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January 19th

NOONTIME NASTINESS: Snow, gusty cold winds glaze streets and highways

January 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – Morning snow showers steadily grew into snow squalls, bolstered by gusty winds, making travel in Whitley County nasty by noon.

Temperatures hovered in the low 20s, but will steadily drop into the teens throughout the afternoon.

I-69 was closed south of Fort Wayne due to slide offs and road conditions.

U.S. 30 was slick and hazardous.

Columbia City streets were very slick, especially at intersections.

Weather forecasters indicate the snowfall will diminish to flurries later in the day, with only a few inches of accumulation.

MUSICALLY INCLINED: "Mitch" Mitchell's life blessed by music.

January 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — When you get to be my age, some things don’t work as well as they used to,” said Clarice “Mitch” Mitchell, a longtime Columbia City native.
With a body weakened from the ravages of 91 years of living and with a mind that skips a note now and again, Mitchell nonetheless tackles each day with his trademark good nature, his signature smile and a few melodies on one of his favorite musical instruments.
He gets around largely with the help of his wife Elsie who smiles and says “He’s worth it, he’s such a good man,” and with the occasional assistance from loving family members.

COMMISSIONERS: Amber, Rethlake re-running

January 19, 2012

WHITLEY COUNTY — Two Whitley County Commissioners whose terms are ending have announced plans to run for re-election in November.

Don Amber announced Wednesday that he has filed for re-election to his county commissioner position. He has served as the District 3 commissioner since being elected in 2008.

“While I’ve achieved many of the goals that I had placed upon myself in my first three years, there are some issues that remain unresolved and I want to see them to the end,” Amber said.

Tom Rethlake announced Monday his plans to run for re-election.

CEDIT: Fund distribution plans

January 19, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – Whitley County Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Amber presented a proposed Capital Improvement Plan for the county Tuesday. The plan must be adopted by the county in order to receive its certified distribution of County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds.

CEDIT funds are funds paid by taxpayers and deposited with the state. The funds are then redistributed, including to the county.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Wintry forecast for weekend Fire & Ice WinterFest on Courthouse Square

January 19, 2012

Ice sculptors arriving to carve
frosty artwork on Courthouse Square
COLUMBIA CITY – The seventh annual Whitley County “Fire and Ice” WinterFest will be taking shape this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21-22 amidst a wintry weather forecast.
Snow showers and highs in the low 30s are forecast.
This unique winter festival hosts ice carvers from the tri-state area who will be demonstrating their talents around the Whitley County Courthouse Square in downtown Columbia City by creating works of arts for local business sponsors.

SNOWY SHOWERS COMING: Meager snowfall accumulation, but blustery winds

January 19, 2012

Blustery winds will blow through Whitley County during the next 24 hours, ushering in snow showers with accumulation possible in the one to two inch range.

Click on the weather forecast icon at top right for the official forecast.

January 18th

FIRE SAFETY: Fireman teaches the basics to SWES youngsters

January 18, 2012

SOUTH WHITELY – For a quarter of a century, Capt. Dave Meadows has been fighting fires for the City of Fort Wayne. For most of those years he has visited South Whitley Elementary School to teach children fire safety with Cleveland Township firemen.
The South Whitley native works in the Safety Education Division of the Fort Wayne Fire Department and recently brought his dog “Shadow” as part of his class demonstration.
“I rescued him. He is a Shepherd Labrador mix and he’s a certified therapy dog,” said Capt. Meadows.

PATRIOTS PROTEST: Group takes exception to Chief Justice visit

January 18, 2012

Ingrid Coyle, of the Whitley County Patriots, holds up a sign which calls for voters to vote against the retention of Indiana Supreme Court Justice Steven David in November. The Patriots on Tuesday were protesting the judge, who spoke at the Eagle’s Nest in Columbia City. The group’s issue with David involves court decisions pertaining to what they claim are violations of personal liberties.

HAVE A HEART: Plan to give the gift of life in February – blood drives scheduled

January 18, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – Every day, hospital patients depend on steady and consistent blood donations from volunteer donors for the blood they may need for ongoing and emergency medical care.
And with February being American Heart Month, it’s a great time to put your heart into a worthwhile cause: helping to build the nation’s blood supply through your American Red Cross.

Upcoming local
blood drives include:

WEATHER SPOTTERS WANTED: County seeking recruits

January 18, 2012

Cathy Broxon-Ball, director of Whitley County Environment Management and Homeland Security prepares for the 2012 annual weather spotter training session in the spotter’s room at the Whitley County Homeland Security office. Broxon-Ball calls out to anyone who would like to become a “weather spotter.”
The 2012 annual weather spotter training will begin at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Whitley County Government Center basement training room. The class is two hours long and free of charge. Door prizes are planned.
Last year, 138 spotters were trained by the a member of the National Weather Service.

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