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June 29th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With Old Settlers Days nearing its end, Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh, assured the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday that his and other city departments will be working hard to make sure things go smoothly.
â€śSaturdayâ€™s going to be a real busy day here in Columbia City with the parade and the Highland Games out at the 4-H grounds,â€ť said Longenbaugh.
Longenbaugh said he has an officer who will be working the Highland Games, and nearly everyone else will be concentrating on Old Settlers and the parade that takes place tomorrow.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Columbia City Street Department Superintendent Kelly Cearbaugh told the Columbia City Common Council Tuesday he is hopeful another block of construction on Line Street should be ending soon.
â€śUp on Line Street, we are continuing to get sidewalks in place,â€ť said Cearbaugh. â€śWe just want to thank our guys for the great work they are doing on that.â€ť
Cearbaugh said he hoped construction on the 200 block would be completed by the end of this week.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ In the latest www.thepostandmail.com Online Poll Results, Indiana University's Mark Spitz was tagged as poll takers' favorite male Summer Olympian of all time. Obviously, Spitz's unprecedented "gold rush" is still remembered by many.
Spitz grabbed 25% of the votes; Jim Thorpe, 19%; Michael Phelps, 17%; Jesse Owens, 10%; Bruce Jenner, 8%; while George Foreman and Carl Lewis tied at 4%. "Someone else" beside those listed garnered 13% of the vote.
Be sure to answer the latest poll question on the home page of www.thepostandmail.com
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The ceremony to commemorate the oldest and longest residing citizens in Whitley County, originally scheduled for Thursday evening has been postponed due to excessive heat.
The announcement will be made today (Friday, June 29) at 1 p.m. at the Whitley County Historical Museum.
CHURUBUSCO â€”The Churubusco Town Council voted to hire Todd M. Sattison of Garrett as the townâ€™s new wastewater treatment supervisor.
Sattison, who currently works in Auburn, will begin July 9 at the rate of $1,440 per month.
He replaces Bob Hyatt, who was terminated by the town earlier in the month.
In other news the council adopted the Sidewalk Enhancement Project as presented by Madalyn Sade-Bartl, clerk/treasurer and Jeremy Hart, town supervisor.
By approving this project the town can apply for grants for the Save Routes to School program.
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.