November 11th, 2013
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.
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