COLUMBIA CITY â€” Unseasonably warm temperatures have left most of the Midwest double checking the date. Yes, Monday was Dec. 4 and the temperature registered a high of 64 degrees. But yesterday temperatures dropped â€” to a high of 60 degrees. Even with the slight dip, the temperature was still 20 degrees above the normal high of 39.
Although some have enjoyed waking up to frost-free windshields, others are concerned the strange weather patterns are indicators of a bigger problem â€“ severe weather outbreaks.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City's downtown area is facing an outage. Street lights and store fronts are currently without power.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Council members approved a relationship between the Whitley County Humane Society and the Whitley County Commissioners to design a contract that will work for both parties.
Lindsay Pease, the humane shelterâ€™s director, attended Tuesdayâ€™s council meeting where she requested an approval of $25,000 for next yearâ€™s budget.
The funds would be used by the shelter for several different tasks, such as off-setting the need for donations when strays are brought in and alleviating the costs of vaccinations for animals.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Consolidated Schools Board (WCCS) of School Trustees is working to prevent future flooding problems at Columbia City High School.
A storm sewer proposal could be approve as early as Dec. 17. If the board approved the project, installation of a storm sewer would begin in March of 2013 â€” stretching the storm sewer along the north side of the school.
â€śMost of it would be completed by May 30 and final completion would be June 30,â€ť said Zickgraf.
Kay A. Kistler, 76, formerly of Columbia City, died at 10:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Warsaw Meadows Care Center, Warsaw where she had been a resident since 2003.
She was born Aug. 25, 1936, in Warsaw, a daughter of Floyd F. and Gladys E. (Kilgore) Kistler.
Surviving relatives include three children, six grandchildren, one brother, one niece and one nephew.
A private interment service at Hillcrest Cemetery, Pierceton will be held at a later date.
Dolores V. Trammel, 95, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:45 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, at Parkview Whitley Hospital, Columbia City.
Born May 3, 1917, in Fort Wayne, she was the daughter of Roudolph J. and Gertrude A. (Jordan) Harpel.
She attended the Fort Wayne School system. She married Lauren Trammel in Fort Wayne. An Allen County resident until the 1960s, she moved to Noble County, and recently moved to Whitley County to live with her children.
She retired from Tokheim Corp., Albion. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Albion.
Paula Jane Kemp, 83, of Fremont, Indiana died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
She had worked as the secretary to the vice president of Brighton Mushroom Com-pany. She also had modeled for L.S. Ayers in Fort Wayne.
She was a member of the Angola Christian Church and volunteered for the Cameron Home Health & Hospice of Angola for several years.
She was born May 29, 1929 in Indiana to Mark and Pauline (White) Snyder.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” In most cases, itâ€™s better safe than sorry.
Columbia City High School was on lock down for Monday morning after a gun magazine was found on the street in front of the school.
A K-9 unit from Allen County was brought to the school to search the building, but during the search it was determined that the magazine belonged to a Columbia City Police Officer.
Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh said there was no safety issue with the students, and they were put on lock down as a precaution.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Approximately 8,500 all-hazards alert radios were distributed by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) to local emergency management agencies across the state â€” 75 of them going to Whitley County. The purpose of the radios is to provide early alerts to â€śat-riskâ€ť Hoosiers.
â€śOn average, weâ€™ve received 50 alert radios for the past couple years now, and most of them have been distributed to those who are elderly or low income,â€ť said Whitley County Emergency Management Agency Director Cathy Broxon-Ball.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Beginning Jan. 9, students attending Whitko Community School Corporation will start their school day a half hour later on Wednesdays.
The delay in the schoolsâ€™ start time comes after the school board passed the amendment at its last meeting.
â€śWeâ€™ve needed to find a way to give our teachers time for professional development,â€ť said Steve Clason, Whitko schoolsâ€™ superintendent.
â€śThis weekly delay will allow us to spend more time developing educational programs that will enhance our schools.â€ť