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July 2nd, 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.

POWERFUL STORM: Intense system with 90 mph winds buffet area

June 29, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – 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.

PHOTO: Two-year-old Whisler eats an elephant ear

June 29, 2012

Haylee Whisler, 2, takes a bite out of her brother’s elephant ear at the Old Settler’s Days Festival in downtown Columbia City Thursday afternoon.

PROSECUTOR: Fireworks ban is legal

June 29, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney is dispelling any speculation on whether recent suspension of fireworks by county and city government officials is legal.
“This office has been made aware that the Whitley County Commissioners have imposed a ban on burning and on fireworks pursuant to their authority,” said Prosecutor Matt Rentschler in a letter Thursday.
The county’s Board of Commissioners issued a ban on open burning, to include fireworks, on Monday.

SEARING: Thursday temperatures reach record highs

June 29, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — 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 today’s temperatures will be almost 10 degrees cooler, it will still be hot.

OSD NEARS END: Department heads get busier

June 29, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — 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.
“Saturday’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,” 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.

 

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