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January 10th, 2014

Above-freezing temps expected today

January 10, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Forecasters have predicted above-freezing temperatures today, and schools are expected to be back in session after a nearly three-week long break.

The meltdown of Whitley County's 16.2 inches of snow has begun, as temperatures are expected to stay above freezing for the next four days.

The melting process is expected to bring rain and fog to the area, and officials are preparing for potential flooding.

Whitko Community Schools were back in service Thursday, while Smith-Green and Whitley County Consolidated Schools remained closed.

January 9th

WEATHER UPDATE

January 9, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County Emergency Management, Whitley County Sherriff and Whitley County Highway Departments have issued the following statement concerning travel within our county.

“Advisory Travel Level” has been issued as of 5pm until further notice.

Roadways are snow covered and slick throughout the county at this time. Caution should be taken when traveling throughout the county. Citizens should be aware of the impending weather conditions and take the necessary precautions when traveling on county roads.

Fleetwood finds ASBO conference experience valuable

January 9, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Smith-Green Community Schools’ Business Manager Todd Fleetwood was recently awarded a trip to a conference in Boston.
Fleetwood traveled to Boston for the International ASBO (Association of School Business Officers) Conference, which was held in October 2013.
He was awarded a Bridges to the Future Scholarship to attend the conference by MetLife, which gave 20 such scholarships nationwide.
Fleetwood said the experience was beneficial.

Woman admits to child neglect

January 9, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY— A woman accused of felony neglect of a dependent in connection with a local sex abuse case pleaded guilty this week in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Joy D. Hughes, 38, of Kendallville, was to stand trial next week, but pleaded guilty to child neglect by abandonment, a Class C felony.
Hughes will be sentenced Feb. 3. Her attorney is Brad Baber.
According to a representative from the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office, Hughes agreed to a plea arrangement which gives her a fixed period of incarceration of five years.

Mark your calendar

January 9, 2014

Saturday
• War veterans - 10 a.m.
The Korean War Veterans Association IN Chapter One will meet Saturday at 10 a.m. at the Eagles #248, 4940 Bluffton Rd. in Fort Wayne.
Lunch will be served after the meeting. Friends and spouses are always welcome and urged to come.

Tuesday
• Patriots meeting - 7 p.m.
An informative meeting is planned to help the community sort out health care options.

PROS AND CONS: County, state leaders lend perspective to possible tax change

January 9, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Area elected officials are anxiously waiting to hear how legislators at the Indiana Statehouse will respond to Gov. Mike Pence’s plan to eliminate a certain tax.
Extinguishing Indiana’s Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT) is one item on the agenda for lawmakers this session. The tax is placed on business equipment and machinery, and generates more than $3 million each year across the county and more than $1 billion annually for the state.
From the county

School floods again

January 9, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — While Columbia City High School has flooded several times in the past five years due to rain, the school flooded again Wednesday, but this time for a different reason.
A six-inch water main broke, partially flooding the basement of CCHS Wednesday morning.
Though school was closed due to poor road conditions from Sunday’s snow storm, custodial staff were still at the school, and Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Pat O’Connor said personnel caught the problem.

January 8th

COUNTY UNDER LEVEL 2 ADVISORY

January 8, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Whitley County Commissioners, Columbia City Mayor, Whitley County Emergency Management, Whitley County Sherriff have issued the following statement concerning travel within our county.

A “WATCH Level 2 Travel Advisory” has been issued at 5pm until further notice.

Annual Christmas tree pickup

January 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Advanced Disposal will make one pass only throughout the Columbia City Jan. 25 beginning at 6 a.m. to pick up discarded Christmas Trees. Residents are asked to have trees out by the curb for pickup.

Slick roads create traffic issues

January 8, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Three days after Winter Storm Ion came to the area, road conditions were still poor in Whitley County Wednesday morning, as there were several reported crashes and slide-offs.

“People think they have traction and the road is glazed in ice,” Whitley County Sheriff Chief Deputy Marcus Gatton said. “It’s been so cold they can’t use salt to help break up ice.”

Gatton said the Sheriff’s Department had eight reported slide-offs from 4:30 to 8:30 a.m.

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