10 Years
Warsaw Community High School graduate Kerry (White) Grasmanis has been inducted into the Indiana Track Hall of Fame. She was a two-time state champion in the 800-meter run: 1991, with a time of 2:14.16 and 1992, with a time of 2:13.10. In 1992, she also received the IHSAA Mental Attitude Award, placed third in the Keebler International Invitational and third in the Golden West Invitational. At Florida State University, she was named All-ACC in 1993 and 1994 and won the Golden Torch Award for outstanding track/cross country.

    Megan Waddle and Katie Barnett, sixth-grade students at Whitko Middle School, served as pages for Sen. Gary Dillon at the State Capitol.

25 Years

John W. Cripe accepted the North Webster Chamber of Commerce Person of the Year award Monday night, Feb. 11. Outgoing president Jeanne Thomas said that he was "very deserving." His involvement in business began in 1949 with the start of Cripe Equipment Co. in Wolcottville. The company built their first pontoon boat in 1953; and the first pontoon to cross Lake Michigan in 1959. In 1976, he started JC Mfg. in North Webster. He has been married to June for more than 50 years, and they have four sons.

    Plain Township Emergency Medical Service has been in effect since Jan. 1. EMT Sue Stump welcomes area residents to an open house Sunday, Feb. 10, at the facility on Ind. 15 in Leesburg. Drivers are Doug Jones and Jolinda Brown.

50 Years
1966 Kosciusko County All-Tourney Team, chosen by vote of the head basketball coaches of the 11 competing schools: Charlie McKenzie and Doug Ault, Claypool; Steve Henson and Ken Weaver, Akron; John Longenbaugh, Syracuse; Larry Bishop and Jack Stookey, Leesburg; Chet Allen, Silver Lake. They received handsome trophies from The Times-Union and Radio Stations WRSW AM-FM.

    Charlie McKenzie, Claypool High School's talented 6-7 forward, has netted 492 markers in 15 games for an average per game of 32.8, just 180 shy of a single season record of 672 points set by Mentone's Tom Hoover in 1957. McKenzie has six regular season games remaining.


75 Years
A surprise party was held Friday evening, Jan. 17, for George Kelly, Winona Lake, on his 75th birthday anniversary. A five-piece orchestra, made up of guests, played music throughout the evening. Among the 39 friends and relatives were Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Upson and Lucy, Mr. and Mrs. Cloice Clay and family, Mr. and Mrs. John Wiltrout and children, and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Wiggens and family.

    Today, Jan. 21, Warsaw salutes Amos Ringle as he passes his 87th milestone on the happy highway of life. Born in Minerva, Ohio, 1854, he came to Warsaw about 1892, worked six years in a furniture store that manufactured their own furniture, located where the Schrader store is today. In 1898, he founded the present Ringle store, now operated by his son, Frank. He enjoys puttering around his lawn and flowers, corner of Winona Avenue and Buffalo Street.