June 29th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” One took a train to Old Settlers Day and the other one remembers a dazzling light show.
Talbert â€śPitâ€ť Pittenger and Elmer Heinley were honored Friday for being this yearâ€™s Old Settlers Day Citizens. Normally the ceremony takes place on Thursday, the traditional Old Settlers Day, but due to the heat the men met up with the OSD officers at the air-conditioned Thomas R. Marshall Museum Friday afternoon.
Pittenger was named the Longest Continuous Resident who registered for Old Settles Day on Thursday. He is 93 years old and hails from Union Township.
FORT WAYNE â€” A press conference was held Thursday in Fort Wayne to officially announce the formation of a joint caucus of the mayors and commissioners of Northeast Indiana.
In a press release issued by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, the caucus provides a forum to work collaboratively on policy issues of common interest. This collaboration is essential to advance public policy critical to the goal of transforming the economy of the region through their leadership.
Ruth M. Zollinger, 89, passed away Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Hamilton House.
Born June 25, 1923, in Ft. Wayne, Ruth worked at L. S. Ayresâ€™ Tea Room. She was a member of St. Patrickâ€™s Catholic Church in Ft. Wayne and loved baking Christmas cookies.
Marquis Jr. Reid, of Columbia City, died at 2:56 p.m. Thursday, June 28, 2012, at Parkview Oaks where he had been a resident since April.
He was born Nov. 29, 1924, in Richland Township, a son of Mark H. and Lena M. (Hoffert) Reid.
He attended Larwill High School.
He entered into the U.S. Army on Aug. 8, 1944, serving in the European Theater.
He was honorably discharge on Sept. 30, 1945. He returned to the area.
On Dec. 29, 1944, he married Ruth C. Fosnaugh. They made their home in Richland Township.
Betty J. Boggs, 83, a resident of rural Churubusco in Noble County, died at 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at the family residence in Green Township following an extended illness.
Mrs. Boggs was born in Smith Township on May 14, 1929, the daughter of Orlando and Lela N. (Shlater) Geiger. She spent her formative years in the Churubusco area and graduated from Churubusco High School in 1947.
Barbara S. Wilt, 76, of Fort Wayne, died at 11:01 a.m. Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Life Care Nursing Home, Fort Wayne.
Born April 27, 1936, in Noble County, she was the daughter of Chester J. and Jennie (Smith) Boggs.
She graduated from Wolf Lake High School with the class of 1954. On July 3, 1963, she married Lanny K. Wilt in Fort Wayne, and they have always lived in Noble County.
For 31 years she worked for Dana Corporation, Churubusco, where she retired in 1994. She was a member of the Cornerstone Wesleyan Church, Merriam.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Storms with hail and winds of up 91 mph moved through northern Indiana on Friday afternoon, leaving thousands of businesses and homes without power.
In Columbia City, the powerful winds toppled trees on the Courthouse Square and made a shambles of tents and carnival attractions along the downtown midway for its annual Old Settlers Days celebration.
Trees, branches and power lines were torn down by the gusty system that struck about 2:30 p.m. Crews were busy throughout Whitley County assessing and repairing the damage.
Haylee Whisler, 2, takes a bite out of her brotherâ€™s elephant ear at the Old Settlerâ€™s Days Festival in downtown Columbia City Thursday afternoon.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The Whitley County Prosecuting Attorney is dispelling any speculation on whether recent suspension of fireworks by county and city government officials is legal.
â€śThis office has been made aware that the Whitley County Commissioners have imposed a ban on burning and on fireworks pursuant to their authority,â€ť said Prosecutor Matt Rentschler in a letter Thursday.
The countyâ€™s Board of Commissioners issued a ban on open burning, to include fireworks, on Monday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Scorching, hot temperatures covered most of the nation yesterday, with the Whitley County area at temperatures above 100 degrees.
Michael Sabones, meteorologist in charge at the National Weather Service station in North Webster, said while they did not have an official report in for Whitley County, he estimates the county reached around 104 degrees.
Sabones said although todayâ€™s temperatures will be almost 10 degrees cooler, it will still be hot.