Winter Storm News & Notes

January 6, 2014

No NB home deivery today

The News-Banner will print an edition today but home delivery will not be attempted. Papers will be delivered to subscribers as soon as possible this week.

Wells County, Bluffton have emergency declarations
Technically, in Wells County, nobody’s supposed to be out on the roads unless they are an emergency worker.
Wells County went to a Level 3, or Red, travel status about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. The city of Bluffton has essentially matched that, as Mayor Ted Ellis declared a weather emergency that will extend until 5 p.m. Monday.
Wells County and much of Indiana was blanketed by snowfall Sunday. Monday and Tuesday are expected to bring miserably frigid temperatures – with daytime temperatures of -11 on Monday and a high temperature of -2 on Tuesday – plus winds between 25 and 35 miles per hour. That will result in wind chill factors of -40 or worse.

Trash pickup will be delayed one day this week
Trash pickup in Bluffton and Ossian will be delayed a day this week.
Crews will not be making their usual Monday runs, according to an announcement from Republic Services/National Serv-all. In Bluffton, that will push Monday’s pickups to Tuesday, Tuesday’s to Wednesday, and Wednesday’s to Thursday.

Christmas tree pickup is delayed by snowfall
Bluffton Street Department workers were going to start picking up Christmas trees — the live kind, that is — at the curbside today.
That won’t happen. The best guess is that the process will start next week.

Don’t call police for road info — check INDOT, instead
Residents are asked not to call law enforcement agencies for road condition reports. Those lines must be kept clear for emergencies.
For information about road conditions, call 1-800-261-ROAD (7623) or go online to or

Fire marshal: Clear areas around fire hydrants
State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson is asking citizens to clear snow from fire hydrants as part of the snow removal for their properties.
Snow accumulation or the results of plowing and snow clearing can completely cover or restrict access to fire hydrants, Greeson said. “A blocked hydrant can mean slower response to extinguishing fires and (clearing it) only takes a few minutes,” said Greeson.

Heyerly’s will offer delivery of food to shut-ins
Heyerly’s Meat Market will be open, and has the capability of delivering food to shut-ins. Call 824-0300.
Owner Shaun Imbody says the store has 4-wheel drive vehicles available for use.
Also, Imbody says the Snug Café is open  and will provide free meals to any snow abatement workers.

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