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Man pleads not guilty in Hosler burglary

February 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man accused of breaking into an appliance store and stealing property pleaded not guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Steven W. Slater, 38, of Columbia City, was arrested Jan. 26 for three charges of burglary, one charge of theft and two charges of criminal mischief.

Case reports indicate Columbia City Police officers were advised about two burglaries that had occurred at Hosler’s TV and Appliance in the month of January, 2014.

Officers found a three-hole brick at both locations. A sound bar was reported missing.

County denied desired cumulative capital rate

February 7, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Council faced a financial dilemma Tuesday.
When the county proposed its increase to the Cumulative Capital Fund (CCF), it voted to put it at .03.

The Department of Government and Local Finance informed County Auditor Jen McGuire it would only approve the county raise the rate to .0287.

Thus, the council needed to trim $108,475 from its proposed budget for the CCF.

By a 5-0 vote, the council agreed to cut the equipment in the CCF to $7,525. It had previously been at $74,000.

'OSCAR' WONT' BE DENIED: Turtle Days receives OK on date change — June 11-14

February 7, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — An annual summer festival in Churubusco has an earlier spot on the calendar.

Turtle Days Board President Nicole Kirkpatrick announced Thursday that the four-day celebration of Oscar, the legendary tortoise from ‘Busco, will be June 11-14.

“This year we were completely unable to find a company that was available for our original dates during the third week of June,” Kirkpatrick said. “I contacted Gary Bolander, the owner of Poor Jack amusements. He too was unavailable for that third week, but did have an opening for the second week.”

POWER RESTORED

February 7, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 7, 2014) -- Whitley County Emergency Management officials declare that all power is restored to the county...but be aware that a 5 to 10 minute outage will occur this evening as a new line is installed.

Shining stars

February 7, 2014

Mary Raber Elementary School recently celebrates its January Shining Stars. 

The following students were recognized this month for using their life skills, treating people right, and doing the right thing — Kindergarten: Ellie Fox, Kourtny Cody, Brooke Tyler, Noah Smith and Alyson King.

First grade: Bailey Dunk, Ella Walter, Caleb Summers, Trey Whitacre, Kendal Bockleman and Jennasey Aikey.

Second grade: Zoey Egner, Natalie Minks, Eden John and Emmalee Hammons.

Third grade: Kaylen Hendricks, Markus Steele (not pictured), Elise Winebrenner and Mariah Adkins.

From whiteout to blackout

February 7, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Schools were delayed, factories weren’t able to operate and traffic was hindered in Whitley County yet again Friday morning.

Though it sounds like just another day in the life of Whitley County this year, the reason for the inconvenience was different this time.

The area received another foot of snow this week, on top of more than 30 inches in January.

Conditions went from whiteout to blackout, as approximately 8,600 IMP and REMC customers were without power Friday morning.

REMC offers some answers on outage

February 7, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 7, 2014) -- Michael DeFreeuw, director, marketing and communications representative for Northeastern REMC, announced that outage updates can be found on Northeastern REMC’s Facebook page.

According to DeFreeuw, at 9:30 a.m., approximately 2,000 REMC members of the original 7,200 affected throughout Whitley County remain without power.

"Northeastern REMC is working to restore power as quickly as possible," DeFreeuw said. "The cause of the outage is a problem with an American Electric Power (AEP) transmission line feeding REMC substations."

We're soliciting your selfies

February 7, 2014

Get out your camera phones and shoot a selfie! The Post & Mail would like Whitley County residents to email their selfie pics for a special Saturday feature promoting area people.

Selfies can include you and a friend or family member. Those who submit photos must be willing to accept a reply message that includes 10 quick questions that require a couple of short answers. Your photo and your answers will be published in a weekend issue of The Post & Mail. This is a fantastic way to highlight the great people that make up Whitley County.

OUTAGE UPDATE: Where can you get warm?

February 7, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 7, 2014) -- Power is still out in numerous areas of Whitley County. For those needing a place to go for warmth, here is a list of locations serving residents:

Whitley County YMCA
Columbia City's City Hall
Churubusco Fire Dept.
Whitley County Government Center
St. Matthews Church

POWER OUTAGE

February 7, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 7, 2015) -- More than 8,000 Whitley County residents are without power this morning. Power has been restored to traffic lights along U.S. 30.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools in closed.

The outage effects those residents with electric service from REMC and Indiana Michigan Power. Columbia City residents with city power are not impacted.

At 8 a.m. the Whitley County YMCA announced it is open for those who need a warm place to stay.

See more coverage in today's Post & Mail.

 

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