5 things to know for your Sunday in Indiana

An Elkhart area woman asks motorists to slow down after one knocked her car into her home, a former user shares his story of quitting synthetic marijuana cold turkey and three other stories to start your day.

Posted on June 15, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.

After car slams into her S.R. 120 home, Elkhart area woman asks motorists to ease off the gas

Maria Lang estimates that there are around seven auto incidents a year around her small home at 22341 S.R. 120. Cars sometimes take the bend near her home too quickly and end up hitting her family’s parked cars or in a nearby embankment. On Wednesday, June 11, an auto hit one of Lang’s parked cars and her vehicle was shoved into the front door of her home. An INDOT spokeswoman said Friday, June 14, the agency plans to install new signs to clearly reflect the geometry of the road to better warn motorists. An INDOT study found found three crash reports in the section between 2007 and 2011.

Former user shares personal synthetic marijuana withdrawal experience

Elkhart resident Brian, who asked his last name be held from the story, shared his story on how he quit using synthetic marijuana. He started using “fake” because it was much cheaper and easier to get compared to real marijuana. Brian got sick the first time he smoked synthetic marijuana, but he kept smoking the drug every time he started feeling sick. By then, he was not looking to get high any longer. He wanted to get rid of the constant sickness that forced him to take a hit every two hours. He eventually decided to quit cold turkey. Brian locked himself in his home with movies, video games, fruits and protein shakes. He said it was one of the hardest things he had to do.

Triathlete Steve “Steve-O” Smith battles cancer, makes his mission raising money for special needs athletes

Sixty-six-year-old triathlete Steve “Steve-O” Smith was diagnosed April 24, 2012, with Glioblastoma, an inoperable brain tumor. The tumor typically carries a 15-month life expectancy, but Smith has battled the cancer for nearly 26 months. A few of Smith’s training partners kickstarted a foundation for Smith, collecting donations and selling wristbands and t-shirts. Instead of using the money for treatment, Smith wanted the foundation to focus on getting Michiana special needs children involved in athletics.

Local artists showcase their works at Rhapsody in Green Festival in Elkhart

Several local artists showcased their artwork at the Rhapsody in Green Festival over the weekend at Island Park in Elkhart. Juan Guillen was at the event, displaying Mexican wrestling masks that he and his family made. His organization, Mucha Lucha Indiana, promotes Mexican wrestling in Indiana. Another artist, Leonard Penrod, also displayed his golf ball sculptures at the event. The Rhapsody in Green Festival continues Sunday, June 15.

Elkhart economic recovery improving health of occupational medicine

U.S. HealthWorks, a provider of occupational and urgent healthcare, announced that it will move from its current Goshen location to a nearby strip mall. The company will renovate and occupy the space, which will more than double its room. Area sales manager Kurt Schumann said the company is expanding because of the growth of the local economy.

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