Substance Abuse Counselor Discusses Overdose Epidemic

Overdose awareness

The ribbons on the lawn at IU Health Starke Hospital represent local victims of overdoses over the past seven years.

Advocates and community members will pause tomorrow evening to remember the 61 lives lost to drug overdoses in the past seven years in Starke County. Aaron Kochar is a substance abuse counselor at Porter-Starke Services. He says methamphetamine used to be the biggest drug problem locally, but opioids and heroin have caught up.

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Pulaski County Farm Recognized for 100 Years in Operation

Simmermaker Hoosier Homestead Award67 families from around the Hoosier state were presented with awards during the Indiana State Fair this month.

Those families were recognized with the Hoosier Homestead Awards. The awards have been ongoing for the past 40 years in Indiana and are a product of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture.
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Kankakee Valley REMC Equips Students for School

Packed BackpacksStudents in Starke, LaPorte and Porter Counties went back to school with new supplies thanks to Kankakee Valley REMC’s second annual Pack a Backpack program. Members purchased supplies or made monetary donations to help provide for students in need. Continue reading

FTC Warns College Students of Pyramid Schemes

The Federal Trade Commission is warning college students of an alleged scam that targets their financial weaknesses.

According to Consumer Education Specialist Alvaro Puig, college students can often be the subject of pitches to make “serious money” in several fields. The most recent operation involves energy drinks.

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Knox Street Paving to Start Monday

roadworkThe City of Knox will start street paving on Monday. The project list includes Lake Street from Prettyman to McGill Streets, East Street from Water Street to the dead end at the railroad tracks, Myrtle Court and Potter Street from U.S. 35 to Main Street. Residents who live in those areas are asked to move all vehicles from those streets until the work is completed.

 

Chavez Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

 Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall sentenced the Knox man convicted last month of murdering his estranged wife, kidnapping an employee from Mark Bailey’s Discount Center and carjacking an English Lake couple last June to 105 years in prison with no time suspended. Continue reading

Sunday Vigil to Mark International Overdose Awareness Day

Overdose awareness

The ribbons on the lawn at IU Health Starke Hospital represent local victims of overdoses over the past seven years.

Moving Starke County Forward is trying to take the stigma out of drug overdoses with a Sunday evening event at Wythogan Park in Knox. Advocates and community members will remember the 61 lives lost in Starke County with a candlelight vigil and share information about the perils and pitfalls of drug use. Jordan Morris from Starke County Community Corrections says people who use drugs are less likely to be aware of the potential consequences of their actions. She  says common rationalizations include “I know my limit” or “I always test what I get first, so I know the strength of it.” She adds mixing different types of drugs can often prove fatal. Continue reading

Chavez Sentencing Scheduled Today

 The Knox man convicted last month of murdering his estranged wife, kidnapping an employee from Mark Bailey’s Discount Center and carjacking an English Lake couple last June will learn his fate today. Gary Chavez is due in Starke Circuit Court for a sentencing hearing this morning. A jury of eight men and four women returned guilty verdicts after about 90 minutes of deliberations. Defense attorney David Welter argued unsuccessfully for a conviction of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Kimberly Chavez of Portage and of auto theft instead of carjacking. Continue reading

Proposed TSC Relocation Will Require Infrastructure Upgrades

Traffic Control Ssytems IncThe proposed relocation of a Knox business will require upgrades to the water and sewer systems in the Knox Industrial Park. Traffic Control Specialists hopes to break ground this fall on a new building at the southeast corner of 250 East and Pacific Avenue south of Toll Brothers and west of Knox Fertilizer. Continue reading