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March 6th, 2013

GUILTY PLEA: Raber admits meth dealing

March 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man pleaded guilty to charges of dealing methamphetamine and will be sentenced at a later date.

Michael Raber, 27, pleaded guilty in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday to two counts of dealing methamphetamine. Both are Class B felonies.

Raber was arrested in January for dealing meth at the Budget Inn. Raber and his girlfriend sold hypodermic needles and a white powdery substance to an undercover officer.

Four other counts against Raber were dismissed. He will be sentenced on April 15.

LIVE BROADCAST TO HOST MAYOR: WJHS to conduct weekly segments with city leaders

March 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — WJHS, Columbia City High School’s radio station, is presenting new programming starting Thursday that focuses on the Columbia City community.

CC Connections will begin by featuring Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, with a monthly segment entitled, “Coffee with the Mayor.” March’s topic will center around the storm water utility.

Mayor Daniel will broadcast live with WJHS from at Richard’s Restaurant, Columbia City, at 11 a.m. on the first Thursday of every month.

FUND FOR BRIDGES: Council proposes CCF rate increase

March 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A first in nearly 30 years could occur.

The Whitley County Council approved a motion Tuesday to raise the rate on the Cumulative Capital Fund (CCF), pending a public hearing on the increase.

The fund is used for a variety of county expenses, including bridge repairs and replacement.

The proposed rate is .03. Currently it is at .0162. This will be the first increase in 28 years. The measure unanimously passed.

Baseball registration extended

March 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Registration for youth baseball in Columbia City has been extended.

Previously, the deadline was this past Saturday without having to pay a late fee. Now, according to Columbia City Park Director Mark Green, interested individuals have until this Friday at the end of business hours to register for the 2013 baseball season.

“Our office hours go until 4:30 p.m. Friday,” he said. “Our baseball committee wanted to extend it another week, so we did.”

Softball’s deadline remains the same, March 16.

FATAL CRASH: Snowmobile accident claims life of 21 year old

March 6, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A 2010 Columbia City High School graduate was killed in a snowmobile accident early Wednesday morning.

Justin Hinen, 21, of Columbia City, was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 1:30 a.m. after he allegedly drove his snowmobile into a fence.

Indiana conservation officer Darren Reed said Hinen left the roadway, crashing into a wire fence that enclosed a livestock pasture.

Hinen was traveling on County Road 200 North between County Roads 150 West and 250 West, when he intentionally left the road to head across a field.

MORNING TRAVEL: Closing, delays and road conditions

March 6, 2013

FROM THE NEWSROOM (Wednesday): Schools in Whitley County are closed due to the weather. Reports are coming in that snow plows are out tackling main roads first and then county roads. Newsroom staff report their drive to work was manageable once in town and on main roads. However, county roads still were hazardous with drifting in some places. Be careful as you commute to work this morning!

March 5th

TRASH COLLECTION STOPPED

March 5, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY - The City of Columbia City has announced that Republic Services/National Serv-All hauling division has agreed to stop all trash and recycling collections for Wednesday, March 6, due to severe weather and unsafe road conditions.

All collections for the rest of the week will be performed one day later than usual.

Wednesday work will be performed on Thursday. Thursday work on Friday and Friday work on Saturday.

The Macbeth Road Landfill will be open for all customers who bring their materials to the Macbeth Road site.

ROAD CONDITIONS: INDOT crews have been treating roadways

March 5, 2013

FORT WAYNE – The National Weather Service has declared a Winter Storm Warning for much of northern and eastern Indiana, with the heaviest snowfall predicted in a line from Lake Michigan to East Central Indiana.

Where the storm is expected to lead off with snow and ice, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) crews have already been treating roadways in preparation for the storm. Trucks also have begun pre-treating bridges, ramps and roadways with salt brine, an anti-icing solution.

Winter Storm Saturn approaches

March 5, 2013

Projected snow accumulation, according to The National Weather Service is 5 to 7 inches.
However, warmer weather will arrive Thursday into the weekend. This will allow for snow to melt possibly creating flood conditions and hazards.

Undefeated, conference champs

March 5, 2013

Whitko Middle School’s 8th grade girls basketball team finished its season with a 19-0 record Saturday after winning the NELMSC championship over Edgewood.

Above, from left, Emma Neeley, Lyndsey Sapp, Claire Reiff, Kennedy Krull, Aly Reiff, Brianna Cumberland, Haley Yohe, Hannah Yohe and Brooke Christofel; back, 8th grade coach Sean Cumberland.

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