc., a medical device manufacturer for the orthopedic and cardiovascular industries, announced plans to expand its operations creating up to 100 new jobs by 2016.
âWe are pleased to support Micropulseâs expansion in Whitley County and commend company owner Brian Emerick for his ongoing commitment to our community,â said Whitley County Commissioner George Schrumpf.
âWe greatly appreciate how involved the Micropulse team is in local and regional community and economic development efforts.â
COLUMBIA CITY â After undergoing a major injury, surgery and a long recovery process, not many people would feel blessed â but not everyone is Angie Smith.
âWhen I first got hurt, I never thought anything good would come of it,â Smith said. âBut everything I learned and experienced was worth getting hurt. I have no regrets and it was a really good lesson for me.â
Smith has been an assistant girls track coach at Columbia City High School for several years, and an avid sportswoman â running, biking and any recreational sport she can get involved with.
FORT WAYNE â Columbia Cityâs girls soccer team improved on its second round with Huntington North this season, but it was not enough to get by the Lady Vikings.
The Lady Eagles lost a Class 2A sectional semifinal to Huntington North Tuesday by a final of 2-0.
It was one goal in each half for the Lady Vikings to bring the game to its final score.
Earlier this season, Huntington North beat the Lady Eagles 4-0.
âWe made some adjustments,â said Columbia City Girls Soccer Head Coach Stephanie Wiley. âI think those helped us a lot, we just couldnât get the ball in the net.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Common Council approved the first reading of a slight bump in salaries for city employees at Tuesdayâs meeting.
The proposed raise, which would go into effect in 2014, would give all full-time employees a $1,040 increase for the year.
The city currently has 90 full-time employees, many of whom havenât received raises for several years.
Another incentive brought in by Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was performance evaluations of each employee.
FORT WAYNE â Columbia Cityâs boys soccer season came to an end Monday against Homestead.
The Spartans beat the Eagles 15-0.
Homestead scored eight goals in the first half and seven in the second to bring the game to its final margin.
Columbia City Boys Soccer Coach Derick Rice said the team kept in the game despite the margin.
âThe scoreboard doesnât always show theyâve competed and that their hearts is still in it,â he said.
FORT WAYNE â Whitko's girls soccer season came to a close Monday night with a heart-breaking sectional loss.
The Lady Wildcats hung close with a strong Fort Wayne Concordia squad, but fell 1-0 to end their season.
Both teams held each other scoreless in the first half, but Concordia's Kayla Deaton snuck in a second-half goal to pull out the win for the Lady Cadets.
COLUMBIA CITY â Reelcraft Industries, Inc. in Columbia City hosted approximately 25 students from Columbia City High School for a Manufacturing Day event Oct. 2 as part of an effort to draw greater attention to the opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.
The event also promoted the pursuit of skills that will lead to a long-term career that offers security and growth for qualified candidates.
CHURUBUSCO â Churubusco Public Library has released itâs schedule of October events.
Library hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed Sundays.
CPL is located at 116 N. Mulberry St., Churubusco. Visit the libraryâs website at www.buscolibrary.org for more information.
Fall coloring contest
COLUMBIA CITY â When Shad Hunter first held is son in his arms, he knew something was different.
Little did he and his wife know, their lives would be changed forever â their son, Keyan, was born with Down Syndrome.
âWe had no clue,â Shad said. âMy wife (Crystal) was only 31 and had a healthy lifestyle â she didnât smoke or drink while she was pregnant.â
Three years later, Keyan is a thriving boy with Down Syndrome, and 42 people walked in support of him in Saturdayâs DSANI Buddy Walk, held by the Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana at Shoaff Park in Fort Wayne.