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March 27th, 2013

TOWN UTILITIES: Columbia City approves IURC withdrawal

March 27, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — First steps were taken to withdraw Columbia City’s electric and water utilities from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) at Tuesday’s Common Council meeting.

The respective ordinances passed unanimously on the first readings. The second reading of each ordinance will be at the Tuesday, April 9 meeting of the council, along with a public hearing.

On hand to speak to the council was Buzz Krohn of O.W. Krohn, a firm that advises for electric and water utilities. He said the city’s desire to withdraw from the IURC was not negative on the regulatory commission.

March 26th

TRUSTEE DECISION: Cleveland Township's next trustee is declared

March 26, 2013

SOUTH WHITLEY (March 26) -- It's official. After two rounds of voting, James Yeager, of South Whitley, has been named Cleveland Township's trustee.

The vote came at a caucus held tonight at the South Whitley Town Hall. After seven candidates gave a three minute speech, three committeemen voted by secret ballot.

See Wednesday's Post & Mail for complete coverage of the caucus and a more indepth introduction of Yeager.

KING SENTENCED: No jail time for former trustee

March 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A former township trustee pleaded guilty in Whitley County Superior Court to three felonies and was given probation Monday.

Roland (Ron) King, 74, of South Whitley, admitted his guilt to three counts of official misconduct. He received 4.5 years of suspended sentence to the Whitley County Jail. He was also fined and given 80 hours of community service and was required to resign his position as trustee of Cleveland Township.

While Cleveland Township trustee, King abused his position and sexually assaulted three women who came to him seeking financial assistance.

CCPD COMMENDATIONS: City police honors 7 officers

March 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — “I just want to thank you all for a job well done.”

Columbia City Police Chief Tim Longenbaugh offered his appreciation to a group of officers Monday afternoon at a small awards ceremony.

The department honored seven master patrolman for their valiant efforts in the last year.

Shad Hunter was given a life-saving award for “his excellent performance in the saving of a human life.”

FROM 15TH TO 9TH: County health ranking improves

March 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County is back in the top 10 for the rankings of healthiest counties in Indiana.

Whitley is ninth among all counties for the year 2013. That is up from 15th in the year 2012.

The study was put out by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This is the fourth year of the study. 2012 was the only year Whitley County was out of the top 10.

While the news is exciting for the county, Whitley County Health Officer Dr. Lisa Hatcher said there are still areas for improvement.

GOOD EATS: Simplifying food has positive impact on health

March 26, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Eating right is not just about losing weight. For some, it’s about preventing and curing common ailments that might stem from chemically-treated foods.

Chris Lilly, of Avis Acres Farms in Columbia City, has seen a lot of change in his life since his family started their chemical-free lifestyle seven years ago.

“Genetically modified foods and chemical practices have an influence on behavioral disorders, health and cancers,” Lilly said.

March 25th

NEW PRINCIPAL: Whitko welcomes new principal to SWES

March 25, 2013

PIERCETON -- Whitko Community School Corporation Board of Trustees announced that Donna Wiktorowski will take the position as principal at South Whitley Elementary School starting July 1.

Wiktorowski takes over for Bruce Hansen who is retiring after the end of the school year. She comes from Goshen where she is currently a classroom teacher at Parkside Elementary School.

See The Post & Mail Wednesday for a complete interview with Wiktorowski.

NO JAIL TIME: Former Cleveland Trustee receives suspended sentence

March 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A former township trustee pleaded guilty in Whitley County Superior Court to three felonies and was given probation with no jail time.

Roland King, 74, of South Whitley, admitted his guilt to three counts of official misconduct. He received 4.5 years of suspended sentence.

While Cleveland Township trustee, King abused his position and sexually assaulted three women who came to him seeking financial assistance.

Whitley County Chief Deputy Prosecutor D.J. Sigler said he did what was necessary to resolve the case.

BACK FOR MORE: Snow strikes area again

March 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — In like a lion, and out like a lion.

A common phrase for the month of March has been turned on its head, as Whitley County was again faced with March snowfall Sunday night into Monday morning.

All totaled, there was 3.2 inches of snow that hit Whitley County as of 8 a.m., according to Weather Channel estimates. Wind did not help morning commuters, as gusts hovered around 20 miles per hour most of the night and morning, which created blowing snow.

FOOD CHOICES: Healthy eating not only about losing weight

March 25, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Today’s culture has ever-evolving information and opinions on what foods are “healthy” and which ones should be avoided.

One of the growing trends tends to center around returning to a simpler and a more raw diet.

Farm-raised meats

Meat at the grocery store has a 50 percent chance of having antibiotic-resisting Staphylcoccus aureus, according to the Translational Genomics Research Institute.

Numerous media outlets have reported cases where meat is colored to look more red and attractive to shoppers.

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