July 9th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â A fun and healthy fundraiser known as Zumbathon provided a hard workout for a good cause Saturday. The fundraiser was held at the First Church of God Gymnasium.
Pat Mossburg, the religious communities director for the Whitley County Salvation Army, said the Zumbathon was held for âA Sole Purposeâ â a program to help money for new school shoes and backpacks for local children in need.
âWe are about half way to our goal,â said Mossburg. âWeâll probably keep collecting monetary donations through mid July.â
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.
âI heard a forecast that we could get rain (during the weekend) so weâll see,â 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 Paigeâs 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 weekâs storm, Eagle Glen Golf Course in Columbia City hasnât had a decrease in customers.
Though temperatures passed the 100-degree mark, employees said avid golfers are still on the course.
âPeople have been golfing early in the morning or later in the evening (after 4 p.m.),â 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.
âThe heat takes a toll on it more than the sunlight,â said Whitley County Purdue Extension Educator David Addison. âWhen temperatures are above 90 degrees it stops growing, and it wonât start growing until the temperature goes down.â
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.
âItâs been a year and a half since I got a first report on it,â said Whitley County Sheriffâs 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 Cityâs 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, itâs hard to imagine sheâs only played volleyball for four years.
By NICOLE OTT
The Post and Mail
COLUMBIA CITY â Columbia Cityâs fireworks, which were postponed July 4 due to the countyâs 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.