November 11th, 2013
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.
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
Whitko Soccer Athletes will be completing in the 3rd Annual Indiana Elite North vs South All-Star Soccer Challenge Saturday. Indiana Elite will showcase all-stars from both Northern and Southern Indiana schools. The Junior Division starts at 9 a.m. and the Senior Division 12:30 p.m. at Danville Community High Schoolâ€™s Warrior Stadium, in Danville, Ind.
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CHURUBUSCO â€” There was a large pair of shoes to fill coaching on the sidelines for Churubuscoâ€™s football team.
Paul Sade stepped in to replace Lee Etzler in 2013 after several years as an assistant. Etzler had led the Eagles for 11 years, including two regional championships and at least a share of the Northeast Corner Conference title over the past four years.