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Police Reports are simply a record that an arrest has been made and are not an indication of guilt or innocence.

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

Sheriff Oscar Cowen

From the Starke County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

3/24/14 – A resident in the 10000 block of East Tippecanoe Dr. in Koontz Lake reported vandalism to his company truck. March 24 – Susan G. Fields, 45, of Winamac, hit a deer on SR 39 about 3 miles south of SR 10.

3/24/14 – A resident in the 7700 block of North Tecumseh Road in Walkerton reported someone smashed the rear window of her vehicle.

3/24/14 – A resident in the 10000 block of East Ostego Lane in Walkerton reported someone smashed the rear window of his vehicle.

3/24/14 – A Walkerton man told a deputy he loaned his vehicle to someone on Jan. 16 so she could go to court, and she has not returned it. Someone else was supposed to bring the vehicle back, but he was told she got arrested in Marshall County. The deputy told him this is a civil matter since he gave permission for the person to use his vehicle.

3/24/14 – A Walkerton resident in the 8000 block of Tecumseh Road reported someone smashed one of his vehicle windows.

3/24/14 – ADT advised a residential burglary alarm had been activated in the living room of a home in the 1700 block of N. 1025 E. in Grovertown.

3/24/14 – A North Judson man reported several juveniles between the ages of 10 and 13 were trying to start a fire at a pole at the intersection of 500 S. and 100 W. There was no property damage to report. The responding officer talked to the mother, who said she would speak to the children about the incident.

3/24/14 – A caller in the 4000 block of 800 S. in North Judson reported a suspicious truck driving back and forth in front of her house and sitting in the road without lights on.

3/24/14 – Dispatchers were notified that a tree was on fire in the 3500 block of West 800 S. in North Judson. March 25 – A Walkerton resident in the 11000 block of East Circle Ave. reported a window on his vehicle was busted.

3/25/14– A resident in the 3400 block of West 400 S. in North Judson asked to speak to an officer because someone is reportedly sending people to her house and telling them to buy drugs.

3/25/14 – Officers conducting a methamphetamine lab investigation in the 3000 block of S. 100 W. in North Judson arrested Russell H. Hendron, 53, of North Judson.

3/25/14 – A resident in the 4300 block of East CR 210 in Knox called the police after walking into her home and hearing a loud noise upstairs. She went back outside and called from her vehicle.

3/25/14 – Officers were called to a home in the 8000 block of Tecumseh Road in Walkerton to take a report from a man whose windshield was just broken out of his vehicle.

3/26/14 – A resident in the 6400 block of East 200 N. in Grovertown called the police to report suspicious behavior from two men who came to the residence, stated they ran out of gas, went back to their truck, moved it forward and are now sitting inside it with the lights on.

3/26/14 – A resident in the 11000 block of Circle Ave. in Walkerton reported his truck windows were vandalized again.

3/26/14 – A resident in the 8000 block of N. Tecumseh Road in Walkerton reported a black Ford F150 drove by his house the previous night and threw a rock at his residence.

3/26/14– A resident in the 11000 block of Pottawotomie Trail in Walkerton advised her windshield was broken out of her car overnight.

3/26/14 – Officers were called to a residence in the 100 block of West Toto Road in North Judson regarding a protective order violation.

3/26/14 – A Starke County Sheriff’s Department deputy accompanied an official from the Starke County Health Department to a residence in the 3100 block of South Range Road to speak to him about living in a mobile home with no water or sewer.

3/26/14 – A resident in the 4100 block of East 175 N. came home and found the residence had been broken into.

3/26/14 – A woman in the 500 block of West 500 S. in North Judson called the police after she saw a man walking around outside with a flashlight. She says he was a younger man who came to her door and asked why she was looking at him funny. He then left westbound on 500 S. approaching 100 W.

3/26/14 – Officers were called to a home in the 2600 block of East 150 S. in Knox regarding domestic violence and criminal damage to a vehicle after a man reportedly refused to leave. He left before the officers arrived. A copy of their report was forwarded to the prosecutor’s office.

3/26/14– A man in the 8000 block of North Bush St. in Walkerton called the police to report someone vandalizing his vehicle while he is inside it.

3/27/14 – Officers were called to a residence in the 7200 block of East 25 N. in Knox in response to a report of an unwanted man inside the home. Nathan Richie, 26, was held on criminal trespass charges.

