This Memory Lane photo from 1977 features top finishers in the Fall River High School FFA contest.


Columbus has a new mayor and a new fire chief as a result of action taken by the city council. The council elected Harley Fox as mayor, who had been serving as acting mayor since the death of Mayor John Albright. Steve Kapitan was appointed alderman to replace Fox. The Council also appointed Merlin Klecker as fire chief, James Boness as first assistant, and Joe Altschwager as second assistant chief.

The Columbus area Pass, Punt, and Kick Contest that is open to boys ages 8-13 will be held at Fireman’s Park. Donnie Anderson of the Green Bay Packers will be present to greet the boys.


When most people think of the American Field Service (AFS) they think of students coming from foreign lands to spend a school year in Columbus. Participants in a new domestic AFS program are Elizabeth Severson of Columbus who will be spending a semester in Paso Robles High School in Paso Robles, California and Glyn Boone from New Alexandria, Pennsylvania will spend a semester in Columbus.

“Central business districts are not dead, they just need resurrecting,” was the message guest speaker Robert Zoschke had for members of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce at a recent Chamber dinner.


The Columbus Women’s Civic Club will be sponsoring in conjunction with the 1992 Columbus Quincentennial Celebration Committee, a celebration for the cities’ namesake Christopher Columbus. Guest speaker will be Luigi Cappellini of Genoa, Italy. A new statute of Christopher Columbus will be unveiled at the program.


The first Michelle Vick Memorial Softball Tournament was sponsored by the Columbus Women’s Softball League. Seven teams participated, raising $800 to be used toward area park improvements.

Fred Dartt retired from his position as full time school bus driver after 35 years of service. He will continue as a substitute school bus driver and will serve one more year as fire chief.

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