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Nancy K. Johnson

Nancy K. Johnson, 69, of Conroe, Texas passed away Thursday, September 20, 2012.  Graveside services will be Saturday, November 3, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. ET at the Roseland Cemetery in Francesville, Indiana.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor’s choice.  The Frain Mortuary in Winamac is in charge of arrangements.

District 2 Incident Management Team Completes Mission; Awaits Redeployment

Starke County EMA Director Ted Bombagetti (L) and Sheri Gaillard assist other responders in the command center in Baltimore

The District 2 Incident Management Team’s mission in the City of Baltimore is complete. Starke County EMA Director Ted Bombagetti reported that the emergency responders will now report to a local National Guard Base where they might be redeployed to another area. Bombagetti indicated that they might go to New York to support efforts in flood ravaged areas, or to Western Maryland to help in emergency services due to blizzard conditions. Continue reading

Jury Trial For Jennie Carter Set For February

Jennie Carter

A jury trial that had been set in Starke Circuit Court last week for Jennie Carter has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 9 a.m.

Carter was arrested and charged with Theft in March after she allegedly stole $7,748.40 from the Starke County Tourism Commission on June 2, 2011.

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PCEDF Discusses Business Endeavors in Pulaski County

The Pulaski County Economic Development Foundation Board earlier this month discussed a number of topics pertaining to business expansion in Pulaski County.

Executive Director Nathan Origer told the board that he had attended the K-IRPC executive commission 2013 budget meeting, and other than a significant decrease to the transportation funds, grant funding would not change much.

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Marshall County Auditor Elected President of AIC Board of Directors

Marshall County Auditor Penny Lukenbill is beefing up her resume, this time being elected to the position of President of the Association of Indiana Counties Board of Directors.

The AIC Board of Directors sets rules and regulations as well as legislative goals for the Association of Indiana Counties, a not-for-profit organization established more than 50 years ago to improve county government.

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New State Law Affects Hunting Blinds

Keith Wildeman

Several new changes have been put forward this year regarding hunting regulations. Conservation Officer Keith Wildeman says a new law has been enacted concerning hunting out of ground blinds.

“If you’re in a ground blind when hunter orange is required, you need to have a minimum of 144 square inches visible from all sides on a ground blind. That’s just one square foot visible from all sides and this is mainly during the firearms muzzleloader season when you’re required to wear hunter orange,” stated Wildeman.

If you are hunting out of an elevated blind, hunter orange is not required on your blind, but you must still wear hunter orange.

Indiana Schools to Receive Grade Cards Today

Hoosier schools will be receiving their grade cards today from the state – this after the release date was pushed back due to questions by school districts as to how the grades were calculated. Public Law 221 requires this grading system for public schools, and an accountability law requires the state to takeover schools that consistently score an “F” on their report card or if they are placed in a probation category for six years in a row.

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CDC Reports 45 Confirmed Fungal Meningitis Cases in Indiana

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have increased the number of confirmed Indiana cases of fungal meningitis to 45, this after reporting 44 cases previously. The number of deaths, however, remains at three, and the health officer for Elkhart County has announced that all three deaths were linked to his county.

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James W. Albrecht

James W. Albrecht, 68, of Francesville, Indiana passed away Monday, October 29, 2012.  Funeral services will be Friday, November 2, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. ET at the Apostolic Christian Church in Francesville.  Visitation is Thursday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville and one hour prior to services Friday at the church.  Memorials may be made to the church.

Bryan Jeffery “Jeff” Shidler

Bryan Jeffery “Jeff” Shidler, 41, of Winamac, Indiana passed away Monday, October 29, 2012.  Funeral services will be Friday, November 2, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. ET at the Frain Mortuary in Winamac.  Visitation is Thursday from 4:00-8:00 p.m. ET at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.

Connor Baugh

17-week-old Connor Baugh, son of Sierra Brown and William Baugh, Jr., passed away Monday, October 29, 2012.  Funeral services will be Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation two hours prior to services at the M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Knox.  Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home.

Woods Fire Burns 65 Acres in Marshall County

Several fire departments were called to the scene of a woods fire this morning west of U.S. 31 between Queen and Riley Roads.

Marshall County Sheriff’s Department officials said that the fire is now contained and fire crews are leaving the scene. The cause of the fire has not been released.

Fire crews from Lakeville, Lapaz, Polk Township, Walkerton and Southwest Center Township Fire Departments battled the blaze that burned 65 acres in the wooded area. No buildings were damaged and no firefighters were injured. The blaze was called in to the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department around 5am ET.