June 28th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 Cityâ€™s fire department was dispatched to the scene. The cause of the alarm was steam from a pot that was boiling.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 Oâ€™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 Oâ€™Connor was pleased overall and attributes the success to the hard work of teachers.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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 yearâ€™s parade as grand marshal is Dean Ramsey and his wife, Norma.
â€śWe are glad to do it,â€ť Dean said. â€śI never anticipated being honored this way. I am thankful that the parade has continued to be a festival favorite.â€ť
Harold F. Kyler Jr., 82, a lifelong resident of Columbia Township, died at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor where he had been a resident since January 2010.
He was born Nov. 16, 1930 in Whitley County a son of Harold F. and Carrie Jane (Evard) Kyler Sr. He completed his education at Columbia City High School.
On Sept. 14, 1951, he was inducted into the U.S. Army, serving during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged Sept. 13, 1959.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Old Settlers Day celebrates the countyâ€™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 countyâ€™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.
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 Gavinâ€™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.
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” 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.