Archive - Apr 2011 - News Article
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ For South Whitley resident Doris Rhoades her skill with needle, thread and fabric has found a new market.
Rhoades started sewing in 1947 when she purchased her first (treadle) sewing machine at an auction for a mere seven dollars.
‚ÄúIt was dirty, it was old and my mom said to take kerosene to clean up all the parts,‚ÄĚ Rhoades said. ‚ÄúI had this sewing machine upstairs in this old house we lived in at the time, and I worked and I worked on it trying to get it adjusted.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County Council President Kim Wheeler issued a warning, or disclaimer Tuesday morning prior to a planned presentation to the council.
‚ÄúI want to make it perfectly clear,‚ÄĚ said Wheeler, ‚Äúwe‚Äôre here for information only. We‚Äôre here to learn. We‚Äôre not going to go there.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThere‚ÄĚ was a reference to the heated debate that has been heard at board meetings since late last year regarding the possibility of wind energy conversion facilities being constructed in the county.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A top-10 finish by Whitley County can be good or bad.
Ranking in the top 10 in Indiana in pollution or illiteracy ‚ÄĒ bad.
But a recent study that ranked Whitley County near the top in the Hoosier state brought with the findings good news for local residents.
Along with several counties in the area, Whitley County was ninth in the state in overall health, according to the County Health Rankings, a project being conducted by the University of Wisconsin.
‚ÄúThis ranking is great news,‚ÄĚ said Gail Altekruse, manager of physical rehabilitation at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ While Whitley County government takes small steps toward saving a tree or two, the move doesn‚Äôt come without some degree of old-school resistance.
Whitley County Auditor Jen McGuire reported to the Whitley County Council Tuesday that a campaign to go paperless for county payroll was underway.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs not really worth it anymore,‚ÄĚ said McGuire of providing paychecks to county employees. She reported that the county will require all employees to have direct deposit before the end of the year.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco‚Äôs largest employer will soon be even larger and the company‚Äôs president attributes the constant growth amidst economic uncertainty to diversity.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre five different business units, so this is a natural part of our continued growth, said Dick Conrow, president of C&A Tool Engineering, which announced Wednesday it will expand its northern Whitley County operations and add about 18 news jobs.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a continuing part of our planning,‚ÄĚ Conrow said.
‚ÄúOur growth rate is pretty phenomenal.‚ÄĚ
CHURUBUSCO ‚Äď Locally based C&A Tool Engineering announced today that the company is expanding production capabilities at its Churubusco operations at both its main facility and the former MAHLE Clevite facility, which the company acquired in spring 2010.
See today's edition of The Post & Mail for more details.
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