March 14th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Sixty different businesses, nonprofit organizations and vendors will converge on Indian Springs Middle School for the Whitley County Expo Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Whitley County Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event and Executive Director Doug Brown said this yearâ€™s expo is â€śmore like a party than a business fair.â€ť
â€śVendors are still signing up and the numbers are still coming in,â€ť Brown said. â€śWe have some unusual vendors and quite a few that are here for the first time. Itâ€™s a completely different show than in years past.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indiana Governor Mike Pence was in town Wednesday to help announce an expansion for 80/20 which will create almost 100 new jobs.
The modular framing supplier will invest $11 million to build an additional 31,000 square feet onto its existing 250,000 square-foot facility.
Its 38-acre campus is located five miles east of Columbia City on U.S. 30.
Construction of the new addition, which will house a training auditorium and expanded office space, is expected to begin in April.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Governor Mike Pence joined executives from 80/20 Inc., a t-slotted aluminum components and framing provider, today (Wednesday) to announce the companyâ€™s plans to expand its headquarters here, creating up to 97 new jobs by 2016.
The homegrown-Hoosier company, which designs and manufactures modular extruded aluminum framing for a variety of industrial and home-hobby applications, will invest $11 million to build an additional 31,000 square feet onto its existing 250,000 square-foot facility on its 38-acre Columbia City campus.
VATICAN CITY (AP) â€” The Catholic church has chosen a new pope.
White smoke is billowing from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel, meaning 115 cardinals in a papal conclave have elected a new leader for the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
The new pope is expected to appear on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica within an hour, after a church official announces "Habemus Papum" â€” "We have a pope" â€” and gives the name of the new pontiff in Latin.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With an eye on the future, the Columbia City Common Council discussed the possibility of increases to sewer rates.
Jeff Rowe of H.J. Umbaugh was at Tuesdayâ€™s council meeting and gave a presentation on where the city is at with the sewage department. Phase II-B of the Long-Term Control Plan is set for construction in 2019, with planning scheduled for 2017. With the current estimated price tag between $7 and 10 million, Rowe was consulting the city on the next steps to take.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śChange the rage in this room.â€ť This was the goal for eight students from Columbia City, Whitko and Churubusco high schools as they came together to present â€śThe Outrage,â€ť a dramatic presentation authored by Safehome.
Columbia City High School students watched the 20-minute play that conveyed a story of a teenager, Rachel, played by WHS senior Tiffany Schuman, faced with an aggressive boyfriend, Adam, played by CCHS junior Josh Graham.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Blanche Kilander, a South Whitley resident, came to the town council Tuesday to express a health concern she felt was coming from a business in town.
Synergy Feeds LLC, 401 N. Main St., is a business which processes corn for animal feed and operates in partnership with Ag Plus.
Kilander told the council the grain elevator kicks up dust and has aggravated a breathing problem for her husband, Mike, 66.
A petition was presented to the council asking the business to reduce the amount of dust produced from the elevator.
Editorâ€™s note: All three Whitley County high school principals were asked to nominate three students who they deemed up and coming leaders.
Each student was asked a series of questions and will be highlighted during the next week. A boy and girl will be selected by The Post & Mail as the overall Leaders of Tomorrow.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Jay Petrie is a senior at Churubusco Junior-Senior High School.
Q: What activities are you involved in at school or within the community?
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Rain barrels were on the plate for the Columbia City Board of Works and Safety Tuesday.
A rain barrel program was proposed at last monthâ€™s meeting. This would be a partnership between the city and citizens whereby residents would purchase a rain barrel and have the city reimburse $30 of the cost. The barrel would be placed to catch rain water coming off of the roofs of houses. This would then prevent water from going into the combined storm and sewer system.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Having two of three senior players miss time due to injuries would make for a rough season for just about any team.
Thatâ€™s what happened to Churubuscoâ€™s girls basketball team during its 2012-13 season, as the Lady Eagles finished the year 3-18.
Savannah Labenz had returned for her senior season to start at point guard for the Lady Eagles. Unfortunately, her high school finale was cut short by a torn labrum suffered shortly before Christmas that caused her to miss the remainder of the season.