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January 6th, 2015

FROSTY THE MAILMAN: Come rain, snow or sleet, postal workers pledge to deliver

January 6, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — With yesterday’s steep mercury plunge, most residents of the county stayed warm inside their heated office building or factory floor, but there are those workers such as Columbia City Post Office mailman Joel Bigler who spend the majority of his day out and about in the sub-zero cold.

It appears that the unofficial U.S. Postal Service Creed remains true even during sustained wintery arctic blasts.

January 5th

OHIO CRASH: Col. City man, 51, dies on the job

January 5, 2015

MANSFIELD, Ohio — More than 170 miles east of Columbia City on U.S. 30, a Columbia City man died in a crash Saturday morning.

Craig Potter, 51, of Columbia City, was in his semi truck in an icy rest area parking lot at approximately 7:30 a.m. Saturday when he was hit by a pickup truck, starting a chain reaction that ended with Potter being struck and killed outside his vehicle.

According to police reports, Potter’s semi was struck by Robert McCready, of Bellville, Ohio, while parked at a rest stop in Mansfield, Ohio.

DRONES: The good, the bad, the ugly

January 5, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — As his foot-and-a-half long ultra-light model airplane zips across “the skies” inside the Columbia City High School gymnasium Sunday afternoon, CCHS math teacher Scott Hill fears that one day he and his group, the Whitley County Barnstormers will be lumped in with future ne’re-do-wells and criminal offenders.

With the proliferation of cheap, easy to handle remote-control drones, many businesses and residents are beginning to see the potential for entertainment and commercial business that these drones can provide.

January 4th

WINTER STORM: 3 to 8 inches possible

January 4, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY — The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of Northeast Indiana, in effect from Monday night to Tuesday morning.

There is a potential for 3 to 8 inches of snow and up to 1 inch of snowfall per hour possible.

STOP SLEDDING? Liability concerns prompt some cities to limit sledding

January 4, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As anyone who has grown up around snow knows, part of the fun of sledding is the risk of soaring off a jump or careening around a tree.

But faced with the potential bill from sledding injuries, some cities have opted to close hills rather than risk large liability claims.

No one tracks how many cities have banned or limited sledding, but the list grows every year. One of the latest is in Dubuque, Iowa, where the City Council is moving ahead with a plan to ban sledding in all but two of its 50 parks.

January 3rd

WELCOME TO THE GUN SHOW: Sale coming to town

January 3, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — An Indiana gun show will be making two stops in Columbia City this year, the first being next weekend.

Central Indiana Gun Shows feature pistols, rifles, shotguns, ammunition, knives, accessories, military collectibles and more.

The show opens its 2015 tour this weekend in Kokomo and travels to Columbia City next weekend, Jan. 10-11.

The event will be hosted at the Whitley County Fairgrounds with a $5 admission fee for adults. Children 12 and under are free.

Children under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

WORKING POOR: ALICE: Survival budget for family of four set at $46,495

January 3, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — A report issued by the Indiana Association of United Ways identifies roughly one-third of Northeast Indiana residents as “Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed” — ALICE for short.

Those households are living in an in-between world, one car breakdown, severe illness or other major expense away from financial disaster. They live with incomes above the official poverty level, but below the basic cost of living — in other words, they are the working poor.

January 2nd

IZZO IN THE HOUSE: Big names in CC Friday

January 3, 2015

Tom Izzo, Michigan State University men’s basketball coach, was in the Donald S. Weeks gymnasium at Columbia City High School Friday during the Eagles’ holiday tournament. Pictured, a pair of CCHS cheerleaders, Mollie Baar (left) and Kelsey Barker (right) pose with Izzo. Officials say Izzo was at the tournament to scout Homestead’s 6-foot-8 center, Caleb Swanigan. Michigan State’s men’s basketball team hosts Indiana University Monday night. Also present at the tournament were Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter and I.U.’s James Blackmon Jr., who attended to watch his father coach for Marion.

TOURNEY: Eagles go 2-0 on opening day

January 3, 2015

Columbia City's boys basketball team went 2-0 in the opening day of the holiday tournament Friday.

The Eagles return to action Saturday at 10 a.m. at Carroll High School against Homestead.

MERCURY DROP: Cold temperatures to return to area

January 2, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY — After an unseasonably calm and mild winter so far, Northeast Indiana residents may need to dust off the snow shovels this weekend, as a potential winter storm may bring rain, ice and a half inch of snow to the county.

Temperatures will see a 30-degree drop to single digits between Saturday afternoon and Sunday night, bringing the potential for snow and ice.

A winter storm is headed for Indiana Saturday, bringing with it a mixed bag of precipitation, including rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow.

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