3/27/14 – A resident in the 11000 block of east Pottawotomie Trail N. in Walkerton reported damage to his mailbox sometime between 2 and 4 p.m. the previous day.

3/27/14 – A resident in the 1100 block of Pottawotomie Trail N. in Koontz Lake reported his mailbox and vehicle were vandalized the previous night.

3/27/14 – Officers responded to the 11200 block of E. Circle Ave. in Koontz Lake for a report of a window broken out of a motor home the previous night.

3/27/14 – A resident in the 2700 block of West Elcona Dr. in North Judson reported a loose, brown boxer running around the area and becoming very aggressive. He believes the dog belongs to someone in the area.

3/27/14 – A resident in the 2000 block of S. State Road 23 in Ober called the police to report an unruly 11-year-old boy.

3/27/14 – A resident in the 2700 block of West Elcona Dr. in North Judson called again regarding the loose boxer in his neighborhood. He said the dog is back in his yard, and his wife is afraid to go outside to feed her cats because of it. An officer checked the area but was unable to find it.

3/27/14 – A resident in the 10100 block of E. 500 N. in Grovertown called to report a prowler on the property. Officers checked the area and didn’t find anybody.

03/28/14 – A motorist hit a deer at the intersection of State Road 23 and State Road 8 in Knox. He drove the vehicle to the Phillips 66 gas station.

03/28/14 – A caller advised cows in the middle of 500 S. just west of 50 E. in Knox and said she almost hit one.

03/28/14 – A white truck pumped $110.75 worth of gas at a station on U.S. 30 in Hamlet and drove off.

03/29/14 – Officers responded to a home in the 6000 block of East Toto Road for a battery complaint.

03/29/14 – Officers responded to the 2000 block of East 800 S. in Knox for a report of campaign signs around the county that are being damaged.

03/29/14 – Officers responded to a residence in the 1800 block of South 100 E. in Knox for a report of a suspicious vehicle that’s been sitting there since last night, owner unknown.

03/29/14 – Officers responded to a residence in the 6200 block of East 25 N. in Knox to take a report of someone in a black Dodge quad-cab pickup truck with tinted windows and a “aggressive tires” stealing campaign signs.

03/29/14 – Officers responded to a report of someone burning old wallpaper and shingles behind the old Weinberg store on Toto Road.

03/29/14 – A caller advised a very large dog is in the roadway at State Road 10 and Bailey’s in Knox and is causing a traffic hazard.

03/29/14 – Officers responded to a report of a suspicious man walking eastbound on 150 S. from 250 E. wearing orange shorts and a camo jacket. The caller said he looks like he’s carrying a rifle over his shoulder and is going through trash cans in the area.

03/29/14 – A resident in the 6900 block of South 700 W. in North Judson reported the theft of a set of moose antlers that were mounted to an archway in the driveway.

03/29/14 – Officers were called to a home in the 5100 block of South 275 W. in North Judson regarding a domestic situation involving a mother and a son.

03/29/14 – Officers were called to the area of 400 E. and 700 S. in Knox by a candidate who said several of his campaign signs have been thrown in a ditch along with Billy Bope and Greg Wireman signs.

03/30/14 – Deputies from the Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Knox Police Department responded to a residence in the 7500 block of East 50 S. in Knox for a report of a domestic disturbance between a husband and a wife.

03/30/14 – A resident in the 3400 block of West 400 S. in North Judson called the police after reportedly being battered by her neighbor.

03/30/14 – Officers responded to a report of vandalism in the 2400 block of East Toto Road in Knox.

03/30/14 – A resident in the 2400 block of West 700 S. in North Judson said a man on a 4-wheeler just brought his dog back after shooting it because it was getting into his chickens.

03/30/14 – Officers received a call from an alarm company regarding a back door alarm in the 4600 block of East State Road 10 in Knox. They advised a man who does not have the pass code was there.

03/30/14 – Hazel Manns, 45, of Knox, advised she hit a deer in the 11800 block of East 50 N. in Knox.

03/30/14 – Officers received a report of a man running west on Green Street in San Pierre with no pants on.

Arrests:

03/25/14 – Russell S. Hendron, 53, North Judson: Possession of a controlled substance, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, possession of paraphernalia.

03/27/14 – Nathan C. Richie, 26, Knox: Criminal trespass to residence.

