May 8th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Economic development was on tap Tuesday for the Whitley County Council.
The council approved two 10-year tax abatements for a pair of businesses in the county.
Red Star and ChromaSource were the businesses that received the abatements. Both approvals were unanimous by the council.
ChromaSource plans to invest in new equipment that will add up to 12 new jobs for the company by 2014.
CEO Jason Brooks said the company is one of just three like it in North America. He said they are very busy at present.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Despite taking a 7-5 advantage in the first inning, Churubuscoâ€™s softball team dropped a 19-9 game against Leo Monday night in Churubusco.
Both teams came out with hot bats in the first frame, as Leo opened the game with five runs and the Lady Eagles answered with seven of their own.
The second frame was a different story, as neither team scored.
Leo began to chip away at â€™Buscoâ€™s lead in the third inning, outscoring the Lady Eagles 3-2.
The Lady Lions tied the score at nine in the fourth stanza, but tore the game open in the fifth and sixth innings.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys track team won a three-way meet against Three Rivers Conference opponents Tippecanoe Valley and North Miami Monday night.
The Wildcats earned 83 points, Tippy Valley came in second with 55 and North Miami had 28 points.
Whitko had 10 first-place finishes. Connor Stouder and Tyler Sherwin each had two wins for the Wildcats.
Stouder placed first in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Sherwin won the 300-meter hurdles and the discus with a toss of 120 feet, 7 inches.
Connor Zwick took second in the discus.
FORT WAYNE â€” In a match that was made up after a rain postponement earlier in the season, the Columbia City Eagles golf team traveled the short distance to take on the Canterbury Cavaliers at Chestnut Hills Golf Course Monday night.
The Eagles lost a close match, 161-163.
â€śThis was a good match,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Andrew Thompson said. â€śThis is a tough course and we handled it well, but it just wasnâ€™t quite enough.
Columbia City freshman Spencer Klimek led the way for the Eagles, carding a 38 on the par 36 course.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s baseball team, which went into Monday nightâ€™s game with a 15-5 record, dropped a Three Rivers Conference match-up by a difficult, 9-0 score.
The Wildcats hosted Northfield, a team that won the state finals last year and returned several of its starters from last season.
The Norsemen jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and scored three more runs in the top of the third frame.
Whitko managed to hold Northfieldâ€™s offense off home plate for much of the rest of the game, excluding another run in the sixth inning to make the 9-0 score.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Melissa DeWitt, 28 of Columbia City, describes herself as â€śan old soul,â€ť and is the owner of Melissa DeWitt Photography. Missy, as she is most commonly known, is a mom to two girls, Gracie, 3, and Selah, 2, along with a stepson, Hayden, 7.
She is married to Tony and the two met in high school when she was a freshman. Now, 14 years later, she said â€śI couldnâ€™t ask for a better husband. Heâ€™s supported and encouraged me as I built my photography business.â€ť
Q: Are you originally from Whitley County?
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was in the studio at WJHS radio, Columbia City High School, for Coffee with the Mayor.
Typically the broadcast is held at Richards Restaurant, however, Thursdayâ€™s broadcast took an unexpected turn. Approximately 20 minutes into the hour-long program, technical issues interrupted the broadcast. The cell phone provider, which is used to transmit the program, dropped the call. When several attempts to reconnect failed, Mayor Daniel agreed to finish the interview in the WJHS radio booth.
COLUMBIA CITY (May 7, 2013) â€“ Locally based ChromaSource, a nationally recognized manufacturer of color systems and color cards, today announced plans to invest in new equipment that will expand the companyâ€™s capabilities, creating up to 12 new jobs by 2014.
â€śWe are very optimistic about the future needs of our clients and our position within the color sampling industry,â€ť said CEO Jason Brooks. â€śWe are adding production equipment to meet increased customer demand.â€ť
LARWILL (May 7, 2013) â€“ Locally based contract manufacturer Red Star Manufacturing, Inc. (Red Star) announced today the company is expanding its Larwill facility and adding new equipment, creating additional jobs by the fall of 2013.
â€śThis project continues our focus on vertically integrating our capabilities to support medical device industry clients,â€ť said Red Star President Scott Werstler. â€śWe are committed to staying at the leading edge of technology and quality assurance.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Relay for Life event will be held June 1, starting at 9 a.m. The 24-hour event is geared to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.
As part of the festivities, survivors and family members who have been touched by cancer come together to cheer and support each other.
Kelly Thomas, 13, has come face-to-face with cancer as it took two of her family members. However, she found strength to weather the loss and now participates in the relay.