July: Patriot parade is wet

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(1) The annual Fourth of July Parade in the town of Patriot was held despite a downpour of rain, but those in attendance didn’t let a little wet weather get them down, and the festivities went on as planned.

Following the parade there was a special flag ceremony at the Patriot Memorial Park; followed by a community dinner.

(2) The Switzerland County Democratic party announced that it had met in a caucus of its precinct committeemen to fill vacancies on the November General Election ballot.

Greg Coy was nominated to run as the party’s candidate for Judge; Monica Hensley was nominated to run as the party’s candidate for prosecuting attorney; and Steve Lyons was nominated to be the third Democratic candidate for Switzerland County Council At Large.

(3) Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana Southeast Office Director Kent Abraham attended a meeting of the Switzerland County Commissioners in an effort to save the old bridge at Markland.

The commissioners had previously awarded a contract to have the bridge torn down, but a group of citizens had hoped to be granted enough time to save the bridge and have it relocated, if necessary.

(4) Royalty crowned at this year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair included: Taylor Lyon and A.J. Covington, Little Miss and Little Mister; and Mary Archer, Mrs. Switzerland County.

The fair was later than usual this year, being moved back from its traditional Fourth of July week slot, but there were still plenty of projects and events for those in attendance.

(5) Braden Burk, son of Brad and Lisa Burk of Fishing Worm Ridge, earned the state championship in his age category, earning him a chance to compete in the North American Finals of the Hershey Games, held in Hershey, Pennsylvania.

He won the state meet in the 800-meter run; and was honored by the community by being named as the Grand Marshal of the Grand Festival Parade of the Swiss Wine Festival in August.

(6) This year’s 4-H Livestock Auction brought in $98,140, capping off a great fair week.

Chelsea Duvall showed the Grand Champion steer; Micah Works showed the Grand Champion Swine; Morgan Nay showed the Grand Champion Goat; James Bare showed the Grand Champion rabbits; Hannah Romans showed the Grand Champion Poultry; Amanda Wilhoite showed the Grand Champion sheep; and Josh Hon had the Grand Champion Dairy exhibit.

(7) The Switzerland County Commissioners took the first step towards approving a new comprehensive zoning plan, when they unanimously approved the planning document.

The plan, once approved by the commissioners, then had to be approved by the Vevay Town Council and the Patriot Town Council.

(8) Kathy Daugherty and Greg Curlin were honored as the Ninth District Elementary Educator of the Year and Ninth District Secondary Educator of the Year at the American Legion State Convention.

(9) The Switzerland County School Board honored the memories of James and Charlene May by presenting plaques to their sons, Charlie May and “Junker” May at the July school board meeting.

The Mays were killed in an automobile accident earlier in the year.

(10) Switzerland County native David Branham was honored by the U.S. Army with the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.

The award was presented for David Branham’s exceptional contributions while serving as the Program Director at the Hawaii Field Office.

He is the son of Mary Branham of Vevay.