Knox City Council to Consider Budget Cuts

 The Knox City Council members are expected to act on a recommendation by the clerk-treasurer on cuts that are to be considered due to the circuit breaker law.

Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston explained that caps have been placed on the amount of property taxes residents are required to pay which means less money into the city’s budget. Houston said $261,000 needs to be cut, and every department has made those cuts. Those cuts will be presented in a resolution tonight for the council’s approval.

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Engineers to Check for Asbestos in Rubble from Collapsed Building

Sportsman bar second dayPulaski County Building Administrator David Dare has been in contact with an engineering company for the purpose of requirements to check for the presence of asbestos in the debris from a building collapse last week.

Dare explained that it’s required by law to check commercial buildings for the presence of asbestos prior to demolition. Since the structure fell on its own, the requirement still stands.

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Early Education Could Influence Public Health

 A pre-Kindergarten fair being held Tuesday in Knox may have some long-term health benefits.

The second annual event allows children and their parents to explore the various pre-school options available in Starke County. Booths will be available to distribute information to parents. Among those participating is IU Health Starke Hospital.
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Local Groups Come Together for Child Abuse Prevention Awareness

An event designed to raise awareness about child abuse and neglect will be taking place in Starke County, Tuesday.

The Indiana Department of Child Services, along with several other organizations will be hosting a ceremony that highlights techniques that can be used to help spot, or even prevent child abuse.
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Starke County Youth Club Executive Director Elaborates on After-School Offerings

The Starke County Youth Club provides a strong mix of academic and enrichment activities to youngsters who take part in after-school programs at sites across the county. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says the day begins with a little bit of decompression time and a healthy snack.

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The Crossing Hosts Spring Celebration

The CrossingAn alternative school with a location in Starke County is hoping to showcase what they’ve accomplished this year.

The Crossing Educational Center will be hosting their spring celebration on Thursday. Students will have the opportunity during the event to talk about what they’ve learned with parents, board members, and community members in attendance.
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Towing Agreement Update Given to Knox Board of Public Works Members

The Knox Board of Public Works again reviewed the towing agreement when they recently met. The members approved the agreement in March and the city council gave Mayor Rick Chambers permission to sign the document with participating towing companies.

Three companies have now signed the agreement. The companies are not in city limits, but representatives can arrive at the scene of an accident within 20 minutes. As part of the agreement, the companies will be used on rotational basis when called upon by the Knox City Police Department. One company would not supply certain documentation as required and won’t be on the list.

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Moving Starke County Forward Healthy Challenge Series Begins Saturday

This year’s Moving Starke County Forward summer challenge is about ready to begin.

The kick-off event for the NASCAR-themed Healthy Challenge Series is set for this Saturday, May 2 at Wythogan Park at 10 a.m. Participants will start the Healthy Challenge Series by walking the pace lap around the park after the sign-up process.

Residents are urged to log steps that could include walking, biking, running, swimming, or hiking for a chance to win some NASCAR prizes. Steps or miles will be recorded every two weeks to reach a certain goal during that time. The first goal will be the Daytona 250. Participants are encouraged to log activity totaling 250 miles by May 16. Details on how to report those steps will be released this week. A different goal will be released shortly before the first deadline.

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Debris Removal in Monterey to Begin Today

Sportsman bar second dayEfforts to remove remnants from a downtown Monterey building will begin today.

The structure that housed the Sportsman’s Bar and Grill collapsed Thursday around 5 p.m. The building was empty at the time of the incident and attempts continue to notify the owner.

A fence surrounds what is left of the former business. Monterey residents helped Pulaski County Building Administrator David Dare and officials move the debris to a central location on the property to avoid injuries.

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Winamac Considers Future Efforts For Greenspace Group

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Council will be working to get to organizations to cooperate.

A meeting was called for Tuesday morning to discuss future projects for Winamac Greenspace. The group is formerly known as the Tree Commission. The group is supposed to work with Arrowhead Country Resource Conservation and Development.

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Town of North Judson Appoints New School Board Member

North Judson Water TowerThe North Judson-San Pierre School Board will soon have a new member. Board members are appointed, and the North Judson Town Council recently interviewed three candidates for their seat. It is currently held by Marshal Reimbold. Continue reading

North Judson-San Pierre Students Ready to Rock the ISTEP

ISTEP Crue 1Students at North Judson-San Pierre Elementary are ready to rock the ISTEP. Exams begin this week. On Friday teachers took a break from instruction for fun activities like movies, healthy snacks and class parties. The day was capped off by a rock concert on the high school football field from the ISTEP Crüe. The band consisted of principal Mike McBride, aka James Michaels, on guitar and lead vocals, drummer Tommy Lee Wilbanks, better known to many students as computer teacher Bob Wilbanks, and guidance counselor Chuck Rebeck, moonlighting as Crüe bassist Chucky Sixx. They jammed out to tunes like “Born to Take ISTEP,” “Keep on Testing Me Baby,” “Rock ‘n Roll All Nite (and ISTEP Every Day) and the always popular “Takin’ Care of ISTEP Business.” Continue reading

Preschool Fair Highlights Necessity of Early Learning

 An event designed to enhance early educational opportunities in Starke County will be taking place on Tuesday.

The second annual Starke County Preschool Fair will be offering youth and their parents chances to explore the various pre-K outlets in Starke County, as well as a few of the enrichment activities for children.
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Starke County Youth Club Radiothon Set for Friday

Mark your calendars, and get your checkbooks ready. The 8th Annual Starke County Youth Club Radiothon on WKVI will take place this Friday. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi  says the organization has been serving youngsters with after-school, summer and recreational programs since 2001.

“It really is a wide variety of activities and projects to meet kids where they are, keep them learning, support working families and build community,” Szakonyi said. Continue reading

Pulaski County BZA to Consider Variance Request

The Pulaski County Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing tonight for the purpose of taking action on a variance request submitted by Wallace Pork Systems.

The petitioner is requesting a variance of 20,070 square feet for a storage building to house feed at 7567 W. 950 S. in Winamac.

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Bids for Knox Sidewalk Program to be Awarded May 8

Seven applications for the 50/50 sidewalk replacement program have been reviewed by Knox Street Superintendent Jeff Borg.

Borg told the Knox Board of Public Works last week that he has invited contractors to bid on the projects. He has taken one contractor around to all of the proposed sites. The bids will be awarded in a special meeting on Friday, May 8.

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Starke County Fireworks Fundraiser Set for May 16

 In just a few short months, America will be celebrating another birthday. The City of Knox is hoping to offset costs of a local celebration with several fundraisers.

A port-a-pit chicken sale is set during the city-wide yard sale in May. This fundraiser will be May 16 at the Knox South Side Fire Station. Volunteers will sell half chicken orders for $7.00 plus pit-tatoes for $3.00 from 10 a.m. until sold out. All proceeds will benefit the county-wide fireworks celebration on Friday, July 3.

Tickets for this event can be purchased at Knox City Hall.

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Rubble in Building Collapse to be Removed Monday

Sportsman bar second dayWork continues to secure an area in Monterey where a building collapsed this week.

The structure that once housed Sportsman’s Bar and Grill gave way around 5 p.m. ET on Thursday. The building was vacant at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported.

Pulaski County Building Administrator David Dare told WKVI news that work has been ongoing to move the rubble into a central location for removal next week. Efforts are being coordinated to remove the remaining debris beginning on Monday. Dare said fencing and caution tape surrounds the area to create a safer environment. Dare mentioned that several Monterey residents assisted officials in clean-up and securing the area.

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