Archive - Jan 2012 - News Article
FORT WAYNE â Steel Dynamics Inc. nearly doubled its profits during the past year.
On Tuesday, Steel Dynamics reported 2011 annual earnings of $278 million, or $1.22 per diluted share, on sales of $8.0 billion. The profit is a 98 percent increase over the $141 million, or 64 cents a share, reported on sales of $6.3 billion the prior year.
The Fort Wayne-based steel maker with its processing facility in Whitley County released its performance numbers after markets closed.
COLUMBIA CITY â Two construction bid packages received for the 320-square-foot Morches Park Trailhead building are approximately $40,000 to $55,000 higher than expected â resulting in Columbia City Park Board members choosing to re-bid the project within the next two months.
Two bids were originally opened on Dec. 14, which included Desmonds, Inc. (Fort Wayne) with a bid of $123,700 and three alternate bids totaling $6,700; and W. J. Carey Construction (South Whitley) with a bid of $139,277 and three alternate bids totaling $7,000.
Jeremy Byrer, 14, talks on his cell phone to raise money for the Whitley County Relay for Life 2012 recently. Organizers held a Carnival for a Cure at American Legion Post 98 to begin planning for the 2012 Relay for Life to be held June 2-3 at Indian Springs Middle School.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake grew up on farmlands in Huntington County where he attended the now defunct Union Center High School. While there, he played basketball and baseball.
He went on to play both sports for four years at Huntington College, being named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II all-conference team for basketball during a season in which he was one of the leading scorers in the state.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Whitley County Board of Commissioners had a full slate of business in front of them when they met last week following the holiday. Several contracts and permits for construction were among the items discussed.
A previously discussed contract to renew with the facility used to house juvenile inmates that was tabled while wording was changed has been signed.
The Columbia City Board of Works will meet today at 5:15 p.m. in the conference room at City Hall for a regular session.
The Columbia City Common Council will meet today at 7 p.m. in the conference room at City Hall for a regular session.
INDIANAPOLIS â Julia A. Wickard, executive director of the U.S. Department of Agricultureâs (USDA) Indiana Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reminding producers that signup to enroll in the 2012 Direct and Counter-Cyclical Program (DCP) or Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) begins today and runs through June 1.
Eric Pfaff, of Lewis Center, Ohio, begins carving what would become the winning ice sculpture at the 7th Annual Fire & Ice Winterfest, which was held Saturday and Sunday in downtown Columbia City.
Brisk temperatures and clear skies made for the perfect scenario for the festival. Pfaff also won peopleâs choice and mayorâs choice.
Pfaff was stationed at the northwest corner of Courthouse Square midday on Saturday, using an electric-powered chain saw to begin his creation, which was a sculpture of a bear and a bull.
PIERCETON â By unanimous vote, Whitko Community School Corporation board vice president Jorell Tucker was elected as president for the WCSC Board of Finance and board secretary Roger Boggs as secretary for the Board of Finance in Monday eveningâs finance meeting.
Director of Financial Operations Tom McFarland discussed last yearâs total investments, which earned $21,886.95.
PIERCETON â With state legislatures having 167 bills which will ultimately affect school education, Whitko Community School Corporationâs Superintendent Steve Clason is unsure how many of the bills will require a committee hearing.
Clason provided a detailed update on a few legislature bills which may affect the corporation at its Board of School Trustees regular monthly meeting Monday evening.
âWho knows how many of them (167 bills) will get a committee hearing or actually get to the docket,â Clason said.