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July 1st, 2012
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 â€“ and a 104 reading last Thursday â€“ 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 â€“ that's right, 100+ degrees â€“ later this coming week.
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One took a train to Old Settlers Day and the other one remembers a dazzling light show.
Talbert â€śPitâ€ť Pittenger and Elmer Heinley were honored Friday for being this yearâ€™s 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.
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.