January 6th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Despite July 2011â€™s ban on synthetic marijuana, commonly known as â€śspiceâ€ť, is still prevalent in Whitley County and much of Indiana.
Though the marijuana-like drug canâ€™t be found on shelves at local businesses, Whitley County Drug Task Force Leader and Sheriffâ€™s Detective Bill Brice said people are going to Fort Wayne or buying the substance on the internet.
â€śThe ordinance has helped keep the illegal stuff off the shelves, but itâ€™s still out there,â€ť Brice said.
Employees at Coupled Products, a business on CR 600 E near U.S. 30, have been on strike for nearly seven months. Above, Gerri and Bill Wickliffe protest behind the groupâ€™s sign, â€śRight 2 work for less.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Sworn in at the earlier Board of Works meeting, the department heads returned to give their reports.
Park Director Mark Green reported that tickets for the departmentâ€™s annual Father-Daughter Dance are now on sale at the Park Office and City Hall.
The dance will be held Feb. 3 at First Church of God in Columbia City and begins at 6 p.m.
Cost is $25 for a father-daughter combination, and $10 for an additional daughter.
John Davis and teammate Audrey Gruettert dove Thursday night at Homestead in the conference meet. The meet will conclude Saturday with the swim events, starting at 11 a.m.
Sacred music concert at West Etna Community Church Jan. 13
LARWILL â€“ The Moody Chorale, conducted by Dr. Xiangtang Hong of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, will be performing Friday, Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at West Etna Community Church near Larwill.
West Etna Community Church is located at 6552W-750N in northwest Whitley County.
Founded in 1946, the Moody Chorale has long been established as one of the leading collegiate choral organizations in the United States, specializing in sacred music.
4-H Open House Jan. 26
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Production machining company Impact CNC, LLC, announced plans late Wednesday to invest $12.8 million to purchase and equip a new facility at Gateway Park in Whitley County.
The facility, a 30,000 square-foot building, is expected to be operational as early as February and create up to 106 jobs in Columbia City by 2014.
Whitley County Economic Development Corporation President Alan Tio said Jerry Busche, founder and president of Impact CNC, has been looking to get the project off the ground for approximately nine months.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Solstice Medical, LLC announced in a statement today the company is locating its operations at a new, state-of-the-art facility in Park 30 Business Center.
The company anticipates adding 10 to 15 new jobs by the middle of 2013.
The new facility will position Solstice Medical, which manufactures and installs radio frequency identification technology (RFID) and software systems globally for medical device manufacturers, distributors and hospitals, to meet growing product and service demands from across the country.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City wrestling alumni â€“ on hand for Alumni Night Wednesday â€“ didnâ€™t quite get the show they were hoping for.
The Eagles lost to East Noble, 60-10.
â€śI was very proud of our guys,â€ť said Eagle Head Coach Blane Culp. â€śFor the most part our guys really went after them. Itâ€™s a tough team. (Head Coach) Keith Koffarâ€™s got them going.â€ť
After five matches, East Noble led 21-4.
Despite the loss, the Eagles only surrendered four pins in 12 matches, something Culp said the coaches have stressed to the team this year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Eagle junior varsity wrestling got a taste of victory Wednesday, winning three of its four matches and defeating East Nobleâ€™s JV squad 15-6.
Brice Bauer opened the meet at 145 pounds with a 9-3 win over his Knight opponent. Bauer was down 3-0 heading into the final period.
Head Coach Blane Culp said the team preaches that it is a six-minute match and Bauer showed that by continuing to work.
At 152 and having to mount several counters, Columbia Cityâ€™s Hunter LaRue got a pinfall victory with time expiring in the first period.