July 1st, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â 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 â Whitkoâs 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.
âI gave up wrestling last season for lifting,â Pherigo said.
COLUMBIA CITY â One took a train to Old Settlers Day and the other one remembers a dazzling light show.
Talbert âPitâ Pittenger and Elmer Heinley were honored Friday for being this yearâs 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 â 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.
Ruth M. Zollinger, 89, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Hamilton House.
Born June 25, 1923, in Ft. Wayne, Ruth worked at L. S. Ayresâ Tea Room. She was a member of St. Patrickâs Catholic Church in Ft. Wayne and loved baking Christmas cookies.
Marquis Jr. Reid, of Columbia City, died at 2:56 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where he had been a resident since April.
He was born Nov. 29, 1924, in Richland Township, a son of Mark H. and Lena M. (Hoffert) Reid.
He attended Larwill High School.
He entered into the U.S. Army on Aug. 8, 1944, serving in the European Theater.
He was honorably discharge on Sept. 30, 1945. He returned to the area.
On Dec. 29, 1944, he married Ruth C. Fosnaugh. They made their home in Richland Township.
Betty J. Boggs, 83, a resident of rural Churubusco in Noble County, died at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at the family residence in Green Township following an extended illness.
Mrs. Boggs was born in Smith Township on May 14, 1929, the daughter of Orlando and Lela N. (Shlater) Geiger. She spent her formative years in the Churubusco area and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1947.
Barbara S. Wilt, 76, of Fort Wayne, died at 11:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Life Care Nursing Home, Fort Wayne.
Born April 27, 1936, in Noble County, she was the daughter of Chester J. and Jennie (Smith) Boggs.
She graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the class of 1954. On July 3, 1963, she married Lanny K. Wilt in Fort Wayne, and they have always lived in Noble County.
For 31 years she worked for Dana Corporation, Churubusco, where she retired in 1994. She was a member of the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, Merriam.
COLUMBIA CITY â Storms with hail and winds of up 91 mph moved through northern Indiana on Friday afternoon, leaving thousands of businesses and homes without power.
In Columbia City, the powerful winds toppled trees on the Courthouse Square and made a shambles of tents and carnival attractions along the downtown midway for its annual Old Settlers Days celebration.
Trees, branches and power lines were torn down by the gusty system that struck about 2:30 p.m. Crews were busy throughout Whitley County assessing and repairing the damage.
Haylee Whisler, 2, takes a bite out of her brotherâs elephant ear at the Old Settlerâs Days Festival in downtown Columbia City Thursday afternoon.