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January 20th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â Several inches of snowfall Saturday, coupled with dry conditions and blowing winds caused schools to close Monday.
All three Whitley County school districts were out for the day, as many county roads were drifted shut Monday morning.
Another closure may mean that the school year will be extended into summer break, as many districts were closed for an entire week after Winter Storm Ion hit Jan. 5.
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia City High Schoolâs show choirs, City Lights and City Heat, opened competition season Saturday at Twin Lakes in Monticello.
City Lights, an all girls choir, earned first-runner up. City Heat, a mixed boy-girl squad, took home second-runner up.
CCHSâs show choirs will compete again in two weeks at Northrop High School.
Karyle Genth, music teacher at Indian Springs Middle School, is well-known in Northeast Indiana for her dedication to the show choir community.
This will be her 14th year directing the middle schoolâs show choir, City Stars.
COLUMBIA CITY â The official start of Whitley Countyâs Relay for Life season begins Tuesday night with a party at 6 p.m. a Parkview Hospital.
As part of the nightâs festivities, food and entertainment will be provided and the 2014 event theme will be unveiled.
Event Chair Cathy Cronin said the party is a way to learn exactly what Relay for Life is about.
Temperatures warmed slightly Sunday which caused icicles to form on this house on Washington Street in Columbia City. Whitley County will once again brace itself for sub-zero temperatures that are expected to hit the region this week.
(Jan. 14, 2014) -- Whitley County Consolidated, Whitko Community School Corporation and Smith-Green Community Schools are closed today.
WHITLEY COUNTY (Jan. 20, 2014) -- All three Whitley County school districts are under a two-hour delay to start the week. Blowing and drifting snow, as well as some slick road conditions, can make travel hazardous this morning.
Today is Martin Luther King Day. Although schools will be in session, several city and county offices are closed and postal service is suspended.
WHITLEY COUNTY (Jan. 20, 2014) -- The final part of January will not be any warmer than the start of the month, with another bitter cold arctic blast moving in today and tonight.
There will be light snow with several clipper systems that move through the area but it no accumulation is expected. However, colder air and highs will be in the single digits and lower teens. Lows will be below zero all week long.
Afternoon: Mostly cloudy with snow showers and falling temperatures into the 20's.
Winds: NW 10-15 mph
COLUMBIA CITY â A Fort Wayne man pleaded guilty Monday to burglarizing his motherâs home in Columbia City.
Tyler Green, 30, was accused of breaking into a safe in his motherâs home in November of 2012.
His plea Monday was part of an agreement. Green will be given a 10-year sentence. He will serve eight of those years.
The state also agreed to not veto any modification of Greenâs sentence after he has served one fourth of his time.
However, sentence modification would still be decided by Judge James Heuer.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Permits have been approved and work orders have been signed that will finally correct mechanical concerns at South Whitleyâs Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The corrected components come as the plantâs one-year warranty is coming to an end.
At Tuesdayâs Town Council meeting leaders approved two work orders â one for correcting hydraulics and the second for programming upgrades.
âWe did get the an OK from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and we got our permits for the work,â said David Harvey a representative with Fleis & Vandenbrink Engineering, Inc.
COLUMBIA CITY â Ten years ago, after Columbia Cityâs boys basketball team won its first and only semi-state game, which earned a trip to the state championship, Head Coach Chris Benedictâs post-game speech is still relevant today.
âThat night after the game I told them, âYou have no idea what you just did for our community, for our school and for our basketball program,ââ Benedict said. âAt that point, they had no idea what theyâd accomplished and how far theyâd come.â