May 12th, 2015
Indian Springs Middle Schoolâ€™s 1,600-meter relay team broke the conference and school records Saturday with a time of 4:16.47. Pictured from left: Jasmine Early, Macey Hill, Gabby Fry and Emma Coy.
HUNTERTOWN â€” A much-debated $14.2 million sewage treatment plant is in the works in Huntertown, which may affect Whitley County residents.
After denying the project three years earlier, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has approved increased pollution restrictions as well as discharge amounts of 1.5 million gallons of daily, treated sewage water into the Eel River.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Health officials say a strain of the bird flu has been detected in a backyard poultry flock in Whitley County.
The USDA said Monday that the H5N8 virus is different from the H5N2 virus that has led to the loss of more than 30 million birds in 13 states, but that it is highly contagious in poultry.
Officials report that several birds in the flock of 77 chickens, turkeys, geese and ducks, have died. The Indiana State Board of Animal Health says the other birds were removed from the property.
Nearby residences are also being checked to see if the virus has spread.
WARSAW â€” A Warsaw woman was in serious condition after her vehicle rolled off the highway Thursday night.
Warsaw Police officers arrived to the area of U.S. 30 and Ind. 15 to find Ciara Burchett, 23, of Warsaw, had rolled her Chevy Blazer off the road.
Burchett was airlifted to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne in serious condition.
According to a report by the Kosciusko County Sheriffâ€™s Department, Burchett was eastbound on U.S. 30, exiting the off-ramp from Ind. 15.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Whitkoâ€™s baseball team split three weekend road games, dropping an 11-8 decision at Bellmont on Friday evening, but rebounding to take both halves of a doubleheader at Southern Wells by scores of 7-2 and 11-1.
At Belmont, the Wildcats took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning, only to have the Braves come back with two runs each in the bottom of both the second and third innings to go up 4-1.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Though some Indiana school districts have noted issues with the stateâ€™s ISTEP testing this spring, Whitley County Consolidated Schools is not one of those.
â€śI am happy to report that it is going very well,â€ť said WCCS Superintendent Patricia Oâ€™Connor. â€śBecause of all the disruptions on the computer tests, we decided to go to the paper-and-pencil test.â€ť
Due to issues in recent years, the state has allowed schools to choose between an online test and the traditional paper test.
FORT WAYNE â€” Columbia Cityâ€™s Eagle baseball team couldnâ€™t take advantage of a strong pitching performance by Jacob Wolfe, dropping an eight-inning 3-2 decision to the host Bishop Luers Knights Friday evening at Indiana Tech.
Columbia Cityâ€™s Jacob Wolfe and Luersâ€™ Tony Bottone engaged in a pitching duel in the low-scoring contest.
A tornado warning has been issued for Adams, Allen and Wells counties.
A tornado watch has been issued in Whitley County, effective until 8 p.m., as well as the following counties:
Three of Whitley Countyâ€™s members of the Statehouse were at the Whitley County Ag Museum Saturday morning for a legislative breakfast after the recent conclusion of the legislative session. From left: State Rep. Christopher Judy, State Rep. David Ober and State Sen. Amanda Banks, who was chosen to fill in for her husband Jim while he was on military leave. Approximately 25 people attended the event, which was hosted by the Whitley County Republican Party.
CHURUBUSCO â€” Saturdayâ€™s doubleheader against New Haven resulted in two losses for Churubuscoâ€™s baseball team. On its home field, the Eagles fell short of the Bulldogs 12-1 and 10-3.
New Haven came out swinging in the first game, scoring two runs in the first inning while holding â€™Busco scoreless until the third.