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February 5th, 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 hasnâ€™t been enough to keep up with 2014â€™s impossible weather.
Students havenâ€™t had a week of school in 2014 that hasnâ€™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.
COLUMBIA CITY (Feb. 5, 2014) -- Tonight's Columbia City High School boys basketball game against Marion has been canceled.
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.
WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 5, 2014) -- The winter storm that has dumped more than 8 inches on the county already will continue to impact that area this afternoon.
An additional 1 to 3 inches is expected before the storm is over. Heaviest amounts of snow will be seen in Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio and even some adjacent counties in Southern Michigan.
WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 5, 2014) -- As of 9 a.m., Meteorologists have confirmed that Whitley County has seen 8.3 inches of snow from this current winter storm. Compared to neighboring areas such as Bluffton, Marion and Huntington are reporting an average of 6 inches. Whitley County has ranked the second highest in the area with Fort Wayne reporting 8.5 inches.
STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2014) â€” A measure authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to improve accountability in teacher education programs passed the Senate today by a unanimous vote.
Senate Bill 204 would require Indiana higher education institutionsâ€™ teacher education departments to submit information on its graduates to the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), which would then be made public on IDOEâ€™s website. This would include the following:
WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 5, 2014) -- Snow blanketed the county once again last night and this morning. Many residents woke up to a scene such as the one pictured -- snow-covered vehicles and drifted parking lots. Emergency officials warn drivers to be prepared as they commute to and from work. In winter weather such as this, it is important to keep a bottle of water, a blanket or extra winter coat in your car. Also be sure your cell phone is fully charged before leaving. Make sure important phone numbers and insurance information is kept on hand while traveling.
WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 5, 2014) -- Reports of at least 8 inches of snow fell in Whitley County since 5 p.m. Tuesday. Those making the trip into work are reporting some drifting on county roads and U.S. 30 has drifting in spots. Area media reports say even I69 is snow covered. These points of drifting are added to already slick road conditions. That is one of the reasons Whitley County is under a Travel Watch Advisory. Emergency officials are asking that travel be restricted to work and for emergency vehicles.
WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 5, 2014) -- Whitley County is under a Travel Watch, according to the Indiana Homeland Security. That means conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a "watch" local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations. This watch is effective until further notice.