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November 11th, 2013
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.
WARSAW â€” A pair of men who are wanted in Whitley County for home improvement fraud had a warrant issued for their arrest from Kosciusko County as well.
Elvis Allison, 26, and his brother Bobby, 22, of Silver Lake, are wanted by both counties in connection with home improvement fraud scandals.
An accomplice of the men, George Martin, was convicted of home improvement fraud in Whitley County Circuit Court this year.
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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