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March 23rd, 2013

SNOW IMMINENT: Storm headed for area

March 23, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A spring snowstorm has delayed flights at Denver International Airport and closed several roads as it moves eastward, carrying the possibility of more than a foot of snow in some places.

Transportation officials said Interstate 70 was closed from Denver to Colby, Kan., on Saturday. The National Weather Service said the Denver area could see up to 7 inches of snow Saturday.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jerry Killingsworth said 10 to 15 inches of snowfall already has fallen north of Interstate 70 in northwest Kansas and northeast Colorado.

March 22nd

Saturday's events

March 22, 2013

Fish dinner
Mountain oysters, fish and tenderloin dinner will be held March 23.
An all you can eat dinner will begin 4 p.m. at the Cleveland Township Fire Station in South Whitley.
The cost is $8.50 for adults. For children ages six to 12, the cost is $4.
Children under five can eat for free. Carry-out dinners will be available.
The dinner is sponsored by the South Whitley Lions Club.

Spaghetti dinner
The Columbia City High School Band Department will have a spaghetti dinner fundraiser along with a concert, bake sale and labor auction on Saturday, March 23.

Thursday's events

March 22, 2013

Easter egg hunt
Columbia City Rotary club's Easter egg hunt for community children will be Thursday, March 28 at 6 p.m. at Morsches Park.

Wednesday's events

March 22, 2013

Choral concert
Ball State University Singers will be guest performers at the Indian Springs Middle School choral concert on Wednesday, March 27. The concert will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at ISMS.
Joel Genth, a Columbia City alumnus, and Alex McDowell, an alumnus of Churubusco, will be performing with the BSU singers.
A free will donation will be accepted at the door to be used towards the evening performances.

Monday's events

March 22, 2013

Historical banquet
The Whitley County Historical Society will host their annual spring dinner Monday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. at Brownstone Cafe at 105 S. State St., South Whitley.
The evening is open to both members and non-members of the historical society.
The dinner costs $19 and will include salad, lemon rosemary chicken, buttermilk mashed potatoes, green beans with bacon and dessert.
The guest speaker, Bob Dispenza, Park and Education Manager for Allen County Parks, will present "Canals of Indiana."

TRAFFIC UPDATE: Ind. 109 down to single lane

March 22, 2013

Indiana Department of Transportation reports maintenance work is being done today on Ind. 109 north of Columbia City.

Traffic will be restricted to a single-lane directed by flaggers until 3 p.m.

Crews are working to complete the project before Sunday's forecasted snow.

IN COURT: Smith pleads guilty to burglary charge

March 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Pierceton man pleaded guilty to a burglary charge in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

Jeremiah Smith, 26, pleaded guilty to burglary, a Class C felony. With his criminal history, he also was charged with being a habitual felony offender as part of a plea arrangement.

A charge of theft, a Class D felony, was dismissed as part of the agreement.

Smith admitted to breaking into the Larwill Deli, located at U.S. 30 and Ind. 5. He was accused of stealing $1,252.76 of merchandise — 12 cartons of cigarettes.

GIVING, RECEIVING COMES FULL CIRCLE: Annual campaign brings change

March 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Pocket change is needed to make positive change for Whitley County families.

B.A.B.E.’s annual April giving campaign is in its fifth year and baby bottles are being prepared for distribution across the county to collect monetary donations.

“These bottles will be in businesses all over the county,” said Shawn Ellis, B.A.B.E.’s executive director. “There are smaller bottles that we are handing out to churches so that their members can take them home and fill them.”

PRINCIPAL PRESENTATION: NHES creates brighter future

March 22, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Honoring the past while creating the future.

That is the idea behind much of the educational practices of Northern Heights Elementary School. Jake Hoag, principal of NHES, gave a presentation to the Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board of School Trustees (WCCS) Monday about the vision in his building.

CRUSHED PIPE: Town leaders decide to not act on repairs

March 22, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY — A crushed pipe, resulting in more than $1,500 in repair work, was deemed to not be the responsibility of the town by the South Whitley Town Council last week.

When a resident brought the concern to the town’s council, President Tony Starkey asked for more information.

After bills were submitted to Town Manager Dave Wilkinson and more questions were answered, the council members decided there was no liability on the town’s part to cover the repair costs.

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