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.
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.