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June 28th, 2013
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 OâConnor, 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 OâConnor 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 yearâs parade as grand marshal is Dean Ramsey and his wife, Norma.
âWe are glad to do it,â Dean said. âI never anticipated being honored this way. I am thankful that the parade has continued to be a festival favorite.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Old Settlers Day celebrates the countyâs 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 countyâs 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 Gavinâs 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.
Nicholas Hartman, 7, throws a ring at a group of bottles in an Old Settlers Days game in downtown Columbia City this week.
Old Settlers Days continues until Saturday evening with activities for all ages.
See Page A9 of the June 27 issue of The Post and Mail for a schedule of events.
COLUMBIA CITY â Leadership Whitley County (LWC) recently received a state award for its creativity in combining youth and adults in community involvement.
âI didnât feel right accepting this award on my own,â said Kelley Sheiss, program director for LWC. âThis was really earned by those who had the vision to incorporate the youth into what we were doing.â
Given by the Indiana Leadership Association, LWC received the Innovation Award for 2013.
As a community outreach organization, LWC works to instruct adults in areas of communication, teamwork and civic duty.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Approximately 35 new jobs could be coming to South Whitley.
At Tuesdayâs Town Council meeting, Alan Tio, Whitley County Economic Development Corporation president, asked town leaders for the OK to proceed with a grant application that would allow for a new business to move into South Whitley.
âWe are still a long way off from knowing for sure if this is going to go through,â Tio said. âBut this gets the ball rolling for us.â