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No matter what your source of weather information, the potential for a major winter storm exists.
National Weather Service officials have issued a winter storm watch from tonight through Wednesday night. During that period, the area could be blanketed with heavy snow, maybe some sleet or freezing rain and pummeled by gusty winds.
While the stormâ€™s track could shift and miss the area or dump far less snow than expected, the key is preparation, Sheriff Mark Hodges said.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The man arrested for operating a rolling methamphetamine lab in Whitley County last November has pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Wayne Lynn Weaver, 40, was arrested Nov. 16 after a traffic stop by a sheriffâ€™s deputy on County Road 275 West near state Route 205.
Police said Weaver had already had an outstanding warrant and was immediately taken into custody, suspected of operating a meth lab.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Light bulbs play a key role in the cleaning process of treated sewage before it leaves Columbia Cityâ€™s Water Pollution Control Facility.
Soon, all ultraviolet bulbs at the plant will be changed in one fell swoop, courtesy of the townâ€™s Board of Works and Safety.
The board approved the purchase of 120 UV lamps at $135 apiece costing $16,200. Whatâ€™s more expensive are the quartz sleeves at $156 per unit, or $18,720.
The bulb replacement project will cost $34,920.
The board approved purchase of the bulbs from Wedeco, the bulbâ€™s manufacturer.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Board of Works and Safety listened to details of a dispute between two companies at its regular board meeting Friday.
The issue â€” poor drainage on Walker Way and the cost of fixing it.
At stake â€” city takeover of the street.
â€śThe city is not a party to that dispute,â€ť said Columbia City Mayor Jim Fleck.
An agreement has been drafted between CLW Investments Inc. and Hooks SuperX, Inc.
Fleck said eventually, once the agreement has been signed by both parties, the town will take over responsibility of the road.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Local officials are paying close attention to Indianapolis, where experts on local government and state lawmakers are discussing strategies that could affect how business is conducted at the grassroots level â€” townships, cities, counties.
According to the Gary Post-Tribune, a government reduction committee, led by Rep. Chet Dobis of Merrillville, met for the first time Tuesday and heard ideas for minor changes to state law that could add up to larger time and dollar savings for Indianaâ€™s towns, cities and counties.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Students doing well academically and showing their progress across the board â€” that is what Whitko School Corporation officials are saying resulted in one of their elementary programs being lauded by the state.
A contingent from South Whitley Elementary School traveled to Indianapolis Tuesday to collect the schoolâ€™s â€śTop Gainerâ€ť Award at the seventh annual Indiana Conference on Learning.
Principal Bruce Hansen, along with kindergarten teacher and literacy coach Diane Williams and fifth-grade teacher Gina Borton traveled to the state capital to receive the award.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County and the local economic development company began a process months ago to take grant money from Greatbatch Medical and funnel it elsewhere in anticipation of Thursdayâ€™s announcement the Columbia City plant will shut down and move jobs to Allen County.
â€śWe asked that the money be transferred to another company,â€ť said Whitley County Commissioner Tom Rethlake. I know Alan Tio (Executive Director of the Whitley County Economic Development Corporation) was down in Indianapolis twice trying to get that done in the last couple of months.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A new slate of officers was installed for the new year at Mondayâ€™s Columbia City Parks Board meeting. Officers include: Kelley Sheiss, president; Mark Ellis, vice-president; Mauri Bordner, recorder; and Dennis Warnick, member. Tammy Nickolson will serve as an intern from Leadership Whitley County.
With the resignation of member Michael Malcolm, effective Dec. 31, the board continues to seek a replacement.