June 29th, 2012
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 brotherâ€™s elephant ear at the Old Settlerâ€™s Days Festival in downtown Columbia City Thursday afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney is dispelling any speculation on whether recent suspension of fireworks by county and city government officials is legal.
â€śThis office has been made aware that the Whitley County Commissioners have imposed a ban on burning and on fireworks pursuant to their authority,â€ť said Prosecutor Matt Rentschler in a letter Thursday.
The countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners issued a ban on open burning, to include fireworks, on Monday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Scorching, hot temperatures covered most of the nation yesterday, with the Whitley County area at temperatures above 100 degrees.
Michael Sabones, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service station in North Webster, said while they did not have an official report in for Whitley County, he estimates the county reached around 104 degrees.
Sabones said although todayâ€™s temperatures will be almost 10 degrees cooler, it will still be hot.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With Old Settlers Days nearing its end, Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh, assured the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday that his and other city departments will be working hard to make sure things go smoothly.
â€śSaturdayâ€™s going to be a real busy day here in Columbia City with the parade and the Highland Games out at the 4-H grounds,â€ť said Longenbaugh.
Longenbaugh said he has an officer who will be working the Highland Games, and nearly everyone else will be concentrating on Old Settlers and the parade that takes place tomorrow.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh told the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday he is hopeful another block of construction on Line Street should be ending soon.
â€śUp on Line Street, we are continuing to get sidewalks in place,â€ť said Cearbaugh. â€śWe just want to thank our guys for the great work they are doing on that.â€ť
Cearbaugh said he hoped construction on the 200 block would be completed by the end of this week.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City stand-out football player Jared Murphy has been tossing around the pigskin with his dad and brothers for as long as he can remember.
His senior year at Columbia City is far from the end of his football career.
Murphy will be making the change from an Eagle to a RedHawk, as he recently verbally committed to Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
Miami is a Div. I school that belongs to the Midwest Athletic Conference (MAC) along with Ball State and Northern Illinois.
Mildred â€śMillieâ€ť Evelyn Penn Ellison, 89, died Tuesday, June 26, 2012, at the Mason Healthcare Center in Warsaw.
She was born Nov. 25, 1922, the daughter of Charles and Mary (Emerick) Penn in Huntington County.
Surviving relatives include her husband, Richard Ellison, four daughters, two sons, 17 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ In the latest www.thepostandmail.com Online Poll Results, Indiana University's Mark Spitz was tagged as poll takers' favorite male Summer Olympian of all time. Obviously, Spitz's unprecedented "gold rush" is still remembered by many.
Spitz grabbed 25% of the votes; Jim Thorpe, 19%; Michael Phelps, 17%; Jesse Owens, 10%; Bruce Jenner, 8%; while George Foreman and Carl Lewis tied at 4%. "Someone else" beside those listed garnered 13% of the vote.
Be sure to answer the latest poll question on the home page of www.thepostandmail.com
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The ceremony to commemorate the oldest and longest residing citizens in Whitley County, originally scheduled for Thursday evening has been postponed due to excessive heat.
The announcement will be made today (Friday, June 29) at 1 p.m. at the Whitley County Historical Museum.