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Pulaski County Commissioners to Discuss IT Contract in Emergency Session

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 16th, 2014

 The Pulaski County Commissioners will meet in emergency session today at 3:20 p.m. ET to consider an IT contract to prevent disruption of the 911 system at the Pulaski County Justice Center.

The IT contract was discussed at the Pulaski County Council meeting on Monday night and the members discussed getting some sort of agreement with the current contractor to continue. The council wants to move forward as quickly as possible so coverage doesn’t lapse.

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Indiana School Superintendent Names Indiana Four Star Schools

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 16th, 2014

 Indiana’s Four Star schools for the 2012-2013 school year were announced Tuesday.

Among the 331 schools named, four local schools achieved the status. Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced that John Glenn High School, Kingsbury Elementary School in LaPorte, Webster Elementary School in Plymouth and Tri-Township Consolidated School Corporation in LaCrosse reached Four Star School status.

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Solid Waste Bills Included in Tax Statement in Starke County

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 16th, 2014
 

 

If you see an additional amount on your Starke County property tax bill, you’re not seeing things.

Starke County Treasurer Kasey Clark previously told WKVI that the solid waste bills are included in this year’s tax statement. The solid waste bills had been sent out separately, but this year they will be included in the property tax statement.

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Marshall County Clerk to Fill Two Positions

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 16th, 2014

The Marshall County Council approved a request from Clerk Julie Fox to hire two new employees in her office.

Fox explained that two of her deputies will be retiring, mostly due to the changes in retirement benefits.

Carolyn “Avon” Hansen has worked for 20 years with Marshall County. Fox said Hansen began in the clerk’s office and then moved to the child support division. She eventually came back to the clerk’s office and that’s where she will finish her career. Her last day will be May 30.

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Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon Strikes Tonight

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 16th, 2014

It’s an activity your family, friends or co-workers can enjoy and you’ll be helping a youth organization at the same time. It’s the annual Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon.

The Bowl-a-Thon is tonight at 6 p.m. CT at Bowlaway Lanes in Knox and teams are needed to help gather funds for Junior Achievement. Bridget Markin, a Junior Achievement representative, says this fundraiser is a worthwhile program for Starke County students.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board to Consider Contract with The Crossing

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 16th, 2014

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board has started a discussion about The Crossing which is a school that helps educate students who have dropped out of school, transitioned to home school or who were expelled at one time during their educational career.

Superintendent Dan Foster stressed that the board is only in the discussion phase at this point.

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IU Health Executive Outlines Physician Recruitment Plan

Published: April 16th, 2014

IU Health is aggressively recruiting primary care physicians in order to keep up with demand in Starke County. Vice President for Strategy Brian Donnelly says there are nine currently practicing here.

“By 2017, four of those nine physicians will have reached age 72. I personally am not aware of any retirements pending. I don’t know that we’ve gotten a firm date from any of these folks. That’s not up to me to decide how long doctors practice, but at least in terms of looking at reality four of the nine physicians will be late in their careers when we get to 2017. This to us looks like a shortage,” Donnelly told the Starke County Commissioners.

He added IU Health is committed to making sure Starke County has adequate primary care coverage.

“Regardless of whether the docs retiring are independent or employed by us, we see it’s our responsibility to fill the primary care need in Knox, period, and we are planning to do that.”

Donnelly says IU Heath’s three-year plan for primary care recruiting includes  adding a net two primary care providers in 2014. If any physicians retire, he says the corporation will have to be more aggressive in its recruiting measures. He says the ultimate goal is a net gain of three to four primary care physicians along with more physicians assistants and nurse practitioners and specialty clinics.

Donnelly told the Starke County Commissioners last week that IU Health works with head hunters in the medical field to identify and recruit providers and is prepared to offer them signing bonuses and other incentives to attract them to the area.

Auto Parts Components Manufacturer to Move into LaPorte

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 16th, 2014

A German auto components company will be setting up shop in LaPorte.

Governor Mike Pence was recently in Germany and met with the executives of Jäger Group and its subsidiary Jaeger-Unitek Sealing Solutions, Inc. will be expanding operations in LaPorte. The expansion will include 52 new jobs by 2016.

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Three Killed in Jasper County Crash

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 15th, 2014
Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Police

Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Police

Three Rensselaer residents were killed in a semi vs. car accident Monday night on I-65 south near the 227 mile marker.

A semi driver hauling 28,000 pounds of apples from Washington was slowed in the right lane to avoid backed up traffic for a previous crash. An SUV driven by Dr. Mallik Chaganti of Rennselaer failed to slow for traffic and rear ended the semi trailer.

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Relay for Life Pageant Winners Crowned

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 15th, 2014
Caloe Perretti, Zoe Seese, Autumn Redlark, and Olivia Timm.  Not pictured: Christine Fransen

Caloe Perretti, Zoe Seese, Autumn Redlark, and Olivia Timm. Not pictured: Christine Fransen

The Starke County Relay for Life pageant was held Sunday afternoon and over 200 in attendance. All funds raised during the event will go toward the fight against cancer.

The winners include:
Teeny Tiny Relay – Christine Fransen
Tiny Relay – Caloe Perretti
Tiny Relay Runner-up – Olivia Timm
Little Miss Relay – Autumn Redlark
Miss Relay – Zoe Seese
Charity Queen: Kendra Whitt
People’s Choice Queen: Caloe Perretti

Taxes are Due Today, Don’t Miss the Deadline

Published: April 15th, 2014

Today is the deadline to either file your federal and state income taxes or electronically file an extension request in order to avoid hefty penalties and interest from the IRS and Indiana Department of Revenue. If you’ve waited until the last minute and won’t be able to get your return done, H&R Block senior tax advisor Michelle Bachtel says you have an option if you act quickly. “File the extension, because the extension alone is going to save you money. Even if you can’t afford to give them a penny, just file the extension,” Bachtel says. That extension will need to be filed electronically. It will give you six months to complete your return without late filing penalties, but Bachtel says any taxes you may owe still need to be paid today if possible in order to avoid failure to pay penalties and interest. Read the rest of this entry »

Jail Water Line Delay Potentially Costs County $29,000

Published: April 15th, 2014
This building on SR 8 at CR 550 E will soon house the new Starke County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center.

This building on SR 8 at CR 550 E will soon house the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center.

The Starke County Building Corporation may have been able to save $29,000 had the water line extension from Henry Drive east to the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center been finished by its April 1 deadline.

The existing water lines to the building on State Road 8 at County Road 550 East are not wide enough to provide enough pressure should the building catch on fire. The county and city opted last fall to run new lines to the facility and contract the work out. The Knox City Council accepted a bid from Mark Milo Enterprises to do the work.

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Plymouth Airport Board Moving Forward to Obtain Weather Station

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 15th, 2014

The Plymouth Aviation Board will be moving forward in obtaining a weather station.

Dave Lattimer told the Marshall County Council on Monday morning that it’s highly probable that the green light will be given for a weather station after several other improvements are made.

Lattimer explained that the runways need to be extended and widened and two taxiways from the ramp to the runways need to intersect at a “T” instead of at a 45 degree angle. The staff will also need to extend the taxiways. Insurance will also need to be adjusted. All of those improvements need to be done before the FAA will approve the Plymouth Airport for a weather station.

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Early Voting for the May Primary Election is Still Available

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 15th, 2014

Early voting for the May Primary Election continues. The last day to vote absentee is Monday, May 5.

Early voting in Pulaski County is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET until May 2. You may vote in the Pulaski County Courthouse each day with the exception of this Friday. This Friday is Good Friday and the courthouse will be closed.

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