February 8th, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) â The worst of the flu season appears to be over.
The number of states reporting intense or widespread flu dropped again last week, U.S. health officials said Friday.
The season started earlier than normal, spiking first in the Southeast and then spreading. But now, by some measures, flu activity has been ebbing for at least four weeks in much of the country. Flu and pneumonia deaths have been dropping for two weeks, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported.
HUNTERTOWN â Columbia Cityâs boys basketball team beat Carroll by two points for the second time this season, winning 51-49.
The Eagles took on the Chargers in the holiday tournament Dec. 29, topping Carroll in a low-scoring, 45-43, game.
In Thursdayâs official Northeast Hoosier Conference match-up, Carroll had a one-point lead with five seconds to go.
Sophomore Mason Coverstone â who hadnât scored since the first quarter â lined up on the baseline.
CHURUBUSCO â Churubuscoâs boys basketball team took another step of progress in a Northeast Corner Conference win Thursday.
The Eagles were able to build upon a lead and make it larger in their 62-48 defeat of Hamilton at home.
âBusco now has a record of 2-17 on the year and is 2-6 in the conference. Hamilton drops to 5-13 and is 1-7 in the NECC.
âWe played with the lead,â Eagle head coach Michael McBride said. âNot only did we have the lead, but we extended the lead, which is something we have not had the opportunity to do a lot with our season the way itâs gone.â
COLUMBIA CITY â Senior night is the final home swimming meet of the season and a tune-up for the upcoming IHSAA Sectional.
It all came together for the Eagles Thursday night, providing the backdrop for a 117-42 win for Columbia Cityâs boys swim team over the visiting Wabash Apaches.
The Eagles took first in 10-of-11 events, sweeping the first three places in both the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly race.
The Eagles will head into the Warsaw IHSAA Sectional next week.
âI think the boys are ready,â said Columbia City head coach Kristen Swonger.
COLUMBIA CITY â Gas prices typically rise in the spring, and 2013 should be no exception.
What makes this year different from others is the timing. Instead of waiting for spring, pump-price increases have already begun.
The price of crude oil has risen in the past six weeks.
It currently sits at $95.93, up more than $10 from the period just before Christmas.
This accounts for a rise at the pumps, which normally does not occur until the early part of spring as travel is anticipated to increase.
SOUTH WHITLEY â South Whitley United Methodist Church hosted an American Red Cross (ARC) Blood Drive Wednesday in memory of Ellie Olivia Walter and Emma Grace Hindbaugh.
âThey are now angels in Heaven with wings to carry our prayers to God,â said event coordinators. âEllie and Emma both passed away too soon.â
Ellie passed away at 3 months old and Emma was 6 years old.
Cory and Brittany (Waybright) Hindbaugh are the parents of Emma. Surviving grandparents are Larry and Deb Waybright and Ron and Janet Hindbaugh.
Marc and Brooke (Weber) Walter are the parents of Ellie.
Editorâs note: During the next few weeks, The Post & Mail will be highlighting several graduates from Whitley County that were once deemed âLeaders of Tomorrowâ in a 2007 special publication.
COLUMBIA CITY â Adam Hoffman, a 2008 Columbia City High School graduate, was named a Leader of Tomorrow in 2007.
Hoffman was one of 19 students recognized as future leaders. At the time, he was a junior and was in the beginning stages of his psychology education.
Mildred L. Sweeden, 82, of South Whitley, died at 6:50 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, at her home of natural causes.
She was born Aug. 27, 1930, in White Pine, Tenn., a daughter of Arthur C. and Flora J. (Mattox) Coleman. Her formative years were spent in Tennessee.
On Oct. 3, 1949, she married J.T. Sweeden. They made their home in Windfall before moving to Summitville. Mr. Sweeden died May 14, 1978.
She was employed at Kraft Foods in Summitville, Chamberlin Products in South Whitley and retired from Seamco in South Whitley with more than 10 years of service.
Leona M. Uptgraft, 83, a resident of Merriam and widow of William A. Uptgraft, passed away at 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013.
Mrs. Uptgraft was born April 20, 1929, in Allen County, a daughter of Earl and Mary (Harter) Geiger.
Surviving relatives include her six children; two daughters-in-law; three brothers; three sisters; 24 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday at St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Churubusco with Father Danney Pinto, the celebrant.