July 2nd, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs Board of Commissioners is scheduled to address two major issues today in its regular meeting ‚ÄĒ the county‚Äôs wind energy ordinance and the burn ban.
After the Whitley County Plan Commission‚Äôs motion to approve changes did not carry with a majority vote at its last meeting, the proposed changes were not approved, with no motion made to reject them.
The changes go back to the commissioners to decide whether or not they want to make changes to the ordinance.
Columbia City incoming senior Celine Rongos won the Columbia City Girls Tennis Tournament recently.
In her high school season this year with the Lady Eagles, Rongos was 1st-Team All-Conference, All-District, All-State Honorable Mention, team captain and was named Columbia City‚Äôs MVP in the No. 1 singles position.
DeWayne E. ‚ÄúDee‚ÄĚ Jackson, 80, of rural Larwill, died at 1:50 p.m. Saturday, June 30, 2012, at I.U.-Goshen Hospital while surrounded by family members.
He was born July 20, 1931, in Monroe County, Mich. He was raised by Florence (Smith) Elston in Bluffton. He graduated from Bluffton High School in 1950.
He worked at Magnavox. For nearly 50 years, he was a member of International Union of Operating Engineers Local 103, working as an asphalt plant operator with Daily Asphalt, Reith & Reilly. He retired in 1993 from S.E. Johnson.
Mary Elizabeth Sannan, 87, of Fort Wayne, died on Friday, June 29, 2012, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Mrs. Sannan was born in Liberty Center on Sept. 7, 1924, to the late Harry Bennett and Carrie Elizabeth (Murray) Hubbard.
She married Charles R. Sannan and he preceded her in death.
Mary was a waitress for many years at Al‚Äôs Restaurant in Waynedale and Bill Caradone‚Äôs Italian Restaurant in Fort Wayne. She also worked at Magnavox in Fort Wayne.
She attended the Waynedale United Methodist Church and loved playing bingo, going camping, cooking and flower gardening.
Doris Pauline Lewark, 82 of Roanoke, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at her home.
Mrs. Lewark was born Aug. 3, 1929, in Fort Wayne, the daughter of Paul B. and Mary F. (Mertz) Cox. On July 24, 1948, she married Walter E. Lewark in Roanoke. He preceded her in death on Dec. 24, 2005.
She graduated from Roanoke High School as valedictorian of the class of 1947, worked as a registered nurse at St. Joseph Hospital, was devoted to her husband and family, was an animal lover, especially dogs and cats, and enjoyed painting.
The drought gripping Whitley County and Indiana has parched lawns and stunted crops, but its effects on fish and wildlife might not be seen for years, biologists say.
Whitley County is in the midst of an unprecedented heat cycle, spanning to March of this year. With temperatures stuck in the mid- to upper-90s ‚Äď and a 104 reading last Thursday ‚Äď the searing temps are projected for days to come. In fact, forecasters predict the current spate of 90+ degree readings will escalate to triple digits ‚Äď that's right, 100+ degrees ‚Äď later this coming week.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď Although electricity was quickly restored in Whitley County from Friday afternoon's powerful storms, other nearby areas are not faring nearly as well.
Utility crews were still working to restore electricity to about 74,000 customers in northern Indiana two days after a storm that packed winds as high as 91 mph hit the state.
Indiana Michigan Power reported most of those without power were in the Fort Wayne area, where 62,000 customers remained without power Sunday morning. The utility projects that electricity in Allen County should be restored by late Wednesday night.
SOUTH WHITLEY ‚ÄĒ Whitko‚Äôs Ian Pherigo is setting the bar high in the weight room for his fellow football teammates. Pherigo holds the National record in squats for his age and size at 352 pounds.
The senior is a full back on the football team, and wrestled in his freshman and sophomore years.
‚ÄúI gave up wrestling last season for lifting,‚ÄĚ Pherigo said.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ One took a train to Old Settlers Day and the other one remembers a dazzling light show.
Talbert ‚ÄúPit‚ÄĚ Pittenger and Elmer Heinley were honored Friday for being this year‚Äôs Old Settlers Day Citizens. Normally the ceremony takes place on Thursday, the traditional Old Settlers Day, but due to the heat the men met up with the OSD officers at the air-conditioned Thomas R. Marshall Museum Friday afternoon.
Pittenger was named the Longest Continuous Resident who registered for Old Settles Day on Thursday. He is 93 years old and hails from Union Township.
FORT WAYNE ‚ÄĒ A press conference was held Thursday in Fort Wayne to officially announce the formation of a joint caucus of the mayors and commissioners of Northeast Indiana.
In a press release issued by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the caucus provides a forum to work collaboratively on policy issues of common interest. This collaboration is essential to advance public policy critical to the goal of transforming the economy of the region through their leadership.