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July 2nd, 2012
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.
FORT WAYNE â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ 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.
Haylee Whisler, 2, takes a bite out of her brotherâ€™s elephant ear at the Old Settlerâ€™s Days Festival in downtown Columbia City Thursday afternoon.