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July 4th, 2012

EXCESSIVE: Relentless heat wave causes feds to issue tips; some relief early next week?

July 4, 2012

STAY SAFE DURING EXCESSIVE HEAT CONDITIONS
Be ready for high temperatures with a few simple steps

COLUMBIA CITY – 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:

July 3rd

WIND: Proposed ordinance set to become law

July 3, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — 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 commission’s attorney to be a “failure to act.”

July 2nd

NEW ASSESSOR COMING: County GOP schedules caucus

July 2, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’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, “the 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.”

EXTENDED: Commissioners continue burn ban

July 2, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — County Commissioners approved a motion to extend Whitley County’s burn ban based on the recommendations by the Whitley County Fire Chief’s Association.
The burn ban was originally set by the commissioners to last until Monday’s meeting so they could re-asses their decision for the following week.
“The fire chief’s association took a vote, and the vote was eight to keep the burn ban, including fireworks, and one opposed,” said County Commissioner Don Amber. “So we will continue the burn ban including fireworks.”

CLOSING DOORS: Stepping Stones day care announces shut down

July 2, 2012

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 Stones’ intentions to close down the day care service.
“They decided after 13 years of day care, they are closing,” said Claxton.
“They basically said July 27 is the last day.”

Vance Holloway, 61

July 2, 2012

Vance Cary Holloway, 61, of South Bend, died July 2, 2012. Mr. Holloway was born on July 7, 1950, in Fort Wayne. 
He was the son of the late Max C. and Mary V. (Herwick) Holloway and resided for many years in Columbia City with his parents.
Mr. Holloway enjoyed listening to all types of music, but he was especially fond of piano music.  He enjoyed strolling on the beaches in Florida.  He brought joy, love, and laughter to his family.

Robert Sandager, 73

July 2, 2012

Robert A. “Bob” Sandager, 73, of Goose Lake, died at 11:14 a.m. Sunday, July 1, 2012, in the emergency room of Parkview Whitley Hospital. He had been in failing health.
He was born Sept. 25, 1938, in Minneapolis, Minn., a son of Jerome Walter and Ethel Edna (Hodgman) Sandager. His formative years were spent in the Minneapolis area where he graduated from high school.
At the age of 18, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in Alaska and two tours in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1969.

Norman Johnson, 77

July 2, 2012

Norman E. Johnson, 77, also lovingly known by family and friends as “Gene,” “Strawberry,” and “Boz,” of Fort Wayne, died from heart failure after back surgery at 1:53 a.m. Sunday, July 1, 2012, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne.
Born March 18, 1935, in Richland Township, he was the son of Leonard and Mary (Barr) Johnson.
He grew up in Noble County where he graduated from Albion High School with the class of 1953. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves.

HIGHLAND GAMES

July 2, 2012

WIND, FIRE: On tap at BOC mtg

July 2, 2012


COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Board of Commissioners is scheduled to address two major issues today in its regular meeting — the county’s wind energy ordinance and the burn ban.
After the Whitley County Plan Commission’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.

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