March 12th, 2014
WHITLEY COUNTY (March 12, 2014) -- A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 5 p.m. this afternoon. The county is under a Watch Level Advisory and officials say roads are slick and hazardous. All three Whitley County school districts are closed today.
Snow will continue and will be heavy at times, with snow tapering off by late this afternoon. Snow accumulation 4 to 6 inches with considerable blowing and drifting snow.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď Rapidly deteriorating road conditions started shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday when the most recent snowstorm started pummeling Whitley County. Five to eight inches of snow was expected during the storm.
Starting as drizzle, then freezing rain, the wintry mix turned to heavy snow shortly before 6 a.m. and was predicted to continue without letting up until at least 12 noon Wednesday. A Winter Storm Warning was issued until at least 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Schools were cancelled today, as were most community events for today and tonight.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) ‚ÄĒ Taylor Braun made a bold statement after North Dakota State's 2013 Summit League championship loss to South Dakota State.
"We're going to win it next year," he said.
Braun followed through on that promise Tuesday night by making a key layup while being fouled with 12 seconds left and adding the free throw to lead the Bison to a 60-57 win over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne for the Summit League title and a second trip to the NCAA tournament.
"Honestly, I thought I was going to the free throw line ‚ÄĒ threw it up and it somehow went in," Braun said.
Theron ‚ÄúGale‚ÄĚ Dafforn, 92, of Columbia City passed away at 1 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at the Parkview Oaks, Columbia City.
Gale was born March 25, 1921, and was the son of Clarence ‚ÄúTed‚ÄĚ and Nola (Gross) Dafforn.
Gale spent his childhood in Noble, Whitley and Allen Counties spending his adult years in Columbia City area.
As a young person he was involved with 4-H Clubs. He attended Albion High School.
Gale met and fell in love with Margaret E. Ferrell at the Happy Valley Roller Skating Rink in 1942, and was married on June 19, 1943, in Columbia City by Rev. Arthur Gillespie.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ A local author will be present at a book signing Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Whitley Community Public Library.
Gloria Doty is a published Christian writer, author, speaker and blogger. She has five children, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
She was born in Allen County, but lived in Whitley County for 40 years. She currently lives in Fort Wayne, with her adult autistic daughter, one dog, and two cats.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Sixty-nine units of blood were collected from 71 potential donors Thursday at the Columbia City United Methodist Church.
Exceeding the goal of 64, the Red Cross Bloodmobile personnel were grateful for the good turn-out.
Special recognition for reaching a specific amount of blood donated was given to Rex Beck for 21 gallons, Ron Rubrake for 19 gallons, and David Meyer and Vance Heinzman for seven gallons each.
Adam Koshurin was a first-time donor.
Tyler Sinegar, a student at Little Turtle Elementary School, was one of numerous student helpers at the school‚Äôs Charging Against Cancer carnival Saturday. The event featured booths, games and live entertainment to raise money and awareness for cancer research and local services. Janet Hinen, a teacher at LTES, organized the event along with other helpers. Hinen was motivated to raise money for the fight against cancer after she was diagnosed and survived breast cancer.
Saturday, March 15
‚ÄĘA Night In Italy - 5 p.m.
The Salvation Army will be holding an event ‚ÄėA Night In Italy‚Äô Friday, March 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Grace Lutheran Church. Eat a Italian dinner with family or friends while enjoying live violin music.
Adult meals are $5, ages 4 to 10 meals are $3, and ages 3 and under meals are free.
‚ÄĘParenting class - noon
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Scott Graham, son of a local couple Tim and Carol Graham, has had a difficult past few months.
A Nevada resident, Graham is married and has two children. He is described by his loved ones as ‚Äúthe joker of the family.‚ÄĚ
Last November, Graham began losing time became unsure how he got to or from a place, was unable to remember and was not able to produce any work at his job.
He began stuttering and having headaches. His wife worried he may have had a stroke. He was rushed to the hospital where testing began, but the tests revealed Graham had not had a stroke.
For the second time in two weeks, Indiana lawmakers are looking at employment discrimination issues.
Sen. Jim Banks has authored several bills in the past to support veterans, and now, he is offering his support of legislation to protect employment rights.
A new bill, which has seen versions passed by the Indiana House of Representatives and Senate, is waiting a decision from a conference committee.
House Bill 1242 would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against applicants because of their status as a military veteran or a member of the reserves of National Guard.