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January 27th, 2014

WARNING LEVEL ISSUED FOR COUNTY

January 27, 2014

Whitley County Commissioners, Whitley County Emergency Management, Has issued the following statement concerning travel within our County.

A “WARNING Level Travel Advisory” has been issued at 6 a.m. until further notice.

January 26th

Man released year early from home detention

January 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man who has been on home detention was released a year earlier than scheduled Monday.

William Mullins, 21, was given a 10-year sentence in November of 2010 for two counts of burglary, one charge of theft and one charge of robbery.

Mullins had been on work release for a year-and-a-half. In July of 2013, he was modified to home detention.

January 25th

BUSINESS SURVIVES: Viking Products dealing with aftermath of blaze

January 25, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Since a massive fire destroyed a large portion of the Viking Products building, the company has weathered storms of all forms in January.

First, Winter Storm Ion blew into Whitley County, dumping 16 inches of snow on the area, Sunday, Jan. 5.

Early the next morning, with many roads still snow covered and impassable, Viking Products, a longtime Whitley County business, caught fire.

TRAVEL WATCH ISSUED

January 25, 2014

Whitley County is now under a TRAVEL WATCH ADVISORY. Only essential travel is recommended. More snow is expected to hit the area tomorrow, approximately 4 inches.

Officials advise to stay off roadways, especially outside of the city limits, where many roads are continuing to drift shut.

LOVING LEGACY: Armstrong family supports Y’s preschool program

January 25, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — When Whitley County’s YMCA suddenly started a preschool program two years ago, it hadn’t developed plans for building on to the existing Y.

Now a $2.25 million addition is set to be erected on the east side of the YMCA that will feature classrooms, a kitchen, gymnasium and natural playground for children from six weeks old to the age of five.

“I don’t think having a program like this was really on our radar, but when the need presented itself, it made sense for us to step up,” said Erica Miller, executive director for the YMCA.

Spelling success

January 25, 2014

Coesse Elementary School recently held its Spelling Bee for grades third through fifth. This is done in association with the Scripps National Spelling Bee program. Winning for grades third and fourth were Alex Kelley and Easton Carnahan, both third grade students at CES. The students were named co-winners after going back and forth several times on their final words. Winning for the fifth graders was Brinnan More. Heidi Bolinger was runner-up for the fifth grade students.

January 24th

Sentence modified for Churubusco man

January 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man convicted of dealing methamphetamine in 2013 received a sentence modification Monday and will now be serving the remainder of his time locally.

Benjamin L. Greer, 31, of Churubusco, was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Correction for 10 years in April of 2013. He was ordered to serve eight of those years.

At the time of his sentencing, Greer expressed a desire to take advantage of DOC programs. After a year, he desired to return to Whitley County to be on work release.

WCCS Board of Finance convenes

January 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Consolidated Schools’ Board of Trustees discussed the district’s financial decisions at Monday’s meeting.

The WCCS Board of Trustees also serves as the Board of Finance, and the group made financial decisions similar to last year.

After some research, WCCS Business Manager Tony Zickgraf suggested the district keep its funds with STAR Financial.

“For the last several years we have invested with STAR Financial,” Zickgraf said. “We are constantly monitoring other financial institutions and weigh what they have to offer.”

ATHLETIC UPDATE: Latest cancellation news

January 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY - Winter weather has interrupted area high school athletics once again.

Columbia City's high school girls basketball game against DeKalb, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, will now start at 6 p.m. It will be the first part of a girls/boys doubleheader, with the boys game against DeKalb scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

The boys game against DeKalb was originally scheduled for Saturday at DeKalb.

All of Columbia City's Saturday athletic events have been postponed.

SHOW ME THE MONEY: Tax dollars require tedious attention

January 24, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County residents pay a variety of taxes, but as the dollars are deducted from paychecks and as taxes are charged to properties, where does the money go?

Auditor Jennifer McGuire keeps track of tax dollars for Whitley County, and tries to make sense of state statutes, County Commissioner and Council mandates, as well as budget need for various departments.

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