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SCILL Center September 2015 Students of the Month

Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Leaning (SCILL) has announced its Student-of-the-Month recipients for the month of September. The Automotive Technology Students-of-the-Month are first year student Cheyanne Powers of Culver Community High School and second year student Danny Flenner, also of Culver Community High School.

The Welding Technology Students-of-the-Month are second year student Dustin Holderread of LaVille High School and first year student Matthew Roeder of Plymouth High School.

Students-of-the-month are chosen by each program’s instructors based on the student’s test scores, class participation, attitude, attendance and initiative in the shop. Scott Manns and Josh Holdread are the automotive technology instructors and Elizabeth Tylisz and Andy Odle are the welding technology instructors.

SCILL has been operational since 1996, created by the Starke County Economic Development Foundation to insure that a qualified workforce was available to employers in Starke County.

To find out more about the Automotive or Welding Technology programs, or the other educational programs SCILL has to offer, go to or call 574-772-8001.

Starke County Sheriff’s Office Adds Second K9

The Starke County Sheriff's Office recently added K9 Zardos to the force.
The Starke County Sheriff’s Office recently added K9 Zardos to the force.

The Starke County Sheriff’s Office hopes the newest addition to the department will help to take a bite out of crime. K9 Zardos was purchased recently with funds donated by members of the community. Sheriff Bill Dulin says the dog is certified in narcotics detection and tracking and was purchased from Vohn Liche Kennels in Denver, Ind. Continue reading

Christmas Lights Return to Pulaski

Pulaski Lights EntryChristmas is right around the corner, and that means visitors will once again be heading to the town of Pulaski to see its annual display of Christmas lights. Some favorites include a lighted barn scene, a fountain, a giant wreath, a nativity scene, bears throwing packages across the street, Santa in a helicopter and an airplane, skaters, and a paddleboat. Continue reading

Lorraine C. (Dye) Cox

Funeral services for Lorraine C. (Dye) Cox, 88, of Knox are Wednesday, December 2nd at 11:00 a.m. at O’Donnell Funeral Home. Visitation is Tuesday, December 1st from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at O’Donnell Funeral Home in North Judson.

Frederick Eli Blickenstaff

Funeral services for Frederick Eli Blickenstaff, 74, of Royal Center are Friday, December 4th at 10:30 a.m. at Harrison Metzger Rans Funeral Home at the Royal Center Chapel. Visitation is Thursday, December 3rd from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Harrison Metzger Rans Funeral Home in Royal Center.

Police Reports

North Judson Police Department

Doug Vessely
North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely


11/22/15 – North Judson Police responded to a report of harassment at a business on Mulberry Street.

11/23/15 – A vehicle versus deer property damage accident was reported near County Road 500 West and State Road 10. Damages were set at more than $2,500. No injuries were reported.

11/25/15 – Officers dealt with an unruly person in the 700 block of East Talmer Avenue.

11/25/15 – A vehicle versus deer crash was reported to North Judson Police. It happened near the intersection of State Roads 8 and 39, but the driver was able to get the car home. Damages were estimated at more than $2,500.

11/26/15 – A newer tenant in the 700 block of East Talmer Avenue reported what they thought were people in their home. No one was located, and it believed to be “old house noises.”


Inclusion in the arrest reports is merely a record an arrest was made and is not an indication of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

11/29/15 –Dewayne Davis, 37, Knox – O.V.W.I.

John J. Hinman

Funeral services for John J. Hinman, 91, of Francesville, are Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. EST at Boersma Funeral Home in Wheatfield, with visitation there from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. Graveside services will take place Wednesday, Dec. 2 at 10 a.m. at Independence Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to the family.

Elizabeth “Betty” Parcel

Funeral arrangements for Elizabeth “Betty” Parcel, 84, of Winamac, are Thursday, December 3rd at 10:30 a.m. EDT at Frain Mortuary in Winamac. Visitation is Wednesday, December 2nd from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. EDT at Frain Mortuary. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Medaryville Residents Make Case for Library

The Pulaski County Public Library Board is closing the Medaryville branch at the end of the year.
The Pulaski County Public Library Board is closing the Medaryville branch at the end of the year.

Supporters of the Medaryville branch of the Pulaski County Public Library are lobbying the library board in hopes of keeping the branch open. It’s currently slated to close at the end of the year due to declining use and escalating costs. Several residents attended last Wednesday’s library board meeting. They say the library is not open at times that are conducive to use by families, and programs for youngsters are scheduled at times that conflict with church and school activities. Continue reading

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