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WHITLEY COUNTY â Residents of a southeast Whitley County home escaped the burning house without injury, but left their home heavily damaged.
The house, which was located between County Roads 300 and 400 E. on Ind. 114, was damaged by a fire which began in the chimney Thursday morning at 8 a.m.
Firefighters from Jefferson, Columbia and Washington townships in Whitley County responded to the blaze at 3391 E. Ind. 114, along with departments from Allen and Huntington Counties.
Editorâs note: The following is the third of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Beatles wrote a song about it. Teenagers dream about it. Vacations begin and end with it. Driving a car. For Paul Gates, 83, of Columbia City, driving was a pleasure. Gates remembers his first car, a 1932 Chevy bought in 1947.
âCars were a lot different back then,â Gates said. âThey were fast enough. Now a days these cars can go way too fast.â
Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Whitley County tallied 3.1 inches of snow Wednesday. Right, a wooded area on County Road 150 North near Johnson Road is blanketed with snow.
COLUMBIA CITY â The countyâs first snow storm caused a fatal crash Wednesday night on U.S. 30.A New Jersey man was pronounced dead on the scene, and two more were taken to the hospital with leg and shoulder injuries.
John Knauer, 50, of Wenonah, N.J. died after he lost control of the SUV he was driving, rolling it several times. His passengers, John Knauer Jr., 31 and Daniel Nevius, 26, escaped with non-life threatening injuries and were transported to Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Editorâs note: The following is the second of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â Sometimes ignoring advice can lead to interesting results. Columbia City Attorney Terry L. Smith received a piece of advice when he was early in his law practice that he obeyed at first, but has since quit following, with interesting results.
âWhen I began my practice, one of the Gates told me, ânever talk to a reporter and never express an opinion.â And I did that at first,â Smith said.
Be prepared when traveling during inclement weather....
If travel is necessary during any period of a storm, make sure to have a fully charged and functioning cell phone.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security also recommends carrying blankets, extra water, a small shovel and other items which may be helpful if a driver finds trouble on the road.
If you become stranded:
â¢Make sure to have at least a quarter tank of gas in the vehicle before leaving. This will help prevent the fuel line from freezing.
The Indiana Department of Transportation offers these hints when driving in winter weather:
â¢Accelerate gradually on ice or snow to avoid slipping and sliding.
â¢Drive slowly and carefully to avoid rear-end collisions and sliding on curves.
â¢Allow greater distance behind the car ahead. It takes more time to stop on snow and ice.
â¢Brake early, break slowly, never slam on the brakes. For cars with anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it. For those cars without anti-lock brakes, gently pump the pedal.
â¢Avoid using cruise control.
â¢Avoid abrupt steering maneuvers.
COLUMBIA CITY â A weather system is expected to overspread northern Indiana with heavy snow today. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 10 p.m. A Winter Weather Warning has been issued for counties southeast of Whitley.
Northeast winds will increase to more than 30 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. An accumulation of 3 to 5 inches is expected with drifting snow possible and reduced visibility.
The Indiana Department of Transportation reports its crews have already begun pre-treating bridges and roadways with salt brine, an anti-icing solution.
COLUMBIA CITY â Families lined the Whitley County Courthouse Monday night waiting for candy and oranges.
The Columbia City Fire Department has held the tradition of passing out treats to children on Christmas Eve for more than 100 years.
Dressed in their Class A uniforms, the firemen greeted children and prepared 550 1-pound bags of candy and an orange to each person.
Fire Chief Tom LaRue labeled the tradition as one that âunites the community.â
Coming through the line, first-time visitor Joshua Pope, 11, was an out-of-town guest taking advantage of the holiday tradition.
COLUMBIA CITY â The Post & Mail, Whitley County's daily newspaper, will suspend publication of its print edition on Christmas Day.
Complete local coverage of Whitley County via the print edition will resume on Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Merry Christmas to all!