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July 3rd, 2012

WIND: Proposed ordinance set to become law

July 3, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — 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’s attorney to be a “failure to act.”

July 2nd

NEW ASSESSOR COMING: County GOP schedules caucus

July 2, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s 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, “the 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.”

EXTENDED: Commissioners continue burn ban

July 2, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — County Commissioners approved a motion to extend Whitley County’s burn ban based on the recommendations by the Whitley County Fire Chief’s Association.
The burn ban was originally set by the commissioners to last until Monday’s meeting so they could re-asses their decision for the following week.
“The fire chief’s association took a vote, and the vote was eight to keep the burn ban, including fireworks, and one opposed,” said County Commissioner Don Amber. “So we will continue the burn ban including fireworks.”

CLOSING DOORS: Stepping Stones day care announces shut down

July 2, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — 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’ intentions to close down the day care service.
“They decided after 13 years of day care, they are closing,” said Claxton.
“They basically said July 27 is the last day.”

HIGHLAND GAMES

July 2, 2012

WIND, FIRE: On tap at BOC mtg

July 2, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Board of Commissioners is scheduled to address two major issues today in its regular meeting — the county’s wind energy ordinance and the burn ban.
After the Whitley County Plan Commission’s 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.

July 1st

SEARING HEAT: 90s then triple digits again; heat effects on fish, wildlife long term?

July 1, 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 – and a 104 reading last Thursday – 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 – that's right, 100+ degrees – later this coming week.

POWERLESS: Friday's wind storm still causing wide-spread problems

July 1, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – 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.

June 29th

OSD: Longtime citizens lauded

June 29, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — One took a train to Old Settlers Day and the other one remembers a dazzling light show.
Talbert “Pit” Pittenger and Elmer Heinley were honored Friday for being this year’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.

COUNTY CAUCUS: N.E. Indiana mayors, commissioners endorse The Big Goal

June 29, 2012

FORT WAYNE — 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.

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