Starke County Commissioners Approve Overtime Policy for Sheriff’s Employees

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeThe 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

O-D School Board Schedules Superintendent Contract Hearing

Oregon-Davis School Board members (seated) Andrea McIntosh, Shirley Budka. (standing) Christopher Lawrence, Kurt Hayes, Lee Nagai
Oregon-Davis School Board members (seated) Andrea McIntosh, Shirley Budka. (standing) Christopher Lawrence, Kurt Hayes, Lee Nagai

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

Public Hearing Scheduled to Review N.J.-S.P. Superintendent Contract

NJ-SP School Board 2015-2016North 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

Habitat for Humanity Eyes Knox for Future Home Site

 
 

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

Starke County Youth Club Embraces Opportunities

  
 

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

K-9’s Future Brings Options for Pulaski County

Pulaski County Sheriff's Deputy Travis Clark and K-9 Gil
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputy Travis Clark and K-9 Gil

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.
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