November 11th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” With all the beautiful weather lately, it is hard to believe Christmas is only a few months away.
The local Leatherneck Coffee Club Marines and Whitley County Toys For Tots coordinators have been hard at work already planning the 2013 season.
Those experiencing difficult times or know someone who is, and will need assistance this Christmas, sign up will be from now through Wednesday, Nov. 27, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Salvation Army office located at the First Church of God, 1200 W. Depoy Dr. in Columbia City.
CHURUBUSCO â€” The aged assertion, â€śWhen it rains, it pours,â€ť seemed to be an understatement this past spring and summer for Believersâ€™ Bible Fellowship, 316 N. Main St., Churubusco.
The unusually wet spring and summer left the churchâ€™s basement drenched and damp.
After repairing the source of the problem, the members of the church were met with the need to repair the damage. Not only were they confronted with crumbling basement walls, many of which are rock and mortar, but also black mold.
Church members soon realized that the restitution was beyond their capabilities.
Whitko High School held a special convocation for students and members of the community to recognize veterans Monday.
Speaking to the audience were veterans David Roth and Wilbur Wilson (right).
Both men shared some of their experiences as military servicemen.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” When Kende Hare made the decision to participate in the Columbia City Veterans Marathon last year, she didnâ€™t know if her husband would be able to see her cross the finish line.
He husband, Jason, was stationed in Kuwait for 10 months as a flight medic, and didnâ€™t know when he was going to return home.
Regardless, Kende trained all summer for her first marathon.
â€śIâ€™d always wanted to run a full marathon,â€ť Kende said. â€śWhen Jason was deployed I decided I wanted to do this race for all veterans.
COLUMBIA CITYâ€” A man who ran in the Veterans Marathon this past Saturday has done something many have dreamed of doing â€” traveled to all seven continents.
Hajime Nishi, 64, of Japan, has done that feat to an even greater degree. Nishi has run a marathon on all seven continents.
The native of Kyoto, Japan, began running marathons in the 1990s. In 1997, he stepped into the Guiness Book of World Records.
Nishi ran seven marathons on seven continents in a record amount of time â€” slightly less than seven months.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śThe heart and soul of our job is parents working with teachers for the benefit of the student.â€ť
Whitley County Consolidated School Superintendant Pat Oâ€™Connor stressed the importance of parent involvement in the schools, and that was reflected in the districtâ€™s parent-teacher conferences last month.
In the elementary schools, there was more than 90 percent participation in the conferences.
Coesse and Northern Heights both had 97 percent participation, Little Turtle had 95 and Mary Raber brought in 90 percent of parents to conferences.
Marathon and half marathon runners travel up and down Towerview Drive Saturday morning for the 5th Annual Veterans Marathon, which was won by five-time champion Justin Gillette.
See Tuesdayâ€™s edition for complete results from the race.
Patricia A. Durbin, 85, of Kendallville died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at 2:55 a.m. in Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville.
She has lived in this area for 53 years, coming from South Bend.
She was a graduate of South Bend Central High School and Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, both in South Bend.
Mrs. Durbin was a registered nurse. She worked as a surgical nurse at Memorial Hospital in South Bend. She also worked as the industrial nurse for 25 years at Kraft Foods in Kendallville.
Gary Lee Rapp, 63, of Churubusco, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne.
Mr. Rapp was born in Garrett on Aug. 5, 1950, to Dick A. Rapp, Sr. and Janice Fern (Trumbull) Rapp.
His mother preceded him in death on March 29, 2009. Gary graduated from Churubusco High School in 1968, and the Nashville Auto Diesel College. He married Edna Marie Lafevor May 26, 1972.
Phillip R. Kessie, 59, of Columbia City, passed away at 5:10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at his home surrounded by family.
Born Aug. 27, 1954, in Whitley County, he was the son of Gerald R. and Barbara R. (Amendt) Kessie.
He was a lifetime resident of Whitley County. He graduated from Whitko High School with the Class of 1972, which was the first class to graduate from the new high school. On May 29, 1999, he married Victoria J. Hileman in Columbia City.