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July 5th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY ¬≠‚ÄĒ Local resident and Columbia City Joint High School (CCJHS) graduate Mick Long was awarded the Anthony Award June 24 for Outstanding Leading Male Performance in a Musical for his role as Edna Turnblad in ‚ÄúHairspray.‚ÄĚ
‚Äú‚ÄėHairspray‚Äô is now my favorite (show). The character of Edna was both the biggest challenge and most fun I‚Äôve ever had with a role. And the show was so well received by the audiences,‚ÄĚ said Long.
Long received the award for his theater contributions offered during the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre‚Äôs 2011-12 season.
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ With downed trees and damaged roofs as a reminder of Friday‚Äôs powerful storm, Whitley County officials thanked everyone who responded and addressed certain problematic issues as departments tried to do their jobs effectively.
County Commissioner Don Amber said one of the biggest issues occurred when the Emergency Management Agency, EMA, called him to tell him the Emergency Operations Center was activated and he was told the internet was down.
Sheriff Mark Hodges said the issue is currently being addressed.
STAY SAFE DURING EXCESSIVE HEAT CONDITIONS
Be ready for high temperatures with a few simple steps
COLUMBIA CITY ‚Äď With an excessive heat warning for Whitley and area counties firmly in place for the next four days and high temperatures to settle near 100 degrees, the federal government has issued tips on how to cope. Perhaps the biggest coping mechanism will be forecast highs in the low- to mid-80s early next week.
Regardless, here is what the feds want Whitley Countians to know about the ongoing heat wave:
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ After some confusion, the proposed Wind Ordinance is currently on its way to become law July 19, with the changes to the setbacks included.
David Sewell, with the Columbia City/Whitley County Joint Planning and Building Department, came to the Whitley County Board of Commissioners meeting Monday to clear up the results of the last plan commission meeting held in June.
Sewell said the vote made in the plan commission's meeting was determined by the county attorney and the plan commission‚Äôs attorney to be a ‚Äúfailure to act.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Whitley County‚Äôs Republican Party announced Monday it would hold a caucus July 10 to fill the vacancy in the Whitley County Assessor elected position.
County Assessor Angie Heath announced her resignation earlier this year, which goes into effect Saturday.
According to a county GOP press release, ‚Äúthe political party occupying that office has 30 days from the date of the resignation to hold a caucus and elect a new elected official, in this case county assessor.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ County Commissioners approved a motion to extend Whitley County‚Äôs burn ban based on the recommendations by the Whitley County Fire Chief‚Äôs Association.
The burn ban was originally set by the commissioners to last until Monday‚Äôs meeting so they could re-asses their decision for the following week.
‚ÄúThe fire chief‚Äôs association took a vote, and the vote was eight to keep the burn ban, including fireworks, and one opposed,‚ÄĚ said County Commissioner Don Amber. ‚ÄúSo we will continue the burn ban including fireworks.‚ÄĚ
COLUMBIA CITY ‚ÄĒ Julie Claxton, a Columbia City resident who sends her two kids to the Stepping Stones Day Care at the First Church of God, said she received a letter in her mailbox on Friday stating Stepping Stones‚Äô intentions to close down the day care service.
‚ÄúThey decided after 13 years of day care, they are closing,‚ÄĚ said Claxton.
‚ÄúThey basically said July 27 is the last day.‚ÄĚ
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.