Archive - Apr 2012 - News Article
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Firefighters from three Whitley County departments responded to a fire alarm at Chromasource, Inc., located at 2433 S. CR 600 E., Columbia City Monday morning.
No injuries were reported and the fire has been marked under control.
According to Jason Brooks, Chromasource chief financial officer, company officials evacuated the building as a precaution when smoke entered a production area.
"We did have some smoke, but we had no damage," said Brooks. "We're back to work."
FORT WAYNE â€” A Whitley County businessman received an award for entrepreneurship by Indianaâ€™s lieutenant governor during a ceremony at the State Capitol.
Jeff Johnson, owner and president of Numerix, Inc. in Columbia City, was one of two area business leaders who were presented with Economic Development through Growth and Entrepreneurship (EDGE) Awards in a ceremony at the Indiana Statehouse.
Johnson was awarded in the Established Business category, while Lisa Compton from Second Steps, LLC, in Fort Wayne, received an award in the Emerging Business category.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Twenty-two-year-old Laura Kessie, a current manager at the Brownstone in South Whitley, recently returned from a 20-month cooking experience in Germany.
â€śI enjoyed the experience itself, and being able to live in an entirely different culture and see how they do things half way around the world,â€ť said Kessie.
Kessie first began working at the Brownstone when she was a 17-year-old junior in high school.
â€śI was doing a little bit everything like making drinks in the morning, working in the bakery, washing dishes, scrubbing floors and helping the kitchen,â€ť said Kessie.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Award-winning classical guitarist Peter Fletcher will perform a self-described â€śdiverse program of music from four centuriesâ€ť at Peabody Public Libraryâ€™â€™s Robert E. Brittain Memorial Auditorium May 13.
The show is free and open to the public.
â€śThe concert will take place at the beautiful Robert E. Brittain Memorial Auditorium, which has excellent acoustics and is ideal for classical guitar,â€ť said Fletcher in a press release.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One local library is being negatively affected by a suspected case of e-book price gouging, which has come on the heels of the launch of a lending system designed for the electronically-savvy reader.
According to a report by the Jasper (Ind.) Herald, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against Apple and several book publishers last week, alleging that the popular electronics corporation conspired with the publishers to raise prices on e-books â€śby taking control of e-book pricing from retailers,â€ť according to a statement.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The National Weather Service is calling for dropping temperatures and light rain developing by early evening in Whitley County.
Clouds developed late in the afternoon and winds picked up and according to the NWS, temperatures are expected to fall into the up 40s.
Winds are out of the west-northwest at 20 to 25 miles per hour.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śThe world is filled with darkness but we can light the way,â€ś said Pat Mossburg, director of the Salvation Army in Whitley County Monday.
More than 100 people attended the solemn occasion at the fifth annual Light the Way to Child Abuse Prevention and Education hour at First Church of God in Columbia City.
â€śThis is an evening of remembrance of children lost to abuse, neglect and human trafficking...but also a night of hope that through awareness we can make a difference in a childâ€™s life,â€ť said Mossburg.
She added her goal is to never have to do this seminar again.
Lunch and learn session April 20
INDIANAPOLIS â€” The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced this week that Ind. 114 is scheduled to be closed Tuesday, weather permitting, to accommodate replacement of the bridge over the west fork of Clear Creek, between CR 200 W. and South Washington Road, approximately 12 miles east of North Manchester.
The official detour is from Ind. 5 to Ind. 14 to Ind. 9.
The bridge requires rehabilitation for continued safety to the traveling public, according to INDOT.Â
Work is scheduled to be complete by the end of August.Â
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Troy Alternative Center for Learning has been in contract negotiations with Whitley County Consolidated Schools (WWCS) to extend the agreement already in place.
Oâ€™Connor said the center is an alternative and sometimes a last chance for many students, who are facing either expulsion or are simply not succeeding in a typical classroom environment.
â€śAs weâ€™ve looked at the data, weâ€™ve seen the program has been successful for us,â€ť Oâ€™Connor said. â€śThis placement is ideal for students in need of additional social considerations.â€ť