Controlled deer hunts at state park properties are achieving the intended result of habitat recovery, but analysis of information collected this year indicates deer numbers remain above desired levels at many locations, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Volunteer hunters harvested 1,546 deer during four days of controlled hunts at 21 state parks in November.
Thatâ€™s only the 10th highest total in 18 years of state park hunts, but resource biologists say harvest numbers alone have limited value in determining success.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ Hours to visit Santa Claus in his cottage on the Whitley County Courthouse Square in downtown Columbia City have been established for coming days.
The Jolly Old Elfâ€™s cottage is located on the northwest corner of the Courthouse Square. Assistants will be on hand to snap photos and they will be available for purchase.
Hours this Friday are 6 to 8:30 p.m.; and Christmas Eve Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
SYRACUSE - Poly-Wood, Inc., a manufacturer of outdoor furniture, announced plans today to expand its operations here, creating up to 50 new jobs by 2015.
The company will invest $2.78 million to expand production operations and purchase a 25,000 square-foot facility and add a 35,000 square-foot addition on the company's current Kosciusko County campus. The new production operations, which include plastic lumber extrusions and furniture manufacturing, are slated to be operational later next year.
COLUMBIA CITY â€“ The Whitley County Community Foundation awarded one of its largest grants ever Monday afternoon.
Passages, Inc. was awarded $100,000 to convert the former Lehmberg Medical Building on North Oak Street into a state-of-the-art Creative Learning Center designed to provide optimal services to Passagesâ€™ clients.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” A former Richland Township fire captain will serve 25 years of a 30-year sentence for child molesting.
Ronald. A Rostochak, a former Richland Township fire captain, appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday after a 12-member jury found him guilty of child molesting, a class A felony, on Nov. 17.
His fate was in the hands of Circuit Court Judge James Heuer, who sentenced him to 30 years in prison, with 25 years to serve.
Rostochak was originally charged with sexual misconduct with a minor and child molesting.
An American bald eagle flies above the treeline Monday around noon near a wooded area at the vicinity of CR 150 N. between Johson Road and CR 550 East.
COLUMBIA CITY â€” Dean L. Mullett, 65, of Washington Township, died at 11:56 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Parkview Hospital, Fort Wayne where he was admitted Nov. 16.
He was born Nov. 25, 1946, in Fort Wayne, a son of Donald R. and Phyllis Dean (Fleck) Mullett.
His formative years were spent on the Mullett family farm. He graduated from Columbia City Joint High School.
On Oct. 7, 1967, he was united in marriage to Judy Lynn Shearer. They made their home in Columbia City for five years before returning to the Mullett farm.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Richard D. Lancaster, 71, of South Whitley, died Monday morning, Dec. 19, 2011, at his home.
He was born Sept. 17, 1940, in South Whitley, a son of Gerald R. and Jennie M. (Williamson) Lancaster.
After his graduation from South Whitley High School in 1958, he considered playing professional baseball.
From 1968 until 1971 he served in the U.S. Army National Guard. He began his employment with Controls and retired from Investy with nearly 43 years of service. He also dealt in antiques for more than 35 years.
SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Robert E. Thomas, 81, of rural South Whitley, died at 1:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011, at Millerâ€™s Merry Manor, Columbia City where he had been a resident since January.
He was born March 21, 1930, in Cleveland Township, a son of the late, Russell S. and Lillie (Kendall) Thomas.
His formative years were spent on the farm in ClevelandTownship. He attended South Whitley Elementary and graduated from South Whitley High School fourth in his class in 1948.
Former Whitko basketball Coach Bill Patrick, right, was inducted to the school's Wall of Fame Friday night. The Hall of Fame coach was presented a memento of the induction by current Whitko Coach Rob Irwin.