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

Pulaski County Sheriff Michael Gayer

From the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department:

Incidents:

3/23/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies, Francesville and Winamac E.M.S. and the Francesville Fire Department responded to a head-on collision.

3/24/14 – Winamac police, Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies and Francesville EMS all responded to a domestic dispute between two male and female subjects.

3/24/14 – The Winamac Fire Dept. responded to two vehicle fires near a residence.

3/24/14 – A domestic dispute between a married couple ended with a Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy’s involvement.

3/24/14 – Francesville police responded when a dispute broke out between a mother and daughter.

3/24/14 – Winamac police and Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies got involved when a woman received threatening text messages.

3/26/14 – Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies took a report of stolen property from a local woman’s storage bin.

3/26/14 – Deputies responded to a possible battery incident within the Pulaski County Jail.

3/28/14 – A woman was arrested for allegedly trespassing in an unknown man’s bathroom.

3/28/14 – A woman armed herself with a baseball bat after allegedly getting beaten by her husband. Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies intervened.

Doug Vessely

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely

From the North Judson Police Department:

Incidents:
03/25/14 Police responded to a fraud and forgery complaint in the 300 W. block of Talmer Avenue. The complaint is still being investigated.

03/25/14 Officers responded to an animal complaint at Fingerhut Bakery. A loose dog was reported trying to get in the bakery. An officer checked the area but was unable to locate the dog.

03/25/14 The North Judson Police Department responded to a single vehicle property damage accident in the 700 block of E. Talmer Avenue. The driver of the vehicle told Officer Frank Thomas that he was turning into a business and took his eyes off of where he was going. He said he glanced at the vehicle behind him and struck a utility pole. The driver was not injured. Officer Thomas estimated the damages at over $2,500.

03/25/14 Officer Frank Thomas located a subject that had a warrant for Driving While Suspended from White County. Officer Thomas verified the warrant and arrested Taylor S. Patton, 27, of Winamac.

03/26/14 Police responded to an alarm call in the 600 block of W. Talmer Avenue. A delivery driver set off the alarm.

03/27/14 Two reckless driving complaints were investigated. Neither vehicle was located by the officer.

03/29/14 North Judson Police Officer Frank Thomas was on patrol and performed a traffic stop on a vehicle with a license plate belonging to another vehicle on it. During a brief investigation, officer Thomas arrested the passenger of the vehicle. Tiffany M. Witham, 31, of Winamac was arrested for Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Syringe and Possession of Paraphernalia. Officer Thomas was assisted by North Judson Reserve Police Officer Chris Butler.

Arrests:
03/25/14 Taylor S. Patton, 27, of Winamac, IN, was arrested on a warrant from White County for Driving While Suspended.

03/29/14 Tiffany M. Witham, 31, of Winamac, IN, was arrested on preliminary charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Possession of a Syringe and Possession of Paraphernalia.

DNR Officers Make Drug Arrests in Pulaski County

Anthony Prato

Anthony Prato

Zebadiah Breyfogle

Zebadiah Breyfogle

A North Judson man and a Winamac man face illegal possession of a controlled substance charges in Pulaski County following their arrest Sunday in Pulaski County. DNR Law Enforcement Officers reportedly found them near the Tippecanoe River by the Winamac South Ramp crushing and snorting hydrocodone and acetaminophen pills for which they did not have prescriptions. Anthony Prato, 22, of North Judson and Zebadiah Breyfogle, 18, of Winamac were both taken to the Pulaski County Jail.

 

Dan Cissna

A celebration of life service for Dan Cissna, 74, formerly of Leiters Ford, will take place Wednesday, April 2 at 10 a.m. EST at the Good Family Funeral Home in Rochester. Visitation is Tuesday, April 1 from 4 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the services on Wednesday. A Masonic Service will take place Tuesday evening at 6:45 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Indiana Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

From The EastWing, Trees of The EastWing, The She Update, Prognosis-Big Smart Word, An Old Professor From The BuckEye School Remembered, The Death Of Paper & Pencils, Beagle Relays & Neighborhood Bones, Tick Time, Sophia’s Diary

Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.

The official EastWing Orange Tree has grown 7” in height and has produced two limbs extending out some 10”. Gona be a good year for growing stuff. I can just feel it in my bones.

