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Pair caught stealing, selling scrap metal to same victim

January 6, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A pair of individuals are accused of stealing metal to scrap, and then selling it to the person that orginally owned it.

Steven M. Johnson, 35, of Fort Wayne, and Tamara J. Orr, 48, of Speedwell, Tenn., were arrested Dec. 24 for theft.

The pair were arrested at 401 S. Main St. in Columbia City, the site of the old Testworth Labs building.

COST AND CONCERN: Business tax elimination cuts $3M from county

January 6, 2014

Editor’s note – The following is the first of a four-part series on the impact of eliminating the BPPT.

WHITLEY COUNTY — An intiative spearheaded by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence could cost Whitley County municipalities and schools more than $3 million in annual revenue.

COUNTY REELING: Good and bad of winter weather

January 6, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — While Sunday’s snowfall put a damper on travel plans and put Whitley County into a state of emergency, some are electing to make the best of their time at home.

Many Whitley County residents say they’re taking the opportunity to spend quality time with family.

On the other hand, many businesses and factories were forced to close Monday due to an official travel warning and Level I State of Emergency, issued by government officials Sunday night, and extended through Tuesday at 5 p.m.

SKELETON STAFF: Lean staff produces newspaper; mass distribution curtailed

January 6, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Despite deep drifting snow and sub-zero temperatures, a skeleton staff of news and pressroom workers were able to produce Monday’s Post & Mail.

Although most businesses in Whitley County were closed due to the severe weather conditions, Post & Mail staffers – with the help of snowplows – were able to get to the newspaper’s Connexion Way business and press facility to produce today’s edition.

Distribution, however, is an entirely different matter.

FRIGID FIRE: Possible gas leak leads to blaze at Viking Products

January 6, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Crews spent nearly five hours battling a blaze at a Whitley County factory Monday morning.

According to Whitley County Emergency Management Director Cathy Broxon-Ball, all nine Whitley County fire departments, along with three departments in Allen County, responded to a fire at Viking Products.

The company, which builds after-market exhaust products, is located on East Business 30, near the intersection with U.S. 30.

DEEP FREEZE DIG OUT: Whitley County socked by 16.2 inches as mercury tumbles to minus teens

January 6, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — After Sunday’s winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on Whitley County and much of Northeast Indiana, crews continued to clear roadways throughout the day Monday — a task that has been a losing battle.

After Winter Storm Ion was done dumping 16.2 inches of snow on Whitley County, temperatures began to drop, and winds picked up.

Sunday night, Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber said plowing county roads was nearly impossible for Whitley County’s Highway Department.

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