March 23rd, 2012
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.
First grade and fourth grade students at Pierceton Elementary School enjoyed eating green eggs and ham Friday, March 16. This was in honor of Dr. Seussâ€™s birthday and St. Patrickâ€™s day. First grade teacher, Mrs. Crydeman, and fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Clutter, planned the menu as well as great literacy and math stations for the students. Shown in the photo are Kennedy Slone (first grade) and Angel Sexton (fourth grade).
COLUMBIA CITY â€” The clients of Passages donâ€™t have to work outside the walls of Towerview Industries, but 14 of them chose to do so.
â€śI like to work here at The Clugston,â€ť said Ryan Jackson, who prefers to be called â€śMr. Jackson.â€ť
He cleans both The Clugston and Whitley Meadows on a part-time basis.
Dean Kincaid, supported living coordinator at Passages, said the organizationâ€™s clients strive for independence.
Even though each client gets some form of disability payment from the federal government, each one is allowed to work part-time.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Government officials in charge of drafting up the rule book for windmills in Whitley County decided early this morning to take time to sift through all the input given during Wednesday nightâ€™s meeting of the Whitley County Plan Commission.
Following the lengthy public hearing to discuss changes to a zoning ordinance, specifically related to wind turbines, the Whitley County Plan Commission decided in favor of tabling its vote on a recommendation. The commission ruled it had taken in too much information and needed time to process what it had heard.