November 11th, 2013
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.
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.
Mable I. Blanchard, 91, of Richmond, Texas, passed away at 6:13 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Cambridge Nursing Home in Richmond.
Born on March 28, 1922, in Columbia City, she was the daughter of Leland Edward Blew and May Ilean Blew.
On July 11, 1942, she married Melvin Hayes Blanchard at Hattiesburg, Ms. She was a custodian at Whitko Community School Corporation for 22 and a half years. She had lived in Columbia City until 2003, when she moved to be closer to her son in Richmond, Texas.
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.