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July 4th, 2012
STAY SAFE DURING EXCESSIVE HEAT CONDITIONS
Be ready for high temperatures with a few simple steps
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ 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 â€” 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 commissionâ€™s attorney to be a â€śfailure to act.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™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, â€śthe 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.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” County Commissioners approved a motion to extend Whitley Countyâ€™s burn ban based on the recommendations by the Whitley County Fire Chiefâ€™s Association.
The burn ban was originally set by the commissioners to last until Mondayâ€™s meeting so they could re-asses their decision for the following week.
â€śThe fire chiefâ€™s association took a vote, and the vote was eight to keep the burn ban, including fireworks, and one opposed,â€ť said County Commissioner Don Amber. â€śSo we will continue the burn ban including fireworks.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 Stonesâ€™ intentions to close down the day care service.
â€śThey decided after 13 years of day care, they are closing,â€ť said Claxton.
â€śThey basically said July 27 is the last day.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley Countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners is scheduled to address two major issues today in its regular meeting â€” the countyâ€™s wind energy ordinance and the burn ban.
After the Whitley County Plan Commissionâ€™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.
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.