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June 28th, 2013

PARADE LINEUP

June 28, 2013

The official lineup for the 2013 American Legion Old Settlers Day parade.

Parade participants will line up at Columbia City High School. The parade route will leave the school and travel west along North Street, turn south at Main Street, continue through downtown Columbia City, and will end south of the Whitley County Courthouse square. Parade participants include:

•Nathan Enyeart – I.T.A.T.
•Korean War Veterans of Ft Wayne
•Whitley County Salvation Army Auxiliary
•Whitley County Patriots
•Frank Fahl – Wagon for Veterans
•Whitley County Democrats
•Parkview Whitley Hospital

Steam sets off alarm at Col. City church

June 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Steam set off a fire alarm at a local church yesterday.

Alarms rang at Grace Lutheran Church at 9:48 a.m. Thursday morning.

Columbia City’s fire department was dispatched to the scene. The cause of the alarm was steam from a pot that was boiling.

IN COURT: Alleged drug dealer has initial hearing

June 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City woman arrested for an alleged drug deal had her first appearance in court Monday.

Krystal Thornsbearry, 28, was charged June 17 with dealing a Schedule I, II or III Controlled Substance and possession of a scheduled substance.

The first charge is a Class B felony, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. The possession charge is a Class D felony, which has a maximum sentence of three years.

Thornsbearry was appointed Whitley County Public Defender Brad Voelz as her attorney and will be back in court July 22.

ROYALTY AT ANY AGE: Senior center crowns queen, king

June 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — There are all kinds of attractions and events that take place during Old Settlers Day.

Whitley County Council on Aging has held special lunches, games and entertainment this week at its Woodlands Senior Center, Columbia City.

As part of its OSD tradition, the senior center attendees vote on a senior king and queen during the festival each year.

Yesterday, Gini Wright was crowned queen and Robert Leas was capped as king for 2013.

Wright received a bouquet of flowers and a tiara while Leas was given a baseball cap declaring him king.

GETTING SCHOOLED: WCCS touts successes, work areas on report

June 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — From one end of a chain to the other, there are links that collectively hold the whole together.

According to Whitley County Consolidated Schools Superintendent Dr. Pat O’Connor, the same philosophy is in place for success in the district.

WCCS recently published its annual performance report as a corporation. There were numbers that were both positive and negative, but O’Connor was pleased overall and attributes the success to the hard work of teachers.

MEET THE MARSHALS: Parade a tradition for young and old

June 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Various floats, groups and organizations will travel down Main Street as part of the American Legion Parade Saturday at 5 p.m.

An Old Settlers Day tradition, the parade is a favorite for festival goers at any age. Spearheading this year’s parade as grand marshal is Dean Ramsey and his wife, Norma.

“We are glad to do it,” Dean said. “I never anticipated being honored this way. I am thankful that the parade has continued to be a festival favorite.”

OSD CITIZEN AWARDS: Oldest, Longest Continuous goes to Benson, Bates

June 28, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Old Settlers Day celebrates the county’s heritage and highlights the cornerstones that have anchored generations to the area.

In 1904, when Old Settlers Day was initiated, the one-day event was a way to honor the founding folks who made the county their home.

In 2013, the festival continues that tradition with the recognition of the county’s oldest citizen and the citizen who has resided in the county the longest.

Jean (Mosher) Benson, 97, was given the award for the Oldest Citizen for 2013.

June 27th

Donating dog food

June 27, 2013

Garret Shepherd, a first grade student at Little Turtle Elementary School, recently set up a lemonade stand at Kroger for National Lemonade Stand Day, which has the purpose of teaching children about operating their own business.

He was told by his parents that he could spend, save and give some of his earnings to a local charitable organization.

With his brother Gavin’s help, he chose to purchase a wagon full of dog food for the Whitley County Humane Shelter.

Pat Dean from the shelter was grateful for his donation.

Quilt show continues during Old Settlers

June 27, 2013

Whitley County Quilters club is sponsoring a quilt contest.

The quilts are on display at the Whitley County Historical Museum and voting will conclude today at 5 p.m.

Pictured, quilts are laid out for view at the museum.

Alarm sounds at Simonson

June 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A fire alarm sounded at Simonson Estates in Columbia City last night.

No one was injured, and the Columbia City Fire Department found no fire upon arrival at the scene.

Columbia City Fire Chief Tom LaRue said the crystal on one of the sprinklers at the complex was broken.

LaRue reported his department was able to control the water flow of the sprinkler.

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