Be prepared when traveling during inclement weather....
If travel is necessary during any period of a storm, make sure to have a fully charged and functioning cell phone.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security also recommends carrying blankets, extra water, a small shovel and other items which may be helpful if a driver finds trouble on the road.
If you become stranded:
â€˘Make sure to have at least a quarter tank of gas in the vehicle before leaving. This will help prevent the fuel line from freezing.
The Indiana Department of Transportation offers these hints when driving in winter weather:
â€˘Accelerate gradually on ice or snow to avoid slipping and sliding.
â€˘Drive slowly and carefully to avoid rear-end collisions and sliding on curves.
â€˘Allow greater distance behind the car ahead. It takes more time to stop on snow and ice.
â€˘Brake early, break slowly, never slam on the brakes. For cars with anti-lock brakes, press the pedal down firmly and hold it. For those cars without anti-lock brakes, gently pump the pedal.
â€˘Avoid using cruise control.
â€˘Avoid abrupt steering maneuvers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A weather system is expected to overspread northern Indiana with heavy snow today. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 10 p.m. A Winter Weather Warning has been issued for counties southeast of Whitley.
Northeast winds will increase to more than 30 mph with gusts up to 35 mph. An accumulation of 3 to 5 inches is expected with drifting snow possible and reduced visibility.
The Indiana Department of Transportation reports its crews have already begun pre-treating bridges and roadways with salt brine, an anti-icing solution.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Families lined the Whitley County Courthouse Monday night waiting for candy and oranges.
The Columbia City Fire Department has held the tradition of passing out treats to children on Christmas Eve for more than 100 years.
Dressed in their Class A uniforms, the firemen greeted children and prepared 550 1-pound bags of candy and an orange to each person.
Fire Chief Tom LaRue labeled the tradition as one that â€śunites the community.â€ť
Coming through the line, first-time visitor Joshua Pope, 11, was an out-of-town guest taking advantage of the holiday tradition.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ The Post & Mail, Whitley County's daily newspaper, will suspend publication of its print edition on Christmas Day.
Complete local coverage of Whitley County via the print edition will resume on Wednesday, Dec. 26.
Merry Christmas to all!
NORTH WEBSTER â€“ A storm system reaching the west coast of the United States this morning will reach the southern Plains on Tuesday and then strengthen as it tracks into the Ohio River Valley Tuesday night into Wednesday.
While there is still uncertainty regarding the exact track and strength of this storm, there is a likelihood of accumulating snow across much of northern Indiana, southern lower Michigan, and northwest Ohio late Tuesday night into Wednesday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ As a special Christmas gift to non-subscribers of The Post & Mail, Whitley Countyâ€™s daily newspaper, the complete regular edition of The Post & Mail will be distributed to the total Whitley County market on Monday, Dec. 24.
Typically, the total-market edition of The Post & Mail is distributed to non-subscribers on Tuesday, but due to Christmas Day, distribution will fall on Monday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Non-subscribers received the same newspaper as Post & Mail subscribers received today, Christmas Eve.
Editorâ€™s note: The following is the first of a six-part series.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A father, a husband and the cheif deputy of the Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Department. Marcus Gatton, 41, has more than one duty â€” heâ€™s the second in command to the sheriff, a youth league baseball coach in the summer for his two sons, and a lifepartner to his wife of 16 years.
â€śWeâ€™ve always had a strong family,â€ť Kay Gatton, Marcâ€™s wife, said.
Churubuscoâ€™s wrestling team competed in the Indiana High School Wrestling Coaches Associationâ€™s team wrestling state finals on Saturday.
The Eagles made it to the final round, falling to Adams Central by a 46-23 score. Individual results were not available at press time.
Above, Shane Shroyer scores a win in the championship round as his teammates cheer in the background.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Indian Springs Middle School, Columbia City, has been in existence for 17 years, and the future looks as bright as ever. The school has posted a solid track record in standardized test scores. For example, 97 percent of eighth graders at ISMS who took algebra passed the End-of-Course-Asses-sment. There are other areas where the school is trying to excel and is equally proud of its success.