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February 27th, 2014
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month comes to an end, members of the Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force do not want violence awareness to stop.
â€śFebruary is our time to focus on dating violence, but that doesnâ€™t mean that we shouldnâ€™t do what we can to help teens all year long,â€ť said Natalie Lewis, WCDVTF president. â€śDomestic and dating violence happen in our area in every month, in every season. Itâ€™s something we should be aware of all the time.â€ť
CHURUBUSCO â€” An extra half hour of school and two Saturdays are part of the plan for Smith-Green Community Schools to make up missed snow days for the 2013-14 calendar year.
Superintendent Galen Mast said the proposed plan came from the Discussion Team, which sought feedback from the SGCS community through surveys.
A total of 529 surveys were completed, and Mast said they were influential in the final decisions made.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the second in a three-part series on the proposed U.S. 30 bypass
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A proposal to redirect traffic around Columbia City could mean a bypass around U.S. 30 from Fort Wayne to Valparaiso.
Gov. Mike Pence has a road initiative that includes creating a quicker and safer route for commercial traffic trying to travel from one side of the state to the other.
Conexus Indiana is a group working to see the governorâ€™s road projects are completed, and have been working on road improvements throughout the state.
Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel officially proclaimed March as Developmental Disabilities Awareness month Wednesday night with a special ceremony at Passages Inc.â€™s Creative Learning Center. â€śWe appreciate all you do for our community,â€ť Daniel told the audience Wednesday.
â€śNational Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month provides an opportunity for communities to recognize the vital contributions individuals with disabilities are making in our neighborhoods,â€ť said Alice Anderson, vice president of Programs and Services at Passages, Inc.
Fourth graders in Lori Heuerâ€™s class at Coesse Elementary School hosted Derby Girl Anna (center) during Emphasis on Reading Week. Several guest speakers were at the school last week to read to students in an effort to promote literacy.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dr. Tom Hayhurst was a speaker at a recent Columbia City Rotary Club meeting. He shared about his involvement with the Wolf Lake Free Health Clinic, and the work that several volunteers do to operate the clinic, recently relocated to Columbia City.
Originally founded in November of 2007, by Wray McCalester, the current clinic is staffed by Dr. Hayhurst, Dr. Terry Frederick, Susan McHenry and others.
The clinic began in the former Luckey Hospital in Wolf Lake, that had been closed for many years.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” Passages Inc., a nonprofit that serves people with intellectual disabilities, recently welcomed Melisa Grant to the organization as its new administrative assistant.
Grant will assist Passages Inc. by coordinating appointments, meetings and organizing records at the organizationâ€™s administrative offices on Van Buren Street in Columbia City.
In addition, she will assist with the research and preparation of grants, marketing and development efforts for Passages, Inc. along with other office functions.
(Feb.27, 2014) -- The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory for Whitley County until 1 p.m. today.
* FALLING TEMPERATURES WILL RESULT IN WIND CHILLS FROM 10 BELOW
TO 20 BELOW ZERO THIS MORNING.
* WIND CHILLS THIS LOW CAN RESULT IN FROSTBITE TO EXPOSED SKIN
IN AS LITTLE AS 30 MINUTES.
A WIND CHILL ADVISORY MEANS THAT VERY COLD AIR AND STRONG WINDS
WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE LOW WIND CHILLS. THIS WILL RESULT IN
FROST BITE AND LEAD TO HYPOTHERMIA IF PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
(Feb. 27, 2014) -- Blowing snow and gusting winds are creating visibility concerns for morning travelers.
More cold air is moving in today with gusty west winds of up to 30 mph making it feel like itâ€™s -10 to 20 below zero. As these winds die down tonight, the actual temperature begins to fall and lows will be well below zero by Friday morning.
Snow is expected Friday night and Saturday morning, which should only bring light accumulations to the area.
Today: Mostly cloudy with snow showers and very little accumulation around Fort Wayne. Wind chills -10Â° to -20Â°.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A man facing multiple drug charges, including dealing methamphetamine, had a bond reduction request denied Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Willie F. Jensen, 31, of Columbia City, was arrested along with several other individuals in a bust by the Whitley County Drug Task Force at Miami Village in January.
Jensen, who is represented by Jeffrey T. Jones, Jr., currently has a bond at $50,000 surety. He requested to be released on his own recognizance.
Judge James Heuer denied that request.