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January 30th, 2015

INFLUENZA: County avoids first round

January 30, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — Despite approximately 85 flu-related deaths in Indiana, local health officials say Whitley County has avoided a major outbreak — so far.

In mid-January, state health officials announced that there were 85 influenza-related deaths in Indiana, including 19 in one week.

Heather Reid, from the Whitley County Health Department, said so far, no cases have been reported to the office by the state department of health or Parkview Health; however, not all cases are officially reported.

TREASURES FROM THE MUSEUM: Restoring a bridge to the past

January 30, 2015

COLUMBIA CITY — One of the functions of a museum is the preservation of the artifacts that form the bridge from the present into the past.

The Whitley County Historical Museum undertook just such a project recently in the restoration of a painting of Alexander Jackson Douglas.

Douglas may not be familiar in his own right to many in the community, but one of his 15 children ranks as one of Columbia City’s more famous favorite sons.

AWARDS: 21 given to Indian Springs art students

January 30, 2015

FORT WAYNE — Several Indian Springs Middle School art students took home 21 Scholastic Art Awards at the annual competition in Fort Wayne this month.

Three Gold Key, eight Silver Key and 10 Honorable Mentions were awarded to the young artists.

There were 4,486 total entries in the contest, and 273 Gold Keys, 161 Silver Keys and 136 Honorable Mentions were awarded.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS/DELAYS: Weather closes, delays school again

January 30, 2015

Icy roads have interrupted school schedules again this week.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools went from a two-hour delay to a three-hour delay and eventually closed Friday morning.

Whitko had a two-hour delay and Smith-Green Community Schools was under a three-hour delay.

January 29th

SLICK: Local roadway condition prompts Thursday night advice

January 29, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY EMA: Roadways throughout Whitley County are becoming ice/snow covered and are slick in spots please slow down and use caution

SUPER BOWL WINNER: Here you go!!

January 29, 2015

Championship Preview and Predictions

New England vs. Seattle
2/1 6:30 (ET)
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ

PASSAGES PROFILES: Tenure gives Puckett insight to clients, staff

January 29, 2015

Passages Profiles ’15 is a 10-week series of features published each Thursday about the people of Passages, the local organization that has been serving those with intellectual disabilities since 1954.

COLUMBIA CITY — Melisa Puckett has risen through the ranks at Passages, Inc., working for six years in direct support in the waiver and group homes and progressing to the position of Supported Living Supervisor.
“I oversee some of our waiver homes and their staffing,” explained Puckett.

INDOT MEETING: Public hearing set for Ind. 5 bridge

January 29, 2015

WHITLEY COUNTY — Less than four months after a major bridge project on U.S. 30 in Columbia City, Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) officials are planning another major bridge project in Whitley County.

INDOT will hold a public hearing for a proposed Ind. 5 bridge project over Eel River.
The meeting is slated for 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at the South Whitley Community Public Library, at 201 E. Front St.

OVER $5,000 RAISED: Marathon has special meaning

January 29, 2015

ORLANDO, Fla. — Minda Lemmon’s marathon journey was much more than the 26.2-mile trek this January.
Her journey began over a year ago, when she decided to run a marathon in honor of her neighbor, Jane Goble, who was diagnosed with Leukemia around Christmastime of 2013.

Over the last year, Lemmon has been training and fundraising for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), a nonprofit organization that raises funds for cancer research.

Lemmon’s goal was to raise $5,000 for LLS. She reached her goal the weekend before the race, raising $5,125 for the Indiana chapter.

SLICK: Schools delayed by ice

January 29, 2015

Freezing rain cause slick conditions on area roads this morning, delaying many local schools. Smith-Green Community Schools had a two-hour delay, Whitley County Consolidated Schools had a 3-hour delay and Whitko Community Schools were not delayed.

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