February 27th, 2014
(Feb. 27, 2014) -- Blowing snow and gusting winds are creating visibility concerns for morning travelers.
More cold air is moving in today with gusty west winds of up to 30 mph making it feel like it‚Äôs -10 to 20 below zero. As these winds die down tonight, the actual temperature begins to fall and lows will be well below zero by Friday morning.
Snow is expected Friday night and Saturday morning, which should only bring light accumulations to the area.
Today: Mostly cloudy with snow showers and very little accumulation around Fort Wayne. Wind chills -10¬į to -20¬į.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A man facing multiple drug charges, including dealing methamphetamine, had a bond reduction request denied Monday in Whitley County Circuit Court.
Willie F. Jensen, 31, of Columbia City, was arrested along with several other individuals in a bust by the Whitley County Drug Task Force at Miami Village in January.
Jensen, who is represented by Jeffrey T. Jones, Jr., currently has a bond at $50,000 surety. He requested to be released on his own recognizance.
Judge James Heuer denied that request.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The moment city officials have been worried about for several years may come to a head this year ‚ÄĒ a sewer rate increase.
With increasing requirements from the state and a multi-million dollar project in the works, Columbia City‚Äôs‚Äô Common Council discussed how it will approach an inevitable rate increase for wastewater customers.
‚ÄúAs a mayor, this is the most frustrating thing I‚Äôve ever encountered,‚ÄĚ said Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel. ‚ÄúIt stresses me out to dump this burden on our residents. Our hands are completely tied in this matter.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ State Sen. Jim Banks is known for representing Whitley County at the Statehouse, facing political agendas.
But now, Banks will have an agenda representing the country. Banks will be deployed for two weeks with the U.S. Navy as part of his military training.
Banks joined the U.S. Navy Reserves in 2012 as a supply corps officer. His military duty means he will miss the last week of the legislative session. Banks is set to leave March 8 for Rhode Island.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The National Association of Home Builders predicts a 25 percent gain in total new homes in 2014, with a 32 percent pickup in single-family constructions.
Whitley County appears to be following the trend, with a new housing addition, possible expansions to current subdivisions, and several new homes ‚ÄĒ an increase that began in 2013.
Though 2013‚Äôs building permit total of 667 is similar to 2012, Dave Sewell, Whitley County‚Äôs executive director of planning and building, said there is a major difference in the number of new home permits.
Editor‚Äôs note: The following is the first of a three-part series on the proposed U.S. 30 bypass.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Stop and go. Stop and go. Stop and go. Whitley County residents are all too familiar with the stoplight routine when traveling along U.S. 30.
The delays that can come from getting stuck at numerous intersections are not only recognized locally, but state leaders have taken notice.
In response to a state-wide road initiative, Gov. Mike Pence has been working with a group, Conexus Indiana, to include Columbia City in several projects to streamline traffic patterns.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ The Peabody Public Library, Columbia City, recently announced its events for March.
‚ÄĘ Tatting has been cancelled until April.
‚ÄĘThere is no Yoga on Thursday, March 20.
‚ÄĘYoga will be cancelled on those days that Whitley County Consolidated Schools are closed.
‚ÄĘTuesday, March 4, 11 at 6 p.m.
Come watch the Albertsons defend their title.
‚ÄĘFriday, March 28 by 6 p.m.
Entries for the PBS Kids Go! & PPL Writers Contest are due.
Fishing for muskies
‚ÄĘWednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ Graphic design students in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Saint Francis dominated the student categories in the Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne Advertising Honors presentation in the Public Safety Academy on Fort Wayne‚Äôs south side Feb. 15.
School Of Creative Arts students‚Äô won over half of a total 55 given in the student categories, taking home 31 awards: 17 gold, 13 silver and a Judge‚Äôs Choice for the new School Of Creative Arts viewbook.
The awards will be displayed in School Of Creative Art‚Äôs main case.
Members of New Era show choir, from Churubusco High School, celebrate after the group was declared Grand Champion of the Small Mixed Division at Homestead High School Saturday, while also winning caption awards for Best Band, Best Choreography and Best Vocals. New Era also won Overall Grand Champion while winning Best Vocals and Best Choreography.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ A man who admitted to breaking into his family‚Äôs home to steal property was given an eight-year sentence to the Whitley County Jail.
Tyler Green, 30, pleaded guilty to burglary in January.
His sentence of eight years will be fully served at the Whitley County Jail.
Green received the maximum sentence for the amended charge, which was burglary as a Class C felony.
A stipulation of the plea agreement was that the state agreed to not veto any sentence modification after Green served one-fourth of the time.