March 14th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” â€śWhitley County LIFE: Learning, Living & Lots of Funâ€ť 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 newspaperâ€™s award-winning news-editorial staff examining criteria for Whitley County concerning livability.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s 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 yearâ€™s team that finished with a 9-1 record.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s 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 Sheriffâ€™s 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 Presslerâ€™s bond due to a failed drug test.
Brad Voelz and Al Anzini, Presslerâ€™s attorneys, argued that the results of the drug test were confidential.
On that basis, they could not be used to revoke Presslerâ€™s bond.
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.
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: â€śI am involved in FFA, 4-H, Girl Scouts, track and bowling.â€ť
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.