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September 5th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A feedstock manufacturer will open a new facility in Rail Connect Business Park east of Columbia City, the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation announced today.
The new facility is expected to bring with it 22 new jobs by 2015, according to an EDC press release.
The company, Indiana Materials Processing, LLC, will establish the first production facility in Rail Connect with construction expected to begin in October.
A complete, in-depth article will appear in the Thursday edition of The Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to replace David Schilling on the county‚Äôs plan commission.
‚ÄúThe cause of action was conflict of interest,‚ÄĚ said Board Chairman Don Amber today.
The commissioners mailed a letter to Schilling informing the former plan commission president of their decision.
During the meeting, Commissioner George Schrumpf said ‚ÄúI‚Äôd like to request that Dave Shilling be replaced from the plan commission.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With Whitley County Consolidated Schools back in session, Superintendent Dr. Pat O‚ÄôConnor presented the Beginning of School Update.
According to O‚ÄôConnor, the elementary schools reported a smooth opening that was both busy and productive with registration well-organized and open houses well-attended.
‚ÄúStaff members dedicated the time to thoughtfully plan, organize and prepare the classrooms and establish procedure to welcome students and create a safe and orderly environment,‚ÄĚ said O‚ÄôConnor.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Young women from Whitley County will come together Saturday to be a part of a long-standing tradition, the 48th annual Distinguished Young Women of Whitley County.
The program is formerly known as Whitley County Junior Miss.
This year the program will begin at 7 p.m. at Columbia City High School‚Äôs Newell Rice Auditorium.
Twelve ladies will perform an array of talents as well as a group fitness exercise.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students grades kindergarten through 12th.
Editor‚Äôs note: This is the final installment of a four-part series on public school funding and how money is dispersed within a school system.
Ask the average Whitley County resident about any of the county‚Äôs three school systems and they might mention the score of Friday night‚Äôs football game, which teachers are the most popular with their children or what school was like in years past when they attended.
Not many residents could speak with authority about the costs to maintain the county‚Äôs public schools.
The Capital Projects Fund is fueled by county property taxes.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ While vehicle break-ins in Fort Wayne are on the rise, Columbia City‚Äôs vehicle break-ins are on the decline, but still a continual problem.
‚ÄúThis seems to be a common problem for us,‚ÄĚ said Longenbaugh.
‚ÄúWith this we often see where we get a group of juveniles who wander around town and get into unlocked vehicles.‚ÄĚ
In 2010, 18 break-ins occurred from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31.
In 2011, the number increased to 37 from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31, but this year‚Äôs report has seen a decline to 27 break-ins.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A Warsaw couple was arrested Friday night near South Whitley and booked in the Whitley County jail, but were soon requested by officials in Kosciusko County for a Leesburg armed robbery earlier in the day.
According to a press release from the Kosciusko County Sheriff‚Äôs Department, Christopher Alan Gressley, 30, and Anita Lynn Moore, 28, both of Warsaw, were wanted for a Friday afternoon holdup of the Leesburg Freedom Express, which police allege was held up at knife-point.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Green scum blankets Phil and Dorothy Stevens pond. A particularly manicured lawn stands as evidence that the Stevens take care of their property, located just off Old Trail Rd. in Columbia City. The green film covering the face of their pond, isn‚Äôt due to neglect, but to blooming blue-green algae.
‚ÄúWe don‚Äôt know what is causing it,‚ÄĚ said Dorothy.
Editor‚Äôs note: This is the third of a four-part series that will explain school funding cuts against decisions to maintain, renovate and grow schools in Whitley County.
Tug of war. That is the game school administrations are playing with the state. No area has been affected more than in the category of transportation. In recent years, fuel costs have skyrocketed and left schools with little-to-no way of covering the added expense.
Editor‚Äôs note: This is the second of a four-part series that will explain school funding cuts against decisions to maintain, renovate and grow schools in Whitley County.
Cuts, reduction in force, layoffs ‚ÄĒ no matter how it is said, the results are the same. Schools are minimizing the number of staff on the payroll. Why? In 2010, after the state decided to cover staff salaries, the money stopped coming in.