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January 14th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” Strikers werenâ€™t silenced when new ownership took over Coupled Products LLC in Columbia City.
Twenty-nine members of United Auto Workers Local 2049 started picketing the manufacturer in June 2011. Claims of unfair labor practices after contract negotians fell a part has kept 21 of the 29 picketers active.
A 33 percent pay cut was rejected by the union as well as a reduction in benefits, according to area media.
Those participating in the strike are eligible for unemployment insurance benefits, $2,000 a week in strike pay and full insurance benefits from the UAW.
Here are the headlines in Monday's Post & Mail:
Woman allegedly uses, buys drugs with child
Doctor attributes healthy living to singing
Factory has new owners, but no deal
Indiana father forgives parents, wants to see son
DeKalb County â€” The Indiana State Police, with the assistance of the DeKalb County Sheriff Department, investigated a two vehicle head-on crash that occurred yesterday morning on State Road 1, which claimed the life of a 45 year old man from Butler and now a 13 year old girl from Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Fire and Ice Festival has been cancelled, but only for this year. The winter event, sponsored by the Whitley County Chamber of Commerce, was to be held in January on the Courthouse Square.
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Doug Brown said the cancellation was due to scheduling conflicts, not financial reasons.
Chamber leaders and event organizers considered an alternative date, but was not successful in rescheduling the festival. However, Brown said there is already discussion for the festivalâ€™s return in 2014.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City recently had an added presence at the Indiana Statehouse. Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was mayor for the day in Indianapolis, and the event gave him the opportunity to meet with lawmakers and discuss important issues.
Daniel met with Rep. Kathy Heuer, Ind. Sen. Jim Banks and Rep. Dan Leonard. He had a chance to speak on issues that were important to local government.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Any writer worth their salt will advise aspiring authors to write about what they know. Wanda Howell, of Churubusco, did just that. She recently self-published a short story for children about farms, a dog and a rabbit.
â€śRose and Rabbit Go to the Fair,â€ť is a tale about a farm with quite a bit of junk on its property. Rose, a curious sort of dog, happens to discover an old truck amid the piles.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the United States was plunging over the Fiscal Cliff, a rope was tossed as a solution. How well would it hold? This question and others were answered by Jim Oâ€™Donnell, Executive-In-Residence at Huntington University, at an economic lecture at Parkview Whitley Hospital Friday morning.
Oâ€™Donnell, who is known for adding humor and wit to his lectures, believes the forecast for the economic future, on the home front and abroad, could be pretty grim. He explained his bearish stance is based on trends and attitudes.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Smith-Green Community Schools has selected a new superintendent.
An official announcement will be made Monday at 7 p.m. at the SGCS Administrative Center. Board of Trustees for SGCS will officially agree on the candidate and approve the person for hire Monday. The meeting is open to the public.
COESSE â€” Citizens of Whitley County have a somewhat unique resource in their backyard that is largely unknown.
The Northeast-Purdue Agriculture Center (NEPAC) has been located in Whitley County, south of Coesse, for more than 20 years. Phil Walker has been the superintendent of the center since its opening, and said the center is a big help in the agriculture arena.
The farm primarily functions for research. Professors and graduate students make the trek to Whitley County from Purdueâ€™s campus in West Lafayette.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Can an aquatics facility be built in Columbia City? Where is the money going to come from Where is it going to be built? These are some of questions the recently formed Aquatic Task Force is working to answer.
Wednesday the task force met for the first time and spent an hour discussing the options, as well as the challenges, in building a new aquatics center.
It was decided by the City of Columbia City to close Burnworth Memorial Pool in 2014. Due to an increasing amount of repairs needed and the growing cost to maintain the pool, the decision was made.