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October 10th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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.
‚ÄúTIF districts are becoming an issue as far as schools go,‚ÄĚ board member Jill Western said. ‚ÄúThey‚Äôre getting too far away from what they‚Äôre designed to do.‚ÄĚ
WCCS invited its attorney, John Whiteleather, to Monday‚Äôs meeting to counsel the board on the TIF‚Äôs impact.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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 ¬≠‚ÄĒ 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 Tuesday‚Äôs 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.
‚ÄúThis would be similar to other companies that offer a budget plan,‚ÄĚ Gould said. ‚ÄúIt might give some of our folks a break during winter months.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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.
‚ÄúWe are pleased to support Micropulse‚Äôs expansion in Whitley County and commend company owner Brian Emerick for his ongoing commitment to our community,‚ÄĚ said Whitley County Commissioner George Schrumpf.
‚ÄúWe greatly appreciate how involved the Micropulse team is in local and regional community and economic development efforts.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After undergoing a major injury, surgery and a long recovery process, not many people would feel blessed ‚ÄĒ but not everyone is Angie Smith.
‚ÄúWhen I first got hurt, I never thought anything good would come of it,‚ÄĚ Smith said. ‚ÄúBut everything I learned and experienced was worth getting hurt. I have no regrets and it was a really good lesson for me.‚ÄĚ
Smith has been an assistant girls track coach at Columbia City High School for several years, and an avid sportswoman ‚ÄĒ running, biking and any recreational sport she can get involved with.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Columbia City‚Äôs Common Council approved the first reading of a slight bump in salaries for city employees at Tuesday‚Äôs 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 haven‚Äôt received raises for several years.
Another incentive brought in by Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was performance evaluations of each employee.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ 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.
CHURUBUSCO ‚ÄĒ Churubusco Public Library has released it‚Äôs schedule of October events.
Library hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The library is closed Sundays.
CPL is located at 116 N. Mulberry St., Churubusco. Visit the library‚Äôs website at www.buscolibrary.org for more information.
Fall coloring contest
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ When Shad Hunter first held is son in his arms, he knew something was different.
Little did he and his wife know, their lives would be changed forever ‚ÄĒ their son, Keyan, was born with Down Syndrome.
‚ÄúWe had no clue,‚ÄĚ Shad said. ‚ÄúMy wife (Crystal) was only 31 and had a healthy lifestyle ‚ÄĒ she didn‚Äôt smoke or drink while she was pregnant.‚ÄĚ
Three years later, Keyan is a thriving boy with Down Syndrome, and 42 people walked in support of him in Saturday‚Äôs DSANI Buddy Walk, held by the Down Syndrome Association of Northeast Indiana at Shoaff Park in Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Columbia City man received the maximum sentence in Whitley County Circuit Court for his burglary offense.
Gabriel Auer, 35, was sentenced Monday to eight years, all to serve in the Whitley County Jail.
It was the maximum sentence for a Class C felony.
Whitley County Prosecutor Matt Rentschler said Auer was deserving of the maximum sentence.
‚ÄúMr. Auer has a substantial criminal record,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúHe has one prior offense of burglary at the same establishment.‚ÄĚ