August 29th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After two years, United Auto Workers Local 2049 strikers left their site near Coupled Products, LLC. in Columbia City.
UAW officials said they got a call Friday night from the International UAW and the strikers packed up shortly after that.
It is unknown why the strikers decided to leave.
Twenty-nine members of UAW Local 2049 started picketing the manufacturer in June 2011. Claims of unfair labor practices after contract negotiations fell a part had kept 21 of the 29 picketers active.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” With the celebration of Labor Day Monday, pools will no doubt be used to cool off from the predicted warm temperatures.
However, paying to fill those pools can escalate an ownerâ€™s water bill to exorbitant amounts.
Currently, the town of South Whitley has shown some grace to its residents when it comes to high water bills due to pool fill-ups or lawn irrigation, but a three-month window is considerably short, according to pool owners.
To minimize his water bill, South Whitley resident George Hathaway decided to get creative in solving his dilemma.
CHURUBUSCOâ€” Homecoming may be set for later this year, but for new Churubusco Junior-Senior High School Assistant Principal Dan Hile, he experienced a partial taste recently.
It was the first week of school, and Hileâ€™s first as the new assistant principal. But it was hardly Hileâ€™s first time in the building.
He had been choir director at the high school from 2003 to 2011. Returning to Smith-Green Community Schools after two years of administrative work at Northridge High School was like coming home.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s streets are ahead of the norm for new Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
Cities across Indiana had to make a transition plan to submit to the state by the end of December, 2012 â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s was submitted in November.
Not only does Columbia Cityâ€™s Street Department have a plan, but Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh is already putting it into action.
Cearbaugh recently attended a conference, in which he learned several cities in Indiana havenâ€™t submitted a plan yet.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s girls soccer team gained its first victory of 2013 at home against Rochester.
The Lady Wildcats took control of ball possession to beat the Lady Zebras, 5-1.
Jenny Brown and Rachelle Whitaker had the two Whitko goals in the first half. Brown was assisted by Mikayla Findley.
Rochester had its lone score in the first half as time was expiring.
The Lady Wildcats poured it on in the second half.
Sydney Sims notched a score, and was followed by Ellyana Blue, who was assisted by Reghan Craig.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Two friends put their heads together to offer a local experience built off of what they both love in life â€” music.
Nate Norris, of Churubusco, and Nicholas Weaver, of Fort Wayne, have attended several music festivals and have a growing appreciation for local talent.
â€śWe had seen so many festivals become overrated and saturated with sponsorships,â€ť Weaver said. â€śWe thought it would be good to have a festival that wasnâ€™t about the hype, but about the music. We also wanted a stage to showcase independent talent.â€ť
MANCHESTER â€” Whitkoâ€™s girls golf team lost a Three Rivers Conference match-up to Wabash Monday.
The visiting Lady Apaches beat the Lady Wildcats, 202-217 at Sycamore Golf Club.
Whitko had a more balanced attack, with Kirsten Crawford having a 51 to pace her team, which had five golfers in the 50s.
That did not match up with the top two from Wabash, though. Jordan Rauh led the Lady Apaches with a 41, and Jaclyn Lewis had 47.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Churubuscoâ€™s volleyball team hosted and swept county-rival Whitko Tuesday night.
The Lady Eagles took a 25-15 win in game one, 25-18 advantage in game two, and pulled off a close, 25-22 win in the third and final game.
Alyssa Anderson tallied nine aces for the Lady Eagles. Teammate Lacey Pulley had 11 assists, and Danielle Pippenger recorded two blocks.
â€™Buscoâ€™s Molly Green had six digs.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s girls golf team lost a Northeast Hoosier Conference match up to DeKalb Tuesday at Eagle Glen Golf Course.
The Lady Barons shot 186 to beat the Lady Eagles by 18 as Columbia City had 204.
Katie Skidmore of DeKalb was the meet medalist with a score of 42.
Seven strokes behind her was Macenzie Lane, who led Columbia City with a 49. Sydney Ford carded a 50, and Taylor Daniel had 52.
Allison Yoder and Cheyenne Johnson rounded out the varsity numbers for the Lady Eagles, shooting 53 and 55, respectively.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A staple downtown Columbia City business came away from a professional conference with a big prize.
Sharon Hinen, of Hinen Printing, won a 2013, 1200 48 Harley Davidson Sportster at a conference in Orlando held by SP Richards.
SP Richards is an office-supply company that holds these events every year. Hinen Printing typically sends employees, but Sharon attending was somewhat unusual.
â€śJeff and Cindy (Hinen) normally go,â€ť Sharon said. â€śThey couldnâ€™t go, and I won the motorcycle.â€ť
Employees of Hinen Printing have won prizes before, but nothing at this level.