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February 18th, 2015

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Morgan Ellis off for week at state DYW

February 18, 2015

KOKOMO — Morgan Ellis, the 50th winner of the Whitley County/Columbia City franchise of Junior Miss/Distinguished Young Woman, is completing her second day of rehearsals for the 56th annual state-wide production of Junior Miss/Distinguished Young Woman.

The program, with 21 participants, is at Oakbrook Church at 3409 South 200 West, Kokomo. The venue change is because of the remodeling of the auditorium at Indiana University, Kokomo campus.

GRAND CHAMPIONS

February 18, 2015

Churubusco’s New Era Show Choir won the Small Mixed-Division Grand Champion at the Trojan Classic Show Choir Invitational Saturday in Chesterton. Pictured, the choir celebrates the win.

WHITLEY EMA ADVISORY: White-out, windchill cautions

February 18, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY – Whitley County Emergency Management has issued a Weather Outlook advisory as a new weather system of arctic cold, blustery winds and some snowfall makes it way into the area Wednesday.

•"Weather Outlook”
Scattered to numerous periods of snowfall expected along/north of U.S. 30 today, white-out conditions possible

•“Wind Chill Advisory”
Effective from 4 p.m. Wednesday – Noon Thursday: Wind chill values of 10-25 degrees below zero

February 17th

COLUMBIA CITY PARKS: Future unveiled

February 17, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Mark Green, director of parks and recreation for Columbia City, said he absolutely loves his job. He welcomed the idea of presenting an update on the parks to the Columbia City Rotary club Feb. 10.

“The big thing today,” he said, “is we’re trying to get our ice skating rink (at Morsches Park) up and running.”

“We’ve learned a lot,” he admitted, “from the initial planning stages up until now.”

COMING TO S. WHITLEY: ‘Antiques Roadshow’

February 17, 2015

SOUTH WHITLEY — Dust off those old collectibles, “Antiques Roadshow” is coming to town.

South Whitley Community Public Library will be hosting its own version of the PBS show, “Antiques Roadshow” at the library next Tuesday, Feb. 24.

“Antiques Roadshow” is a television program that features people with their treasures — and non-treasures.
People have the opportunity to bring their items to the library to find out their value, just as in the show.

NEW DISTRICT: Columbia City to adjust TIF areas

February 17, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) is working to adjust its Tax Increment Funding (TIF) areas to help in “cleaning up” some of the city’s areas in need of work.

Property tax from areas inside TIF districts is collected into a TIF fund. Those funds can be used to revamp areas within the TIF district.

The city currently has a TIF district in its downtown area and officials are looking to adjust the current district and add another on the south side of the city limits.

ONE-POINT OUT OF REACH: Lady Eagles fall in sectional championship after 4th-quarter comeback

February 17, 2015

OSSIAN – The Columbia City Lady Eagles had lost to the Norwell Lady Knights for 10 straight games going into Monday night’s IHSAA Sectional finals.

For the first two and a half quarters, the Lady Knights had Columbia City’s number, running out to a 12-point lead at one point in the third quarter before a mad rally by the Lady Eagles put them in a position to win.

A late three by the Knights, combined with missed Columbia City free throws, put the Eagles down one in the
final seconds.

February 16th

PANDEMONIUM ON THE HIGHWAY: Crews speedy in clean up of U.S. 30 mayhem

February 16, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Blinding, white-out snow conditions Saturday – coupled with slick pavement – turned U.S. 30 into a bumper car-like maze of crashes, resulting in a 31-vehicle pileup but amazingly no life-threatening injuries.

February 15th

MULTIPLE 911 CALLS: Emergency cell phone calls alerted police to motorized mayhem on U.S 30

February 15, 2015

Multiple 911 emergency calls alerted the Whitley County Sheriff's Department Dispatch to a 31-vehicle pile up on dual-lane U.S. 30 during white-out weather conditions just west of Columbia City Saturday.

Four drivers were transported to Parkview Whitley Hospital as the result of the motorized mayhem, but none were deemed to have life-threatening injuries.

According to a press release issued by the Whitley County Sheriff's Department and Sheriff Marcus E. Gatton:

February 14th

CLEANED UP: U.S. 30 reopened after massive crash

February 14, 2015

US 30 has been reopened after being closed for several hours due to a 20-car pileup just west of Columbia City on Lincolnway.

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