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February 5th, 2014

SNOW FALL OFFICIALLY EXCEEDS 8 INCHES

February 5, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 5, 2014) -- As of 9 a.m., Meteorologists have confirmed that Whitley County has seen 8.3 inches of snow from this current winter storm. Compared to neighboring areas such as Bluffton, Marion and Huntington are reporting an average of 6 inches. Whitley County has ranked the second highest in the area with Fort Wayne reporting 8.5 inches.

Sen. Banks: Senate approves bill to improve teacher education accountability

February 5, 2014

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 4, 2014) — A measure authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to improve accountability in teacher education programs passed the Senate today by a unanimous vote.

Senate Bill 204 would require Indiana higher education institutions’ teacher education departments to submit information on its graduates to the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), which would then be made public on IDOE’s website. This would include the following:

SNOW HITS COUNTY -- AGAIN

February 5, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 5, 2014) -- Snow blanketed the county once again last night and this morning. Many residents woke up to a scene such as the one pictured -- snow-covered vehicles and drifted parking lots. Emergency officials warn drivers to be prepared as they commute to and from work. In winter weather such as this, it is important to keep a bottle of water, a blanket or extra winter coat in your car. Also be sure your cell phone is fully charged before leaving. Make sure important phone numbers and insurance information is kept on hand while traveling.

TREACHEROUS ROAD CONDITIONS

February 5, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 5, 2014) -- Reports of at least 8 inches of snow fell in Whitley County since 5 p.m. Tuesday. Those making the trip into work are reporting some drifting on county roads and U.S. 30 has drifting in spots. Area media reports say even I69 is snow covered. These points of drifting are added to already slick road conditions. That is one of the reasons Whitley County is under a Travel Watch Advisory. Emergency officials are asking that travel be restricted to work and for emergency vehicles.

COUNTY UNDER TRAVEL WATCH

February 5, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 5, 2014) -- Whitley County is under a Travel Watch, according to the Indiana Homeland Security. That means conditions are threatening to the safety of the public. During a "watch" local travel advisory, only essential travel, such as to and from work or in emergency situations, is recommended, and emergency action plans should be implemented by businesses, schools, government agencies, and other organizations. This watch is effective until further notice.

February 4th

HALFTIME SHOW: Locals participate at Super Bowl

February 4, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — For Peyton Manning fans, the best part of Sunday night’s Super Bowl was most likely the halftime show — brought to you in part by four Whitley County residents.

There were more than 400 people involved in the production of the halftime show, including Shane Barkley, Keith Gilbert, Kaileb O’Connor and Ashley O’Connor, all of Columbia City.

Gilbert and Barkley have been assisting in the Super Bowl’s halftime show for the last three years. Kaileb and Ashley O’Connor, brother and sister, experienced the trip for the first time.

DRUG BUST: Traffic stop nets cocaine

February 4, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A truck driver was arrested Saturday night by the Indiana State Police after officials found 38 kilograms (84 pounds) of cocaine in his trailer.

Guadalupe Quintanilla, 69, of Fort Wayne, was stopped on U.S. 30 at approximately 7:05 p.m., after police observed the semi committing a traffic violation, in the eastbound lane east of Ind. 9, as well as having an equipment violation.

SNOW COMING: Winter weather on the way for Whitley County

February 4, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — As if January’s record snowfall of 39.9 inches wasn’t enough, Mother Nature is brewing up another snow storm that is expected to come into the area tonight.

Amidst rumors of a 20- to 30-inch snow storm this week, forecasters are predicting a slightly more manageable 6 to 10 inches of snow in the next two days.

The storm is expected to start this afternoon and carry through Wednesday afternoon.

CHILD NEGLECT: Woman receives sentence

February 4, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman who pleaded guilty to abandoning her child into the care of a child molester received a five-year sentence Monday.

Joy D. Hughes, 38, of Kendallville, pleaded guilty last month to neglect of a child causing bodily injury, a Class C felony.

For that crime, she was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction for five years, with all of that time to serve.

CHILD NEGLECT: Woman receives sentence

February 4, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A woman who pleaded guilty to abandoning her child into the care of a child molester received a five-year sentence Monday.

Joy D. Hughes, 38, of Kendallville, pleaded guilty last month to neglect of a child causing bodily injury, a Class C felony.

For that crime, she was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction for five years, with all of that time to serve.

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