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LaPorte Gas Station Reports Receiving Counterfeit Bill

A gas station employee in LaPorte told police there a customer tried to make a purchase with a counterfeit $20 bill Sunday evening. The clerk at the Citgo Station at 104 E. Lincolnway checked the bill with a counterfeit pen and verified it was a phony. The clerk notified the police, told the customer and asked him to wait until the authorities arrived. Continue reading

Starke County Road 800 East Closed for Bridge Replacement

Work on the new bridge over Eagle Creek is under way. LaPorte Construction Company won the bid to replace the bridge on Starke County Road 800 East. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler tells WKVI News 800 East will be closed between 25 North and 50 South for the next couple of months. Take 25 north to 700 East down to 50 South and back to 800 East to get around the road work. Detour signs are up.


IU Health Starke President Discusses Strategic Partner Search

IU HealthIU Health Starke and LaPorte Hospitals are in search of health care delivery partners to provide the best care possible to the residents they serve. IU Health Starke President Craig Felty says they’ve sent out requests for proposals and are keeping their options open.

“Our goal would really be to maintain a relationship with IU Health,” Felty said last week during an interview at WKVI.  “We cherish that relationship, but we also just identify that over the years as health care has changed we need to look for somebody additional who might be able to help us meet that need.” Continue reading

Knox School Board Approves Budget, Discusses Balanced Calendar

Knox-School-Board-2014Superintendent A.J. Gappa reported that balanced calendar discussions for the 2015-16 school year continue with other area schools, many of whom have expressed interest in a coordinated calendar. That schedule would feature four nine week sessions and
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Oregon-Davis School Board Holds Public Hearing for 2015 Budget

 The Oregon-Davis School Board members held a public hearing for the 2015 budget during their meeting last night.

The General Fund budget was budgeted at $4.6 million. The General Fund takes care of the salaries for the staff, including coaches and extra-curricular coaches and more. Board member Lee Nagai stressed that the General Fund had a shortfall due to state budget cuts and the referendum money supplemented that fund to cover salaries.

Other funds discussed include the Capital Projects Fund, Transportation Fund, Debt Fund Plan, Retirement/Severance Bond, Debt Service Fund, Referendum/Exempt Operating, Rainy Day Fund.

Superintendent Greg Briles explained that the Average Daily Membership, or ADM, is 609 which is higher than the state-projected student count of 580. Briles added that the corporation is three students down from last year.

The tax rate will be 1.5702 which is less than 2014.

Briles said the budget will be sent to the state. The board approved a motion to authorize any cuts that are mandated by the state.

Fugitive and Work Release Escapee Arrested in Michigan City

Joseph Ukonga

Joseph Ukonga

Jordan Mauk

Jordan Mauk

Two people were arrested on Wednesday after a search warrant was executed by the LaPorte County Metro Operations Unit, Michigan City Street Crimes Unit, and the Michigan City Fugitive Apprehension Street Team in the Green Acres Mobile Home Park in Michigan City.

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Public Testing of Voting Machines Set for Friday in Marshall County

The Marshall County Election Board will be conducting a public test of voting machines prior to the General Election.

The test will be Friday, Sept. 26 at 9 a.m. in the Marshall County Clerk’s Office. The purpose of the test is to count ballot cards and to tabulate machine votes cast for all candidates. This is to ensure that the machines will correctly count the votes cast for all candidates and on all public questions.

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Statewide Budget Website Created for Public Awareness

A new statewide website is available so all residents can look at government budget notices in one location.

All residents will have the ability to view budget notices for all local government units in their county by entering their address on www.BudgetNotices.IN.Gov. The website is designed to promote the importance of budget notices.

House Enrolled Act 1266 was passed to allow for this website to exist. Taxpayers can learn about the budget process for the local taxing units and access information about hearings scheduled for the next year’s proposed budgets.

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Knox City Council to Meet Tonight

Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council members will meet in regular session tonight where they will discuss the use of the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center by area churches for free meals.

The council entertained the request at a meeting in September but tabled approval until more information was obtained about cost and liability.

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Final Members Named to Starke County Park Board

starke-county-courthouseStarke County’s Park Board is now fully populated. Judge Kim Hall named Mike Meadows and Skyler Ellinger to the five-member panel. They join Starke County Council appointees Debbie Mix and Rosemary Rose and Starke County Commissioners appointee Marsha Bedrock. Continue reading

Smith Farm Store Employee Accused of Stealing From Employer

A Kewanna woman is accused of stealing more than $23,500 from her employer. Michelle Rigney, 51, was arrested on a felony theft charge after an Indiana State Police Investigation prompted when the area manager of Smith Farm Stores reported possible missing monies and deposits of store proceeds. Continue reading

HealthLinc Takes Medical Care on the Road

HealthLincHealthLinc is offering a new service to area schools this year. They got a federal grant for a mobile, school-based health center. This mobile unit will go to schools during the day to offer dental and medical care such as school physicals, checkups, immunizations and more. Continue reading

Ancilla Offers Non-Traditional Students a Chance to Try College

Adults who are considering college can see what it’s all about at Ancilla. Executive Director of Admissions Eric Wignall says the We Believe in You program covers the cost of an entire course for students who qualify. They must be at least 21 and have a high school diploma or GED. The program is open to both students with no college experience and those with less than nine hours from any school in the country.  Continue reading

Knox School Board to Hold Budget Hearing Tonight


Knox School Board

The Knox Community School Board will meet in special session tonight to discuss regular business and to hold a public hearing regarding the all funds budget.

If anyone has any comments on the published budget, the board will take them under consideration during the hearing. A budget adoption will occur in October.

The board will also consider an authorization for a project hearing and approve a teacher document of agreement.

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Oregon-Davis School Board to Meet Tonight

Oregon-Davis-Jr_Sr-BuildingThe Oregon-Davis School Board will host a public hearing for the 2015 annual budget tonight.

The budget includes the General Fund, Capital Projects Fund, Transportation Fund, Debt Fund Plan, Retirement/Severance Bond Debt Service Fund, Referendum Fund/Exempt Operating, Rainy Day Fund. The board will entertain comments on the budget during the public hearing.

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Marshall County Safety Commission Meeting Tuesday


Marshall County Safety Commission members are expected to meet tomorrow to discuss safety plans for the upcoming winter season and more. EMA Director Clyde Avery explained that his portion of the meeting will address the plan in place when significant winter weather is forecast. Avery will make sure that the school emergency plans are up to date with current contact information plus critical components such as communications, command and management, emergency notification, public information, and other needs. Continue reading