January 19th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Morning snow showers steadily grew into snow squalls, bolstered by gusty winds, making travel in Whitley County nasty by noon.
Temperatures hovered in the low 20s, but will steadily drop into the teens throughout the afternoon.
I-69 was closed south of Fort Wayne due to slide offs and road conditions.
U.S. 30 was slick and hazardous.
Columbia City streets were very slick, especially at intersections.
Weather forecasters indicate the snowfall will diminish to flurries later in the day, with only a few inches of accumulation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When you get to be my age, some things donâ€™t work as well as they used to,â€ť said Clarice â€śMitchâ€ť Mitchell, a longtime Columbia City native.
With a body weakened from the ravages of 91 years of living and with a mind that skips a note now and again, Mitchell nonetheless tackles each day with his trademark good nature, his signature smile and a few melodies on one of his favorite musical instruments.
He gets around largely with the help of his wife Elsie who smiles and says â€śHeâ€™s worth it, heâ€™s such a good man,â€ť and with the occasional assistance from loving family members.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” Two Whitley County Commissioners whose terms are ending have announced plans to run for re-election in November.
Don Amber announced Wednesday that he has filed for re-election to his county commissioner position. He has served as the District 3 commissioner since being elected in 2008.
â€śWhile Iâ€™ve achieved many of the goals that I had placed upon myself in my first three years, there are some issues that remain unresolved and I want to see them to the end,â€ť Amber said.
Tom Rethlake announced Monday his plans to run for re-election.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Whitley County Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Amber presented a proposed Capital Improvement Plan for the county Tuesday. The plan must be adopted by the county in order to receive its certified distribution of County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds.
CEDIT funds are funds paid by taxpayers and deposited with the state. The funds are then redistributed, including to the county.
Ice sculptors arriving to carve
frosty artwork on Courthouse Square
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ The seventh annual Whitley County â€śFire and Iceâ€ť WinterFest will be taking shape this Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 21-22 amidst a wintry weather forecast.
Snow showers and highs in the low 30s are forecast.
This unique winter festival hosts ice carvers from the tri-state area who will be demonstrating their talents around the Whitley County Courthouse Square in downtown Columbia City by creating works of arts for local business sponsors.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s Lady Wildcat basketball team defeated Wawasee for the first time in eight years Tuesday night, 68-24.
The Lady Wildcats were 1-11 against the Lady Warriors in the last decade, including a nine-game losing streak.
Wawaseeâ€™s stand-out KiLee Kna-fel, who averages over 30 points-per-game, was held to just one point in the first half against Whitko and 12 for the game.
The Lady Wildcats jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first quarter and again held Wawasee to two points in the second, while adding nine points to their score.
HUNTERTOWN â€” Car-roll, which lost narrowly to Homestead recently in the Northeast Hoosier Conference meet, defeated both Columbia Cityâ€™s boys and girls swim teams Tuesday night.
The Eagle boys lost 182-111 and the girls were defeated 196-89.
The Chargers won every event but three, the boys 50 and 100-yard freestyle and the girls 50 free.
Cole Smith, who won the conference meet in the 50-yard free, won by two seconds over his closest opponent. Smith also took the 100 free by over a second.
GARRETT â€” Garrett Railroaders wrestling celebrated senior night Wednesday with a victory over visiting Columbia City, 42-27.
â€śI was proud of the guys. I thought they really wrestled well,â€ť Columbia City Head Coach Blane Culp said.
A Garrett forfeit at 182 pounds gave the Eagles a 6-0 advantage to start the match.The first action on the mat was the 195-pound weight class, with Russell Hazelet facing Railroader Austin Gibson. Hazelet took it to all three periods before losing by a score of 17-3, cutting the Eaglesâ€™ lead to 6-4.
Blustery winds will blow through Whitley County during the next 24 hours, ushering in snow showers with accumulation possible in the one to two inch range.
Click on the weather forecast icon at top right for the official forecast.
SOUTH WHITELY â€“ For a quarter of a century, Capt. Dave Meadows has been fighting fires for the City of Fort Wayne. For most of those years he has visited South Whitley Elementary School to teach children fire safety with Cleveland Township firemen.
The South Whitley native works in the Safety Education Division of the Fort Wayne Fire Department and recently brought his dog â€śShadowâ€ť as part of his class demonstration.
â€śI rescued him. He is a Shepherd Labrador mix and heâ€™s a certified therapy dog,â€ť said Capt. Meadows.