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LaVerne Dini

LaVerne Dini, 90, of Indianapolis, Indiana formerly of Koontz Lake, Indiana, passed away Friday, April 26, 2013.  Funeral services will be Saturday, May 4, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. CT at the Rannells Funeral Home, Koontz Lake Chapel.  Visitation is Saturday from 11:00 a.m. CT until the time of services at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the activities program at Miller’s Senior Living in Indianapolis.

Houin Arrested on Active Warrant and a Felony Charge

Seth Houin

Seth Houin

Marshall County deputies arrested a man wanted on a warrant out of Fulton County late Tuesday night.

Officers were responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle that was parked in the parking lot area of the Marathon Station located near the intersection of Queen Road and U.S. 30. Deputies identified Seth Houin and he had an active arrest warrant out of Fulton County. As police were searching his vehicle for impound purposes, they found controlled substances in the car.

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Relaunched Restaurant Opens at Swan Lake Resort

Officials cut the ribbon to open the newly remodeled Swan Lake Resort Restaurant, now known as Dickies.

Officials cut the ribbon to open the newly remodeled Swan Lake Resort Restaurant, now known as Dickie’s.

Plymouth Mayor Mark Senter, Swan Lake Resort General Manager Geoff Payne, Swan Lake Resort President Pam Smith and others cut the ribbon to officially open the newly remodeled restaurant at Swan Lake Resort on Plymouth-LaPorte Trail. Dickie’s offers updated versions of American classics like buffalo macaroni and cheese and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Join them for the Mother’s Day buffet.

LaPorte Police Looking for Teen’s Attackers

LaPorte Police DepartmentOfficers from the LaPorte Police Department are searching for three male suspects who reportedly attacked a teenage girl around noon Monday as she was walking home from a friend’s house. The girl told the officers she noticed the three men crossing the street when she left a convenience store at the corner of Indiana Avenue and Osborn Street. She said the men followed her, even though she made several turns. The girl then reportedly took off running, and the suspects gave chase. She said they caught up with her in a driveway in the 500 block of B Street and pulled her shirt off. However, the resident of the home told police she was home all day with her dog, and she did not hear any commotion, nor did her dog bark. When officers retraced the girl’s steps they found her shoes at Plummer and A Streets. Her purse is still missing. The suspects are described as white males in their 20s wearing all black.

 

LaPorte Police Investigating Silver Theft

police investigation 2Police in LaPorte are investigating the theft of numerous sterling silver items valued at more than $2,200 from an antique store. The items, mostly jewelry, were taken sometime between April 21st and 24th from Coachman’s Antique Mall at the corner of Lincolnway and Jackson Streets, according to the police report. A store employee told the police that someone broke the lock off a display case and took the merchandise. Anyone with information about this theft is asked to call the LaPorte Police Department at 219-362-9446, or at www.lpcitypd.com to submit a crime tip. You can remain anonymous while providing important information to help make your community safer. Please be as specific as you can about the activity you are reporting.

 

Boys Basketball Sectional Alignments 2013-2015

Class 1A

Sectional 50: Caston, North White, Pioneer, South Newton, Tri-County, West Central

Sectional 51: Argos, Culver, LaCrosse, Oregon-Davis, South Central, Triton

Class 2A

Sectional 34: Delphi, North Judson, North Newton, Rensselaer, Winamac

Class 3A

Sectional 18: Andrean, Calumet, Hanover Central, Kankakee Valley, Knox, New Prairie, Wheeler

Sectional 19: Culver Academy, John Glenn, Jimtown, Mishawaka Marian, Rochester, South Bend St. Joseph

Girls Basketball Sectional Alignments 2013-2015

Class 1A

Sectional 50: Caston, North White, Pioneer, South Newton, Tri-County, West Central

Sectional 51: Argos, Culver, LaCrosse, Oregon-Davis, South Central, Triton

Class 2A

Sectional 34: Delphi, North Judson, North Newton, Rensselaer, Winamac

Class 3A

Sectional 18: Andrean, Calumet, Hanover Central, Kankakee Valley, Knox, New Prairie, Wheeler

Sectional 19: Culver Academy, John Glenn, Jimtown, Mishawaka Marian, Rochester, South Bend St. Joseph

Baseball Sectional Alignments 2013-2015

Class 1A

Sectional 50: Caston, North White, Pioneer, South Newton, Tri-County, West Central

Sectional 51: Argos, Culver, LaCrosse, Oregon-Davis, South Central, Triton

Class 2A

Sectional 34: Delphi, North Judson, North Newton, Rensselaer, Winamac

Class 3A

Sectional 18: Andrean, Calumet, Hanover, Kankakee Valley, Knox, New Prairie, Wheeler

Sectional 19: Culver Academy, John Glenn, Jimtown, Mishawaka Marian, Rochester, South Bend St. Joseph

Football Sectional Alignments 2013-2015

Class 1A

Sectional 41: Culver, Lake Station, LaVille, South Central, Triton, West Central, Whiting, Winamac

Class 2A

Boone Grove, Bowman Academy, Hammond Bishop Noll, North Judson, North Newton, Rensselaer, River Forest, Wheeler

