Local Chamber Businesses Against Indiana Religious Freedom Bill

Starke-County-Chamber-of-Commerce. LogoThe local business community is chiming in on an issue that has garnered national attention.

A survey was conducted by the Starke County Chamber of Commerce about the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The bill was signed into law earlier this year by Governor Mike Pence.
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Absentee Ballot Issues Addressed by Starke County Election Board

Starke County Election Board officials are attempting to correct absentee ballot issues.

Starke County Clerk Vicki Cooley said they reviewed the ballots that were built using a common procedure set forth by the state. After the ballots had been built, the board was notified of an ordinance enacted by the city that differs from state procedure.

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Two Arrested on Drug Charges

Jasmyn Kotras

Jasmyn Kotras

Steven Finger

Steven Finger

Two Knox residents were arrested on Friday after police allegedly found items to manufacture methamphetamine and the finished product inside a residence.

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at a residence in the 2000 E. block of 400 S. in Knox. Inactive methamphetamine labs were found along with precursors, drug paraphernalia, and Schedule II controlled substances, according to a news release.

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Knox Fire Crews Battle House Fire

Firefighters from the Knox-Center Township Fire Department battled a house fire in the 1400 block of U.S. 35 just north of Knox.

When they arrived at the scene just after 9:30 p.m. Monday, flames could be seen from the back of the residence. Dark, heavy smoke billowed from the eaves. According to Fire Chief Kenny Pfost, all of the occupants were out of the house, but a dog remained inside. Firefighters entered the house, located the dog and carried it to safety. No injuries were reported.

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Indiana State Fire Marshal Determines Fire Cause in Hamlet

The Indiana State Fire Marshal has determined that the fire at a Hamlet business early Monday morning was accidental.

The Hamlet Fire Department arrived at the building on the northeast corner of Plymouth and Starke Streets around 3 a.m. Monday and called for assistance from the Koontz Lake Fire Department and the Knox-Center Township Fire Department. The firefighters remained at the scene for about three hours.

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New Library Director to Begin Duties Today

Henry F. Schricker Library

Henry F. Schricker Library

A new library director will be taking over the chief duties with the Starke County Public Library system.

Rose Frost is coming to the area from the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library where she was the director there beginning in 2011. Prior to her work at the library she was an online instructor with library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Frost also worked as a Public Library Consultant/Grant Coordinator in Utah.

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North Judson Officials Move Into New Town Office Building

The North Judson Town Hall is now located in the former First Farmers Bank and Trust building on Lane Street.

The North Judson Town Hall is now located in the former First Farmers Bank and Trust building on Lane Street.

The North Judson Clerk-Treasurer’s Office and Water Department are settling into their new space. The town offices are now located in the former bank building at 310 Lane Street. First Farmers Bank and Trust donated the structure to the town last year. Continue reading

Starke County Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Winner Announced

Joshua Mullens

Joshua Mullens

The Independent Colleges of Indiana, Inc. has selected Starke County’s 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

North Judson-San Pierre High School senior Joshua Mullens will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college of his choice and a $900 yearly stipend for books and equipment.

Mullens is a member of the National Honor Society and a four-year member of the basketball team. Mullens is the part of the North Judson United Methodist Church media team and volunteers with local blood drives. He plans to study chemical engineering in college.

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Fire Officials: Don’t Burn Yard Debris on a Windy Day

Temperatures are becoming more spring-like and it’s tempting to get out into the yard to get rid of leaves and brush left over from the winter months. The most common way to get rid of the debris is to burn it. On occasion, burn piles can get out of control, and the fire department is called to assist a homeowner in putting out the flames.

Firefighters have responded to several brush fires in the past few days.

Knox-Center Township Fire Chief Kenny Pfost urges you to choose a nice day to burn any of that debris.

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LaPorte Police Department Releases Operation Pull Over Results

Officers from the LaPorte Police Department worked an extra 84.5 hours during a recent 10-day Operation Pull Over enforcement blitz. They were on high alert for various moving violations that create safety hazards for other motorists. Prior to the blitz officials analyzed crash data from 2014 to determine the 10 most common contributing factors and the most dangerous days and hours for crashes. Officers used that data to concentrate their efforts in areas where they would do the most good. Continue reading

Culver Sends Town Objectives to Committee for Recommendations

The Town of Culver has decided to assign a few tasks to committee for planning projects over the next five years.

Members of several commissions have been working to create a five-year action plan. The document will be included in the Town’s Comprehensive Plan. It typically helps guide the Town in the completion of certain goals.
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Chamber: Advertising Company Using Questionable Tactics

Some questionable business tactics are being used to sell advertising.

That’s according to a notice sent by the Starke County Chamber of Commerce to its member business. The Chamber says it was notified by members that local businesses had been receiving phone calls from companies claiming to sell advertising for maps.
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IU Health La Porte and Starke Hospitals Announce Exclusive Negotiations With CHS Subsidiary

IU HealthIU Health LaPorte and Starke Hospitals may partner with Community Health Systems, Inc. to strengthen the health care needs of the area. The IU Health LaPorte Hospital Board has entered into exclusive negotiations with a CHS subsidiary and IU Health, according to a news release sent late Monday afternoon. Final details will be worked out during a due diligence period. The proposed limited liability company will include IU Health LaPorte and Starke Hospitals and all related entities, including physician practices. Continue reading

Starke County Polling Site to be Upgraded

The Starke County Election Board Monday morning discussed improvements planned at the North Bend Township polling site at Bass Lake. A $24,000 grant was obtained last year to upgrade the facility to standards outlined in the Help America Vote Act.

The grant will improve the voting center on Prairie Avenue to make it more handicapped accessible. According to Starke County Election Board President Dan Bridegroom, one door will be replaced, and one installed to make two exits in the building. Those with walkers or another type of mobility assistance will be able to have a smoother walkway with improvements planned for the site. Parking will be expanded and improved so voters of all abilities can better access the site to vote.

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Culver Schools Extended Fridays Begins This Week

Culver Community School CorporationThe Culver School Corporation is playing catch-up due to the number of weather related school delays and cancellations.

It was announced earlier this month that Culver Schools is altering the official calendar through the second Friday in May. The changes stem from a school closing on March 3rd of this year due to icy conditions.
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INDOT Begins Highway Signal Upgrades

?????The Indiana Department of Transportation is improving traffic signals at several intersections along U.S. 30 and U.S. 6 in Lake and Porter Counties. A total of 11 lights will be upgraded to feature flashing yellow arrows. They allow left-turning traffic to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic and pedestrians and turn when a suitable gap is available. INDOT officials say this type of signal improves intersection efficiency by using cross-traffic gaps to allow more left turns. Continue reading

Wednesday is National Walking Day

Walking DayThe American Heart Association’s National Walking Day is a chance for idle residents to get up and start moving to improve heart health.

National Walking Day will be observed tomorrow. Residents are becoming less active and the observance of walking and other activities allow young and old people alike to decrease the chance of heart disease, stroke and other diseases.

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Culver Continues Comprehensive Plan Development

The Town of Culver will be looking to make plans for the future during a meeting this evening.

Several of the Town’s public bodies continue developing Culver’s Comprehensive Plan. The document is typically used as a guide for the growth of a community. It can cover topics ranging from utilities and infrastructure projects to zoning and development.

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