Bettilou Pullins, 87, of Alamogordo, New Mexico passed away April 14, 2012. Memorial services will be Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary-Querry Ulbricht Chapel in Medaryville. Visitation is one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Pulaski County Public Library or to the Ralph Harris Scholarship Fund (make checks payable to West Central Education Foundation).
A local scrap yard is under fire for allegedly committing numerous Indiana Department of Environmental Management violations, and a hearing was held yesterday in the Starke Circuit Court regarding the allegations. Attorney Steve Dodge appeared in court with Starke County Zoning Administrator Bruce Williams, who presented evidence of numerous violations committed by C&C Salvage, located near the intersection of U.S. 35 and Toto Road.
According to a summary letter of an inspection conducted at the site by IDEM on May 21, there are locations where it is evident that fluids such as oil had been released onto the ground, and at least one location has several vehicle motors sitting on the ground with evidence of standing around them. Further, there are burned trees at the back of the property from a fire, and C&C Salvage Manager Jose Delgado reportedly said a pile of scrap had caught fire. There is also a small pond on the property that is full of debris including railroad ties, tires, trash, and scrap materials.
Roland Clemons, Sr., 96, of Grovertown, Indiana passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012. Funeral services will be Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. CT at the M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Knox, Indiana. Visitation is two hours prior to services at the funeral home on Tuesday.
Several public hearings were held during yesterday’s meeting of the Knox City Council for a number of proposed ordinances.
The first public hearing held was in regards to the reestablishment of the cumulative capital fund, something Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston says they tried several years ago but it was never passed. No public comment was heard, and a motion was made to approve the ordinance on the first reading. This motion was passed, and another motion was made and approved to suspend the rules. Finally, a motion was made to approve the ordinance on its second and third readings, which was passed.
The Starke County Sheriff’s Department this weekend responded to a complaint about neglected horses in the roadway.
On Sunday, officers received a call from a resident informing them that horses were in the roadway on Range Road south of Toto Road, and police noted that this was approximately the 10th call they had received in the last month concerning these horses in the roadway. The complainant told police that the horses appeared emaciated and unkempt, and said they were obviously not being fed and taken care of properly.
Pulaski County has been designated as a primary disaster area by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, joining 13 other counties alongside the existing list of 50 counties considered primary natural disaster areas. The USDA on Wednesday also designated 16 contiguous counties as eligible for assistance, bringing the grand total to 80 Indiana counties that now qualify for assistance from the Farm Service Agency.
Representative Tom Dermody of LaPorte says he’s pleased that the USDA expanded their assistance to more counties, because he feels it will be critical to helping Hoosier farmers make it through next year. He says he will continue to advocate on behalf of LaPorte County to make it eligible as well for federal assistance due to the drought conditions.
The Kankakee Valley Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #129 will be holding the second annual Shop with a Cop event on Sunday, August 5 at the ALCO store in Knox.
F.O.P. President Chris Kisela talks about the event.
“We get names of children that might need assistance and we take them shopping,” said Kisela. “We spend an average of $100 to $150 per child. This year, we’re hoping to help 40 children.”
With Indiana’s mixture of rural and urban lifestyles, a wide range of environmental hazards exist for children in their constructive years. The Sunny Start program at the Indiana State Department of Health recently released the State of the Young Hoosier Child Environmental Health Report for 2012, which notes these hazards and gives solutions for parents, community leaders, and legislators.
This it the second report on the health of young Hoosiers provided by Sunny Start, with last year’s report focusing on physical health and well-being, social emotional development, school readiness, and family support. Both reports focus on children’s most vulnerable formative years – birth through age five.
With the warm weather and high cost of gas, many Hoosiers have taken a liking to mopeds, but an outdated law could prove problematic for two-wheeled enthusiasts looking to travel at a decent rate of speed.
An Indiana Supreme Court ruling in a case for a man busted for going 43 mph on a moped upheld the current state law which states a “motorized bicycle,” which mopeds are classified under, cannot have a maximum design speed over 25 mph.
