April 8th, 2011
Carl S. Crickmore, 75, passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2011. He was born May 20, 1935 in Ft. Wayne to the late Frederick and Martha (Worley) Crickmore. He retired from the Zollner Piston Corporation. He laid carpet for Clark and Mitchell. He also served on the Poe fire department and greatly enjoyed camping and fishing.
Surviving relatives include his wife of 54 years, Marilyn Crickmore of Ft. Wayne; children, Stanley Crickmore of Fort Wayne, Mark Crickmore of Columbia City, Ann (Randy) McCallister of Florida; four grandchildren; and a brother, Richard Crickmore.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A top-10 finish by Whitley County can be good or bad.
Ranking in the top 10 in Indiana in pollution or illiteracy â€” bad.
But a recent study that ranked Whitley County near the top in the Hoosier state brought with the findings good news for local residents.
Along with several counties in the area, Whitley County was ninth in the state in overall health, according to the County Health Rankings, a project being conducted by the University of Wisconsin.
â€śThis ranking is great news,â€ť said Gail Altekruse, manager of physical rehabilitation at Parkview Whitley Hospital.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Whitley County government takes small steps toward saving a tree or two, the move doesnâ€™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.
â€śItâ€™s not really worth it anymore,â€ť 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.
COLUMBIA CITY — The YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne and the Whitley County Family YMCA welcomed Kameron Bailey as the new Sports and Aquatics Director of the Whitley County Family YMCA.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s largest employer will soon be even larger and the companyâ€™s president attributes the constant growth amidst economic uncertainty to diversity.
â€śWeâ€™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.
â€śItâ€™s a continuing part of our planning,â€ť Conrow said.
â€śOur growth rate is pretty phenomenal.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€“ 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Local history became even more visible Tuesday as large portraits of the countyâ€™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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 Cityâ€™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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Economic development expert Alan Tio stood before the Whitley County Council Tuesday morning touting the expanding potential of a local company.
â€śItâ€™s a growth-oriented company,â€ť 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.
â€śWe anticipate adding six new employees,â€ť Barkley told the council.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Don Wood, president of Columbia City-based 80/20 appeared before the Whitley Council Tuesday afternoon as the premier advocate for local expansion â€” with special emphasis on the local part.
â€śWeâ€™re not owned by some New York investment banking organization,â€ť said Wood, whose company received a tax abatement from the county for a sizable expansion.
â€śThis is our fourth expansion,â€ť Wood said. â€śAnd, at 93,000 square feet, which will double the size of what we have, weâ€™re opening up some new markets.â€ť