Archive - News Article
January 6th, 2014
Editorâ€™s note â€“ The following is the first of a four-part series on the impact of eliminating the BPPT.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” An intiative spearheaded by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence could cost Whitley County municipalities and schools more than $3 million in annual revenue.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Sundayâ€™s snowfall put a damper on travel plans and put Whitley County into a state of emergency, some are electing to make the best of their time at home.
Many Whitley County residents say theyâ€™re taking the opportunity to spend quality time with family.
On the other hand, many businesses and factories were forced to close Monday due to an official travel warning and Level I State of Emergency, issued by government officials Sunday night, and extended through Tuesday at 5 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Despite deep drifting snow and sub-zero temperatures, a skeleton staff of news and pressroom workers were able to produce Mondayâ€™s Post & Mail.
Although most businesses in Whitley County were closed due to the severe weather conditions, Post & Mail staffers â€“ with the help of snowplows â€“ were able to get to the newspaperâ€™s Connexion Way business and press facility to produce todayâ€™s edition.
Distribution, however, is an entirely different matter.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Crews spent nearly five hours battling a blaze at a Whitley County factory Monday morning.
According to Whitley County Emergency Management Director Cathy Broxon-Ball, all nine Whitley County fire departments, along with three departments in Allen County, responded to a fire at Viking Products.
The company, which builds after-market exhaust products, is located on East Business 30, near the intersection with U.S. 30.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” After Sundayâ€™s winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on Whitley County and much of Northeast Indiana, crews continued to clear roadways throughout the day Monday â€” a task that has been a losing battle.
After Winter Storm Ion was done dumping 16.2 inches of snow on Whitley County, temperatures began to drop, and winds picked up.
Sunday night, Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber said plowing county roads was nearly impossible for Whitley Countyâ€™s Highway Department.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” With Northeast Indiana reaching the end of Winter Storm Ion, officials are working to keep citizens safe and informed.
A Level 1 State of Emergency has been issued for all of Whitley County, including Columbia City, South Whitley and Churubusco. The declaration was a joint decision between Whitley County Commissioners, Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel and Emergency Management Director Cathy Broxon-Ball, who all were hard at work Sunday afternoon, monitoring the storm as it blew through the county.
BLIZZARD WARNING IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST \6 AM CST\ MONDAY...
...WIND CHILL WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM MON
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORTHERN INDIANA HAS ISSUED A BLIZZARD WARNING...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 7 AM EST \6 AM CST\ MONDAY. THE WINTER STORM WARNING HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
* HEAVY SNOW WILL TAPER OFF THROUGH MID EVENING. STORM TOTAL
ACCUMULATIONS OF 10 TO 16 INCHES ARE EXPECTED.
* NORTH WINDS WILL SHIFT NORTHWEST AND INCREASE TO 25 TO 35 MPH
WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH THIS EVENING. THIS WILL CAUSE SEVERE
INDIANAPOLISâ€”State health officials are urging Hoosiers to stay safe in extremely cold temperatures by becoming familiar with the risks and taking precautions. Very cold temperatures, ice and snow can pose hazards both indoors and out. Health officials particularly encourage Hoosiers to stay indoors if at all possible.
Whitley County is officially under a SNOW EMERGENCY â€” MANY ROADS ARE IMPASSABLE.
Along with the snow emergency, Whitley County Commissioners, Whitley County Emergency Management have issued the following statement concerning travel within our county.
A â€śWARNING Level Travel Advisoryâ€ť has been issued at 5 p.m. today until Noon Monday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Crews have officially taken the streets in an effort to clear roadways in Whitley County from Sunday's snow storm, that began at approximately 10 a.m.
According to police scanner traffic, snow plows in Columbia City are struggling to keep up, as many are getting stuck in the eight new inches of snow that has fallen as of 4 p.m. Sunday.
A winter storm advisory is in effect until 1 a.m. Monday morning, and many schools in the area have already been closed for Monday, the first day back from Winter Break.