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June 28th, 2012
The Whitley County Department of Emergency Management/Department of Homeland Security announced today it has opened a cooling station at the corner of Van Buren and Chauncey streets on the courthouse lawn of Columbia City.
The decision to open the station was made in order to accommodate residents and visitors to the Old Settlers Days festival. There are chairs and fans at the station with water coolers inside the tent.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The future of the Burnworth Memorial Pool was a topic of discussion at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday.
Mark Green, the park director, said the park board had a meeting Monday night, and a report was given on the pool and the cost to maintain it.
â€śI guess all and all to summarize the report, they figure they want the pool to last another â€” itâ€™s not really guaranteed â€” but another four or five years, it would take $1.1 million dollars to put into the facility,â€ť said Green.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A resolution on a policy prohibiting nepotism was passed on an emergency basis at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday.
At the councilâ€™s last meeting, Attorney Marcia McNagny brought the information to the board, informing them the resolution would need to be passed as soon as possible to meet the July 1 deadline.
â€˘ 1910 â€” The parade was the talk of the town when 64 of the countyâ€™s 174 automobiles were in the procession.
â€˘ 1912 â€” The first plane to land in Columbia City gave many their first look at the flying machine. Flown by DeLoyd Thompson and James D. Adams the â€śCurtis Wrightâ€ť was the big feature at the fair.
â€˘ Aug. 20, 1919 â€” the parade featured the survivors of the Civil War, The Spanish American War and World War I.
â€˘ 1925 â€” The Black Horse Troupe, from Culver Military Academy, was the highlight of the parade. King, the educated horse, performed on the bandstand.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the cotton candy is consumed and kids take spin after spin on such rides as the â€śGravitron,â€ť Old Settlers Days are celebrated with much fanfare. But why does downtown Columbia City transform into a veritable smorgasbord of food and fun each June?
Many who part take in the festivities hardly know the founding reasons for the four-day hoopla.
The first Old Settlers Day was officially held Sept. 17, 1904. In its early stages, the event was more like a business meeting than a carnival. The beginning years of Old Settlers Day was truly just a day.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” With the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) requiring all downspouts, roof drains, sump pumps and floor drains prohibited by July 1, South State Street resident Mike Renschler continued to voice his concerns on IDEMâ€™s regulation at Tuesday evenings town council meeting.
Wednesday, June 27
Poor Jack Amusements Midway 5-11 p.m.
Woodlands Senior Center
W. C. Council on Aging breakfast 8:30 a.m.
W. C. Historical Museum
Open tours & Quilt Show 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Legion Tent on Midway
American Legion Bingo 5-11 p.m.
Burnworth Memorial Pool
Free Pool Day 4-6 p.m.
â€śBackWater Bandâ€ť â€“ Country 8 p.m.
Thursday, June 28
Poor Jack Amusements Midway 1-11 p.m.
Wrist Band Discounts 1-5 p.m.
W. C. Historical Museum
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Due to the cityâ€™s current burn ban, Fire Chief Thomas LaRue said the fireworks, which were previously scheduled to take place July 3 at Morsches, are now postponed.
The announcement was made at the Columbia City Common Council meeting Tuesday.
â€śWe decided it was best,â€ť said LaRue. â€śI donâ€™t want to have grass fires. I donâ€™t want to have fires at all.â€ť
LaRue said he believes the city is more than eight inches behind in rain since April 1 of this year.
â€śThat is a significant amount of rain,â€ť said LaRue. â€śItâ€™s going to take us a while to catch up, I believe.â€ť
COLUMBIA CITY â€” After graduation, some students start packing for college, but come August, Columbia City High School graduate, Madisson Hodges, will be packing for Mazatlan, Mexico.
Hodges was selected as the Columbia City Rotary Clubâ€™s outbound foreign exchange student. When Hodges graduated from CCHS, she actually completed her honors diploma in three years.
â€śIâ€™ll go to high school there in Mexico, but my classes wonâ€™t count for anything since I already graduated. Thatâ€™s OK, it will be like my senior year, just in Mexico,â€ť said Hodges.