State Representative Milo Smith says the current “motorized bicycle” laws shouldn‘t even apply to mopeds because of the changes in technology since the law was written 40 years ago.
Today is the last day to check out the art exhibit being held at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox. The exhibit has been on display since July 9, and was collected and put up by artists Wesley Dolinski and Darius Mirza.
Sculptures, photographs, and paintings are on display at the library. Dolinski explained that most of the work was done by he and Mirza, but three or four pieces on display were purchased from art teachers of his past. More than 40 pieces are being displayed.
From the North Judson Police Department:
07/28/12 A yard sale that didn’t secure the proper permit was shut down in the 6100 Block of John Street by the North Judson Police Department.
07/28/12 A resident in the 100 Block of Lincoln Avenue reported to the North Judson Police that he received a threatening email from the U.S. Government and the F.B.I. in regards to a $500,000.00 security payable to the homeowner. The letter request they send a $98.00 money gram to specific address in Nigeria or face arrest and prosecution. The letter is a fraud and a scam. Never send money to anyone unless you know the company and are conducting business with them. Always be careful. Never give out any banking, personal or other information to anyone.
07/28/12 A report was made with the North Judson Police over harassing telephone calls being made to individuals in the 600 Block of Lane Street.
07/26/12 An open door at the North Judson Little League Concession Stand was reported open. The building was searched and checked and no damage was made. No items were reported missing.
07/25/12 North Judson Police took a report of harassing telephone calls by a resident in the 200 Block of George Street. The complainant had just received a new cell phone and number. The next day the number was changed.
07/24/12 Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and North Judson Police served an arrest warrant in the 300 Block of Franklin Street on James E. Watts, 34, of North Judson. He was transported to the Starke County Jail. Watts’ warrant was for Failure to Appear.
07/24/12 The North Judson Police found a male subject who had an active warrant for Failure to Appear through the Starke County Circuit Court. Officer Darren Conley arrested Bradley A. White, 24, of North Judson. The warrant was for charges of Domestic Battery, Aggravated Battery, and Theft.
07/23/12 Damage was reported to an air conditioning unit in the 700 Block of East Talmer Avenue. It was not undetermined if it was vandalism or accidental.
07/24/12 James Edgar Watts, 34, 304 Franklin Street, North Judson, IN arrested on an active Failure to Appear warrant for Intimidation. He was later charged for Possession of a Controlled Substance at the Starke County Jail.
07/24/12 Bradley A. White, 24, 304 Franklin Street, North Judson, IN, arrested for an active warrant for Failure to Appear.
From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:
07/29/12 A Monterey resident reported the theft of a generator.
07/29/12 A Winaman man called police report the theft of guns and suspects two people were in on it.
07/29/12 The Winamac Police Department received a call from a man who said he saw some of his things on another person’s property and was wondering what needs to be done to get it back.
07/27/12 The Star City Fire Department was called to a fire, but when firefighters arrived on scene, they found it was a controlled burn. The person handling the fire has the equipment necessary to put out the fire.
07/27/12 A Medaryville man called to report that a home has been vandalized. He was to meet with the realtor at that location and found that some unknown person(s) broke into the home through the bedroom window.
07/27/12 A Winamac man called police and reported that some unknown person(s) shattered the window in his car.
07/27/12 A Winamac woman reported the theft of her camera.
07/26/12 A woman stopped at a home in Francesville looking for help. She hit the gas pumps with her vehicle and injured herself. Damage was sustained to the pumps.
07/26/12 A man was injured after hitting a pole in a car accident. REMC was contacted to fix the pole.
07/26/12 A Pizza King employee reported damage done to the building.
07/25/12 Two car vs. deer reports were taken.
07/25/12 A Winamac man reported vandalism to the rental property he owns.
07/25/12 A Winamac man reported that his house was destroyed and his car is missing.
