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March 13th, 2014

ANALYZING HANDWRITING: State DOE seeks input from parents on handwriting

March 13, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — In 2010, the Indiana Board of Education made cursive writing optional of school corporations.

Now, school officials are considering making a change, and are seeking input from parents.

Several states, such as California, Georgia and Massachusetts are adopting a cursive requirement, finding benefits beyond the skill itself.

According to research released at a 2012 National Handwriting Summit, handwriting helps in brain development, literacy, cognitive and motor skills, and memory.

WINTER'S LAST BLOW?: Whitley Co. residents aren’t so optimistic

March 13, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — After a brief warm up to start the week, Northeast Indiana received another 7 inches of snow Wednesday morning, sending snow plows back to the roads, closing schools — again — and causing several slide-offs and crashes.

The first day of spring is a week from today, but many local residents aren’t optimistic that the snow is over.

“Winter says, ‘I have not yet begun to fight,’” Craig Myers posted on The Post & Mail’s Facebook page.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER OUTLOOK

March 13, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (March 13, 2014) -- Today's weather should be rather mild compared to the snowfall that covered the area yesterday. However, there are still some slick conditions on side and county roads.

Whitko Community schools and Whitley County Consolidated Schools are closed today, while Smith-Green schools has a two hour delay.

Highs will be in the upper 20s this afternoon. Temperatures will climb to near 50 by Friday afternoon.

March 12th

BREAKING: Pedestrian struck, killed on Ind. 205

March 12, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A 69-year-old man was killed Wednesday when he was struck by a car.

Police say Marvin Kinney, of Whitley County, was shoveling snow at the end of his driveway, located at 6007 E. Ind. 205, near Johnson Road.

A vehicle headed northeast on Ind. 205 lost control and slid into him. He was transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, where he was later pronounced dead.

3 ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED MURDER

March 12, 2014

WARSAW — Three suspects sought for attempted murder charges by Plymouth Police were located in Warsaw last week and arrested with assistance from the Warsaw Police Department’s SWAT team.

The arrests happened last Thursday morning on Warsaw’s Park Avenue. According to a press released provided today by Plymouth Police, Christopher Tackett, 16, of Tippecanoe; Heather Alexander, 21, of Warsaw; and Blake Spindler, 19, also of Warsaw, were taken into custody and charged with several felonies, including Conspiracy to Commit Murder and Attempted Murder.

POWER OUTAGES REPORTED

March 12, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (March 13, 2014) — Northeastern REMC reported at 10 a.m. that almost 140 members without power scattered throughout Whitley County.

According to REMC officials, the cooperative had as many as 800 outages earlier this morning. Some blinking has occurred with the high winds affecting some sub-transmission lines serving two of the substations in the service area. Crews continue restoration efforts.

For an up-to –date look at the outage numbers and locations, go to nremc.com and click on the “Outage Map”

WINTER STORM UPDATE: Warning in effect, power outages possible

March 12, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (March 12, 2014) -- A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect until 5 p.m. this afternoon. The county is under a Watch Level Advisory and officials say roads are slick and hazardous. All three Whitley County school districts are closed today.

Snow will continue and will be heavy at times, with snow tapering off by late this afternoon. Snow accumulation 4 to 6 inches with considerable blowing and drifting snow.

SNOW FURY: Storm pummeling Whitley County

March 12, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – Rapidly deteriorating road conditions started shortly after 6 a.m. Wednesday when the most recent snowstorm started pummeling Whitley County. Five to eight inches of snow was expected during the storm.

Starting as drizzle, then freezing rain, the wintry mix turned to heavy snow shortly before 6 a.m. and was predicted to continue without letting up until at least 12 noon Wednesday. A Winter Storm Warning was issued until at least 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Schools were cancelled today, as were most community events for today and tonight.

'DONS COME UP SHORT: IPFW loses in chance for auto bid to Big Dance

March 12, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Taylor Braun made a bold statement after North Dakota State's 2013 Summit League championship loss to South Dakota State.

"We're going to win it next year," he said.

Braun followed through on that promise Tuesday night by making a key layup while being fouled with 12 seconds left and adding the free throw to lead the Bison to a 60-57 win over Indiana-Purdue-Fort Wayne for the Summit League title and a second trip to the NCAA tournament.

"Honestly, I thought I was going to the free throw line — threw it up and it somehow went in," Braun said.

March 11th

Local author to hold book signing

March 11, 2014

SOUTH WHITLEY — A local author will be present at a book signing Thursday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the South Whitley Community Public Library.

Gloria Doty is a published Christian writer, author, speaker and blogger. She has five children, 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was born in Allen County, but lived in Whitley County for 40 years. She currently lives in Fort Wayne, with her adult autistic daughter, one dog, and two cats.

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