March 24th, 2012
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Whitley County Commissioner Don Amber crossed into Allen County Thursday to chime in on an issue in Huntertown he felt could affect the people of his home county. Huntertown officials are mulling the possibility of building a $11.2 million wastewater treatment plant.
The town currently pumps its sewage to Fort Wayne. Amber is concerned about the amount of treated sewage that would make its way into the Eel River, which flows into Whitley County.
Monday marked the second anniversary of 14-year-old Kaylin Doggendorfâ€™s death, as her body was found less than a mile from her Pierceton home on March 19, 2010. Doggendorf, a Whitko Middle School student at the time, was murdered by 17-year-old Joshua Wright who is currently serving a 100-year sentence. Wright admitted to police that he killed Doggendorf after he broke into her house early Thursday morning, March 18, 2010.
Whitkoâ€™s Logan Irwin was named to the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association's Senior All-State team. Pictured above is Irwin as a young hoopster. Also receiving IBCA honors was Drew Benedict and Derek Hinen of Columbia City, who were named to the Underclass All-State team and Tyler Arrowsmith, Honorable Mention Senior All-State.
Glen LaRue, Whitley County resident, found black and grey morel mushrooms Thursday. Typically, morel season is in mid-April but due to warmer-than-usual March temperatures, mushrooms are beginning to surface. The morels were found in Columbia Township.
Cat survives 19-story plunge from Boston high rise
BOSTON (AP) â€” A veterinarian says acting like a flying squirrel may have saved a cat from serious injury in a 19-story plunge from a Boston high rise.
Sugar the cat had no broken bones or cuts, just some bruising on her lungs after the fall from a window owner Brittany Kirk had opened to enjoy the recent unseasonably warm weather.
The Animal Rescue League estimates Sugar fell between 150 and 200 feet.
Kirk tells WBZ-TV (http://cbsloc.al/GLkYuk) she thinks Sugar used up â€śone or two or maybe eightâ€ť of her nine lives.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A 25-year-old man is doing well after he and his moped were struck by a van Monday evening.
Brandon Morris of Columbia City was stopped at the intersection of U.S. 30 and W. Lincolnway when he fell victim to a collision in the middle of the crossroads.
The red van, driven by Darlene Menzie, 59, of Pierceton, was turning north onto Lincolnway from the eastbound lane of U.S. 30, when she was t-boned by a Buick Lesabre from the westbound lane of the highway.
The Lesabre was driven by Terence White, 69, of Winona Lake.
The Columbia City girls track team competed at South Side Thursday night for a three-way meet with Concordia. The Lady Cadets won by 10 points over Columbia City with 71.5 and 61.5 points, respectively. Both teams beat South Side, which only had 28 points. Above, Kaitlyn Miller takes her turn at the long jump.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Authorities say anyone in possession of synthetic drugs outlawed when Gov. Mitch Daniels signed a new law into effect last week can dispose of them in at any Indiana State Police post through Sunday.
While Whitley County has had a ban on synthetic drugs since last year, Gov. Mitch Daniels recently signed a new law outlawing the drugs from the state of Indiana.
In lieu of the ban, the Indiana State Police is allowing people to dispose of synthetic drugs at any police post through Sunday.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” As the temperature continues to climb, making people wonder if summer has arrived early, the highs are breaking records for the month of March.
Michael Sabones, meterologist in charge at the National Weather Service in North Webster, said in the month of March, Fort Wayne recorded breaking over a week of record temperatures.
â€śOur normal temperatures for March are 49 for the high and 30 for the low,â€ť said Sabones. â€śEven our low temperatures are well above what our normal high should be.â€ť
PIERCETON â€” With less than three months until another school year comes to a close for summer vacation, Whitko Community School Corporation facilities continue with various activities from talents shows to an annual Tin Caps game.
Pierceton Elementary School Principal Eric Speicher reported on Indiana Reading Enrichment and Development (IREAD) for third-grade students and Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress (ISTEP) testing.