North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Addresses School Funding Rumors

N.J.-S.P. Superintendent Lynn Johnson asked supporters of the corporation to sign a banner after the school funding presentation as a show of solidarity.

N.J.-S.P. Superintendent Lynn Johnson asked supporters of the corporation to sign a banner after the school funding presentation as a show of solidarity.

North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation officials are eying a local property tax hike to cover operating expenses. A combination of state funding cuts and declining enrollment have cost the corporation a significant amount of money. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says they are not planning to consolidate.

“This is North Judson-San Pierre. It needs to stay North Judson-San Pierre. We’re not going to be absorbed into Knox. That is not true,” Johnson said. Continue reading

O-D Principal Encourages Prom Goers to Be Responsible

First responders from the Hamlet and Koontz Lake Fire Departments assisted with the mock crash at Oregon-Davis.

First responders from the Hamlet and Koontz Lake Fire Departments assisted with Thursday’s mock crash at Oregon-Davis High School. The Hamlet Police Department and Starke County EMS also took part in the simulation.

Oregon-Davis High School students are off to prom this evening. High school principal Tim Pletcher wants them all to return to school safely Monday morning.

“The last thing I want to do is come in Monday morning and deal with almost 300 grieving kids because something tragic happened,” Pletcher told the students during a Thursday afternoon program. “You can’t control what other people do. You cannot do that, but if you’ve ever been in my office or in Mr. Estok’s office we talk about there’s one thing you can control, and that’s what you do and what you say.” Continue reading

Absentee Voting Available Today

Voters in the City of Knox Primary Municipal Election have a chance to vote absentee today in the Starke County Clerk’s office.

The second-floor meeting room in the Starke County Courthouse is open to absentee voters today from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. CT. One more opportunity remains to vote absentee. The last chance to submit a ballot before Election Day is Monday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to noon.

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Some BMV Branches to Changes Hours for Primary Elections

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be changing their hours slightly, next week.

According to BMV Commissioner Kent Abernathy, branches located in counties with elections in May will extend their hours on Monday and Tuesday. The extended hours will allow the BMV to issue driver’s licenses and state ID cards that can be used for identification at polling sites.

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Knox City Council Receives Funding Request from Community Services of Starke County

Community Services of Starke CountyThe Knox City Council discussed a request for funding from Community Services of Starke County.

The city council anticipates this request each year and $500 was already included in the budget for this year. The organization helps residents with transportation and nutrition needs for the elderly. Residents who need assistance with food use the food pantry to feed their families.

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Lincoln Funeral Train Commemoration Planned in San Pierre

Abraham LincolnThe unique event of a train stopping in San Pierre in 1865, which carried the coffin of assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, will be remembered in that community with a program this afternoon at 2 p.m.

The Starke County Historical Society will also place a rock monument with an appropriate bronze plaque on the grounds near where the Monon Line railway, which carried the President’s body through northwestern Indiana, once operated. Continue reading

DNR Approves Grants to Eradicate Invasive Aquatic Vegetation

The Department of Natural Resources has issued grant money to local counties to fight invasive aquatic vegetation. Lake and River Enhancement program grants from the DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife allow for the completion of projects that would be difficult for local organizations to fund on their own.

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DNR Redesigns, Launches Mobile “App”

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources may be providing easier access to information.

A mobile “app” that the DNR oversees for mobile devices has been redesigned for both Apple and Android operating systems. The remake comes after the previous “app” was launched in 2011. According to the DNR, the previous application was downloaded almost 33-thousand times.

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Indiana Sheriff’s Youth Leadership Camp Set for June

LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd encourages the youth of the area to attend the 36th annual Indiana Sheriff’s Youth Leadership Camp in June.

The four-day camp beginning June 23 allows students to gain knowledge about law enforcement and participate in team building exercises and squad competitions. Students will see what deputy sheriffs do on a daily basis along with self-defense, SWAT, K9, gang and narcotics enforcement and SCUBA demonstrations.

The LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office will pay the $25 fee for any seventh or eighth grade student wanting to attend the camp. Applications to attend are available at the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department or any LaPorte County school.

North Judson-San Pierre School Officials Propose School Funding Referendum

N.J.-S.P. Superintendent Lynn Johnson asked supporters of the corporation to sign a banner after the school funding presentation as a show of solidarity.

