January 7th, 2014
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” As slick road conditions and below-zero temperatures cause concern, Whitley County government offices remain closed today.
However, after the start of the legislative session was put on hold Monday, lawmakers are preparing for the first meetings of 2014 to begin this afternoon.
"I am ready to get back to work," said Ind. Sen. Jim Banks. "There are several key areas to address. Education issues are always a big priority. We have a lot of work to do."
WHITLEY COUNTY -- As road crews work to remove snow from the roads, county officials are reporting some icy conditions lurking underneath.
"I hate to be a doomsday-er, but I'm afraid that after we remove the snow, you're going to find the roads are ice-covered," said Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber. "I think the ice came just prior to the snow -- please think about that."
In Churubusco, subcontractors were called to bring heavy equipment in to assist with snow removal.
(Jan. 7, 2014) -- The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Warning in effect until 7 p.m. tonight.
Deadly wind chills between 30 below and 40 below zero are expected in the morning with wind chills this afternoon between 20 and 30 below.
* FROST BITE AND HYPOTHERMIA WILL OCCUR IN A MATTER OF MINUTES
WITH THESE EXPECTED WIND CHILLS. DEATH WILL ALSO OCCUR IF
PRECAUTIONS ARE NOT TAKEN.
A WIND CHILL WARNING MEANS THE COMBINATION OF VERY COLD AIR AND
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Although travel restrictions have been lifted in nearby Allen County and Fort Wayne, Whitley County and other regional areas remain under government-imposed travel bans until 5 p.m. Tuesday.
Only emergency or essential personnel are to be on the roadways in Whitley County.
Main thoroughfares, including U.S. 30 and state roads, were deeply rutted with compacted snow and glazed by an ice coating. Rural roadways were impassable in many areas due to continued drifting, while city and town streets remained just as treacherous.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A pair of individuals are accused of stealing metal to scrap, and then selling it to the person that orginally owned it.
Steven M. Johnson, 35, of Fort Wayne, and Tamara J. Orr, 48, of Speedwell, Tenn., were arrested Dec. 24 for theft.
The pair were arrested at 401 S. Main St. in Columbia City, the site of the old Testworth Labs building.
Editorâ€™s note â€“ The following is the first of a four-part series on the impact of eliminating the BPPT.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” An intiative spearheaded by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence could cost Whitley County municipalities and schools more than $3 million in annual revenue.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While Sundayâ€™s snowfall put a damper on travel plans and put Whitley County into a state of emergency, some are electing to make the best of their time at home.
Many Whitley County residents say theyâ€™re taking the opportunity to spend quality time with family.
On the other hand, many businesses and factories were forced to close Monday due to an official travel warning and Level I State of Emergency, issued by government officials Sunday night, and extended through Tuesday at 5 p.m.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Despite deep drifting snow and sub-zero temperatures, a skeleton staff of news and pressroom workers were able to produce Mondayâ€™s Post & Mail.
Although most businesses in Whitley County were closed due to the severe weather conditions, Post & Mail staffers â€“ with the help of snowplows â€“ were able to get to the newspaperâ€™s Connexion Way business and press facility to produce todayâ€™s edition.
Distribution, however, is an entirely different matter.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Crews spent nearly five hours battling a blaze at a Whitley County factory Monday morning.
According to Whitley County Emergency Management Director Cathy Broxon-Ball, all nine Whitley County fire departments, along with three departments in Allen County, responded to a fire at Viking Products.
The company, which builds after-market exhaust products, is located on East Business 30, near the intersection with U.S. 30.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” After Sundayâ€™s winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on Whitley County and much of Northeast Indiana, crews continued to clear roadways throughout the day Monday â€” a task that has been a losing battle.
After Winter Storm Ion was done dumping 16.2 inches of snow on Whitley County, temperatures began to drop, and winds picked up.
Sunday night, Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber said plowing county roads was nearly impossible for Whitley Countyâ€™s Highway Department.