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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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April 13-19 is National Telecommunicators Week

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 15th, 2014

  This week is National Telecommunicators Week.

When you call 911, the dispatcher is the first person you speak to in an emergency. The dispatcher helps communicate emergency services to police officers, ambulance services and fire departments.

In one second, a dispatcher may be relaying license and registration information to an officer and the next second that dispatcher may be signaling fire, EMS and police to the scene of an accident or coordinating communication for a high speed pursuit.

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North Judson-San Pierre School Board Members to Tackle Topics in Regular Meeting

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 15th, 2014
Michael Shireman, Jim Menis, Larry Lambert Marsha Reimbold and Patricia Goin

Michael Shireman, Jim Menis, Larry Lambert
Marsha Reimbold and Patricia Goin

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board will meet tonight in regular session.

The board members are expected to discuss budget reduction recommendations. More than $1 million needs to be cut from the budget and it is the goal of the board to eliminate positions instead of jobs.

During the board’s last meeting in March, Superintendent Lynn Johnson said it may take some creative scheduling in order to accomplish that goal. The corporation has until May 1 to issue reduction in force notices to affected teachers if the process goes in that direction.

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No Burn Ordinance in Effect in the Knox City Limits

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 15th, 2014

 The weather has dipped below the level where it was over the weekend, but meteorologists say it will be nice again this weekend which could lead to outdoor chores.

The Knox City Council members want to remind residents that there is a no burning ordinance within the city limits. According the ordinance listed on www.cityofknox.net, “no person shall start, kindle, cause, allow or maintain any form of leaf burning or wood burning of any kind, on private or public property, except as specifically authorized”.

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Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Offers Easter Trains This Weekend

By: Nathan
Published: April 15th, 2014
HVRM Tourist Train

HVRM Tourist Train

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson will be giving Easter Train Rides beginning on April 19th.

The excursion is a round-trip from the depot and crosses the Kankakee River and English Lake in a trip that goes over five miles. The trip also travels to a park along the tracks where passengers disembark to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt.

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Starke County Commissioners Bless Wheel Tax Exploration

Published: April 14th, 2014

starke-county-courthouseStarke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler has the blessing of the county commissioners to look into other sources of funds for road improvements.

He told them last week the county does not presently qualify for a lot of money available from the state because there’s no roadway user tax in place and said he would like to talk to the council about the costs and benefits of a wheel tax at various levels. Ritzler says counties that collect a wheel tax have some of the best roads in the state because all of the money that is collected is used to maintain and improve them.

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Marshall County Commissioners Approve Contract with Cedarbridge Treatment Centers

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 14th, 2014

The Marshall County Commissioners were informed by James Pheibush from the probation department that the Muncie juvenile detention center is closing and a new detention center is opening in Montgomery County.

Pheibush said Cedarbridge Treatment Centers offers more space and a segregation of younger juveniles from the older juveniles, plus there’s a gender separation. The travel time will be two-and-a-half hours from Marshall County.

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Road Closure on U.S. 35 Begins Today

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 14th, 2014

U.S. 35 will be closed between County Road 800 South and County Road 900 South, about two miles south of State Road 10 in Starke County.

Indiana Department of Transportation officials say the closure begins today and will reopen in late April. Crews will be replacing a pipe across the road.

Southbound drivers will be detoured west on State Road 10, south on State Road 39, east on State Road 14, and back to U.S. 35. Northbound drivers will be detoured west on State Road 14, north on State Road 39, east on State Road 10, and back to U.S. 35.

Knox School Board Spotlights Archery and Hunter Safety Courses

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 14th, 2014

The Knox Community School Board members heard a presentation on the high school’s hunter education and archery programs during their meeting last week.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said Rob Krueger, Jake Skelly and DNR Representative Zachary Howerton gave the presentation about the hunter safety class that’s offered to sophomores and an archery class.

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