October 10th, 2013
Kevin W. Craig, 49, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:18 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, at his home. Born Oct. 1, 1964, in Columbia City, he was the son of Dale LeRoy Craig, Sr. and Marilyn Sue (Pippenger) Craig.
He attended Whitko High School and worked at C&R Plating for many years. He was a member of Oak Grove Church of God and Whitley County Coon Hunters Club.
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LAGRANGE â Churubuscoâs volleyball team picked up another road conference win Tuesday.
âBusco swept Lakeland 25-11, 25-19 and 25-20.
The win moves Churubusco to 15-11 for the year and improves its conference record to 7-2.
COLUMBIA CITY â It was hard-fought at times, but Columbia Cityâs volleyball team fell to visiting Carroll Tuesday in a three-set sweep.
The Lady Chargers beat the Lady Eagles by a final score of 25-23, 25-18 and 25-20.
Columbia City Volleyball Head Coach Trish Hinen said the team did not stick to its plan.
âWe talked about what we needed to do tonight,â she said. âWe talked about how we have to be smart and hit at the angles, and we were hitting to the blocks, and they got blocks on us.â
COLUMBIA CITY â 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 Ââ 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 Tuesdayâs 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.
âThis would be similar to other companies that offer a budget plan,â Gould said. âIt might give some of our folks a break during winter months.â
COLUMBIA CITY â 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.
âWe are pleased to support Micropulseâs expansion in Whitley County and commend company owner Brian Emerick for his ongoing commitment to our community,â said Whitley County Commissioner George Schrumpf.
âWe greatly appreciate how involved the Micropulse team is in local and regional community and economic development efforts.â
COLUMBIA CITY â After undergoing a major injury, surgery and a long recovery process, not many people would feel blessed â but not everyone is Angie Smith.
âWhen I first got hurt, I never thought anything good would come of it,â Smith said. âBut everything I learned and experienced was worth getting hurt. I have no regrets and it was a really good lesson for me.â
Smith has been an assistant girls track coach at Columbia City High School for several years, and an avid sportswoman â running, biking and any recreational sport she can get involved with.
FORT WAYNE â Columbia Cityâs girls soccer team improved on its second round with Huntington North this season, but it was not enough to get by the Lady Vikings.
The Lady Eagles lost a Class 2A sectional semifinal to Huntington North Tuesday by a final of 2-0.
It was one goal in each half for the Lady Vikings to bring the game to its final score.
Earlier this season, Huntington North beat the Lady Eagles 4-0.
âWe made some adjustments,â said Columbia City Girls Soccer Head Coach Stephanie Wiley. âI think those helped us a lot, we just couldnât get the ball in the net.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs Common Council approved the first reading of a slight bump in salaries for city employees at Tuesdayâs 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 havenât received raises for several years.
Another incentive brought in by Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was performance evaluations of each employee.