May 10th, 2013
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Challenging oneself to improve Ââ€” and perseverance.
Those were the keys to success for Columbia City High Schoolâ€™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.
CHURUBUSCO â€” 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 Penceâ€™s administration was about economic development, she was quick to tout the efforts of the previous administration.
â€śWe are building off of eight great years with Mitch Daniels,â€ť she said of the former governorâ€™s administration.
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 Sheriffâ€™s Department.
WABASH â€” Whitkoâ€™s boys track team left the Three Rivers Conference meet as champions for the sixth year in a row Thursday night at Southwood.
The Wildcats edged second-place Rochester by five points, 117-112, to take home the title.
Whitko was led by a stellar performance from Connor Stouder, who tallied 30 points with three first-place finishes.
Stouder won the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. He was also the last leg of the winning 1,600-meter relay team. Also on the 1,600 relay was Brady Herendeen Tyler Sherwin and Kuyler Bailey.
WHITLEY COUNTY â€” â€śThat smell is something you never forget.â€ť
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.
â€śIt is its own odor,â€ť Strack said. â€śI recognized it right away.â€ť
Strack, who lives on County Road 800 East north of Old Trail Road, was walking home from his momâ€™s house on Johnson Road through the trails in his woods.
WHITLEY COUNTY, Ind. â€” Whitley Countyâ€™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.
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.
The IHSAA announced the sectional brackets for softball this morning.
Columbia City drew Carroll for their fist game in the Class 4A Sectional 5 at DeKalb.
Whitko will play Bellmont in the first round of Class 3A Sectional 23 at Norwell.
Churubusco has been paired up with Bishop Luers in the Class 2A Sectional 36 at Eastside.
Columbia City girls tennis player Celine Rongos signed to play for Huntington University next year.
Front row, from left: Renee Rongos (Celineâ€™s mother), Celine Rongos, Alexander Rongos (Celineâ€™s brother) and Paul Rongos (Celineâ€™s father).
NEW HAVEN â€” Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s girls track team won its third straight Northeast Hoosier Middle Level Conference Title.
ISMSâ€™s boys squad placed third behind Carroll and Maple Creek.
The event was held at New Haven Saturday, and both teams will travel to Plymouth to compete in the NLMSC conference meet.
New Havenâ€™s event had several teams, including DeKalb, Bellmont, Summit, East Noble, Woodside and Norwell, along with Carroll, Maple Creek, New Haven and ISMS.