January 8th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ The Post & Mail successfully published its Monday and Tuesday editions, but due to the government-imposed travel restrictions from the winter storm and blizzard, delivery of the newspaper was substantially curtailed.
An all-out effort to deliver Wednesday, Tuesday and Monday editions to Post & Mail subscribers resumes today.However, because of the continuing treacherous roadways, subscribers can expect delay in delivery.
James Michael Higgins, 62, passed away Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014.
Born in Bluffton, Jim graduated from Ball State with a teaching degree.
He was in car sales and finance for many years and was currently working at Bob Thomas. Jim had also worked at Kruse Auctions.
He was a member of the Masonic Antique Power Club and enjoyed tractors, horses and his â€śstuff.â€ť
Marie Treesh, 72, of Auburn died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Treesh was a homemaker. She also worked for J.J. Newberry 5-10-25 Cent Store in Auburn and also various temporary jobs in the local area.
She was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
She was a member of the St. Markâ€™s Lutheran Church in Auburn.
She was born Nov. 25, 1941, in Hicksville, Ohio, to Edward and Jeannette (Smith) Woodring.
She married Melvin A. Treesh on June 26, 1963, in Auburn, and he survives.
Joellen L. Fitch, 63, of rural Larwill, died at 3:37 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at Vibra Hospital, Fort Wayne. She had been battling cancer.
She was born Nov. 8, 1950 in Wolf Lake. She was raised in Larwill and attended Larwill High School. She earned a GED and was a Certified Nursing Assistant. She also held a realtor license.
On Nov. 25, 1967, she was united in marriage to Ralph Fitch. They made their home in the Larwill area.
WHITLEY COUNTY -- All three of Whitley County's school districts will be closed Wednesday.
For a third day, Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Whitko Community Schools and Smith-Green Community Schools will be closed.
WHITLEY COUNTY -- Due to the extreme weather conditions, the schedule for Week A for recycling has been adjusted to the following:
No collection for Wednesday
Wednesday's recycling will be picked up Thursday
Thursday's recycling will be picked up Friday
Friday's recycling will be picked up Saturday
Those who would've had recycling picked up Monday and Tuesday, the weather prevented crews for getting out. Recycling will take place as scheduled, which means customers who did not have recycling picked up will not be serviced until the next scheduled pick up date.
COLUMBIA CITY -- Trash pickup is delayed due to the extreme weather. Here is the revised schedule according to city officials:
Monday's normal pickup will be Wednesday
Tuesday's normal pickup will be Thursday
Wednesday's normal pickup will be Friday
Friday's normal pickup will be Saturday
WHITLEY COUNTY -- Whitley County Commissioners, Columbia City Mayor, Whitley County Emergency Management and Whitley County Sheriff's Department have issued the following statement concerning travel within our county.
A â€śWATCH Level 2 Travel Advisoryâ€ť has been issued at 5 p.m. until further notice.
A Watch level advisory may be declared when conditions threatening to the safety of the public.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” As slick road conditions and below-zero temperatures cause concern, Whitley County government offices remain closed today.
However, after the start of the legislative session was put on hold Monday, lawmakers are preparing for the first meetings of 2014 to begin this afternoon.
"I am ready to get back to work," said Ind. Sen. Jim Banks. "There are several key areas to address. Education issues are always a big priority. We have a lot of work to do."
WHITLEY COUNTY -- As road crews work to remove snow from the roads, county officials are reporting some icy conditions lurking underneath.
"I hate to be a doomsday-er, but I'm afraid that after we remove the snow, you're going to find the roads are ice-covered," said Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber. "I think the ice came just prior to the snow -- please think about that."
In Churubusco, subcontractors were called to bring heavy equipment in to assist with snow removal.