Archive - Apr 6, 2011 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Local history became even more visible Tuesday as large portraits of the county‚Äôs only two former Indiana governors were officially unveiled at the entrance to the Whitley County Government Center.
The portraits, along with two plaques, grace the entrance and were made possible by a collaborative effort of local political organizations and a law firm steeped in local history.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A local political group hosted a forum Tuesday night for candidates running in the upcoming May primary and general election next November.
The Whitley County Patriots invited all four mayoral candidates to speak at its regular meeting, held at Columbia City‚Äôs Church of the Nazarene.
All three Republican candidates for Columbia City mayor spoke for 15 minutes each. Cathy Heritier, the lone Democratic candidate for mayor, could not attend.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Economic development expert Alan Tio stood before the Whitley County Council Tuesday morning touting the expanding potential of a local company.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a growth-oriented company,‚ÄĚ said Tio of Imaging Office Systems, Inc., which received from the council a tax abatement of about $350,000.
That tax break, phased in over six years, will be used to free up capital for the purchase of information technology hardware and the software to run it, according to company Senior Vice President Bob Barkley.
‚ÄúWe anticipate adding six new employees,‚ÄĚ Barkley told the council.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Don Wood, president of Columbia City-based 80/20 appeared before the Whitley Council Tuesday afternoon as the premier advocate for local expansion ‚ÄĒ with special emphasis on the local part.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre not owned by some New York investment banking organization,‚ÄĚ said Wood, whose company received a tax abatement from the county for a sizable expansion.
‚ÄúThis is our fourth expansion,‚ÄĚ Wood said. ‚ÄúAnd, at 93,000 square feet, which will double the size of what we have, we‚Äôre opening up some new markets.‚ÄĚ