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April 7th, 2011

County to do away with paper paychecks

April 7, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — While Whitley County government takes small steps toward saving a tree or two, the move doesn’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.
“It’s not really worth it anymore,” 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.

C&A Tool expands into new facility

April 7, 2011

CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s largest employer will soon be even larger and the company’s president attributes the constant growth amidst economic uncertainty to diversity.
“We’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.
“It’s a continuing part of our planning,” Conrow said.
“Our growth rate is pretty phenomenal.”

April 6th

C&A Tool making investments to prepare for further growth

April 7, 2011

CHURUBUSCO – 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.

Governor portraits adorn government center

April 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Local history became even more visible Tuesday as large portraits of the county’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.

GOP mayoral candidates share views of running the city

April 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 City’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.

Abatement allows expansion at IOS

April 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Economic development expert Alan Tio stood before the Whitley County Council Tuesday morning touting the expanding potential of a local company.
“It’s a growth-oriented company,” said Tio of Imaging Office Systems, Inc., which received from the council a tax abatement of about $350,000.
That tax break, phased in over six years, will be used to free up capital for the purchase of information technology hardware and the software to run it, according to company Senior Vice President Bob Barkley.
“We anticipate adding six new employees,” Barkley told the council.

80/20 adding space, employees to meet demand

April 6, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Don Wood, president of Columbia City-based 80/20 appeared before the Whitley Council Tuesday afternoon as the premier advocate for local expansion — with special emphasis on the local part.
“We’re not owned by some New York investment banking organization,” said Wood, whose company received a tax abatement from the county for a sizable expansion.
“This is our fourth expansion,” Wood said. “And, at 93,000 square feet, which will double the size of what we have, we’re opening up some new markets.”

April 4th

Bulb project complete

April 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendent Mike Cook reported to the Columbia City Board of Works about his facility’s new lights.
The lights, ultra-violet bulbs that play a key role in the cleaning process of treated sewage before it leaves the sewage plant, were being installed in increments after being purchased earlier this year.
“All the bulbs have been installed and when they (inspectors) sample today, we have to be in compliance,” Cook said.
“We shouldn’t have any troubles this year.”

City crews look for cause of clogs

April 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — City wastewater officials have had their hands full lately at a local housing development.
At the Friday meeting of Columbia City’s Board of Works and Safety, Water Pollution Control Facility Superintendent Mike Cook reported a recurring problem with a city sewer lift station at Irish Glen.
According to Cook, pumps at the lift station are being clogged by an as-yet unidentified obstruction.
“We’ve always had an issue out there but this year it’s been unbelievable,” Cook said.
“Today (Friday) will be the third time this week we’ve had an issue out there,” he said.

Local woman injured in Starke County crash

April 4, 2011

COLUMBIA CITY — An employee of the South Whitley Public Library was seriously injured Friday in a three-vehicle crash in Starke County, according to Starke County police.
Virginia Doenges, 76 of South Whitley suffered a severe injury to her right leg after the vehicle she was driving crashed into a semi-tractor trailer driven by Charles Peterson of Dysart, Iowa.
The accident occurred at about 7:23 p.m. near the Grovertown Truck Stop on U.S. 30 in Starke County.

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