ANOTHER WEEK: Burn ban extended

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.“I heard a forecast that we could get rain (during the weekend) so we’ll see,” 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.The county-wide ban included the use of fireworks and was backed up by the Whitley County Prosecutor’s Office.Columbia City’s ban was issued June 15.Columbia City’s annual fireworks display, originally planned for July 3, has been rescheduled for Sept. 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.