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November 11th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Veterans were honored with ceremonious grandeur Sunday at the 11th Annual Salute to Veterans program.
Indian Springs Middle School hosted the event, sponsored by Peabody Public Library, which was themed, â€śEvery Picture Tells A Story.â€ť
As part of the program, a slide show presentation scrolled through photographs of veterans along with their military service.
The Whitley County Historical Museum filled several tables with memorabilia, photographs and newspaper clippings from war times.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” While winning the 5th Annual Veterans Marathon for the fifth time was a breeze for Justin Gillette, gusty winds made for some tough finishes for the 632 runners who took the streets in Columbia City Saturday.
Gillette, of Goshen, has won all five Veterans Marathons, this year a little slower than previous races in Columbia City.
Gillette finished the 26.2 miles in 2:42:51.93, 10:01 ahead of the second-place finisher, Grant Stieglitz, of Fort Wayne.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Preparations were made Friday to ready downtown Columbia City for the Veterans Day Marathon, which will be held today.
While the city put on a polished image for the event, another part of the county was somewhat disarrayed.
Several community members visited South Park Cemetery during the past two days to pay respects to family members and veterans laid to rest.
However, piles of tree branches, stumps and logs covered the lawn, impeding some visitors from accessing the monuments of their loved ones.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Coesse Elementary School took time during the school day Friday to honor veterans.
The annual assembly was complete with a childrenâ€™s choir and flowers given in appreciation to the veterans present.
Elementary students invited friends and family members who have served in the military. Each veteran was called by name and greeted by their student.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Property tax bills are due Tuesday for Whitley County residents.
However, according to County Auditor Jennifer McGuire, 72 properties received a tax bill for back taxes accrued during the last three years.
The difference in taxed amount comes from homestead exemptions filed incorrectly.
â€śThe Indiana State code only allows an individual one homestead credit,â€ť McGuire said. â€śThat is allowed for the primary residence only. It is not allowed for a secondary property such as a lake home or rental property.â€ť
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Kindergarten students at Little Turtle Elementary School participated in Pumpkin Day activities.
Students enjoyed learning pumpkin finger plays, poems and songs.
They also weighed, measured, and explored pumpkins they received from their study trip to Fashion Farm Pumpkin Fantasyland.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A night to tempt the senses was all in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Leadership Whitley County (LWC).
The nonprofit organization held its annual Sip & Savor at Eagles Nest Event Center, Columbia City Thursday night.
Working to develop community leaders and engage local residents, LWC is responsible for producing ideas and concepts, such as the Splash Pad in Morsches Park.
â€śWe want to give people the opportunity and the tools to better our county,â€ť said LWC leader Kelley Sheiss.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Polling locations require more than a simple ballot box and voting booth.
To comply with state regulations, the county will invest in upgrading several locations throughout the county to be ready for primary elections in May of 2014.
Debbie Beers is Whitley Countyâ€™s clerk of the courts and oversees the voting process. She approached County Council members Tuesday to ask for funds up front in the work needed to make locations meet state standards.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Blue skies and mild temperatures are standing by for Saturday morningâ€™s Veterans Marathon in Columbia City.
In the fifth-annual event, athletes can expect temperatures in the upper 50s with partly sunny skies.
Online registration for the race closed at 11 a.m. today.
Defending champion Justin Gillette, who has won every Veterans Marathon since its inception five years ago, is looking to grab his fifth win this year.