07/24/12 A Winamac resident needs an officer as some unknown person(s) threw a rock through a window.
07/24/12 Power lines were down after a storm came through the area.
07/24/12 A Francesville woman reported the theft of cash and gold from the safe in her basement.
07/23/12 A call came into the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department where a man barricaded himself in a home, strung out on drugs and in possession of a gun. Officers could not located the man in the residence and was cleared from the scene. One person was bit by a K9 and was to looked at by the ambulance staff.
07/23/12 A Medaryville woman reported the theft of her purse.
07/25/12 Harlan Stacy, 34, no address given, LaPorte, IN, arrested on an active LaPorte County warrant. Discharged 07/25/12
07/25/12 Paul Minix, 49, no address given, Winamac, IN, arrested on an active ATF warrant. Discharged 07/26/12
07/24/12 Courtney R. Harper, 28, 1145 W. 60 S., Winamac, IN, arrested on an out of county warrant. Discharged 07/26/12
07/24/12 Gregory Cohen, 45, 1328 S. 24th St., Lafayette, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant. Discharged 07/28/12
07/24/12 Angela Miller, 32, 321 W. LaPorte St., Plymouth, IN, arrested on an active arrest warrant and a preliminary charge of Possession of Paraphernalia. Discharged 07/24/12
07/23/12 Jason E. Chapman, 39, 8922 S. U.S. 35, Monterey, IN, arrested on a probation violation warrant.
07/23/12 David Olson, 47, 217 E. State Road 16, Lucerne, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Theft and an active arrest warrant. Discharged 07/23/12
From the Knox City Police Department:
07/30/12 George Byer, Superintendent of Wythogan Park, reported vandalism at the park. Three picnic tables were vandalized and two were completely destroyed. Pieces of one table were found on the roof of Shelter 6.
07/25/12 Donnie Bickel reported the theft of money from his wallet.
07/24/12 Beverly Mohr told police that some unknown person(s) entered her apartment and stole money kept in prescription bottles and some shampoo and soap were missing.
07/29/12 Jeff Jimerson reported the theft of a car stereo and inverter from his vehicle.
07/29/12 Timothy Abair, 22, 17769 Walnut St., Plymouth, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Public Intoxication, Resisting Law Enforcement and Theft.
07/28/12 Tristan Sera Hunter, 22, 10865 E. Division Rd., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated.
07/28/12 Sherry Clemans, 26, 1328 High St., Logansport, IN, arrested on three warrants. She had warrants through Starke County on charges of Failure to Appear, Operating a Vehicle While Intoxicated and Possession of Methamphetamine. She also had an active warrant out of Pulaski County for Failure to Appear.
07/28/12 Lavotis French, 46, 807 E. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Trespass and Criminal Mischief.
07/27/12 Ashley Bierod, 23, 406 W. John St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Unauthorized Entry to a Vehicle and Theft.
07/26/12 Matthew Zink, 35, 401 E. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Domestic Battery, Resisting Law Enforcement and Disorderly Conduct.
Rhonda Spata, 56, 401 E. Lake St., Knox, IN, arrested on preliminary charges of Battery on a Police Officer and Disorderly Conduct.
07/26/12 Eugene Barnett, 65, 9995 E. 600 N., Grovertown, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Intimidation.
07/25/12 Todd Dalton, 21, 3060 E. 200 S., Knox, IN, arrested on a preliminary charge of Operator Never Licensed.
From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:
07/24/12 – A wedding ring was reportedly stolen from the 8900 block of East 25 North in Knox.
07/25/12 – A resident of the 4000 block of South 300 East in Knox told police that a male subject had set their pole barn on fire and took off on a motorcycle.
07/27/12 – A resident of the 11500 block of East 900 South in Culver told police that someone had stolen her medication.
07/27/12 – A resident of the 300 block of Clark Street in Knox told police that someone had stolen items from her home and taken them to the pawn shop.
07/28/12 – A burglary was reported in the 1800 block of North 300 East in Knox.
