Emergency repairs to the bridge on Starke County Road 700 East over the Yellow River are on schedule to wrap up next week. The bridge has been closed since April due to structural concerns after a tree floating down the river hit the supports. County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler told the commissioners this week that work should be finished by the Aug. 15 completion deadline. He adds the road will reopen to traffic as soon as the repair is inspected.
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.