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January 3rd, 2014

Earl Keiser, 86

January 3, 2014

Earl B. Keiser, 86, of Whitley County, died at 10:55 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at Parkview Oaks where he had been a resident since December 2012.
He was born Oct. 7, 1927, in Fort Wayne, a son of Benjamin and Mable (Hepner) Keiser. His formative years were spent in Fort Wayne. He graduated from Elmhurst High School.
In 1945, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1948.
In 1950 he was united in marriage to Marilyn Barrand. They made their home in Fort Wayne until 1968 when they moved to Salt Lake City, Utah.

Man accused of decade-old probation violation

January 3, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY – A New Haven man is accused of having violated probation more than a decade ago in Whitley County.

James Heinzman, 37, was arrested in December in New Haven.

He was originally arrested in Whitley County in 1996. At that time, he was sentenced to the Indiana Department of Corrections for 10 years, with six to serve, for dealing a Schedule I controlled substance.

Winter punch brings sub-zero temps

January 3, 2014

WHITLEY COUNTY — More than 7 inches of snow was recorded for the county after a winter storm finished dumping the white stuff Thursday afternoon.

While many Whitley County residents worked to shovel sidewalks and clear driveways, blowing winds and below-zero temperatures made the chore even more laborious.

National Weather Service (NWS) officials in Syracuse have projected temperatures Monday to only reach 9 degrees below zero and a similar sub-zero forecast Tuesday.

January 2nd

State Urges Motorists to Avoid Unnecessary Travel, Make Way for Plow Trucks and Crews

January 2, 2014

Indianapolis (Jan. 2, 2013) – As recent weather continues to affect Hoosiers statewide, Governor Mike Pence issued the following statement.

“Winter storms like this one make travel a challenge for all our citizens. Hoosier motorists may be assured that the State of Indiana will continue to monitor the road conditions and weather and will respond with all available resources. As winter weather continues throughout much of the state, we also encourage drivers in affected areas to stay safe by avoiding unnecessary travel and making way for plow trucks and crews on the roads.”


January 2, 2014

(Jan. 2, 2014) -- Whitley County Emergency Management, Whitley County Sheriff and Whitley County Highway Departments have issued the following statement concerning travel within Whitley County ——

A “Caution Advisory Travel Level” has been issued at this time.

Roadways are snow covered and slick with blowing and drifting snow throughout the county. Caution should be taken when traveling throughout the area. Citizens should be aware of the Winter Weather Advisory that is in effect until 4 p.m. today, per the National Weather Service.

Upcoming events

January 2, 2014

• Retirement party - 1 p.m.
A retirement part will be held for Jackie Hake for her many years of service with the Whitley County Council on Aging.
The party will be held at The Woodlands Senior Center, Friday Jan. 3 from 1 to 3 p.m. The center is located at 710 Opportunity Dr. in Columbia City.

• Victim support group
The Whitley County Domestic Violence Task Force will hold a victim’s support group every second Wednesday of the month with free childcare provided.
Participants will need to go through a screening process before attending the group.

Antenna installation to be discussed

January 2, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — The next meeting of the Whitley County Amateur Radio Club will be held Thursday Jan. 9, at the Peabody Library starting at 6 p.m. in the Lower Level Community Room A meeting room.

The library is located at 1160 E. Ind. 205 in Columbia City. The program for the evening will be on Antenna Installation and Grounding.
All WCARC general meetings are open to the public.

For further information on the Whitley County Amateur radio Club, Inc.
Check out the club website at

Healthcare questions to be answered

January 2, 2014

COLUMBIA CITY — For those who might be feeling perplexed by all the changes being made to health insurance through "Obama-care,” also known as the Affordable Care Act, a meeting will be held to help remove some of the apprehension about the impacts of these changes.

The Whitley County Patriots meeting will focus on this topic Tuesday.
Several healthcare professionals will be on hand to explain how this law will effect healthcare options and to answer questions.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at The Church of The Nazarene, 506 N. Main St., Columbia City. The public is welcome to attend.

Decorations removed

January 2, 2014

Tad Varga, of Columbia City, spent a frigid New Year’s Day taking down the Christmas decorations from the outside of his home. Varga said if he did not remove the decorations on New Year’s Day, it would not get done. Varga tackled his project before accumulating winter weather blanketed Whitley County with more than 4 inches of snow.

INDOT Maintains Full Callout of Plow Trucks

January 2, 2014

FORT WAYNE (Jan. 2, 2014) – Heavy snowfall during the overnight and morning hours in the Northeast Indiana District of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) has made for difficult driving conditions on most interstates, U.S. highways, and state routes across the area, despite a full callout of plow trucks on the roads.


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