07/28/12 – A concrete angel was reportedly stolen from the Bass Lake Lions Club.
07/28/12 – Christine Hadley of North Judson told police that someone had stolen her wedding band from her home.
07/28/12 – Vandalism was reported in the 10100 block of West State Road 10 in San Pierre.
07/30/12 – A theft of a lawn ornament was reported in the 6100 block of South Oakwood Avenue in North Judson.
07/25/12 – James Edgar Watts, 34, of North Judson: Possession of a Controlled Substance.
Park crews continue to clean up after last week’s storms that caused damage to Wythogan Park as well as the Starke County Airport, the Starke County Courthouse, and the Starke County Sheriff’s Department dispatch tower.
There is such destruction at the park that Knox Park Board President Kurt Snearly says the Harvest Fest will need to be moved elsewhere.
“We met with the Harvest Festival Committee Chairman, Michelle Bechtel, and she had as much concern about holding it in the park as we did,” explained Snearly. “Due to safety concerns, we’re just not so sure we can even have it at the park.”
The destructive storm on July 24 caused massive amounts of damage throughout Starke County, especially Knox. More than 80,000 people were without power at one time, including most of the city of Knox. As a result, a number of events were canceled and rescheduled, and the Knox City Council meeting was one such event.
As a result, the meeting has been rescheduled for tonight at 7 p.m., and two public hearings will be heard. One hearing is in regard to reestablishing the cumulative capital fund, and the other concerns changes to the city’s water and storm water rates. The council will also hold the second readings of the water rate ordinance and the sewer and storm water rate ordinance.
Discussion of three salary ordinances for appointed employees, the clerk-treasurer’s office, and elected officials is also on the agenda, and they will discuss their appointment to the planning commission.
U.S. 35 between U.S. 6 and U.S. 30 will closed tomorrow and Wednesday for a chip-seal and fog seal operation to repair the road surface. Detours will be clearly marked.
The Indiana Department of Transportation will be pouring a liquid asphalt emulsion on the roadway and covering the liquid asphalt with crushed stone to provide a new surface. Chip-sealing helps extends the life of the highway.
Thursday’s public information meeting regarding the progress of the Starke County Jail Committee answered a number of questions from the community.
One question asked was whether or not prisoners could be used to clean up roads and do other work for the county, and committee member Dave Pearman said that is one possibility that is being considered. However, Pearman pointed out that prisoners need to be supervised at all times, and they also have to factor in the cost of transportation and the chance of escape.
With the retirement of former Community Services of Starke County Program Coordinator Cecilia Torres-Bowman, the organization has been getting by but Executive Director Joan Haugh says it hasn’t been easy.
She says Torres-Bowman will not be replaced, and instead, her responsibilities have been divided up amongst other employees. Coordination of the resource manual, health equipment loan program, quality program, medicaid billing and prior authorization, and many duties of the food pantry have been pushed onto other employees. Haugh says they are fortunate to have an intern from Ivy Tech who has been putting forth a lot of effort with the organization.
The Washington Township Board members recently conducted a meeting to open bids for the demolition of the Washington Township Elementary School, but it was decided to hold off on accepting bids.
Washington Township Trustee Shelly Kemble said the board wants to make sure all of the paperwork is in compliance with the Department of Natural Resources requirements concerning debris removal. An attorney will be hired to make sure that paperwork is in place.
The board voted to demolish the old Washington Township Elementary School due to safety reasons. When the project is complete, there are plans to create a use for the space but no specific plans have been approved.
The Indiana Department of Homeland Security District Two will be holding a two-day training exercise today and Tuesday at the Pulaski County Fairgrounds.
This will be a Service and Support Field Operations Exercise to better enhance the District Two Task Force.
Emergency responders will be setting up tents, generators and other equipment to get an idea of what everyone has or will need in case of a specific crisis. The task force is responsible for having food, shelter, and housing available to those who need it at a given response site. Electrical, safety, communications and security experts will come together to coordinate efforts.
