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Thirty-three years ago, to the day, on July 14, 1988, Jerry Lamb (mayor at the time) and Tom Speer (then police captain) asked the community to submit logo designs for the City of North Vernon that they intended to use on a flag to be flown at the police station. The North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun article asking artists to create a design was vague and open for the public to interpret colors, concepts, and designs. After searching through several entries, Patricia “Patty” Franks was awarded the winning design with the following description of her work. “This logo was designed to symbolically show North Vernon’s past and future. The caboose represents the past of which North Vernon grew. The sun and it’s rays represent the bright future and the many horizons ahead. Last but not least. The symbol of people (man, woman, child) shows that past, present and future, this community is a community that cares about all its people.” Patty talks openly about her love for the City of North Vernon and the unique warmth and community she found here.
Franks’ design was established as “the official logo of the City of North Vernon, Indiana” on September 9, 1988. However, for unknown reasons, the new logo was never used. It was placed in a closet and preserved all these years, through multiple transitions of both city leadership and location. Not seeing the light of day UNTIL the time was right. We believe that time is now!
Mayor Mike Ochs and his team will be sharing multiple layers of this amazing story over the next eight weeks leading up to a flag raising ceremony thirty-three years in the making. On September 9, 2021, at 9 am, a flag with our city logo will be raised at the police station as intended all those years ago. Make plans now to be a part of this pivotal moment.
Today, July 14, we are hanging bright, beautiful banners downtown showcasing Patty’s design as our official city logo along with a coordinating new city seal. Patty is being interviewed on WJCP AM 1460 by Joe Ammerman at 8:00am. Be sure to tune in as she shares her story regarding the logo, and a little more about herself. And stay connected in the weeks to come for some fun activities highlighting our past, present and very bright future.