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March 13th, 2014

TAX COMPROMISE: Legislators come to a revised plan for business cuts

March 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS— A group of lawmakers unveiled a compromise Tuesday on a plan to reduce business taxes in the state, giving local governments the option to enact the reductions that could impact their bottom lines.
The development on the business personal property tax comes days before the Indiana General Assembly is set to end by Thursday and with many key issues still unresolved.

A key lawmaker called the product a “very strong merger” of Indiana House and Senate plans that had taken separate paths to reduce the tax businesses in the state pay on equipment and machinery.

SNOW REMOVAL: INDOT has to scrape traffic lights

March 13, 2014

INDOT officials had to clear snow and ice from stoplights Wednesday afternoon after a snow storm blew through Whitley County dropping 7 inches of white stuff across the area.

TRASH TALK: Service on schedule for Friday pickup

March 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Officials with Advance Disposal, Columbia City’s trash service, and Mayor Ryan Daniel have announced that trash pickup will be delayed a day due to Wednesday’s storm.

Trash normally serviced Wednesdays will be picked up today. However, Friday’s schedule will remain unchanged.

A date for Christmas tree pickup has be slated for Saturday, March 22. According to a press release from the mayor’s office, there will be only one pass through the city on that date for trees.

ANALYZING HANDWRITING: State DOE seeks input from parents on handwriting

March 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — In 2010, the Indiana Board of Education made cursive writing optional of school corporations.

Now, school officials are considering making a change, and are seeking input from parents.

Several states, such as California, Georgia and Massachusetts are adopting a cursive requirement, finding benefits beyond the skill itself.

According to research released at a 2012 National Handwriting Summit, handwriting helps in brain development, literacy, cognitive and motor skills, and memory.

WINTER'S LAST BLOW?: Whitley Co. residents aren’t so optimistic

March 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After a brief warm up to start the week, Northeast Indiana received another 7 inches of snow Wednesday morning, sending snow plows back to the roads, closing schools — again — and causing several slide-offs and crashes.

The first day of spring is a week from today, but many local residents aren’t optimistic that the snow is over.

“Winter says, ‘I have not yet begun to fight,’” Craig Myers posted on The Post & Mail’s Facebook page.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER OUTLOOK

March 13, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (March 13, 2014) -- Today's weather should be rather mild compared to the snowfall that covered the area yesterday. However, there are still some slick conditions on side and county roads.

Whitko Community schools and Whitley County Consolidated Schools are closed today, while Smith-Green schools has a two hour delay.

Highs will be in the upper 20s this afternoon. Temperatures will climb to near 50 by Friday afternoon.

March 12th

BREAKING: Pedestrian struck, killed on Ind. 205

March 12, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A 69-year-old man was killed Wednesday when he was struck by a car.

Police say Marvin Kinney, of Whitley County, was shoveling snow at the end of his driveway, located at 6007 E. Ind. 205, near Johnson Road.

A vehicle headed northeast on Ind. 205 lost control and slid into him. He was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, where he was later pronounced dead.

3 ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER

March 12, 2014

WARSAW — Three suspects sought for attempted murder charges by Plymouth Police were located in Warsaw last week and arrested with assistance from the Warsaw Police Department’s SWAT team.

The arrests happened last Thursday morning on Warsaw’s Park Avenue. According to a press released provided today by Plymouth Police, Christopher Tackett, 16, of Tippecanoe; Heather Alexander, 21, of Warsaw; and Blake Spindler, 19, also of Warsaw, were taken into custody and charged with several felonies, including Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Attempted Murder.

POWER OUTAGES REPORTED

March 12, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (March 13, 2014) — Northeastern REMC reported at 10 a.m. that almost 140 members without power scattered throughout Whitley County.

According to REMC officials, the cooperative had as many as 800 outages earlier this morning. Some blinking has occurred with the high winds affecting some sub-transmission lines serving two of the substations in the service area. Crews continue restoration efforts.

For an up-to –date look at the outage numbers and locations, go to nremc.com and click on the “Outage Map”

WINTER STORM UPDATE: Warning in effect, power outages possible

March 12, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (March 12, 2014) -- A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 5 p.m. this afternoon. The county is under a Watch Level Advisory and officials say roads are slick and hazardous. All three Whitley County school districts are closed today.

Snow will continue and will be heavy at times, with snow tapering off by late this afternoon. Snow accumulation 4 to 6 inches with considerable blowing and drifting snow.

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