The Starke County Veterans Service Office will remain open while the person who regularly staffs it is out on medical leave. Terry Turner stepped up and offered to staff the office on a volunteer basis until Gordon Richie is able to return to work. The commissioners discussed the matter and took Turner up on his offer, subject to his ability to pass a drug test and background check. His appointment is temporary but indefinite, as it’s uncertain when Richie will be able to come back. If he opts not to return, the commissioners will advertise for a replacement and conduct interviews. Had they not found a replacement, veterans who have questions or need help accessing VA or other benefits would have had to go outside the county to do so.
Written by Mary Perren
WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.