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January 3rd, 2014

WEATHER UPDATE

January 3, 2014

(Jan. 3, 2014) -- Weather Advisory: Winter Storm ION due to arrive Saturday evening and will continue through Sunday. Six to 12 inches of snow possible. Blowing snow and below zero temperatures are expected until Tuesday.

SEVERE WINTER WEATHER WATCH

January 3, 2014

(Jan. 3, 2014) -- The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning which will be in effect from Saturday evening until Monday morning.

Meteorologist say there is an increasing chance for winter storms to impact the Whitley County and surrounding areas. A significant winter storm will likely hit the area beginning as early as Saturday evening and persisting through Sunday evening.

A cold front is expected to bring light snow Saturday night. However the greatest concern lies with low pressure that will develop rapidly and bring an expected 6 to 12 inches by Sunday night.

Dust off your boogie shoes

January 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Memories will be in the making at the Columbia City Parks Department’s Father Daughter Dance in February.

The event will take place at the Whitley County 4-H Center Friday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 10 p.m.

As the chance for dads and daughters to gather for a night of food and entertainment draws near, Program Director Melinda Wheeler and Park Director Mark Green said tickets are on sale for $15 per person.

White stuff pile up

January 3, 2014

Derrick Schinbeckler, of Premier Earth, Inc., removes snow from the Walmart parking lot in Columbia City Thursday. Snow blanketed Whitley County Jan. 2, causing treacherous travel on area roads. Snow removal seemed to be an endless chore as windy conditions caused significant drifting and slick road conditions.

Cancer patients to benefit from Giving Circle program

January 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Giving Circle for Women’s Health recently announced it will offer the well known, Look Good ... Feel Better program in Whitley County for women with cancer.

The next session is planned for Monday, Jan. 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
There is no cost for the program, but advance reservations are required.
Participants can register by calling the American Cancer Society at 1-800-ACS-2345. Registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 20.

Man accused of decade-old probation violation

January 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – A New Haven man is accused of having violated probation more than a decade ago in Whitley County.

James Heinzman, 37, was arrested in December in New Haven.

He was originally arrested in Whitley County in 1996. At that time, he was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Corrections for 10 years, with six to serve, for dealing a Schedule I controlled substance.

Winter punch brings sub-zero temps

January 3, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — More than 7 inches of snow was recorded for the county after a winter storm finished dumping the white stuff Thursday afternoon.

While many Whitley County residents worked to shovel sidewalks and clear driveways, blowing winds and below-zero temperatures made the chore even more laborious.

National Weather Service (NWS) officials in Syracuse have projected temperatures Monday to only reach 9 degrees below zero and a similar sub-zero forecast Tuesday.

January 2nd

State Urges Motorists to Avoid Unnecessary Travel, Make Way for Plow Trucks and Crews

January 2, 2014

Indianapolis (Jan. 2, 2013) – As recent weather continues to affect Hoosiers statewide, Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement.

“Winter storms like this one make travel a challenge for all our citizens. Hoosier motorists may be assured that the State of Indiana will continue to monitor the road conditions and weather and will respond with all available resources. As winter weather continues throughout much of the state, we also encourage drivers in affected areas to stay safe by avoiding unnecessary travel and making way for plow trucks and crews on the roads.”

BREAKING NEWS: CAUTION ADVISORY TRAVEL FOR WHITLEY COUNTY

January 2, 2014

(Jan. 2, 2014) -- Whitley County Emergency Management, Whitley County Sheriff and Whitley County Highway Departments have issued the following statement concerning travel within Whitley County ——

A “Caution Advisory Travel Level” has been issued at this time.

Roadways are snow covered and slick with blowing and drifting snow throughout the county. Caution should be taken when traveling throughout the area. Citizens should be aware of the Winter Weather Advisory that is in effect until 4 p.m. today, per the National Weather Service.

Upcoming events

January 2, 2014

Friday
• Retirement party - 1 p.m.
A retirement part will be held for Jackie Hake for her many years of service with the Whitley County Council on Aging.
The party will be held at The Woodlands Senior Center, Friday Jan. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. The center is located at 710 Opportunity Dr. in Columbia City.

Wednesday
• Victim support group
The Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force will hold a victim’s support group every second Wednesday of the month with free childcare provided.
Participants will need to go through a screening process before attending the group.

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