Late last summer I planted a maple seed, you know that maple helicopter seed kind, and produced a little tree about 7” before the time came for all good trees to go to sleep for the winter. And sure enough, my baby maple tree turned it’s little maple leaves pretty colors and shook ‘em all off just like the big boys did. Pretty little tree, acting like a big boy tree. And guess what? Yep, the little feller got a jump on the outside big boy maples. The leaves of maple have come early to the EastWing. More specific, the little boy growing with the orange tree has sprouted the first leaves of the EastWing Maples. In the past, I had two EastWing Maples, it’s now two and one little boy. Think I’ll name him Marlow. Marlow Maple. Now if ya don’t like Marlow, then get your own maple and name it whatever you like. Till that happens, don’t give me any crap on Marlow Maple, ‘cause Spring is busting out all over.

Just like it’s supposed to March is going out like a lamb. March 31st and the temperature is projected to be above 60° for the first time in a long time. Happy days.

In response to all the emails asking for an update on the health and well being of the She, the She is doing well. The very best we could hope for is to say that her recovery is completely uneventful. Every day I could see a little improvement is her condition. Every day the She got a little bit better. She’s not all the way back yet, but the future is bright and the prognosis is good.

Prognosis, now that’s a pretty cool word. Prognosis,,, it just sounds like it’s an important word. You don’t know for sure if it’s good or bad, but it sounds important. When you say Prognosis, well, people just think you know what you’re talking about. If you do or don’t is kinda secondary to what people think. Prognosis, big ass smart word, Prognosis.

I remember a creative writing course a while back over at that little school in central Ohio. The Ohio State University it was, when a particular professor had his class buy a subscription to Readers Digest. Readers Digest was the official text book for that forth semester class in creative writing.

One interesting thing about the course work was we used paper and pencil. Yep, real paper and real pencils. Couldn’t even type the work out. Had to be paper and pencil. Don’t see a lot of those things around, paper and pencils. Paper, yes, to feed the printers. Pencils, not so much so. It’s fingers on keyboards and magic words appearing on screens that spelled the demise of pencils, and to a lesser degree, paper.

Our EastWing weekly visit is a classic example of the “sign of the times”. No paper and pencil here. It’s keyboard producing words from my screen to your screen. Paper and pencil lost another round to words that travel by the magic of technology from me to you. Pictures that exist only in your mind, never to see the light of paper.

It was the first full day of spring when I get home from work, the Beagles, Sharolette and Barbaree were having a track and field meet in the front EastWing garden. The five lap yard race was the first event. When I came into the house and looked back into the front yard, the second event was getting underway.

It was a relay event. No baton to pass along, just a front lower leg bone from one of the less fortunate in the neighborhood. Proud little girls, prancing around the south EastWing garden carrying that long bone. These little girls started out last summer both carrying the same stick. It was a favorite game of summer past, carrying that stick. Now they’ve graduated to bigger and better things. Well, at least, bigger, I wouldn’t consider a deer bone better things. ‘Course I’m not a Beagle either. So guess I look at things different than those closer to the bone.

Then when the girls come in from play, the first tick of springtime arrived on the back neck of Miss Sharolette Beagle. Barbaree also got a complete tick inspection as did Mr. Bentley. Only Sharolette had a hitchhiker that day. It was right then and there that the full TICK prevention program swung into full force.

The Beagles, Sharolette and Barbaree, got the medication applied on the back of their neck and down their back. Mr. Bentley got the new type 8 month type tick & flea collar that just came onto the American animal market last summer. Had the same for Mr. Bentley last year, works great. Kinda pricey but works great for the big boy. It’s lots more fun to deal with protecting the pets from ticks and fleas than dealing with blizzards and below zero days. Happy days of springtime.

Dear Diary,

That damn Spike hid and jumped out and scared me three times today. I almost peed my fur. I hate Spike. I wish cats could shoot guns, I’d shoot Spike’s ass first thing. I thought God was gona kill Spike like I asked him to when I prayed that time. But he didn’t, so I’m gona have to pray again to find out what’s going on with that deal.

Sophia

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Dear Diary,

Went outside today to potty in the springtime dirt. And who do I see outside? YES! Spike. I hate Spike outside and inside. I went in the house then ran downstairs and peed in Spikes litter box before he came back inside. Damn Spike being mean to me all the time. He’s gona get his.