Class 3A

Sectional 25: Andrean, Calumet, Gary Roosevelt, Gary Wallace, John Glenn, Hammond, Knox, Mishawaka Marian

Volleyball Sectional Allignments 2013-2015

Class 1A

Sectional 50: Caston, North White, Pioneer, South Newton, Tri-County, West Central

Sectional 51: Argos, Culver, LaCrosse, Oregon-Davis, South Central, Triton

Class 2A

Sectional 34: Delphi, North Judson, North Newton, Rensselaer, Winamac

Class 3A

Sectional 18: Andrean, Calumet, Hanover Central, Kankakee Valley, Knox, New Prairie, Wheeler

Sectional 19: Culver Academies, John Glenn, Jimtown, Mishawaka Marian, Rochester, South Bend St. Joseph

Softball Sectional Alignments 2013-2015

Class 1A

Sectional 50: Caston, North White, Pioneer, South Newton, Tri-County, West Central

Sectional 51: Argos, Culver, LaCrosse, South Central, and Triton

Class 2A

Sectional 34: Delphi, North Judson, North Newton, Rensselaer Central, Winamac

Class 3A

Sectional 18: Andrean, Calumet, Hanover Central, Kankakee Valley, Knox, New Prairie, Wheeler

Sectional 19: Culver Academy, John Glenn, Jimtown, Mishawaka Marian, Rochester, South Bend St. Joseph

Initial Hearings Set in Starke Circuit Court for Higdon, Melton

Alfred Higdon

Alfred Higdon

Sheri Melton

Sheri Melton

Two suspects arrested in a month-long methamphetamine production investigation will have their initial hearings in Starke Circuit Court on Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.

Alfred Higdon, 40, and Shari Melton, 39, were arrested Thursday night after Knox City Police officers reportedly found methamphetamine precursors in a home in the 300 block of Delaware Street in Knox. Investigators also found meth and marijuana inside the residence.

Higdon and Melton were arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Precursors and Possession of Marijuana. They remain in the Starke County jail with a $10,000 surety bond.

Back to Business as Usual at NJ-SP

North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Lynn Johnson

North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Lynn Johnson

Monday was business as usual at the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation.

Last week regular business was interrupted after a bomb threat was found in the high school Thursday. The North Judson Police Department, the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department, school administrators and bomb sniffing dogs scoured the school but no device was found.

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Knox BOW Approves Water Refund for JW Hicks

Knox Board of Public Works

Knox Board of Public Works

The Knox Board of Public Works discussed a billing issue with JW Hicks during their meeting last week.

Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston explained that a computer glitch created a problem in recognizing the correct water usage at the factory in the Industrial Park. The company had expanded its business a few months ago and an estimated usage was calculated as it wasn’t known how many gallons would be used. It was later learned that the average amount used was around 27,000 gallons.

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Walorski Visits Starke County Chamber of Commerce

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski returned to Knox yesterday afternoon to discuss the main issues faced by Starke County in a meeting with the county Chamber of Commerce. Walorski said she wanted to hear from the community about what their main concerns are and what difficulties residents and the county as a whole face, and she said she came away from the meeting with the idea that the county is in need of a highly skilled workforce and a way to turn the county around economically.

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Representative Dermody Worked on Several Bills in Legislative Session

State Representative Tom Dermody

State Representative Tom Dermody

Republican State Representative Tom Demody of LaPorte, who represents District 20 which encompasses LaPorte and Starke counties, helped author many bills to pass out of the General Assembly this legislative session.

House Bill 1348 encourages 21st Century Scholar students to maintain a four-year graduation pace by basing financial assistance on classes completed rather than classes for which students have registered. The bill also extends the assistance into the summer months.

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Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Celebrates 25th Anniversary

HVRM Tourist Train

HVRM Tourist Train

The 25th anniversary of the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum kicks off Saturday, May 4, with 25 percent off all train excursion fares for the entire day. Round-trip excursions start at the North Judson depot and travel across the Kankakee River through the Starke and LaPorte County countryside, providing passengers with beautiful sights and sounds as they travel in open-air cars, vintage cabooses, or a commuter coach.

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Representative Gutwein Busy in State Legislature

Our local lawmakers were busy in this year’s legislative session.

Republican State Representative Doug Gutwein of Francesville worked on House Enrolled Act 1325 which provides payment to first responders who are deployed to a statewide disaster. The State Disaster Relief Fund also provides funds to local fire departments to bring in backup firefighters to replace to those who were helping their fellow Hoosiers in their time of need.

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Healthy Food Alternatives Offered at Health Fair Friday

The health fair held Friday afternoon at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox offered not just a variety of health screenings but a cornucopia of healthy food options as well. Laura Boyd, culinary coordinator for IU Health Starke Hospital, explained that the hospital provided health alternatives to everyday food, including vegetarian sloppy joes made with vegetarian crumble, Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce, and sautéed onions. Boyd said the sloppy joes contain about half the fat as a typical burger and said they are not only completely healthy but delicious too.

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