January 20th, 2014
Randall W. â€śRandyâ€ť Scott passed away Jan. 10, 2014, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor in Columbia City, after a lengthy illness.
He was born Oct. 12, 1953, in Paoli, a son to Cody W. and Lillian M. Kesterson Scott.
He moved to Larwill in 1973, and later moved to Ohio where he worked for Carpenters Amusement.
He was a member of the U.S. National Guard. He enjoyed Nascar, football, action movies, country music, camping and spending time with his family.
Marjorie J. Saffer, 89, formerly of Columbia City, died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2014, at Hamilton House in Fort Wayne where she had been a resident since January 2010.
She was born Nov. 17, 1924, in Fort Wayne, a daughter of Leon B. and Blanche V. (Layman) Williams. Her formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. She graduated from South Side High School.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After local elected officials voiced concerns surrounding Ind. Gov. Mike Penceâ€™s proposal to eliminate the Business Personal Property Tax (BPPT), economic development leader Alan Tio, offered his perspective on the future of Whitley County without the tax.
â€śItâ€™s wonâ€™t completely tie our hands, as far as economic development,â€ť Tio said. â€śIt will mean we have to look at things a little differently.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Several inches of snowfall Saturday, coupled with dry conditions and blowing winds caused schools to close Monday.
All three Whitley County school districts were out for the day, as many county roads were drifted shut Monday morning.
Another closure may mean that the school year will be extended into summer break, as many districts were closed for an entire week after Winter Storm Ion hit Jan. 5.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City High Schoolâ€™s show choirs, City Lights and City Heat, opened competition season Saturday at Twin Lakes in Monticello.
City Lights, an all girls choir, earned first-runner up. City Heat, a mixed boy-girl squad, took home second-runner up.
CCHSâ€™s show choirs will compete again in two weeks at Northrop High School.
Karyle Genth, music teacher at Indian Springs Middle School, is well-known in Northeast Indiana for her dedication to the show choir community.
This will be her 14th year directing the middle schoolâ€™s show choir, City Stars.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The official start of Whitley Countyâ€™s Relay for Life season begins Tuesday night with a party at 6 p.m. a Parkview Hospital.
As part of the nightâ€™s festivities, food and entertainment will be provided and the 2014 event theme will be unveiled.
Event Chair Cathy Cronin said the party is a way to learn exactly what Relay for Life is about.
Temperatures warmed slightly Sunday which caused icicles to form on this house on Washington Street in Columbia City. Whitley County will once again brace itself for sub-zero temperatures that are expected to hit the region this week.
(Jan. 14, 2014) -- Whitley County Consolidated, Whitko Community School Corporation and Smith-Green Community Schools are closed today.
WHITLEY COUNTY (Jan. 20, 2014) -- All three Whitley County school districts are under a two-hour delay to start the week. Blowing and drifting snow, as well as some slick road conditions, can make travel hazardous this morning.
Today is Martin Luther King Day. Although schools will be in session, several city and county offices are closed and postal service is suspended.
WHITLEY COUNTY (Jan. 20, 2014) -- The final part of January will not be any warmer than the start of the month, with another bitter cold arctic blast moving in today and tonight.
There will be light snow with several clipper systems that move through the area but it no accumulation is expected. However, colder air and highs will be in the single digits and lower teens. Lows will be below zero all week long.
Afternoon: Mostly cloudy with snow showers and falling temperatures into the 20's.
Winds: NW 10-15 mph