July 7th, 2012
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...
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.
Columbia City High School awarded six players for baseball.
From left: Connor Slavich - 1st Team All Conference and MVP Award; Austin Clark - Pitching Award; Curtis Shoda - Mental Attitude Award; Trevor Bolt - Most Improved; Brandon Gay - Coaches Award; Jordan Bickle - 2nd Team All Conference and Offensive Award.