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May 8th, 2013

OPERATION GUARDIAN: Marshals nab local offender

May 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A federal sweep put a Whitley County man in jail for failing to register as a sex offender.

DeWayne Stewart was convicted in 2004 of sexual misconduct with a 15-year-old and child seduction and did not register, adding him to a list of targets, along with hundreds of other fugitives nationwide.

The U.S. Marshals Service arrested Stewart in Huntsville, Ala., officials said in a press release.

Another area man, Mark Lautzenheiser, a convicted rapist from DeKalb County, was also arrested for failing to register as a sex offender and violating his parole.

TOP OF THE CLASS: Frantz, Wheeler garner Valedictorian, Salutatorian at WHS

May 8, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — Achievement runs in the family for both Holly Frantz and Stephanie Wheeler, seniors at Whitko High School.

Frantz, the daughter of Mark and Julie Frantz, was named WHS’s valedictorian. She said her parents were honored with the second place spot in their graduating classes.

“They were salutatorians, so I broke the streak,” Frantz said. “I decided it was something I wanted to go for early on. It wasn’t really until a couple of months ago that I realized I was going to come in first.”

Wheeler, the daughter of Michael and Amber Wheeler, was named WHS’s salutatorian.

CCHS FLOOD PREVENTION: Board mulls sewer options

May 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — To renovate or not to renovate?

That was the question for the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees (WCCS) Monday. Business Manager Tony Zickgraf shared with the board the bidding information he had received to do work on the storm sewer at Columbia City High School (CCHS). There were a couple of problems, however.

HEAD OF SPORTS: ’Busco names new AD

May 8, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools Board of School Trustees named a new athletic director, beginning in the 2013-14 school year.

Jeremy Dexter, currently at Eastern High School in Greentown, will take the reins as athletic and extracurricular director for Churubusco Junior-Senior High School effective Aug. 1.

The decision was made official by the school board at a special meeting Monday night.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Whitley Co. companies to create new jobs

May 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Economic development was on tap Tuesday for the Whitley County Council.

The council approved two 10-year tax abatements for a pair of businesses in the county.

Red Star and ChromaSource were the businesses that received the abatements. Both approvals were unanimous by the council.

ChromaSource plans to invest in new equipment that will add up to 12 new jobs for the company by 2014.

CEO Jason Brooks said the company is one of just three like it in North America. He said they are very busy at present.

May 7th

A conversation with . . . Melissa DeWitt

May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Melissa DeWitt, 28 of Columbia City, describes herself as “an old soul,” and is the owner of Melissa DeWitt Photography. Missy, as she is most commonly known, is a mom to two girls, Gracie, 3, and Selah, 2, along with a stepson, Hayden, 7.

She is married to Tony and the two met in high school when she was a freshman. Now, 14 years later, she said “I couldn’t ask for a better husband. He’s supported and encouraged me as I built my photography business.”

Q: Are you originally from Whitley County?

On the air

May 7, 2013

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was in the studio at WJHS radio, Columbia City High School, for Coffee with the Mayor.

Typically the broadcast is held at Richards Restaurant, however, Thursday’s broadcast took an unexpected turn. Approximately 20 minutes into the hour-long program, technical issues interrupted the broadcast. The cell phone provider, which is used to transmit the program, dropped the call. When several attempts to reconnect failed, Mayor Daniel agreed to finish the interview in the WJHS radio booth.

ChromaSource adding capabilities

May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY (May 7, 2013) – Locally based ChromaSource, a nationally recognized manufacturer of color systems and color cards, today announced plans to invest in new equipment that will expand the company’s capabilities, creating up to 12 new jobs by 2014.

“We are very optimistic about the future needs of our clients and our position within the color sampling industry,” said CEO Jason Brooks. “We are adding production equipment to meet increased customer demand.”

LOCAL BUSINESS GROWS: Red Star of Larwill expanding

May 7, 2013

LARWILL (May 7, 2013) – Locally based contract manufacturer Red Star Manufacturing, Inc. (Red Star) announced today the company is expanding its Larwill facility and adding new equipment, creating additional jobs by the fall of 2013.

“This project continues our focus on vertically integrating our capabilities to support medical device industry clients,” said Red Star President Scott Werstler. “We are committed to staying at the leading edge of technology and quality assurance.”

DEALING WITH LOSS: 13-year-old recounts cancer’s cost

May 7, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Relay for Life event will be held June 1, starting at 9 a.m. The 24-hour event is geared to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.

As part of the festivities, survivors and family members who have been touched by cancer come together to cheer and support each other.

Kelly Thomas, 13, has come face-to-face with cancer as it took two of her family members. However, she found strength to weather the loss and now participates in the relay.