March 26th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â Eating right is not just about losing weight. For some, itâs 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.
âGenetically modified foods and chemical practices have an influence on behavioral disorders, health and cancers,â Lilly said.
SOUTH WHITLEY â Eight players return to Whitkoâs softball team with varsity experience and will lead the squad in 2013.
The Lady Wildcats finished last year with a record of 6-19. They lost to Heritage 2-1 in eight innings last year in the opening round of sectional play.
Looking at the sectional for 2013, Whitko coach Brad Clark said his team could do well against the competition.
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â 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.
COLUMBIA CITY â Todayâs culture has ever-evolving information and opinions on what foods are âhealthyâ and which ones should be avoided.
One of the growing trends tends to center around returning to a simpler and a more raw diet.
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.
COLUMBIA CITY â Plans are taking shape for the National Day of Prayer, which will be observed May 2.
The Planning Committee for the National Day of Prayer in Whitley County met Saturday in the Prayer Room at The Center for Whitley County Youth. A 5K Walk/Run for Jesus, scheduled for April 27, will jump-start the monthâs focus on prayer.
Participation from the community is encouraged for many areas such as decorating the Courthouse gazebo and baking cookies for police officers and firemen.
CHURUBUSCO â The year 2012 made for impressive seasons by the Churubusco boys and girls track and field teams. Each had at least a dozen team wins. Both won their home invites. Each had an athlete reach the state finals.
In 2013, the Eagle and Lady Eagle tracksters will look to the same man that led them to such a successful performance last year.
Head Coach Zach Dock returns for his seventh season as leader of both the girls and boys track and field teams.
Carey D. Landis, 101, of Mentone, died at 12:55 a.m. Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Millerâs Merry Manor of Wabash.
He was born Nov. 18, 1911, in Kosciusko County to John and Sadie (Dirck) Landis.
He was married to Jessie F. Thomas Aug. 1, 1953, in Winona Lake. She preceded him in death Sept. 30, 1979.
Carey had been a school bus driver for Talma School, as well as a carpenter and an electrician. He worked at the hardware store in Mentone and farmed in his early years.