District Two covers Elkhart, Fulton, Marshall, Kosciusko, Pulaski, Starke and St. Joseph Counties.
Greeting to all, and welcome new friends to the EastWing.
I knew it. I just knew it was gona happen, ‘cause it always does. Summertime comes along, then the world gets hot, and here come all the global warming nuts out of the woodworks. DUH! It’s summertime, give me a break already. What do ya expect in the summertime, 55° everyday and 40° at night. Shewwww.
There was a time, back in the day, when air conditioning didn’t exist. Ya used electric fans if ya had ‘em, and not everybody had ‘em. Some were big fans, 24” things that ya sat on the floor or sat in the windows, blowing in or out, depending on which side was the coolest. These things were used before people were too stupid to stick their fingers into fan blades, so the fan guards had much larger openings that today’s fan guards openings.
When it was too hot to go to sleep till midnight, well, then ya went to sleep at midnight. Ya didn’t think the world was gona end, ya just thought “damn, it’s a hot summer night.” And so it was, like a cat on a hot tin roof, a hot summer night. It was simply just the summer time. Nothing less, nothing more. Seems we’re all so ready to read doom and gloom into everything we see, touch, taste or hear, even into the summertime. Shewwww!
I’ve done manual labor in the summer heat for .50¢ an hour, made $4.00 a day, $20.00 a week and really glad to be making the big bucks. Considered myself to be among the rich elite in downtown Toto, making those kinda dollars and all. ‘Cause not everybody was lucky enough to get one of those .50¢ an hour jobs. After all, there were just so many “good” jobs available back then.
That good job I had back in the day, was when I started work at 7:00 AM, you crawled on my hands and knees in the black muck dirt and pulled weeds from between onion plants. Both weeds and onions being the same height, and looking close to identical. Then if you didn’t know the difference between weeds and onions, well the field boss told, and showed, you the difference once. If you continued to pull the onions and not the weeds, now the next time, he just sent you home. And no matter how far it was, you had two choices, one was to walk home by yourself, or wait for the truck to take you back at the end of the day. I never got fired, but sure felt sorry for those who did. I’m sure it was always a sad walk home, for those who chose the long walk in place of facing the ones riding in the truck home.
It seems today that Satellite TV News people are so pressed to find something, anything at all, to fill up the countless hours of air space, so they make hot weather sound like the beginning of the end of the world. Well it’s not. It’s just the summertime, so enjoy. Electrical service outage, and a lack of air conditioning, it’s a small price to pay for the privilege to live in God’s Green Acres, this US of A.
Way too many of us are wimps, me included. We just are, we’re wimps. We complain, and criticize, yet seldom do the complainers or criticizers amongst us , offer up solutions or at the very least, a different approach to the issue at hand. Many seem to think it’s easier to bitch than to fix. Maybe that bitching part is more fun. I’m not sure if it is or not, but there seems to be a whole lot of folks on that side of the rope. But ya gotta keep in mind, fixing’s fun too. Been there, done that. You’ve maybe heard that “the rope is always greener on the other side”, or something like that.
Now if you don’t believe me on this thing, just read the posts for a little while at most any public bulletin board on the internet. The vast majority of the posting are complaints and criticism. Seldom will you find even a hint of constructive criticism. It’s much more apt to be destructive criticism. I sometimes wonder if all of us know knows the difference. I’m sure you know ‘bout that daylight and dark stuff. Well, constructive and destructive criticism, it’s kinda like that. That being said, I hope it turned the light on.
A typical example of what I’m talking about is a public bulletin board hosted by the local radio station in my home county, Starke County Indiana. WKVI Radio in Knox IN has a website, wkvi. com there’s a public bulletin board at their website. The postings will make ya laugh or cry depending on how ya feel at any given time of the day. Such misdirected hostility toward society without seldom ever offering a single thread of alternative approach to a solution. Sad to say but this little bulletin board is all too typical of the mindset of many simple minded people in our midst.
