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CORRECT COLOR: EMA explains travel advisories, warnings

February 5, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Many are familiar with the three levels of snow emergencies, but that is a system of the past.

In 2012, Whitley County’s Commissioners signed an ordinance that dismissed the Level I, Level II and Level III snow emergencies, and replaced them with “travel advisories.”

Whitley County wasn’t alone in the change over, as much of the rest of Indiana has come together for a more unified program.

“It makes it a lot easier when we’re all on the same system,” said Cathy Broxon-Ball, director of Whitley County’s Emergency Management Agency.

WEATHER UPDATE: Snow to taper off, drifting continues

February 5, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 5, 2014) -- The National Weather Service says snow will gradually taper off this afternoon but not without giving the area another inch of snow.

Blowing and drifting is expected to continue this afternoon, especially in open and rural areas.

City to host snow sculpture contest

February 5, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel has announced a special 2014 Winter Snow Sculpting Contest for city residents.

“Because of this large amount of snow covering us, I thought we should have a little fun, while making the best of the situation,” Daniel said. “Everyone has been patient and understanding of all the snow and ice. We hope this special contest will spark the creative spirit among our residents and bring out the beauty of winter.”

FINAL DONATION: Optimist Club leaves on positive note

February 5, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Optimist Club did one more act of good after officially disbanding in 2013.

Members gathered Monday to donate the final $1,048.54 to The Center for Whitley County Youth.

Center Executive Director Jeff Wike appreciated the donation from the Optimist Club.

“There’s a lot of organizations doing good things, and they picked us, and we appreciate them getting behind what we’re doing here,” Wike said.

Members cited lack of interest and volunteers as the primary reasons for the club’s disbandment.

Drug tests required for assistance? Whitley Co. weighs in

February 5, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Representatives from Indiana’s Statehouse passed a bill that will screen welfare recipients for drug use and limit residents to buy only “nutritional” foods with food stamps.

Last week, State Representatives voted 71-22 in favor of the bill. The measure would require residents who receive money from Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to take a questionnaire screening for substance abuse, which could lead to an actual drug test.

USPS: Clear snow from mailboxes

February 5, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — With yet another major snowstorm blanketing the region, shoveling snow will once again become an area past time.

To help letter carriers deliver mail speedily and safely, the United State Postal Service is asking customers to clear snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes.

EMERGENCY OFFICIALS SAY 'KEEP IT CLEAR'

February 5, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 5, 2014) -- Emergency crews want to remind residents to clear snow away from fire hydrants. It could be the difference between life and death for you and your neighbors.

WCCS out of options with snow days

February 5, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — With all the built-in make-ups days gone, Whitley County Consolidated Schools are forced to extend the school year into the summer.
Though officials built in four make-up days into the schedule, it hasn’t been enough to keep up with 2014’s impossible weather.

Students haven’t had a week of school in 2014 that hasn’t had a cancellation or delay. With more weather moving into the area this week and more on the way this weekend, more school cancellations are unavoidable.

BOYS BASKETBALL GAME CANCELED

February 5, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY (Feb. 5, 2014) -- Tonight's Columbia City High School boys basketball game against Marion has been canceled.

Crews work to clear snow

February 5, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY (Feb. 5, 2014) -- County and city officials confirm that plow trucks are working their way through the area. Smaller parking lots, such as the one pictured at Pinecrest Apartments in Columbia City, are being plowed by private companies to help drivers get in and out of businesses.

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