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April 11th, 2011
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The head of Whitley Countyâ€™s Geographic Information System (GIS) Department is constantly trying to stay one step ahead of advancing technology in order to make his office a vital tool for the entire county.
GIS Coordinator Dan Weigold briefed the Whitley County Board of Commissioners last week about the variety of roles his department plays throughout the county.
â€śThe state is looking at doing another flyover,â€ť said Weigold, who explained that GIS departments use aerial photography on a daily basis.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A special meeting has been scheduled for the Whitley County Consolidated School Corporationâ€™s Board of School Trustees in order to possibly ratify an agreement with the local teachers union.
â€śWeâ€™ve been working on contract negotiations and we reached settlement, we hope,â€ť said Corporation Superintendent Dr. Patricia Oâ€™Connor today.
â€śWe set (the meeting) up in order for the board to ratify the agreement.â€ť
Oâ€™Connor said the teachers are expected to approve the agreement today, leaving only the school board signatures remaining.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” 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.
â€śIt was dirty, it was old and my mom said to take kerosene to clean up all the parts,â€ť Rhoades said. â€śI 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.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Council President Kim Wheeler issued a warning, or disclaimer Tuesday morning prior to a planned presentation to the council.
â€śI want to make it perfectly clear,â€ť said Wheeler, â€śweâ€™re here for information only. Weâ€™re here to learn. Weâ€™re not going to go there.â€ť
â€śThereâ€ť 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 â€” A top-10 finish by Whitley County can be good or bad.
Ranking in the top 10 in Indiana in pollution or illiteracy â€” 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.
â€śThis ranking is great news,â€ť said Gail Altekruse, manager of physical rehabilitation at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Whitley County government takes small steps toward saving a tree or two, the move doesnâ€™t 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.
â€śItâ€™s not really worth it anymore,â€ť 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 â€” Churubuscoâ€™s largest employer will soon be even larger and the companyâ€™s president attributes the constant growth amidst economic uncertainty to diversity.
â€śWeâ€™re 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.
â€śItâ€™s a continuing part of our planning,â€ť Conrow said.
â€śOur growth rate is pretty phenomenal.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€“ 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 â€” Local history became even more visible Tuesday as large portraits of the countyâ€™s 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 â€” 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 Cityâ€™s 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.