N.J.-S.P. Superintendent Lynn Johnson asked supporters of the corporation to sign a banner after the school funding presentation as a show of solidarity.

North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation officials will ask voters to approve a property tax referendum this fall to help fund day-to-day school operations. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says a combination of declining enrollment and state budget cuts have forced the corporation to cut $2.5 million since 2010. She stresses there are no plans to close schools or consolidate with another corporation, despite rumors to the contrary. Continue reading

O-D Stages Mock Crash, Teachers Talk Candidly About Drunk Driving

Oregon-Davis teacher and coach Wes Radke was the first to arrive at the site of the mock crash staged in the high school parking lot.

Oregon-Davis teacher and coach Wes Radke was the first to arrive at the site of the mock crash staged in the high school parking lot.

You are free to choose, but you are not free from the consequences of those choices. That’s the message Oregon-Davis Middle School language arts teacher Angie Radke shared with high school students there after a mock drunk driving crash in the school parking lot. Radke’s best friend, Brooklyn Boo, was killed by a drunk driver in 1998, a week after their junior prom at North Judson-San Pierre High School. Continue reading

Student Achievements Showcased at Spring Celebration

Starke County's Crossing campus is located next to Save a Lot on U.S. 35 south of Knox.

Starke County’s Crossing campus is located next to Save a Lot on U.S. 35 south of Knox.

The Crossing has only been operating for about one year, but according to their students, there have been some major accomplishments.

A spring celebration was held in Knox at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center on Thursday night. The gathering allows the alternative education school to showcase what students have been working to accomplish in their academic and personal lives.
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Starke County Youth Club Summer Enrichment Focuses on STEM

Youngsters who take part in this year’s Starke County Youth Club summer enrichment programs will get to put lessons in science, technology, engineering and math skills to use. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says they provide critical thinking skills.

“They need to be able to problem solve in order to be successful, healthy adults. They need to be able to attack a problem, design a solution and not get intimidated if the solution doesn’t work. They need to have some grit to them that enables you to keep going. When at first you don’t succeed, they try and try again and finally succeed. That’s amazing,” Szakonyi said. Continue reading

Annexation Bill Receives Approval, Culver Affected

 Legislation approved at the statehouse on Wednesday will be reforming how land is annexed in the Hoosier State.

The Indiana Farm Bureau – which has been involved for the past three legislative sessions in reform efforts – believes municipalities have absorbed thousands of acres of farmland in recent years.
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Starke County EMA Director to Plan Training

Local officials will soon receive training in case of a train accident.

Starke County Emergency Management Agency Director Ted Bombagetti is gathering information to present to firefighters, police officers, and department heads. The material presented will help those officials identify what is in the cars and how to react.

Mayor Rick Chambers told the Knox City Council this week that he and Bombagetti were discussing the issue as a train rolled through the city. Many trains make their way through Knox on a daily basis, and it’s not always known what materials are contained in tankers.

A session will be scheduled soon to help prepare officials in the instance of an accident.

Culver Delays Water Flouridation Discussions

The Town of Culver has, for now, delayed further discussing water fluoridation.

Design and development plans for a new Water Treatment Plant are at the stage where the Town can make a decision regarding the use of fluoride in the water system. The chemical is commonly used in the prevention of tooth decay.
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CADA Receives Grant to Help Secure the Phoenix House

CADA Executive Director Wendy Elam accepts an Operation Round Up donation from Kankakee Valley REMC Communications/Marketing Director Amanda Steeb.

CADA Executive Director Wendy Elam accepts an Operation Round Up donation from Kankakee Valley REMC Communications/Marketing Director Amanda Steeb.

Women and children fleeing from domestic or family violence can rest a little easier at the Phoenix House, thanks to a grant from Kankakee Valley REMC. The electric cooperative recently gave the shelter $3,115 to assist with security at the transitional home for women and children. Counseling and other support services are also offered. Continue reading

Culver Library Celebrates Preservation, Anniversary Milestone

Culver-Union Township Public LibraryNow that the calendar has turned to May, the Culver-Union Township Public Library is celebrating historic preservation.

The library, located on North Main Street in Culver, was partially constructed as a Carnegie Library. They were built around the country using funds from the businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.

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