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November 11th, 2013

90 PERCENT PARTICIPATION: Parents, teachers build strong alliance

November 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “The heart and soul of our job is parents working with teachers for the benefit of the student.”

Whitley County Consolidated School Superintendant Pat O’Connor stressed the importance of parent involvement in the schools, and that was reflected in the district’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.

MANHUNT: Whitley, Kosciusko Co. searching for two men

November 11, 2013

WARSAW — 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.

RECOGNIZING SERVICE: Annual salute held for local veterans

November 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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, “Every Picture Tells A Story.”

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.

2013 VETERANS MARATHON: Despite wind, Gillette nabs fifth win in a row

November 11, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

November 8th

Debris detours families paying respects

November 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

Students honor veterans

November 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Coesse Elementary School took time during the school day Friday to honor veterans.

The annual assembly was complete with a children’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.

County back-bills for incorrect property taxes

November 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

“The Indiana State code only allows an individual one homestead credit,” McGuire said. “That is allowed for the primary residence only. It is not allowed for a secondary property such as a lake home or rental property.”

ONLINE POLL RESULTS

November 8, 2013

Concerning Christmas shopping:

•I'm more than half done.
•Yes, I've started.
•Haven't even thought about it.

Pumpkin playtime

November 8, 2013

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.

GOOD FOOD, GOOD SPIRITS: LWC hosts event to treat the palate

November 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — 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.

“We want to give people the opportunity and the tools to better our county,” said LWC leader Kelley Sheiss.

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