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July 18th, 2012

PIG WRESTLING

July 18, 2012

Approximately 148 competitors representing 37 teams tried their muddy hands at wrangling a slimy porker into submission at the Whitley County 4-H Fair's pig wrestling competition. With 60 seconds on the clock, teams of four worked to grab their pig and place the it on a tire in the center of the ring. Mud and water combined to made for a down and dirty competition

July 17th

DONE DEAL: County chamber sells building

July 17, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Chamber of Commerce announced Tuesday it had closed on the sale of its office building, located at the corner of Line and Jackson streets in downtown Columbia City.
The building, which had housed the chamber offices, was purchased by Angela Grable-Garcia, owner of Grable & Associates Realty. Grable-Garcia, a member of the chamber, plans to open at the location in August.
Closing on the sale was July 11, according to a chamber press release.

NO FLAME: Burn ban extended; to be considered every two weeks

July 17, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — At the Whitley County Commissioners’ meeting Monday, the board voted to continue the burn ban and to consider it every two weeks.
Present at the meeting, Cathy Broxon-Ball, EMA director, approached the board informing commissioners that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 36 Indiana counties as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by the ongoing drought.
The counties were named as of Thursday, and the Farmers Service Agency (FSA) said farmers in eligible counties can apply for loans to help cover part of their losses.

HAZARDOUS HEAT: 79 at 5 a.m. and 100 for Tuesday high, NWS issues heat advisory

July 17, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – WITH THE TEMPERATURE AT 79 DEGREES AT 5 A.M. TUESDAY MORNING, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS REPEATED A HAZARDOUS HEAT ADVISORY FOR TODAY WITH TUESDAY AFTERNOON HIGH AT OR NEAR 100 DEGREES.

FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:
HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM EDT /10 AM CDT/
THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING...

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...

* RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURES AROUND 100 ARE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES WILL PEAK AROUND 105.

* VERY HOT CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA AGAIN
ON WEDNESDAY.

July 16th

EXTENDED AGAIN: Commissioners to revisit burn ban every two weeks

July 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — At the County Commissioner’s meeting Monday, the board voted to continue the Burn Ban and to consider it every two weeks.
Present at the meeting, Cathy Broxon-Ball, EMA director, approached the board informing them that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated 36 Indiana counties as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by the drought.
The counties were named as of Thursday, and the Farmers Service Agency (FSA) said farmers in eligible counties can apply for loans to help cover part of their losses.

MISS ONION DAYS: Onion Days fest still going strong

July 16, 2012

WOLF LAKE ­— The festival that started 40 years ago in Wolf Lake celebrates its traditions in this year’s anniversary celebration. Included on that list events is the Miss Onion Days contest.
Every year, young women from the area compete in the quest to be crowned, “Miss Onion Days.”
The competition is simple. Cans are set out and carried by the girls in the contest. They collect pennies that count as votes. The collected donations goes toward Onion Days. At the end, all the money is collected, counted, and the young lady with the most votes wins.

SAVORY SUCCESS: Small business overcomes economic tough times

July 16, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY ­­— Economic uncertainty has had most businesses on a roller coaster of financial ups and downs. That would lead most entrepreneurs to think twice before making the leap into a new business, but for Steve Beers and his family a small business was the ride they were looking for.
Masters Hand BBQ, with operations in Columbia City, is a company that provides barbecue sauces, rubs, mustards and more in a gluten free, high-fructose corn syrup free, all natural product.

'EYE OPENING': College student interns for mayor

July 16, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — After more than a month of shadowing Mayor Ryan Daniel, 21-year-old Zach Taylor’s internship ended Friday, proving to be an informative task.
“It’s been an eye opening experience,” said Taylor. “At school we always talk about the state and federal level, and how elections work at that level or how government runs at that level. On a local level it’s not about being a democrat or being a republican, it’s about doing whatever it takes to get the job done.”

CROP CALAMITY: USDA designates Whitley County as one of 35 disaster areas

July 16, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), as of Thursday, 36 counties in Indiana are designated as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by extreme drought.
Other than Whitley County, the following counties in Indiana are include: Allen, Gibson, Marshall, St. Joseph, Carroll, Grant, Martin, Spencer, Cass, Greene, Miami, Steuben, Crawford, Howard, Noble, Sullivan, Daviess, Huntington, Orange, Vanderburgh, DeKalb, Knox, Perry, Wabash, Dubois, Kosciusko, Pike, Warrick, Elkhart, LaGrange, Posey, Wells, Fulton, Lawrence and Pulaski.

July 13th

RETHINKING: Col. City discusses changes to OSD

July 13, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — At Tuesday’s meeting, Columbia City Common Council member Ben Romine said he talked to a couple business owners downtown, and they wondered if the city would ever consider moving Old Settlers Days out of downtown.
Mayor Ryan Daniel said this is not the first time he has heard this, as some downtown business owners have strong opinions on the subject.
“There have been discussions I’m sure through many many years about that,” said Daniel. “Obviously, it’s a decision as to the placement of Old Settlers that is up to the Old Settlers committee.”

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