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February 3rd, 2012

U.S. 30 SEMI-TRUCKS CRASH: Highway reopened

February 3, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – US 30 HAS BEEN REOPENED AFTER A SEVERAL-HOUR LONG CLEAN-UP BY WHITLEY COUNTY'S HAZMAT TEAM.
THE ACCIDENT INVOLVING TWO SEMIS, IN THE WEST BOUND LANE ON U.S. 30 NEAR THE ALLEN / WHITLEY COUNTY LINE.

NO SERIOUS INJURIES WERE REPORTED IN THE ACCIDENT, BUT A TRAIL OF DIESEL FUEL AND OIL WAS LEFT BEHIND THE TRUCKS AS THEY SKIDDED APPROXIMATELY 200 YARDS FROM THE POINT OF COLLISION.

CRASH: U.S. 30 shut-down after double semi collision

February 3, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — U.S. 30 at the intersection of CR 800 E has been shut down after two tractor-trailers crashed.
According to police scanner traffic, one semi allegedly ran a red light.
Three patients were transported to Parkview Whitley Hospital with minor injuries.

MOTORIST ALERT: Heavy fog descends on Whitley County

February 3, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – Heavy fog gripped Whitley County roadways about 5 a.m. Friday, making morning travel hazardous. Visibility was well under one-quarter mile in spots.

Motorists are advised to factor in the fog with their travel plans early Friday.

Conditions were expected to steadily improve by 9 a.m.

The fog was leaving behind a picturesque coating of hoar frost on the landscape.

February 2nd

DUELING GROUNDHOGS: Rodents mixed on spring forecast; Whitley Countians have experienced mild winter to date, spring-like temperatures this week

February 2, 2012

Staff & wire reports

COLUMBIA CITY – The general consensus in Whitley County, Indiana is if six more weeks of winter is like this ... then bring it on!

A very mild winter has been experienced locally to date, and this week's temperatures of 15 to 20 degrees above normal adds to early spring fever.

Most of the groundhog oracles today were pointing to an early springtime, but at least one was predicting 6 more weeks of "winter."

MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Lions frying up fish and tenderloin Saturday; soup's on by Big Lake firemen

February 2, 2012

Lions put final touches
on Saturday fry fund raiser
TRI-LAKES – The Tri-Lakes Lions Club is hosting a Fish & Tenderloin Fry as a fund-raising activity Saturday, Feb. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m.
The all-you-can-eat dinner, beverage and dessert will be at the Tri-Lakes Lions Hall, located on Colony Avenue, just east of Shriner Lake and near the south side of Round Lake.
“We are asking that people bring canned food items to be donated to support a local food pantry in Columbia City,” noted Lion Larry Weiss.

EAGLE TECH MILESTONE: School first to host residency in inaugural year

February 2, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Already a part of the ever-advancing New Tech Network, Eagle Tech Academy (ETA) is still finding ways to break new ground. On Wednesday and Thursday, ETA hosted the National New Tech Leadership Residency, a workshop for New Tech directors, administrators and staff members who will be opening New Tech schools next year.

ETA is the first school to host the conference during its inaugural year. According to Principal Brady Mullett, approximately 50 individuals are attending, representing half of the roughly 28 schools beginning programs next year.

Whitko falls to Triton on senior night

February 2, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — Whitko’s girls basketball seniors took the court for the last time at home Wednesday night against Triton. Unfortunately, the Lady Wildcats didn’t walk away with a victory, falling to the Lady Trojans, 55-45.

Whitko’s six seniors — Karissa Olinske, Micaela Sylvester, Katee Reiff, Lynsi Hicks, Cassie Jones and Megan Zumbrun — combined for 36 of the Lady ’Cats’ 45 points.

Sylvester, Reiff and Jones are all four-year varsity letter winners and Olinske has three years of experience.

February 1st

LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE: City officials attend

February 1, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Common Council typically meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month. The meeting, which usually would have been scheduled for Jan. 10 did not happen, as the Mayor, council members and even the clerk-treasurer were away trying to become better leaders for the city. They were attending the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT) Conference in Indianapolis.

UNFAIR TO AGRICULTURE? Proponents of wind energy say their point of view not considered

February 1, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s most volatile hot-button issue for the past year or more has been wind energy — to embrace the possible arrival of 400-foot-high wind turbines or tell the companies who market the wind harnessers “no thank you, we don’t want them.”
While both sides of this heated debate have been represented through the myriad public hearings and committee meetings, it appears the squeakiest wheel in the debate is about to be lubricated more thoroughly than a wind turbine’s gearbox.

Barbara Pook, 95

February 1, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — Luise Barbara Germann Pook, 95, passed away peacefully Friday night, Jan. 27, 2012, at home. She was born Feb. 11, 1916, in Cleveland, a daughter of the late Dr. Albert F. O. Germann, Sr. and Ida Helene (Meinke) Germann.
A graduate of Cleveland East High School in 1933, she attended Flora Stone Mather College of Western Reserve University from 1933-36.
After moving to South Whitley and helping start her father’s business, she completed her bachelor’s degree at Manchester College in 1940.

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