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February 7th, 2014
WHITLEY COUNTY â Schools were delayed, factories werenât able to operate and traffic was hindered in Whitley County yet again Friday morning.
Though it sounds like just another day in the life of Whitley County this year, the reason for the inconvenience was different this time.
The area received another foot of snow this week, on top of more than 30 inches in January.
Conditions went from whiteout to blackout, as approximately 8,600 IMP and REMC customers were without power Friday morning.
WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 7, 2014) -- Michael DeFreeuw, director, marketing and communications representative for Northeastern REMC, announced that outage updates can be found on Northeastern REMCâs Facebook page.
According to DeFreeuw, at 9:30 a.m., approximately 2,000 REMC members of the original 7,200 affected throughout Whitley County remain without power.
"Northeastern REMC is working to restore power as quickly as possible," DeFreeuw said. "The cause of the outage is a problem with an American Electric Power (AEP) transmission line feeding REMC substations."
Get out your camera phones and shoot a selfie! The Post & Mail would like Whitley County residents to email their selfie pics for a special Saturday feature promoting area people.
Selfies can include you and a friend or family member. Those who submit photos must be willing to accept a reply message that includes 10 quick questions that require a couple of short answers. Your photo and your answers will be published in a weekend issue of The Post & Mail. This is a fantastic way to highlight the great people that make up Whitley County.
WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 7, 2014) -- Power is still out in numerous areas of Whitley County. For those needing a place to go for warmth, here is a list of locations serving residents:
Whitley County YMCA
Columbia City's City Hall
Churubusco Fire Dept.
Whitley County Government Center
St. Matthews Church
WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 7, 2015) -- More than 8,000 Whitley County residents are without power this morning. Power has been restored to traffic lights along U.S. 30.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools in closed.
The outage effects those residents with electric service from REMC and Indiana Michigan Power. Columbia City residents with city power are not impacted.
At 8 a.m. the Whitley County YMCA announced it is open for those who need a warm place to stay.
See more coverage in today's Post & Mail.
COLUMBIA CITY â Greg Stier, of Columbia City, recently announced his intention to seek election for Whitley County Sheriff on the Republican ticket.
A Campaign Kickoff Event is planned for tonight at 6 p.m. at The Nook, 223 W. VanBuren St. in Columbia City.
Stierâs initial entrance into public service was at age 17 when he joined the 122nd Tactical Fighter Squadron Air National Guard, where he served for four years.
Stier has been in law enforcement for 24 years. His experience includes two years as a member of a S.W.A.T team and 18 years on the bomb squad.
COLUMBIA CITY â It has been less than six months since Passages, Inc.âs Executive Director Jason Meyer stepped over the threshold of the new Creative Learning Center and its innovative programming launched.
Passages, Inc., a nonprofit that works with people with intellectual disabilities, now offers an education component to its life-skills building initiative. When a two-story medical building was acquired and remodeled in Columbia City, Passages expanded its services to include art, cooking and other creative classes.
COLUMBIA CITY â Another round of winter weather moved through Whitley County, this time dumping 12 inches of snow on the area Wednesday.
According to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) current snow depth totals for Indiana range from 2 inches in Pike County and 22 inches in Steuben.
Kosciusko County received a foot of snow yesterday as well and Fort Wayne recorded 9.6 inches.
The weather has made a wreck of school calendars and sports schedules.
COLUMBIA CITY â Four people charged with dealing methamphetamine as part of a group bust last week by the Whitley County Drug Task Force all had their initial appearance in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.
Willie F. Jensen, 31; Gary D. Hicks, 39; Tyler E. Yoder, 27; and Tina L. Farber, 40, all pleaded not guilty.
All four are charged with dealing methamphetamine, among other charges.
The Whitley County Drug Task Force mad arrests and simultaneously executed three search warrants on three residences at Miami Village.
Upcoming events in Whitley County
â¢Benefit concert - 7 p.m.
âCovered By Graceâ will be performing a variety of contemporary Christian songs from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Cornerstone Christian School. A middle school student at Cornerstone, Andrew Gingerich, his father, an uncle and a friend of the family make up the band. There will be a free-will offering to help with winter heating costs at the school. Everyone is welcome to attend.
â¢GOP breakfast - 8:30 a.m.
The Whitley County Republican Partyâs next breakfast is Saturday.