Sophia

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Dear Diary,

I think Spike is sneaking over and stealing food out of my bowl when I’m not around. His bowl has more food than mine. The ugly bald human likes me better than Spike, so I get more food. Spikes taking my food and putting it in his bowl. I’m gona tell on him. I hate Spike. Now that I know he’s stealing my food, and trying to starve me to death, I hate Spike even more.

Sophia

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Stay safe in Afghanistan.

From The EastWing, Trees of The EastWing, The She Update, Prognosis-Big Smart Word, An Old Professor From The BuckEye School Remembered, The Death Of Paper & Pencils, Beagle Relays & Neighborhood Bones, Tick Time, Sophia’s Diary

I Wish You Well,

BobbyRay

Judge Sets Bond for Businessman Charged with Arson

James Campbell

James Campbell

Bond has been set at $2 million for the owner of a Knox business destroyed by fire on Thursday, March 20. Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall found probable cause to charge James Campbell, 46, with arson, which is a Class A felony, during a Sunday afternoon hearing in his courtroom. He also ordered Campbell to surrender his passport. Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department and State Fire Marshal’s Office arrested Campbell late Friday. He owns Starke County Recycling, also known as C&C Salvage. The business, located on U.S. 35 just south of Toto Road, caught fire on Thursday, March 20. Starke County dispatchers were notified at 5:17 p.m. The Bass Lake, Knox-Center Township, Hamlet, Washington Township, Koontz Lake, North Judson-Wayne Township, San Pierre and Monterey Fire Departments all responded to the blaze and spent several hours getting it under control. One firefighter was injured. Black smoke was visible for miles, and a brigade of tanker trucks hauled water to the scene. Continue reading

Knox Board of Public Works Tables Property Discussion

The Knox Board of Public Works members agreed to table discussion on the property located at 409 and 411 Lewis Drive until another time.

The members want to demolish the duplex that is located on those properties. The situation is rather interesting in that the duplex is situated on two different lots and were sold separately in a tax sale. The owner purchased one lot in a previous tax sale and the other half in a more recent tax sale.

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Starke County Emergency Services Board Receives Money to Help Those in Need

Community Services of Starke CountyThe Starke County Emergency Services Board recently received $11,262 to help low-income households.

Half of those funds were allocated to Community Services of Starke County for households in emergency situations that need help with utilities. You may apply for assistance now at Community Services of Starke County from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.

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Earned Income Tax Credit Among Most Popular, Most Abused

The deadline to file federal income taxes is almost here. H&R Block Senior Tax Advisor Michelle Bachtel says many low and middle-income families benefit from the Earned Income Tax Credit. “Basically depending on the number of children you have, the credit can range anywhere from $2 to $6,044. The Earned Income Tax Credit is also available for people who don’t have children. They do need to be considered low income according to the IRS, but there is also a credit available for them.” The amount of the Earned Income Tax Credit varies depending on the size of the household. For an individual who does not have any children, they can make up to $14,340, or if they are married they can make up to $19,680. For people that do have children, they can make up to $37,870 or $43,210 if they just have the one child. From there the amounts increase, but the maximum amount for three children they can make up to $51,567. The Earned Income Tax Credit is one of the most lucrative. Unfortunately, Bachtel says  it’s also one of the most widely abused. Continue reading

Money Saving Program to be Featured at Pulaski County Public Library

Next week is Money Smart Week and the staff at the Pulaski County Public Library in Winamac is hosting a program to help you get a hold of your finances.

Lisa Thompson from Fort Wayne will be presenting a program entitled “How to Save Money and Pay off Debt” on Thursday, April 10 at 5 p.m. ET at the library. She and her husband went through David Ramsey’s Financial Peace University Membership kit and found their $80,000 debt disappear.

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Ancilla College Offers Early Bird Classes for High School Students

Area high school students can get a jump on their higher education at Ancilla College as early as this summer. The school is following the national trend of offering Early Bird Courses. Local high school students who will be juniors or seniors this fall can take college courses during the summer. Executive Director of Admissions Eric Wignall says students get a huge tuition discount and can take fully transferable introductory college courses. “If you’re going off to IU or you’re going off to Harvard, it doesn’t matter. The English writing and literature and the micro-and macro- economics courses are going to transfer,” Wignall says. He notes one Plymouth High School student started taking classes during her junior year of high school, continued taking one or two credits per semester at $125 per credit hour, took a full load of courses during the summer sessions and graduated from Ancilla with an associate’s degree at the end of the summer after her high school graduation. As a result, she was able to start college at IU that fall as a junior. Continue reading

New Sustainability Endowment Grant Offered

 The Starke County Community Foundation is offering a new award for organizations called the “Sustainability Award”.

