A look back: Ohio County and Rising Sun 6-25-15


Compiled by

Mavis Uhlmansiek

Celebrating the history of

Ohio County and Rising Sun

June 30, 2005

10 years ago

About a dozen taxpayers were in attendance as the Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Board presented plans for a $9.2 million “health and safety” proposal on Tuesday, June 21.The meeting comes after nearly two years of study by the school and a needs assessment committee. Board president Tim Adams presented plans for the Ohio County Elementary Middle School which has been in the news the past several years because of a mold problem. Much of the work proposed is part of recommendation made last January by an independent air quality consultant. A new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system (HVAC) is the top priority of the plan as it finally deals with those air quality problems. The boiler room, located above the art room, will be moved. Outside, new drainage and windows will help with the mold problem also. Carpet which has been determined as a contributor to the mold problem has been removed and tile put down.

Adam Swinford, son of Frank Swinford, has been named the new athletic director at Wayne High School in Fort Wayne and will begin his duties on July 1.

The Ohio County 4-H Queen and princess contest is now the Senior and Junior Ambassador Contest. Looking to become Senior ambassadors are Tiffany Althoff and Courtney Hochstrasser. Entries in the 2005 4-H Junior Ambassador contest are Kali Morano, Morgan Mosley and Riki Terrill.

Southeast Indiana Friends of the Arts and guest artists from around the area will celebrate their “Sanctuaries” Saturday, July 2 at the Pendleton Art Center in Rising Sun.

Indiana’s new seat belt and child restraint law takes effect July 1. Children from birth to age 8 must ride in a child restraint system; children age 8 to 16 must use a child restraint or seatbelt; law applies to all vehicles including trucks and SUV’s, the law also applies to all seating positions within a vehicle.

The Ohio County Community Foundation (OCCF) recently awarded three non-traditional scholarships as part of the OCCF Continuing Education Scholarship Program Receiving scholarships were Sandra (Kay) Rager, Sheila Rose, and Terri Kirkpatrick.

Summer Serenade – Rising Sun’s Main Street has been turned into an outdoor music and dining experience every Saturday in June and plans are to continue through July. The Summer Sampler and Serenade provides some snacks from downtown businesses along with music.

The Rising Sun City Council approved the hiring of Tom T’s Electrical Service to put electric lines underground in downtown Rising Sun. The low bid for the project was $38,000.

June 29, 1995

20 years ago

The Rising Sun Lions Club will launch $3,000 worth of fireworks on Saturday evening at the Arnold Detmer property proposed site of the riverboat development.

June 27, 1985

30 years ago

Flea market booth holders from five states were among the more than 70 booths exhibition at the Rising Sun Firemen’s Flea Market Sunday, June 23.

The Rising Sun Lion’s Club fireworks will complete a two-day event entitled American Celebration which is being held to raise money for the community building fund.

Three Rising Sun men were rescued from the Ohio River Tuesday morning when their boat capsized just outside Rising Sun near the Sewage Treatment plant. Mike McFadden, an employee of the sewage plant, observed the accident and called for help. The men were Junior “Jigs” Thies, David Kruse and Scott Barricklow.

June 26, 1975

40 years ago

The Rising Sun Recorder, established in 1835, is one of the oldest, relocated businesses operating in Indiana, according to Historic Landmark Foundation of Indiana.

Mrs. Mayme McHenry, 81, was crowned queen of the 1975 Blue Jeans Festival by John Bunger, Blue Jeans Festival president.

June 24, 1965

50 years ago

A new slate of officers for Rising Sun Alumni includes Ted Martin, Donald Smithers, Toni York and Bonnie Murray.

Larry Dugle will direct operation “Head Start” this summer in Jefferson County.

June 28, 1935

80 years ago

More than 350 people from Dearborn and Ohio counties attended the camp fire recital at Laughery Club Monday evening. This program was sponsored by the Emergency Schools of the two counties and the local CCC camp.

June 26, 1895

120 years ago

Switzerland County has decided to have an iron bridge put across Grant’s Creek, on the North Landing and Quercus Grove turnpike.