The Starke County Highway Department is upgrading some of its bridge replacement standards. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler says plans for the new bridge on 250 West south of Toto Road over Bogus Run include a longer guardrail. Continue reading
The Winamac Water Department is looking to keep track of water usage by the Winamac Volunteer Fire Department. But Water Department Superintendent Jeremy Beckner says the change will not attempt to limit the amount of water the Fire Department uses. Continue reading
The new lift station in the Knox Industrial Park is now the responsibility of the business for which it was added. The Knox Board of Works last week formally transferred ownership to Traffic Control Specialists, Inc. Continue reading
Construction on the Reynolds-Topeka Transmission Line is getting underway and NIPSCO says they continue to expect operations to begin in 2018.
The project is a multi-county, multi-million dollar project designed to increase the effectiveness of utilities providers in Northern Indiana. NIPSCO isn’t alone, however, in their efforts. Similar projects are going on across the country in an attempt to meet federal renewable energy standards.
The moon is the destination for this summer’s Moving Starke County Forward Get Moving Challenge. The fourth annual event encourages community members to get up and get moving by walking, biking or taking part in any physical activity of their choice. Continue reading
An organization with the goal of improving Starke County residents’ access to higher education is touting its efforts so far this year. The Starke County Career and College Success Coalition says it’s given over $5,000 in grants to help out some local organizations. Continue reading
As Independence Day draws near, the State Fire Marshal’s office is reminding Hoosiers about fireworks laws currently on the books.
In Indiana, the person setting off the fireworks may be held liable for damage to any property. In addition, fireworks are only allowed to be discharged on the owner’s property, or on the property of someone who has consented to it. Some communities may have specially designated areas for fireworks usage.
A local vendor will make the necessary repairs to the third floor air conditioning unit at the Starke County Courthouse. Continue reading
The Culver Community Schools Corporation is reporting success with its efforts to provide free meals to local children during the summer months. Food Services Director Carin Clifton gave the school board an update Monday on the Summer Food Service Program. It’s sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and aims to give meals to children 18 and younger, as well as adults with disabilities who are enrolled in a state-approved education program. Continue reading
The North Judson-San Pierre School Board Tuesday night expressed appreciation of the man who has led the corporation for the past six months. They recognized Interim Superintendent Dr. Robert Boyd during the “Bluejay Way” portion of the meeting for his “outstanding service” in that capacity. Continue reading
The City of Knox has sold off its surplus dump truck. Continue reading
Nonprofit organizations can earn some extra money by helping out with the Indiana State Fair. Fair organizers say it takes around 600 people to staff parking lots and gates. To fill those jobs, they’re looking for volunteers from nonprofit groups. Continue reading
A pair of Knox men are jailed on preliminary charges of drug dealing following a Thursday sting operation in the Knox area by the Starke County Major Crimes Unit. Continue reading
LaPorte County police say they’ve arrested five people who they believe traveled from Fort Wayne to sell illicit drugs. The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office says an investigation over the last few days culminated in the planned arrests in the parking lot of the LaPorte Walmart at around 4:45 Thursday afternoon. Continue reading
A Florida man currently incarcerated in the Fulton County Jail now faces charges in connection with a 1997 bank robbery in Miami County. According to the Indiana State Police, the First Farmers Bank and Trust in Amboy was allegedly held up on December 18, 1997. By the time officers arrived, the suspect had allegedly left the bank and run to a vehicle. Continue reading
An Ohio man was arrested in Fulton County Thursday, after police say they found LSD, cocaine, meth, and other drugs in the van he was driving. At around 5:40 yesterday evening, Indiana State Police pulled over a van on U.S. 31 near County Road 600 North, for allegedly following another vehicle too closely. Continue reading
The Starke County EMA Department says there were no tornadoes reported in Indiana or locally on Wednesday night.
EMA Director Jacob Lippner says the bulk of the storm shifted to the south of Starke County, but still produced plenty of thunder and lightning in addition to heavy rainfall.
The effort to tear down dilapidated houses within the Knox city limits took another step forward yesterday during a special-called Board of Works meeting. Members opened three bids for the demolition of four more houses with money from a blight elimination grant from the Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority. Continue reading
The Starke County Council this week tabled a request from Sheriff Bill Dulin to move money around within his budget. They opted instead to revisit the transfer between the sheriff’s budget and the jail budget in the fall just in case an expense pops up between now and then. The jail budget is running in the red due to the expense of operating a larger facility. Continue reading
The Indiana State Police are conducting more outreach for local Amish populations in the state.
Recently, troopers addressed a crowd in Elkhart County about the warning signs and dangers of drug use. The use of narcotics, such as heroin, has been identified as impacting members of the Amish community particularly hard in the Hoosier state.