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May 10th, 2013

TOP OF THE CLASS: Effort, self-challenge help Col. City’s top students

May 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Challenging oneself to improve ­— and perseverance.

Those were the keys to success for Columbia City High School’s valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2013.

The valedictorian is Aakash K. Patel, the son of Kirit and Sangita Patel. The salutatorian is Tiffany Nicole Harber, the daughter of Ed and Sue Harber.

Both challenged themselves to end up where they are now. Harber said she started ranked 36th in the class her freshman year and is now second.

GOOD FOR BUSINESS: Lt. Gov. touts local efforts

May 10, 2013

CHURUBUSCO — Indiana is a great place to do business.

That was the message from Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann at the Whitley County EDC annual meeting at C&A Tool Thursday.

While Ellspermann pointed out that being part of Gov. Mike Pence’s administration was about economic development, she was quick to tout the efforts of the previous administration.

“We are building off of eight great years with Mitch Daniels,” she said of the former governor’s administration.

Body hidden in woods

May 10, 2013

Tom Strack, a Whitley County resident, found a body on his property in these woods, located on County Road 800 East, north of Old Trail Road, Wednesday night.

The death is currently being investigated by the Indiana State Police, with the assistance of the Whitley County Coroner and Whitley County Sheriff’s Department.

GRISLY FIND: Flashback for Viet vet

May 10, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY — “That smell is something you never forget.”

Tom Strack, 64, made a gruesome discovery Wednesday night after he caught wind of an all-too-familiar odor from his past.

Strack, who served his country in Vietnam more than 40 years ago, picked up on the smell of a dead body in his woods Wednesday night.

“It is its own odor,” Strack said. “I recognized it right away.”

Strack, who lives on County Road 800 East north of Old Trail Road, was walking home from his mom’s house on Johnson Road through the trails in his woods.

JUST IN: Victim I.D.’d

May 10, 2013

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. — Whitley County’s Coroner identified the body of a man who was found in a wooded area in Whitley County Wednesday night.

The man has been identified as Dillon Travis Warner, of Fort Wayne.

Coroner Randy Dellinger said the cause and manner of death are uncertain, pending complete autopsy results.

May 9th

SPECIAL INTERVIEW: Man who discovered body in eastern Whitley County

May 9, 2013

See Friday's Edition of The Post & Mail for a special interview with the property owner, Tom Strack, who stumbled upon a body in his woods Wednesday night.

Car show returns

May 9, 2013

A summer car show will be held once on month on Monday evenings in order to benefit community food banks.

Each car show participant is asked to bring two or three food items that will be collected and then distributed to the food pantries.

Music will be provided at the show as well as prizes for the cars displayed.

The show will be held in the parking lot of Arby’s, Columbia City on the following dates: May 20, June 17, July 15, Aug. 19 and Sept. 16.

Special events planned for observing nursing homes

May 9, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Beginning Sunday, Miller’s Merry Manor, Columbia City, will host a week-long series of special events meant to highlight and encourage communication and relationships between patients, families, communities and caregivers in the nursing center.

With the theme of “Team Care: Everyone Pitches In,” the activities are part of National Nursing Home Week, May 12-18, an annual observance sponsored by the American Health Care Association of Washington, DC, and the Indiana Health Care Association.

Classes trade learning for serving

May 9, 2013

Eagle Tech Academy freshmen and sophomore students spent part of their school day serving in the community.

Pictured, Lucas Steinke (back) and Davin Lawrence paint an exterior door at The Center for Whitley County Youth.

Lady Eagles’ smallest fan

May 9, 2013

Columbia City’s softball team’s smallest fan, Marshall Cox, watched the Lady Eagles at a recent game at Morsches Park. Marshall is the grandson of Head Coach Steve Cox.

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