March 14th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ âWhitley County LIFE: Learning, Living & Lots of Funâ is a series of special sections to be published in The Post & Mail that will focus on quality of life issues.
The series of special sections will continue today and Friday. The first section of LIFE was published Wednesday in The Post & Mail.
Today's section focuses on "Learning."
The sections will be exciting, graphic-oriented compilations by the newspaperâs award-winning news-editorial staff examining criteria for Whitley County concerning livability.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Whitkoâs boys track team comes off a successful campaign last year looking to continue a string of Three Rivers Conference championships that stretches back to 2008.
The Wildcats will need to replace a backbone of seniors from last yearâs team that finished with a 9-1 record.
COLUMBIA CITY â Whitley Countyâs Humane Shelter was broken into in the early hours Tuesday morning.
Alarms on the premises sounded just after 3 a.m. The Columbia City Police Department and the Whitley County Sheriffâs Department responded to the shelter on South Line Street.
Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said officers at the scene determined that an individual entered the building through a window.
Police cleared the premises and found nobody inside.
Longenbaugh would not comment on if any items were stolen.
COLUMBIA CITY â A Larwill man facing charges for meth manufacturing and child molestation had his bond revoked by Whitley County Circuit Court Judge James Heuer Monday due to a failed drug test.
Dean Pressler, 39, who was charged in late December and early January, posted bond for his two cases.
The state filed a motion Feb. 25 to revoke Presslerâs bond due to a failed drug test.
Brad Voelz and Al Anzini, Presslerâs attorneys, argued that the results of the drug test were confidential.
On that basis, they could not be used to revoke Presslerâs bond.
Editorâs 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â Abigail Atkins is a sophomore at Columbia City High School and Eagle Tech Academy.
Q: What activities are you involved in at school or within the community?
A: âI am involved in FFA, 4-H, Girl Scouts, track and bowling.â
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 yearâs expo is âmore like a party than a business fair.â
âVendors are still signing up and the numbers are still coming in,â Brown said. âWe have some unusual vendors and quite a few that are here for the first time. Itâs a completely different show than in years past.â
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 companyâs 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 Tuesdayâs 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.