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October 10th, 2013
SOUTH WHITLEY â A plan of action is closer to implementation for the town of South Whitley and its wastewater treatment plant.
After completion of the new plant, heavy storms hit the town in August, causing serious flooding and back ups at the facility.
Town leaders questioned engineers on the system failures and asked for solutions to circumvent future problems.
At Tuesday nightâs town council meeting, Councilman Steve Smith gave an update on the progress.
COLUMBIA CITY â At Coesse Elementary School, thereâs no age limit when it comes to being a role model.
Students are paired up in a buddy program that places older elementary students in a mentoring role.
The program has been around for several years, and according to Lori Heuer, a fourth-grade teacher, and Jessica Sheckler, a third-grade teacher, mentoring opportunities have brought out the best in their pupils.
COLUMBIA CITY â A man who was arrested with his father and mother as part of an alleged methamphetamine operation pleaded guilty Monday.
David Greer, 23, pleaded guilty to manufacturing methamphetamine, a Class B felony.
Greer will be sentenced Nov. 4. As a stipulation of a plea arrangement, the other drug-related charges against Greer will be dismissed at sentencing.
A Class B felony carries a sentencing range of 6 to 20 years.
Greer was arrested Sept. 6 along with his father, Jay Greer, and his mother, Patricia Greer.
COLUMBIA CITY â As Whitley County has the honor of having some of the oldest and most successful Tax Increment Funding (TIF) districts in Indiana, some members of Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of Trustees are questioning when the schools will get their share in the tax money generated from those developments.
âTIF districts are becoming an issue as far as schools go,â board member Jill Western said. âTheyâre getting too far away from what theyâre designed to do.â
WCCS invited its attorney, John Whiteleather, to Mondayâs meeting to counsel the board on the TIFâs impact.
COLUMBIA CITY â Gator Cases, Inc., a manufacturer of cases, bags and stands for the music, pro-audio, audiovisual markets and original equipment manufacturer (OEM) case suppliers, announced plans today to relocate its distribution center from Chattanooga, Tenn. to Whitley County, creating up to 106 new jobs by 2016.
The Tampa, Fla.-headquartered company, which designs and manufactures hard cases and bags to protect a variety of products, will invest $4,464,000 to lease, renovate and equip a 168,000 square-foot facility at 2499 S. 600 E. in Columbia City.
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.
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.
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.