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May 10th, 2013

Epsilon chorus sings

May 10, 2013

Epsilon Chapter’s Chorus recently performed at Laud Christian Church for a group of ladies representing area churches.

Songs included “The Prayer Perfect,” “Praise the Lord for Everything,” “Thanks Be to God,” “Simple Gifts,” and “ It’s a Grand Night for Singing.”

The chorus is under the direction of Evelyn Zumbrun (in front). Myra Schmidt accompanied.

Front row, from left: Janelle Smith, Kris Richey, Evelyn Zumbrun and Carol Burkett. Back row, from left: Mary Helfrich, DiAnna Weiss, Rosemary Steiner, Jerilyn Geiger and Nancy Fries.

Cry for freedom

May 10, 2013

Khale Rider, an eighth-grade student at Indian Springs Middle School, speaks at the “anti-slave rally” held by the school’s five U.S. History classes.

Students had the chance to speak in roles as abolitionists.

The event allowed students to study and learn more about slavery in the 1800s. See more photos in the May 10 issue of The Post and Mail.

Farmers market to open Saturday

May 10, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Farmers Market opens Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. downtown.

Special events have been slated to highlight the market.

To celebrate its 76th anniversary, the Salvation Army of Whitley County will be at the market giving out free doughnuts. A yoga class will be conducted on the Courthouse lawn at 10 a.m. by Laughing Lotus Yoga Center.

The county’s Master Gardeners will also be on hand, along with Whitko Middle School’s Clean World Association with its annual flower and plant sale.

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.

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