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January 20th, 2014
WHITLEY COUNTY (Jan. 20, 2014) -- All three Whitley County school districts are under a two-hour delay to start the week. Blowing and drifting snow, as well as some slick road conditions, can make travel hazardous this morning.
Today is Martin Luther King Day. Although schools will be in session, several city and county offices are closed and postal service is suspended.
WHITLEY COUNTY (Jan. 20, 2014) -- The final part of January will not be any warmer than the start of the month, with another bitter cold arctic blast moving in today and tonight.
There will be light snow with several clipper systems that move through the area but it no accumulation is expected. However, colder air and highs will be in the single digits and lower teens. Lows will be below zero all week long.
Afternoon: Mostly cloudy with snow showers and falling temperatures into the 20's.
Winds: NW 10-15 mph
COLUMBIA CITY â A Fort Wayne man pleaded guilty Monday to burglarizing his motherâs home in Columbia City.
Tyler Green, 30, was accused of breaking into a safe in his motherâs home in November of 2012.
His plea Monday was part of an agreement. Green will be given a 10-year sentence. He will serve eight of those years.
The state also agreed to not veto any modification of Greenâs sentence after he has served one fourth of his time.
However, sentence modification would still be decided by Judge James Heuer.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Permits have been approved and work orders have been signed that will finally correct mechanical concerns at South Whitleyâs Wastewater Treatment Plant.
The corrected components come as the plantâs one-year warranty is coming to an end.
At Tuesdayâs Town Council meeting leaders approved two work orders â one for correcting hydraulics and the second for programming upgrades.
âWe did get the an OK from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, and we got our permits for the work,â said David Harvey a representative with Fleis & Vandenbrink Engineering, Inc.
COLUMBIA CITY â Ten years ago, after Columbia Cityâs boys basketball team won its first and only semi-state game, which earned a trip to the state championship, Head Coach Chris Benedictâs post-game speech is still relevant today.
âThat night after the game I told them, âYou have no idea what you just did for our community, for our school and for our basketball program,ââ Benedict said. âAt that point, they had no idea what theyâd accomplished and how far theyâd come.â
WHITLEY COUTY â Thursday morningâs snowfall created slick roads in Whitley County and much of Northeast Indiana, causing many crashes and slide-offs across the state.
A crash in Whitley County claimed the life of a Columbia City man on Ind. 205 at approximately 11 a.m. after he lost control of his van.
Investigating officer Scott Schmitt said Russel Bertrand, 70, was driving northbound on Ind. 205, toward Churubusco, when he lost control of his vehicle and slid off the road, where it flipped on its side.
Pictured are players and coaches from Columbia Cityâs 2011 semi-state team. From left: Chad Graves, Brett Eberly, Marcus Moore, Daniel Woll, Drew Benedict, Tyler Mosher, Greg Bockelman, Jacob Johnson, Ben Murphy, Brandon Gay and Derek Hinen.
PIERCETON â With three days of school missed due to inclement weather, Whitko Community School Corporation officials have decided to adjust the calendar for a make up day.
School will be in session for all WCSC students Monday, Jan. 20.
This is a make up day due to school being canceled Wednesday.
The other two days missed were covered under the districtâs policy for snow days.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools have the same two days built into their calendar, but officials have not determined make up days for Thursday and todayâs school closings.
Braylon Preston, 2, tosses around the basketball with his father, Travis, after a Columbia City boys basketball game last week. Travis, along with several other former basketball players, was honored by Head Coach Chris Benedict. See Page A1 for coverage of the program.
KENDALLVILLE -- Several departments worked together to put out a massive fire that consumed a Kendallville business Friday morning.
Fire crews were originally called at around 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The structure was so involved that at least seven departments from the outlying areas were called in to assist.
According to area media, dispatchers received calls about the fire as far as a mile away. The building was destroyed in the blaze. Police shut down traffic to Main and Mitchell streets to clean up the scene.