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January 2nd, 2014

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.

Antenna installation to be discussed

January 2, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The next meeting of the Whitley County Amateur Radio Club will be held Thursday Jan. 9, at the Peabody Library starting at 6 p.m. in the Lower Level Community Room A meeting room.

The library is located at 1160 E. Ind. 205 in Columbia City. The program for the evening will be on Antenna Installation and Grounding.
All WCARC general meetings are open to the public.

For further information on the Whitley County Amateur radio Club, Inc.
Check out the club website at www.wcarc.org.

Healthcare questions to be answered

January 2, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — For those who might be feeling perplexed by all the changes being made to health insurance through "Obama-care,” also known as the Affordable Care Act, a meeting will be held to help remove some of the apprehension about the impacts of these changes.

The Whitley County Patriots meeting will focus on this topic Tuesday.
Several healthcare professionals will be on hand to explain how this law will effect healthcare options and to answer questions.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at The Church of The Nazarene, 506 N. Main St., Columbia City. The public is welcome to attend.

Decorations removed

January 2, 2014

Tad Varga, of Columbia City, spent a frigid New Year’s Day taking down the Christmas decorations from the outside of his home. Varga said if he did not remove the decorations on New Year’s Day, it would not get done. Varga tackled his project before accumulating winter weather blanketed Whitley County with more than 4 inches of snow.

INDOT Maintains Full Callout of Plow Trucks

January 2, 2014

FORT WAYNE (Jan. 2, 2014) – Heavy snowfall during the overnight and morning hours in the Northeast Indiana District of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has made for difficult driving conditions on most interstates, U.S. highways, and state routes across the area, despite a full callout of plow trucks on the roads.

CCPD promotes officer to sergeant

January 2, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Police Department officially promoted a patrolman to sergeant on Monday.

Scott Leatherman, a longtime officer with the department, was selected to fill a recently-added sergeant’s position. Columbia City’s Board of Works approved the decision at Monday’s meeting.

Walt Crowder, of the Board of Works, sat in on the interview process that considered three applicants and took nearly four hours to complete Dec. 12.

New year brings new resolutions

January 2, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — With the calendar turning the page to a new year, many people decide to make a fresh start.

With that comes many resolutions, many with the goal of creating a healthier person for the new year.

In Whitley County, the YMCA was open for the second year in a row on New Year’s Day.

Winter storm hits county again

January 2, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Snowfall greeted the new year as more than four inches blanketed Whitley County early this morning.

A Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 4 p.m. today.

Although the snowfall was a concern as morning commuters made their way out and about, it is windy conditions that will make driving treacherous later this afternoon.

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