June 28th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A trip to downtown Columbia City this week meant becoming immersed in Old Settlers Day festivities.
The annual celebration brings with it a midway â€” complete with rides, attractions and games. Manning the rides and games are midway workers that travel with Poor Jack Amusements.
For Whitley County residents, Old Settlers Day is a five-day event that will come to a close today. But after the rides and games pull out of town, the festival life continues for those who work for the amusement company.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City man was arrested early Friday morning after he allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl at Park Terrace Apartments.
Dustin Nemitz, 18, was booked at the Whitley County Jail on several felony charges, including rape, strangulation, child molesting and burglary.
According to Columbia City Police Detective Chip Stephenson, police were called to the emergency room at Parkview Whitley Hospital early for an alleged rape and stabbing investigation.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Uniform color at Columbia City High School has created a buzz in the community.
While some are accepting of the more modern look of black sports gear, many feel that tradition is lost by getting away from the schoolâ€™s colors â€” maroon and gold.
â€śWe are stepping away from tradition and school spirit by making changes with uniforms,â€ť said Candy Pease, CCHS alumnus. â€śI hate it. We compete with another school that has black and gold (Churubusco) as their school colors and they are the Eagles as well. Where is our originality? Shouldnâ€™t we show our school spirit?â€ť
Columbia City Parks Departmentâ€™s four-year-old instructional T-ball league concluded Wednesday.
The team was led by Steve Shoda, a Columbia City High School assistant coach, as well as Eagle players.
Back row, from left: CCHS player Gary Ormsby, Shoda and Curtis Shoda, CCHS player.
â€˘ Poor Jackâ€™s Amusement Midway â€” 5 to 11 p.m. daily; Midway wristband discount from 1 to 5 p.m.
â€˘ American Legion Bingo â€” Saturday, 3 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Legion tent on the Midway.
â€˘ Farmers Market, 4-H Fairgroundsâ€” 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
â€˘ Peabody Public Library Book Sale, Ind. 205 (Van Buren Street) â€” 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
â€˘ Elks Lodge Open House/Pre-Parade Socializing & Fundraiser, 109 S. Main St.
â€˘ American Legion Parade, Main St. from North St. through downtownâ€” 5 p.m.
â€˘ W.C. Pork Producers, corner of Main and Van Buren Streets â€” Sandwich Feed 4 p.m.
Judy Barnett and her grandson A.J. Spencer register for Old Settlers Dayâ€™s Oldest and Longest Continuous Citizen record Thursday at the Whitley County Historical Museum.
Barnett was born in Huntington, but moved to the county in 1968 and has lived here ever since.
Spencer is 9 years old and has lived in Whitley County his entire life.
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:
â€˘Nathan Enyeart â€“ I.T.A.T.
â€˘Korean War Veterans of Ft Wayne
â€˘Whitley County Salvation Army Auxiliary
â€˘Whitley County Patriots
â€˘Frank Fahl â€“ Wagon for Veterans
â€˘Whitley County Democrats
â€˘Parkview Whitley Hospital
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.