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February 27th, 2014

Mayor proclaims Disabilities Awareness Month

February 27, 2014

Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel officially proclaimed March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness month Wednesday night with a special ceremony at Passages Inc.’s Creative Learning Center. “We appreciate all you do for our community,” Daniel told the audience Wednesday.

“National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month provides an opportunity for communities to recognize the vital contributions individuals with disabilities are making in our neighborhoods,” said Alice Anderson, vice president of Programs and Services at Passages, Inc.

Special guest reader

February 27, 2014

Fourth graders in Lori Heuer’s class at Coesse Elementary School hosted Derby Girl Anna (center) during Emphasis on Reading Week. Several guest speakers were at the school last week to read to students in an effort to promote literacy.

Clinic hyped by Hayhurst

February 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Dr. Tom Hayhurst was a speaker at a recent Columbia City Rotary Club meeting. He shared about his involvement with the Wolf Lake Free Health Clinic, and the work that several volunteers do to operate the clinic, recently relocated to Columbia City.

Originally founded in November of 2007, by Wray McCalester, the current clinic is staffed by Dr. Hayhurst, Dr. Terry Frederick, Susan McHenry and others.

The clinic began in the former Luckey Hospital in Wolf Lake, that had been closed for many years.

Passages welcomes new assistant: Rubrake receives promotion

February 27, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY ­— Passages Inc., a nonprofit that serves people with intellectual disabilities, recently welcomed Melisa Grant to the organization as its new administrative assistant.

Grant will assist Passages Inc. by coordinating appointments, meetings and organizing records at the organization’s administrative offices on Van Buren Street in Columbia City.

In addition, she will assist with the research and preparation of grants, marketing and development efforts for Passages, Inc. along with other office functions.

WIND CHILL ADVISORY

February 27, 2014

(Feb.27, 2014) -- The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for Whitley County until 1 p.m. today.

* FALLING TEMPERATURES WILL RESULT IN WIND CHILLS FROM 10 BELOW
TO 20 BELOW ZERO THIS MORNING.

IMPACTS...

* WIND CHILLS THIS LOW CAN RESULT IN FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED SKIN
IN AS LITTLE AS 30 MINUTES.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.

THURSDAY'S WEATHER OUTLOOK

February 27, 2014

(Feb. 27, 2014) -- Blowing snow and gusting winds are creating visibility concerns for morning travelers.

More cold air is moving in today with gusty west winds of up to 30 mph making it feel like it’s -10 to 20 below zero. As these winds die down tonight, the actual temperature begins to fall and lows will be well below zero by Friday morning.

Snow is expected Friday night and Saturday morning, which should only bring light accumulations to the area.

Today: Mostly cloudy with snow showers and very little accumulation around Fort Wayne. Wind chills -10° to -20°.

February 26th

Judge denies Jensen’s bond reduction request

February 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — A man facing multiple drug charges, including dealing methamphetamine, had a bond reduction request denied Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.

Willie F. Jensen, 31, of Columbia City, was arrested along with several other individuals in a bust by the Whitley County Drug Task Force at Miami Village in January.

Jensen, who is represented by Jeffrey T. Jones, Jr., currently has a bond at $50,000 surety. He requested to be released on his own recognizance.
Judge James Heuer denied that request.

SEWER RATES: ‘This is the most frustrating thing I’ve ever encountered’ ­— Mayor Daniel

February 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The moment city officials have been worried about for several years may come to a head this year — a sewer rate increase.

With increasing requirements from the state and a multi-million dollar project in the works, Columbia City’s’ Common Council discussed how it will approach an inevitable rate increase for wastewater customers.

“As a mayor, this is the most frustrating thing I’ve ever encountered,” said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. “It stresses me out to dump this burden on our residents. Our hands are completely tied in this matter.”

ANCHORS AWAY, BANKS: State senator to miss last week of session for Navy training

February 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — State Sen. Jim Banks is known for representing Whitley County at the Statehouse, facing political agendas.

But now, Banks will have an agenda representing the country. Banks will be deployed for two weeks with the U.S. Navy as part of his military training.

Banks joined the U.S. Navy Reserves in 2012 as a supply corps officer. His military duty means he will miss the last week of the legislative session. Banks is set to leave March 8 for Rhode Island.

RAISE THE ROOF: Construction on the rise in Whitley County

February 26, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The National Association of Home Builders predicts a 25 percent gain in total new homes in 2014, with a 32 percent pickup in single-family constructions.

Whitley County appears to be following the trend, with a new housing addition, possible expansions to current subdivisions, and several new homes — an increase that began in 2013.

Though 2013’s building permit total of 667 is similar to 2012, Dave Sewell, Whitley County’s executive director of planning and building, said there is a major difference in the number of new home permits.

 

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