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July 9th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
â€śI heard a forecast that we could get rain (during the weekend) so weâ€™ll see,â€ť 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.
COLUMBIA CITY Ââ€” 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 Paigeâ€™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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
â€śThe heat takes a toll on it more than the sunlight,â€ť said Whitley County Purdue Extension Educator David Addison. â€śWhen temperatures are above 90 degrees it stops growing, and it wonâ€™t start growing until the temperature goes down.â€ť
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A newer kind of internet scam has made its way on classified ad websites, causing apartment seekers to beware of what they are purchasing.
â€śItâ€™s been a year and a half since I got a first report on it,â€ť said Whitley County Sheriffâ€™s Detective Chuck Vogely.
By NICOLE OTT
The Post and Mail
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s fireworks, which were postponed July 4 due to the countyâ€™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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ 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. â€“ 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...
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After the recent approval of a county Golf Cart Ordinance, allowing golf carts on county roads, Sheriff Mark Hodges said residents need to purchase permits based on where they want to drive in the county.
â€śThe easiest method to take care of everything is if you live in the county, youâ€™re going to have to have a county permit to ride your golf cart, and if you want to ride your golf cart into the city, you need a city permit and vice versa,â€ť said Hodges.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A week after area residents endured high winds, bringing with the storm a slight amount of rain, Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director Cathy Broxon-Ball said Whitley County residents should all have their electricity restored.
Broxon-Ball estimated Fridayâ€™s storm produced winds traveling at the speed of 80 miles per hour.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With temperatures exceeding 100 degrees Thursday afternoon in Columbia City, Mayor Ryan Daniel opened up the city pool to local residents for free.
Burnworth pool, which is kept at a comfortable 80 degrees, was available for free Thursday from 2 to 6 p.m.
It will also be free Friday and Saturday at the same time. Pool employees said the pool has seen more activity with the hot temperatures.
A group of siblings and a friend take a dog, Pepper, on a walk Tuesday evening at Morsches Park.
From left, Josh Eberly, Sam Eberly, Maggie Gladd and Maggie Eberly.