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July 11th, 2012

LITTLE HERO: 8-year-old kid saves day

July 11, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY ­ — Eight-year-old Sammy Varga may wear a cape when pretending to be a super hero, but to his family and neighbor, Angie Cotter, he is a hero.
Sunday morning, Sammy was outside when he saw smoke coming from the Cotter residence.
“I told my dad that they must be cooking a lot of bacon because there was a lot of smoke,” said Sammy.
Kim and Tad Varga are the parents of Sammy. Kim said that she was very proud of her son.

July 10th

THE LIGHTHOUSE: More than a home for the displaced

July 10, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY ­ — Located high on a hill off Bus. U.S. 30, The Lighthouse serves as a beacon of hope to those who find themselves in the darkness of life’s troubles.
Michelle Woodard is a case manager at The Lighthouse. She said The Lighthouse is more than just a homeless shelter.
“We’ve been labeled as a homeless shelter and I guess in some ways we are, but we offer so much more than a roof over their heads. It is really our mission to not only help people get back on their feet, but to provide healing in areas of their life that brought them here in the first place.”

July 9th

SOUNDS OF SUMMER: Singers from Teen Idol perform at concert

July 9, 2012

ZUMBATHON: Exercising for a good cause

July 9, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — A fun and healthy fundraiser known as Zumbathon provided a hard workout for a good cause Saturday. The fundraiser was held at the First Church of God Gymnasium.
Pat Mossburg, the religious communities director for the Whitley County Salvation Army, said the Zumbathon was held for “A Sole Purpose” — a program to help money for new school shoes and backpacks for local children in need.
“We are about half way to our goal,” said Mossburg. “We’ll probably keep collecting monetary donations through mid July.”

ANOTHER WEEK: Burn ban extended

July 9, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County Board of Commissioners chair Don Amber announced today the county-wide ban on open burning, which includes the use of fireworks, would be extended another week.
“I heard a forecast that we could get rain (during the weekend) so we’ll see,” said Amber.
The extension of the ban will take the prohibition up to the next meeting of the commissioners.
The current ban was set to expire today at 1 p.m.
Whitley County followed the lead of other counties and the city of Columbia City in banning open burning when it issued an executive order June 25.

JAIL: Leaders locked up for good cause

July 9, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY ­— The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is locking up business and community leaders in Whitley County on Tuesday.
These jailbirds will serve their one hour jail sentence between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Paige’s Crossing in Columbia City.
The event to raise money for MDA benefits local Whitley County residents.
Blake Van Houten and his brother Cole are both diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystropy.
The boys serve as Goodwill Ambassadors for the MDA.
As each participant works to get out of jail, bail money is raised.

July 7th

STAND-STILL: Corn stops growing as temperatures rise

July 7, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — While corn is usually shoulder high by this time of year, record hot temperatures and little rain have caused it to come to a stand still.
“The heat takes a toll on it more than the sunlight,” said Whitley County Purdue Extension Educator David Addison. “When temperatures are above 90 degrees it stops growing, and it won’t start growing until the temperature goes down.”
Although Addison said he has seen everything from knee high to shoulder high corn stalks, the drought combining with the extreme heat does not make for a good pair.

RENTERS BEWARE: Internet scams take new twist

July 7, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — A newer kind of internet scam has made its way on classified ad websites, causing apartment seekers to beware of what they are purchasing.
“It’s been a year and a half since I got a first report on it,” said Whitley County Sheriff’s Detective Chuck Vogely.

July 6th

BLAST AWAY: Fireworks rescheduled for September with Fall Fest

July 6, 2012

By NICOLE OTT
The Post and Mail
COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s fireworks, which were postponed July 4 due to the county’s burn ban, have been rescheduled for September 22.
The city will be holding a Fall Festival at Morsches Park, which includes food vendors, games for kids and a performance by Spike and the Bulldogs.
Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. with fireworks concluding the night at approximately 10 p.m.
The burn ban was put into place after the area has gone several weeks with little rainfall.

HAZARDOUS HEAT: Oppressive heat warning remains in effect thru 8 p.m. Saturday

July 6, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY – The thermometer here registered 81 degrees at 6:30 a.m. Friday, 87 degrees at 9:30 a.m. and 93 degrees at 11 a.m. – en route to a predicted high of at least 102 degrees by 4 p.m.

More of the same hazardous heat is on tap for Saturday with heat indexes reaching 115 degrees.

The National Weather Service has issued the following statement concerning the oppressive weather conditions in Whitley County and the area:

EXCESSIVE HEAT WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ SATURDAY...

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...

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