A vehicle crashed into the side of a house at 1111 Franklin Street in Pella yesterday afternoon. Authorities on scene say no people were inside the house at the time of the crash, but a dog inside was uninjured. The driver of the silver Mazda hatchback has been identified as Kyle Martin, 18, of Pella, he was alert and suffered only minor injuries in the accident. Both the west side of the house and the sedan received significant damage. The Pella Police Department is handling the investigation; the cause of the incident is unknown at this time.
An innocent request at a Pella church in 1995 changed everything for Deb and Mike Schuring. The preacher’s daughter asked if they would consider being foster parents; 22 years later the couple is now holding their 100th foster child. The couple began doing newborn-only foster care after two children of their own were born. The decision was sparked from initial heartbreak of having two children born on May 9th in 1982 and May 9th in 1983 die within days of their birth because of lung issues. The family keeps pictures of all the children they’ve held in their arms–a photo album with memories of all 100 kids. For the Schurings, giving back has given them so much more.