Executive Director Sarah Origer says any organization can apply for this $5,000 endowment grant.

“It’s a simple, two-page application,” said Origer. “We just want to know about your organization, about your priorities, about your long-term goals, and long-term planning. The top candidates will be invited to come in for an in-person interview.”

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Dog Recreation Park Proposed in the City of Knox

dog picA meeting to gather interest in a dog recreation park in Knox will be held April 19 at 6 p.m. at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox.

Chuck Richardson told WKVI that he presented a list of names on a petition to start a dog park at the Knox Park Board meeting last week, but the board members reportedly told him that they would like to see people at their next meeting in favor of the incident.

Richardson proposed that the fenced-in dog park be located in Wythogan Park in Knox. If that location isn’t feasible, then another location could be sought.

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Crafton Clocks in at Martinsville Speedway

Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Doors / Menards Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images

Matt Crafton, driver of the #88 Ideal Doors / Menards Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images

Matt Crafton survived two green-white-checkered attempts and captured his fourth career win Sunday night in the Kroger 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) race at Martinsville Speedway.

The race had been postponed after rain washed out the chance to race Saturday night. In fact, qualifying was called off due to rain and the field was set by how drivers finished in practice. That gave Darrell Wallace, Jr. (Bubba) the pole. He led the first 11 laps and then the caution came out. Timothy Peters took the lead away from Wallace, but he took it back on lap 30. A caution came out five laps later which would be used as the competition caution.

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Kurt Busch Finds Victory Lane at Martinsville Speedway

Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway on March 30, 2014 in Martinsville, Virginia. Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images

In a surprise move late last season, Gene Haas, co-owner of Stewart-Haas Racing, brought Kurt Busch into the fold with Tony Stewart, Danica Patrick and newcomer Kevin Harvick. It was questioned by most, but Busch proved that he’s found his home at Stewart-Haas Racing with the win in the STP 500 at Martinsville Speedway.

Martinsville Speedway is often dominated by Hendrick Motorsports drivers with current drivers Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon with eight wins apiece at the track. Johnson led the most laps in Sunday’s race but couldn’t seal the deal in the last 30 laps of the race. Johnson clearly had a dominant car with everyone chasing him down throughout most of the afternoon. He led 296 laps on the day.

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Tax Deadline Approaching, Don’t Forget to File

The deadline to file federal and state income taxes for 2013 is quickly approaching. H&R Block Senior Tax Advisor Michelle Bachtel says anyone who has federal income tax withheld from their income should file regardless of the requirement to file. She says by doing so they can either receive a refund or properly credit any tax obligation they owe. This includes many teenagers who work part-time after school or during the summer.

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Melody Drive In Set to Open for the Season

Melody Drive In PhotoA sure sign of spring in the Kankakee Valley is the opening of the Melody Drive In Theater at Bass Lake for the season. Fred Heise says they’re all set to open Friday, April 4 with a blockbuster and have several other popular flicks scheduled throughout the spring and summer. For Friday, Screen 1 will feature Captain America 2 and Need for Speed. Mr. Peabody and Sherman and Non-Stop will be showing on Screen 2. Other movies lined up for the summer include Rio 2, which is scheduled the week of April 11. Fred Heise is excited about the lineup for later in the season.

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Wastewater, Water Reports Given to Knox Board of Public Works Members

Knox Wastewater Superintendent Kelly Clemons told the Knox Board of Public Works this week that some snow melt and rain water got into manholes around the city and that issue will need to be addressed in the future. Some violations were also noted at the plant which are being remedied. Clemons said they could be fined for the violations, but she hasn’t received any penalties yet.

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Ancilla Offers Summer School Tuition Discounts

Students looking to get a jump on their college careers or maybe take a course during a less-stressful time of the year may want to see what Ancilla College has to offer. For starters, they offer a hefty discount on per-credit-hour tuition during the summer. Executive Director of Admissions Eric Wignall says a lot of students who struggled with a course during the regular school year use summer school as a do-over.

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