Less than a year after announcing plans to build a residence hall, Ancilla College is planning to add a second student housing facility. The school’s board of trustees voted unanimously to do so Monday. The first one opened in August and is booked beyond capacity. Continue reading
NIPSCO customers may see an increase in their electric bills next year. The utility company has submitted a request to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to raise base rates. Continue reading
A state agency representing the interests of utility consumers is asking for residents’ thoughts about their utility bills. Continue reading
The West Central School Board adopted the 2016 budget when they met Thursday evening. Superintendent Don Street says it’s a total of $9.3 million. That includes $400,000 into the rainy day fund and a general fund budget of $6.4 million. West Central’s debt service budget is $797,000, and just over $1 million is allocated for capital projects. The corporation’s transportation budget is $574,000 and bus replacement is about $158,000. Continue reading
A couple of area agencies are recipients of adult guardianship grants from the Indiana Supreme Court. The matching funds were awarded to volunteer-based programs that serve seniors and incapacitated adults. Continue reading
The Town of North Judson will begin fall brush pickup on Monday. Brush piles should be placed along the side of the alley before Monday morning. Residents who do not have an alley should put their piles next to the street. They should only contain brush, not trash or other debris. Leaf pickup will occur later this year.
Among the settlement agreements discussed was with former Veterans Service Officer Terry Turner. An age discrimination claim was filed with the state civil rights commission following his termination on June 15th.
During Wednesday’s night’s joint session of the Pulaski County Council and County Commissioners, the issue was brought up with the intent of finding a solution in the near future.
The Starke County Election Board has set times for absentee voting heading into November’s General Election.
Board members met Thursday morning to review the resolution setting times for voters unable to cast a ballot on Election Day. Cost comparisons with previous elections were provided for review.
Pulaski County’s largest, and most expensive home has found itself with new owners.
The Braun Mansion, built in 1998 by Braun Corporation founder Ralph Braun, was put on the market for sale earlier this year. The listing price for the estate was $2.5-million.
The Starke County Sheriff’s Office has a new website. Continue reading
The price of groceries is up from last year. That’s according to the Indiana Farm Bureau’s fall market basket survey, which measures the total cost of 16 food items. Continue reading
The Starke County Historical Society is offering a special Christmas family photographic opportunity. Sessions can be scheduled at the home of former Gov. Henry F. Schricker on Main Street in Knox. It’s presently the county museum. Continue reading
A LaPorte man is facing a couple of charges after allegedly threatening a family member with a knife.
Officers were called to the 300 block of Maple Avenue in LaPorte on Wednesday for a domestic incident. Officers arrived on scene around 11:40 a.m.
Enrollment continues to drop at the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation. Continue reading
A joint session of the Pulaski County Commissioners and County Council took place Wednesday night. The goal was to review a matrix defining salaries for the County’s employees. Pulaski County has previously stated its goal of bringing compensation to a level that supports longevity.
The war on drugs begins at home. That’s the message a Valparaiso man whose 20-year-old daughter died of a heroin overdose in 2002 shared with a group of community members yesterday in Marshall County. Mann Spitler III became a certified prevention professional and discontinued his podiatry practice in 2006. Manna was his only child. He says she succumbed to peer pressure as a teenager and started using heroin. Spitler urges parents to take note of changes in their child’s appearance. He says bloodshot eyes, contracted or dilated pupils are signs of opiate use. Cocaine can also cause pupils to dilate. So can marijuana, but the whites of the eyes will be bloodshot as well. Continue reading
The wind turbine on the West Central Schools campus has proven to be a sound investment for the corporation. Superintendent Don Street says it conserves energy and helps keep electric bills in check. He says June, July and August are traditionally slow months in terms of wind production. It picks up in September through the winter months, though. West Central is on net metering through NIPSCO, which allows the corporation to build up credits during heavy wind months and use them during slower months. Continue reading
Deer hunting season is officially underway in Indiana. Today marks the start of archery season, which runs through Jan. 3, 2016. All hunters must have a license and must use legal archery equipment as defined by the DNR. These include long bows, compound bows or recurve bows and arrows. The bow must have a pull of at least 35 pounds. Arrows must be tipped with broadheads that are metal, metal-edged or napped flint; chert or obsidian. Continue reading
With flu season right around the corner, now’s the time to get a flu shot. Continue reading