Friday’s candidate filing deadline brought a flurry of activity in Starke County. A total of six Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination for the Commissioner District 3 seat held by Republican Kent Danford. He is not running again. Candidates include Karen Tibbs, Anthony R. Bailey, Robert G. Manning, Tony Minix, Kenneth Arnett and Joseph Woods. The winner will face Republican Charles Chesak in November. Continue reading
Several contested primary and a few general election races have cropped up in Pulaski County. Friday was the last day for candidates for county-wide elected office to file. Incumbent District 1 Commissioner Terry Young has drawn several primary opponents. Jerome C. (Jerry) Locke and Kenneth (Ken) Dunn are both running on the Republican ticket, setting up a three-way GOP primary. The winner will face a general election challenge from Democrat Derrick Stalbaum. Continue reading
Starke County’s 2016 budget order and tax rates have received final state approval. Last month’s certification of both by the Department of Local Government Finance paves the way for on-time property tax bills. Starke County taxes are due May 10th. Continue reading
The United States Department of Agriculture is giving itself a pat on the back discussing programs available to rural residents in Indiana.
Those planning to attend Knox High School in the fall have will get a preview of what to expect. The school’s hosting its freshman orientation at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow in the High School Auditorium. Continue reading
The Eastern Pulaski School Board will consider the purchase of some big-ticket items when they meet this evening. The advance agenda includes discussion of school bus purchases as well as iPads and cases and lab computers. Continue reading
The Starke County Community Foundation is reminding local residents and organizations of the grant opportunities available throughout the year. Continue reading
High school seniors in the Knox, North Judson-San Pierre, Oregon-Davis, and Culver Community High School, who live in Starke County, should take note of a mid-March deadline for making application for the Ed Hasnerl/WKVI Scholarship.
The Internal Revenue Service is warning taxpayers to be on the lookout for tax scams as filing season gets underway. These include phishing scams where criminals send emails while posing as banks, tax software companies, or government agencies, in order to get money, passwords, or social security numbers. Continue reading
College-bound students and their parents can learn more about the financial aid process Monday evening. North Judson-San Pierre High School’s guidance department is hosting their annual financial aid night at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library. Continue reading
Officials with Community Services of Starke County are looking to fill a vacancy on their board of directors. They’re seeking a member from the public sector. Director Becky Anspach says the prospective member may be an elected public official currently holding office or their representative. Continue reading
Knox High School had a successful competition last week at the Jobs for America’s Graduates Regional Career Development Conference in Gary. Knox students placed first in five different categories. Continue reading
LaPorte County’s historian has seen a reappointment to the slot, just in time for Indiana’s bicentennial celebration.
A group of volunteers in Culver is planning to make children’s lives a little better by making blankets. It’s part of Project Linus, which uses handmade blankets to provide a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Continue reading
A former sheriff is the subject of a criminal investigation into alleged misappropriation of funds and missing equipment. A State Board of Accounts audit of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department released this morning found missing firearms valued at more than $7,500 and ammunition purchases of more than $13,000 between 2011 and 2014. The latter are incompatible with the firearms in inventory and used by the county sheriff’s officers, according to the audit. Mike Gayer was sheriff at that time. He retired at the end of 2014 due to term limits. Continue reading
The Town of North Judson is looking into the addition of a new community center. Resident Bill Crase brought up the possibility of getting grant funding for a new community center during Monday’s town council meeting. He was previously involved in getting a grant for the town’s volunteer fire department. Continue reading
Starke County EMS has saved more money than originally anticipated through a change of oxygen vendors. They switched from South Bend-based Praxair to Plymouth-based American Gas and Welding for tank rentals and refills last April. American Gas and Welding charges considerably less for the same product. Their delivery costs are also lower. Continue reading
A bill designed to promote economic revitalization in Indiana communities has received strong approval in the Indiana house.
A bill designed to better account for Indiana’s water resources has received unanimous approval in the state Senate.
The Culver School Board got an update Monday on some of the projects being undertaken with the proceeds from the corporation’s recent bond refunding. It gave the corporation just under a million dollars to be used on capital projects. Continue reading