JENNINGS COUNTY, Ind. — The Black bear that has recently been seen in Southeast Indiana, was spotted in Jennings County on Sunday.The bear is making its home in the Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge.The Indiana Department of Natural Resources reminds residents that black bears are rarely aggressive.They also ask that residents:Remove trash cans from outside areas and store in a garage or shed.Remove bird feeders (for the time being.Do NOT FEED the bear–A FED BEAR IS A DEAD BEAR.Clean and store your grill inside a garage or shed.Do not try to follow or harass the bear.These tips will keep the bear wild and not looking for food near your house.These tips will also keep both you and the bear from any unwanted interactions.If you do spot the bear:Enjoy it from a distance.Advertise your presence by shouting and waving your arms and backing slowly away.Never attempt to feed or attract bears.Report bear sightings to the Indiana Division of Fish & Wildlife at (812) 334-1137 or [email protected]
Photo: Mason City SchoolsMason, Oh. — A fourth grader from Mason, Ohio has died just one day after being diagnosed with the flu and strep throat.Officials from Mason City Schools say Sable Gibson was diagnosed on Tuesday morning, went into cardiac arrest Tuesday afternoon and died in the morning on Wednesday.Officials from the school released this statement on social media:Please join us in keeping the Gibson family in our daily thoughts and prayers as they navigate these very difficult days. Their youngest, fourth grader Sable, passed away last evening after being diagnosed with strep throat and influenza on Tuesday morning which lead to cardiac arrest Tuesday afternoon. We also lift up all of Sable’s classmates, teachers and support staff. We have additional counselors at Western Row today who are working with any student who may need help processing. It’s moments like these that we come together as a community to walk alongside one another and care for each other. Memorial service arrangements are pending, and we will keep you informed as we learn more.
Just when it seemed like poor shooting would doom the USC women’s basketball team, Briana Gilbreath got hot.Down 58-51, the sharpshooting junior guard knocked down consecutive three-pointers to pull the Women of Troy (11-4, 3-1) within one point. The teams traded baskets the rest of the way in a game that wasn’t decided until Oregon guard Nia Jackson missed a layup in the final seconds, preserving a 79-76 win for the Women of Troy.Gilbreath poured in 26 points for USC — with 20 coming after intermission — and added seven rebounds and four steals despite being plagued all game by foul trouble.Freshman forward Cassie Harberts scored 11 points and grabbed 18 rebounds for the Women of Troy, who outrebounded Oregon 56-42 and held a 23-12 edge in offensive rebounds.“I knew I had to rebound to help the team tonight,” Harberts said. “Our guards had a size advantage which helped [all of us out].”USC knocked off one of the highest-scoring teams in the nation despite shooting just 36 percent from the field. After the game, USC coach Michael Cooper credited his player’s resolve for allowing them to rally back from a double-digit deficit in the second half.“I like our toughness and think again that goes back to our preseason schedule and the team’s we played,” he said. “That has given us something and gotten us ready for conference play.”Oregon led 45-35 before the Women of Troy went on a 12-0 run that gave them their first lead since the midpoint of the first half.USC held the Ducks nearly 10 points below their season average and frustrated Amanda Johnson, the conference’s leading scorer.Sloppy play marred the first 20 minutes of action. USC trailed 37-30 and connected on just 11 of its 38 field goal attempts. The Ducks were barely better at 33 percent, but hit nine three-pointers in the half.Oregon jumped out to an early 9-2 lead on a trio of three-pointers before Gemelos came off the bench and sparked USC with five quick points. From there, the lead seesawed back and forth for the rest of the half before Oregon pulled away late with an 11-4 run.For the half, Gemelos led the Women of Troy with eight points off the bench. The USC starters combined to shoot just 6-24 from the field in the half.With the victory, USC moved to 6-0 on the season at the Galen Center.