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February 21st, 2014

WEATHER WORRIES: SGCS dismisses early as precaution

February 21, 2014

CHURUBUSCO — Excessive ice and snow build-up, in combination with heavy rain, caused Smith-Green Community Schools to dismiss early Thursday at 1:10 p.m.

Portions of the roof above the library were sagging due to heavy rain Thursday and snow and ice that had not yet melted. The roof did not collapse, though.

Students were dismissed from school early as a precautionary measure.
According to SGCS Superintendent Galen Mast, the lack of quick draining affected the roof.

Col. City man fifth snowmobile death in Mich. county

February 21, 2014

LUCE CO., Mich — A Whitley County man was the fifth to die in snowmobile crashes in a northern Michigan County.

Timothy Hearld, 43, of Whitley County, passed away in Luce County, Mich. Wednesday night.

A preliminary investigation by the Luce County Sheriff’s Department revealed the fatality was a result of a head-on collision between two snowmobiles.

Police say the accident happened around 4 p.m. Wednesday.

SNOW COLD RAIN: No end in sight for wicked weather

February 21, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — Snow. Cold. Snow. Cold. Snow. Rain. Thunderstorm — Snow. Cold.

It appears the area is in a never-ending cycle of bad weather this winter.
After being in a vicious cycle of snow and frigid temperatures, forecasters predicted warmer temperatures Thursday, bringing some hope for the beginning of the end of winter.

But the “warm” weather Thursday wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.
Though temperatures reached the upper 40s for the first time this year, it came with rain — a lot of it.

MCDERMOTT CLIMBS THE RANKS: WCCS names new assist. superintendent

February 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — At Whitley County Consolidated Schools, the position of assistant superintendent has been vacant since 2010. In an effort to save money, the district elected to freeze the position until funds were available.

This year, officials were able to work the position into the budget, and Thursday night, the school board named Dr. Laura McDermott as the WCCS assistant superintendent. McDermott is currently the principal at Coesse Elementary School, and has 19 years of experience in education. She will finish out the school year at Coesse and take on her new duties July 1, 2014.

WCCS: District to add 30 minutes to each day

February 21, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — Since State Superintendent Glenda Ritz made the decision to offer other options for make-up days for Indiana schools, many are weighing their options, after most have missed at least two weeks of classes.

Ritz offered making up days on Saturday, extending the school day, adjusting the school schedule to remove teacher in-service days, as well as a technology option with online classes.

Whitley County Consolidated Schools have missed 15 days since Christmas break, pushing the last day of school into mid-June.

PUTTIN' ON THE RITZ: State superintendent visits county schools

February 21, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY (Feb. 21, 2014)-- Indiana State Superintendent Glenda Ritz visited Coesse Elementary School today before taking a tour of Columbia City High School. See the weekend edition of The Post & Mail for coverage.

King, queen named for The Oaks

February 21, 2014

Parkview Oaks Nursing Home crowned their king and queen for Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14.

Every year the staff, residents and guest vote for the residents they like to win the title of king and queen. This year’s king and queen are Herman and Virginia Smith, who have been married for 68 years.

The runners-up are Imogene Crowder, for the title of queen, and Cecil Jenkins, for the title of king. P

arkview Oaks Nursing Home held a celebration on Valentine’s Day to crown the winners and acknowledge all the other participants.

Dancing to a different drum

February 21, 2014

Students at Northern Heights Elementary School learned a Valentine folk dance in music class. This “fun” partner dance originated in Germany. During the dance the students are able to change partners many times.

There were frequent giggles every time the dancers turned around and came face to face with their new “valentine.” The dance allowed students to show their competence with steady beat and patterned movement. Students pictured are from Deb Howard’s first grade class. From left: Jessy Stinson, Evan Jordan, Lisa Stephens and Aidenn Adams.

FRIDAY'S WEATHER OUTLOOK

February 21, 2014

(Feb, 21, 2014) -- A Wind Advisory in effect until 6 p.m. tonight. Winds will gust up to 45 and 50 mph through late this afternoon.

Temperatures will be near average in the middle 30s this afternoon with a mix of sun, clouds and a few flurries. The weekend will begin with warmer temperatures in the 40s, but some colder air will move in Sunday with the highs in the 20s.

Sunday's drop in temperature sets the stage for a week with bitter cold air taking temperatures into the teens Wednesday and Thursday.

Today: Partly sunny with a few flurries and very windy.

High: 37°

February 20th

TRAVEL ADVISORY

February 20, 2014

Advisory Travel restriction in effect due to high water and ponding on roads. Fog in the evening hours with 1/4 visibility. More heavy rain due this evening and warmer temperatures until overnight when the temperatures will drop. Possible snow flakes in the morning hours along with icy conditions, Please use caution when driving through high water. It is deeper than you think. Turn around don't drown. Please use caution when driving this evening and friday morning. High wind advisory until friday evening. 25-50 mph winds possible.

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