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.
Claude Ousley, 78, of Columbia City, died at 9:17 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at his home. Born on April 25, 1934, in Risner, Ky., he was the son of James Lee and Nancy Jane (Pitts) Ousley.
He graduated from Prestonsburg High School with the class of 1953. Shortly after graduation, he moved to Indiana. He served in the U.S. Army and National Guard.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Despite excessive heat and last weekâ€™s storm, Eagle Glen Golf Course in Columbia City hasnâ€™t had a decrease in customers.
Though temperatures passed the 100-degree mark, employees said avid golfers are still on the course.
â€śPeople have been golfing early in the morning or later in the evening (after 4 p.m.),â€ť employee Shelly Davis said.
Last week, the course provided free bottled water to linksters who played during the 100-degree heat, with coolers set up throughout the course.
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Most Columbia City volleyball fans know when Gabrielle Hazen is making her approach and the ball is in the air: the Lady Eagles are about to score a point.
At 6-foot-2, Hazen towers over the net, and her opponents. Her arms reach several feet over the net, helping her to be Columbia Cityâ€™s dominant force.
She led the team in both blocking and hitting last season as a sophomore, was named 2nd-Team All-Conference and was on the All-Area Honorable Mention team.
With all of those accolades, itâ€™s hard to imagine sheâ€™s only played volleyball for four years.
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.
Ishmael Banks, 61, of Fort Wayne, died at 7:49 a.m. Friday, July 6, 2012, at Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.
Born Feb. 28, 1951 in Owensville, Ky., he was the son of James Chester and Coy M. (Johnson) Banks.
He served and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. On April 6, 1973, he married Linda Erwin in Churubusco.
For 27 years he installed glass. He was a member of Columbia City Masonic Lodge F. & A.M. #189, where he served as Worshipful Master.
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...