The Starke County Sheriff’s Office can keep a better budgetary handle on overtime for sheriff’s deputies, investigators and correctional officers thanks to action this week by the county commissioners. They adopted an ordinance to modify their pay periods for the purpose of overtime to 48 hours instead of 40. County attorney Marty Lucas says federal law provides a partial overtime exemption for uniformed, plainclothes and corrections officers because of the way their hours are typically structured. Continue reading
More work still needs to be done before grant funding will be available for a community center in North Judson. Town officials discussed the project last week with Gerry White with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Continue reading
Starke County Youth Club volunteers, staff, students and alumni will take over the WKVI airwaves today for their annual radiothon fundraiser. All of the money stays in the community to pay for after school programs for students at Knox, North Judson-San Pierre and Oregon-Davis. Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Board is wrapping up its search for a permanent superintendent. Jim Dermody has been serving in an interim capacity since January. He replaced Greg Briles, who left O-D in December to take a job with another corporation. Dermody’s interim contract runs out at the end of June. Continue reading
The Culver Community Schools Corporation’s marketing efforts continue to get help from the local community. Shelly Schrimsher, a volunteer with the corporation’s marketing team, told the school board Monday that banners with the corporation’s new logo will be going up around town later this month. Continue reading
Culver’s Stellar Communities Steering Committee is looking for a few volunteers to help improve their plans.
The Indiana State Police will participate in May’s Click It or Ticket enforcement blitz.
Another meth bust was reported in Knox on Thursday.
A Porter man faces a drug charge in Starke County following a Wednesday morning incident at the Grovertown Truck Stop. The Starke County Sheriff’s Office, Hamlet and Indiana State Police responded around 11 a.m. to a report of an intoxicated man injecting an unknown drug in the bathroom. Continue reading
North The North Judson-San Pierre School Board is finalizing the superintendent search process. A public hearing is scheduled Monday, May 9 at 6 p.m. at the administration building to review the proposed contract for Lynn Johnson’s permanent replacement. She stepped down at the end of December. Dr. Robert Boyd has been serving in an interim capacity since January, with that appointment set to run out on June 30th. Continue reading
The Starke County Economic Development Foundation is a big step closer to ordering equipment for the SCILL Center’s new robotics and automation program. The county commissioners Monday opened a lone bid for everything needed for the startup. Continue reading
Pulaski County is making a more concerted effort to put publicly available documents online.
Starke-Pulaski Habitat for Humanity officials would like to work with the City of Knox to get some properties back on the tax rolls. Executive Director Steve Morrison told the board of works last week the goal is to help families with young children have a decent place to live by providing them an interest-free mortgage on a decent home in exchange for “sweat equity.” Continue reading
Ash trees will soon be removed from the Winamac Town Park. The town council last week voted to award the quote for their removal to TD’s Tree Service of Knox. Continue reading
The Culver School Board Monday approved plans for this year’s summer school classes. Students in sixth through eighth grades who need extra help in Math or English/Language Arts will be able to attend classes for four hours each morning from June 7 until June 17. Continue reading
The Starke County Youth Club has been teaching life skills to local youngsters for the past 15 years, according to Executive Director Irene Szakonyi.
“Kids today deserve our respect and our time, but they have to be given the opportunity to learn the right choice for them and to learn the consequences if they don’t make the right choice. Having that network and that structure gives kids practice at being good people. Continue reading
Pulaski County Public Library cardholders can now access movies, music, eBooks, audio books, and comics, thanks to a new digital service. Hoopla allows library users to stream or download up to five items per month. Continue reading
Treat Mom to a unique celebration this Mother’s Day weekend with a train excursion trip at the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson. Saturday fares for mothers are half price, and all ladies will get a free carnation. Continue reading
Pulaski County has a few decisions to make about the future of K-9 Gil.
The handling officer for the animal has decided to accept a job in White County. The dog originally cost Pulaski County about $8-thousand with another $8-thousand for training. What to do with the K-9 Unit is now up to the discretion of the Pulaski County Commissioners.