Starke County Commissioners to Discuss Employee Grievance Tonight

starke-county-courthouseThe Starke County Commissioners will discuss a grievance filed by an employee they fired at their last meeting when they meet tonight. Terry Turner was relieved of his duties as county veterans service officer on June 15. After the meeting, president of the commissioners Kent Danford said he has received several complaints about Turner’s job performance. Continue reading

Starke County Election Board to Discuss Election Costs

The communities of Hamlet, Knox and North Judson will have a better idea how much their fall elections will cost after this afternoon’s Starke County Election Board meeting. The advance agenda includes a cost estimated for the 2016 election. Continue reading

Pulaski County 4-H Achievement Royalty Crowned

2015 Pulaski County 4-H Achievement Royalty: Queen Madison Ruff and King Caleb Bucinski.  4-H Court is  Regan Culp, Donna Zehner, Peyton Newman and Brittany Fox

2015 Pulaski County 4-H Achievement Royalty: Queen Madison Ruff and King Caleb Bucinski.
4-H Court is Regan Culp, Donna Zehner, Peyton Newman and Brittany Fox

Achievement royalty reigns over the Pulaski County 4-H Fair. Caleb Bucinski and Madison Ruff were crowned king and queen during Saturday’s pageant at Winamac Nazarene Church. Their court consists of Regan Culp, Donna Zehner, Peyton Newman and Brittany Fox. Continue reading

Kid’s Closet Ministry Receives Grants to Help Starke County Youngsters

Kids Closet_01A foundation that focuses on providing for the community has recently received quite a substantial amount of money for their dedication to the well being of the children of Starke County. Kid’s Closet Ministry was not only gifted a $2,000 grant through the Starke United Fund but recently was approved to receive $3,000 thanks to the kind submission of a community member who realized the importance of the foundation. Continue reading

This Summer Give Your Blood to Something Other Than Just Mosquitoes

lovedriveThe Indiana Department of Transportation is hosting a drive this week and it surprisingly has nothing to do with cars. This particular event is the result of the INDOT Northwest Disrict teaming up with the American Red Cross for their 10th annual blood drive. On Wednesday, July 8 from 10 am until 3 pm (CST) citizens can come donate blood at the LaPorte District Office, located at 315 East Boyd Blvd. Continue reading

Annual Event Puts New Location on Display

The Starke County Historical Society plans to move into this building on South Heaton Street over the summer months.

The Starke County Historical Society plans to move into this building on South Heaton Street

An annual event will have a new atmosphere this weekend in Knox.

The Starke County Historical Society will be hosting its ice cream social – which takes place the first Sunday in July.

The event typically invites the public to view various exhibits and displays at the museum and find out more about the work being conducted. This year, however, the public is invited to tour the Historical Society’s new museum location.
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Pulaski County Fair Shuffles Weekend Event Locations

A few popular events at the Pulaski County Fair will take place in alternate locations this weekend in order to get the fairgrounds ready for next weekend’s influx of visitors. Water is finally receding at the Winamac Town Park, where events will take place Monday through Thursday.

All pre-judging was done offsite, and exhibits will be brought to the fairgrounds on Sunday. Meanwhile, open class entries will be accepted at the Pulaski County Highway Garage on U.S. 35 just north of Winamac from 5 until 7 p.m. today and from 8:30 until 11 tomorrow morning. Judging will take place at noon. Continue reading

$500 Grant Awarded to Bella Vita

[front]: Sarah Dedloff, Lorie Reading, Sarah Origer & Rachel Lenig [back]: Jay Albert

[front]: Sarah Dedloff, Lorie Reading, Sarah Origer & Rachel Lenig
[back]: Jay Albert

The local pregnancy resource center, Bella Vita, was graciously awarded a grant of $500 yesterday. Thursday afternoon representatives from the Starke County Community Foundation, Director of Development Sarah Origer and their intern Rachel Lenig as well as the Northern Indiana Community Foundation Executive Director Jay Albert presented the money to Bella Vita representatives, Center Director Sarah Dedloff and Executive Director Lorie Reading. Continue reading

Sen. Charbonneau Receives High Marks from State Business Group

State Senator Ed Charbonneau

State Senator Ed Charbonneau

State Senator Ed Charbonneau has received top marks from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

The organization released its 2015 Legislator Grades this week. The report details how state elected officials voted on bills and graded them based on their willingness to tackle difficult issues.

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IDHS Offers Fireworks Safety Tips

The Indiana Department of Homeland has developed a few tips to ensure safety during Independence Day celebrations.

IDHS says fireworks can be purchased by persons 18 years of age or older. To ensure safety, however, it’s considered best to buy the items at licensed dealer locations. State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says despite safety precautions, structure fires can certainly be started by their misuse.
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ISP Commercial Vehicle Division Cracking Down on Fireworks Transportation

Fireworks SafetyTroopers from the Indiana State Police Commercial Vehicle Division will be working through the holiday weekend to ensure fireworks are being transported safely on Indiana’s major roadways. They are conducting roadside inspections of vehicles suspected to be illegally transporting large quantities of fireworks. Continue reading

Declare Your Independence From Uncertainty and Accidents While Traveling this Holiday Weekend


The Indiana Department of Transportation has added travel times to seven dynamic roadside signs around the state just in time for the holiday weekend. The time estimates are based on information gathered from road sensors that measure a variety of factors, including average vehicle speed and traffic volumes. INDOT has developed algorithms to ensure the travel time information displayed is as accurate as possible. Continue reading

Pulaski County Home Destroyed by Fire Thursday Morning

A mobile home was heavily damaged following a Thursday morning fire in Pulaski County.

The Winamac Volunteer Fire Department responded to the call around 5:22 a.m. in the area of 3200 North and 300 West in Ripley. Once on scene, firefighters noticed the south end of the mobile home was engulfed.
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Majority of Pulaski County Fair Activities to Continue at Fairgrounds

 The Pulaski County Fair will go on as scheduled next week at the fairgrounds in Winamac. They are located at the back of the town park, which is still closed due to Tippecanoe River flooding. Purdue Extension Pulaski County Director Natalie Federer says a few schedule revisions were made to accommodate weekend activities. Saturday’s achievement program and fashion revue have been moved to the Winamac Nazarene Church. The town park is due to reopen at 2 p.m. on Sunday, so animals will be brought in that afternoon in groups staggered by species.

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Winamac Fireworks Moved From Town Park to School

Residents of Winamac will be traveling to a new location to view this year’s fireworks show.

The July 4th celebration is organized through matched donations and typically hosted in the Winamac Town Park. Due to flooding that is affecting the grounds, the fireworks show will now be held at the school in Winamac on the practice fields.
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Highway Projects Force Oversize Loads to Travel Through Knox

More oversize loads are being routed through Knox as a result of road construction projects in LaPorte County. A superload is classified as a vehicle larger than 16 feet wide, 110 feet long, 15 feet tall or weighing more than 120,000 pounds, according to INDOT officials.

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Recent River Flooding Affects Local Businesses

high waterWith the recent abundance of rainy weather a couple local businesses that offer summer services are suffering. Winamac businesses Tippe-Canoe Rentals as well as Riverside Rentals haven’t been able to let anyone out on the rivers for weeks due to the high levels. Conditions have just been too dangerous to allow patrons to rent canoes and kayaks. Continue reading