From time to time, I’ll post something on that bulletin board just to stir the pot. An example being, after much criticism of the appointment of Governor Mitch Daniels as the President of Purdue University, I posted: “ I heard that after Mitch Daniels takes over at Purdue, all alumni will have to register as republican voters, else their degrees will be invalidated” Now I didn’t even go back to look at the reaction, but I’m sure the thunder rolled.
It could be so easy to conclude “just shut ‘em down”, those public bulletin boards, where folks seem only to criticize and never offer a better way. A place where it seems to me stupid reigns supreme. But maybe they don’t have the ability to offer a better way. Maybe they can only see one side of the coin and never know that the other side has a different point of view, a different story to tell. There’s always a different story to tell. That different story, that’s yet another reason that makes our society work as well as it does. There’s never a fear to tell the other side of the story. That other side of the story, it’ll make ya stop and think. Maybe not change your point of view, but for sure, make ya stop and think about the other side. If for nothing else just to think “How damn dumb can they get?”
It’s that different point of view that drives story tellers. It drives me. Oh, I almost forgot to tell ya, my stories are posted on that web site. They’re under the columnists heading at the home page of WKVI RADIO, It’s from the EastWing. It’s a home town thing. Ya gotta love home town things, and so I’m honored to be invited to post stories from the EastWing at WKVI.COM
A while back, me and the She needed new glasses. Then we got new glasses at Wal-Mart. I’ve not enjoyed seeing 20/20 for a long time. Needing new glasses is much like many things in life. The old glasses wear out a little bit at a time and as such, you adjust to ‘em not seeing as well. Then finally ya come to the conclusion that the world used to be seen better, and then ya go get new glasses at Wal-Mart.
Prior to the Wal-Mart glasses, we, me and the She, had gotten our glasses at Lens Crafters in the South Lake Mall for a long, long time. The last trip to the South Lake Mall turned out be an adventure into slap stick comedy. Only we were not on the funny side of the stick. A total of six trips before the glasses were what we ordered them to be. It just took a long while to get it right. I was starting to wonder if it would ever get resolved, and I’m still not sure if it did or I just gave up on trying. Then settled for what I had at that point.
Never the less, we went way, way too long before we ventured into the “I need new glasses to see better” world again. Then when we did, we decided to go to the Optometrist at the Valparaiso Wal-Mart, if for no other reason it was less miles to drive . This was the single best decision that me and the She had made in the last long while. It was a most enjoyable experience to say the least.
An appointment was made by phone. Both me and the She were in and out within 30 minutes. The selection of style was left up to the She. I don’t care what my glasses look like, after all, it’s the She that has to look at ‘em. The She chose hers then chose mine, then in less than a week we went to pick up our first new glasses in well over six years.
They were perfect in every respect. I could see the She, and the She could see me again, and we loved it, at least I loved seeing the She. The She didn’t’ say that she loved seeing me, but I hoped she did. We got that kind that turns into sun glasses when they need to do so, and I still don’t even know how they do that. Being able to see at 20/20 is like a new day in the sunshine. It just makes ya feel good to be alive. I’m telling ya, if ya need glasses in my part of the world, go to Wal-Mart at Valparaiso, IN ya won’t be disappointed. And they’re not even paying me to tell ya that. Maybe I should ask ‘em to.
Stay safe in Afghanistan.
From the EastWing, Summer Heat, Sunshine Jobs, Wimps, wkvi.com, Me & The She & 20/20 At Wal-Mart
I wish you well,
The Bass Lake Summer Splash continues today with their 40th anniversary celebration, featuring a water volleyball tournament at 10 a.m. at The Shore Club. Six-person co-ed teams will compete in the tournament.
The 5K run and walk will take place at 7:30 a.m. after the 6:15 a.m. registration at the Lion’s Club Building on the east side of the lake, and arts and crafts will be available near the Bass Lake Marina at the south end of the lake from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.