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November 18th, 2013
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” The same storm system that swept through Illinois, killing six and destroying hundreds of homes, passed through Whitley County Sunday afternoon with minor damage in comparison.
The National Weather Service predicted a 30 percent chance of tornados in Whitley County, along with much of Northeast Indiana.
Storm cells with rotation entered Whitley County, prompting tornado warnings in the northern and southern parts of the county, but fortunately for local residents, storm damage was minimal Sunday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In an effort to improve safety and save money, video teleconferencing will begin soon for the Whitley County Court Systems.
New equipment recently installed will take advantage of technology, and allow some court hearings to be held with the defendant not physically present in the Courthouse.
Among the benefits expected to be reaped are increased savings and safety.
Sheriff Mark Hodges said a great deal of time and money has been spent on inmate transportation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, has rows of shelves featuring a variety of book titles and genres.
Special designated areas highlight books for teens as well as children in hopes of engaging readers at a young age.
It is this early introduction to reading that sparked an initiative at the library, one that has parents and children committing to reading books by the thousand.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With holiday feasts to tempt the palate and challenge the waistband, the Whitley County YMCA if offering a chance to stave off the holiday weight gain.
Starting Tuesday, Whitley Weighs In, a spring health and fitness challenge, will be concentrated to am eight-week program designed to help participants stay accountable and keep holiday weight gain at bay.
The holiday weigh in is a shorter version of the traditional Whitley Weighs In challenge.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” The Whitley County rivalry matchup between Columbia City and Whitko was a shootout â€” to say the least.
Despite back-and-fourth action between the rivals, the Lady Eagles used second-half free throws to take an 81-68 win.
While Columbia City has beaten the Lady Wildcats the last five years in a row â€” the Lady Eagles have not scored more than 80 points in any game since 2000 â€” 13 years ago.
SOUTH WHITELY â€” Whether it be rising wastewater at the treatment plant, flooding in certain parts of the town, or its quality, water is a reoccurring topic at South Whitley Town Council meetings.
When public comment was solicited at Tuesdayâ€™s meeting, several attendees questioned the town on water issues.
Mark Brooks, an out-of-town utility representative, asked about the appraisals submitted to the town in regards to the sale of the utility to American Water.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Christmas tree is a traditional item to mark the December holiday. However, trees become more than decoration when they are part of The Clugstonâ€™s Annual Walk of Trees.
In its fourth year, The Walk of Trees will open for tours Friday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. and will continue Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 8 p.m. through Saturday, Dec. 14.
The event is free and allows area businesses and organizations a chance to sponsor and decorate a tree. More than 20 trees are expected to be a part of this yearâ€™s walk.
LORANE â€” Whitley County is peppered with towns that once existed on their own, but have since been incorporated into larger municipalities.
Although time may have diminished small townsâ€™ independence, the legacy and history behind places such as Peabody and Tunker still live on.
Never has that sentiment been more true than for the little town that once was â€” Lorane.
Located off of West Lincolnway, near the County Road 350 West intersection, the town was founded in 1850.
In 1851, a post office was established in a small country general store which burned in 1855.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” Plumbing upgrades to older fixtures at the Whitley County Jail have have come at a cost to the county.
County Commissioner George Schrumpf said valves have been failing, and the expense to change them out is high.
â€śWe have been replacing them little-by-little,â€ť he said.
The $1,400 upgrade will provide more efficient control of the faucets, as well as lavatories in the jail.
The valves are specifically designed so they cannot be torn apart and used to make a weapon by an inmate.