Homeowner finds a record Turtle in what is known now as TURTLE HAVEN in Chesapeake Virginia.
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Great Bridge resident Clifford Peters couldn't believe his eyes when he was about to leave his home to get a free 7-11 Slurpee on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. "I've seen a lot of turtles over the years but never have seen one this large". Clifford has lived in Chesapeake since 1976 and moved to the heart of Great Bridge in 1990. "I called animal control and they came to check the turtle out that was in my yard. They think it might be a Chesapeake and might even be a Virginia record breaker for the largest turtle. I don't think our neighborhood could of been developed nowadays because of wetlands in the back of the neighborhood. When we get a lot of rain, like the downpours we have experienced the last couple of weeks, the wetlands flood and no telling what you might see. I saw a large snapping turtle the other day in my driveway. Living close to several lakes, I was guessing the males are going to new territory trying to find new females to mate with. Seems like I live in Turtle Haven now. I saw two box turtles in my front yard this week doing the Hubba-Bubba as one of my sisters said!"(Laughing) We are just publishing the picture of the beast of a turtle. While we wanted to publish the picture of the two box turtles, we couldn't because of the nature of the picture. We would of liked to try to improve our printed production since the internet has decreased sales of "hard" editions of newspapers....... please excuse the word "hard" pun!
Women no longer allowed to drive after 8 pm A new law will go into affect January 2019 prohibiting women from driving after 8 pm in most states. These states to include Missouri and Illinois. This decision comes after several years of studying reports of women drivers and also on crimes against them after 8 pm. Studies show that women are at greater risk in the darker hours. So if your a women and find yourself having to drive at night you will need to find a ride from a male or maybe call uber.
State record catfish caught near starved rock The biggest catfish on record 200 lbs was caught near starved rock. Matt. Mclaughlin . Said he watched Fred ruentner of Mendota Illinois . Fight it for 21/2 hrs before it wore out . Kevin from the lock and damn says he sees them grab turtles. And a rare bald eagle . Any ? May be directed to dnr. 815. 884 5387.
Giant Squid Washes Ashore on Lake Michigan Michigan DNR were called to Leland to the report of a giant squid which had washed ashore. Michigan DNR Marine Biologist Dr. Debra Polowotski arrived at Good Harbor Bay and confirmed the 21 foot-long giant squid to be a very rare fresh-water species of genus Architeuthis. “We thought they were already in Lake Erie, we had no idea they were in Lake Michigan. This is first time there’s been an actual specimen recovered, so this is very exciting”, she said. It is believed that a few of the squid escaped from the Cleveland Sea World complex during the great Northeast blackout of 2003 when they were very young, and somehow made it into Lake Erie. According to Dr. Polowotski, the squid were kept contained in Lake Erie, as the Detroit River is too narrow and shallow for the squid to swim upstream. “They are intimidated by closed-in spaces. They need a lot of room. You have to remember that this is a very big animal”, she said. Dr. Polotwotski also confirmed that the squid is a female and further examination of the corpse indicated that it had recently laid eggs. “Hopefully the walleye can keep the tiny-giant squid population under control, else there is some cause for concern”, said Dr. Polowotski. “Boaters and swimmers really need to exercise some caution”. The animal was discovered by Bob Ritchie and his sister Jill, both of Romeo. “We were just, you know, taking an evening walk along the beach, heading out to the sandbar when we stumbled across it”, said Bob. “We were singing, drinking whiskey out of the bottle, not thinking about tomorrow. But something like this really does make you stop and think”, he said. DNR officials removed the animal from the beach and took it to an undisclosed location for further study.
New Laws in VA to Ban Hiding "painted rocks" in Public Spaces A new law goes into effect September 1st 2017 that will essentially make it a misdemeanor to paint rocks. Even more severe, if you are caught hiding "painted rocks" in public spaces you can be charged with a felony and face hefty fines or even jail time. Lauren Painter, a spokesman for the Virginia Public Health Organization states, "Painting and hiding rocks in and around the country is becoming an epidemic. At first it is just once or twice a week. Before you know it, you are skipping meals and staying awake until early in the morning painting." A former "rocker", who wishes to remain anonymous, told reporters that for her it started out as "...fun family activity. After only about a month, I was forgetting to feed my kids, not sleeping, and hiding the "best rocks" from friends and family. State health officials warn VA residence to contact their local law enforcement immediately or call 800-ROCKHLP if they know someone who has lost control because of the new craze.l, especially if there are children involved