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Meth Offender Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 19th, 2014
Thomas Howell

Thomas Howell

A Plymouth man was sentenced to 12 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine and theft.

Thomas Howell, 50, was arrested in March after police arrived at the Red Rock Inn in Plymouth looking for him. The owner of Quality Setters, Inc. called to report that Howell was stripping wires from buildings. When they arrived at the room at the motel, officers could see people inside the room through a curtain even though they weren’t answering the door. After the occupants reportedly moved items around in the room, the door was opened and officers asked for Howell.

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Gas Prices Should Start to Lower Soon

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 19th, 2014

Gas prices spiked this week but according to Don Good from the Good Oil Company, we should be seeing lower prices for a gallon of gasoline soon.

Good said the recent spike has to do with the continuation of the fuel turnaround.

“Every time this time of the year rolls around they deplete the tanks to meet the new standards and that always creates – I’ll call it a ‘pricey opportunity’ for the speculators to buy product and then sell it at an increased cost so we always have some upward pressure this time when they go into turnaround, commented Good.”

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Contract for Dietician

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 19th, 2014

The Eastern Pulaski School Board approved a contract with Educational Service Center and hired Kaylyn Herrold as a Dietician to aid the cafeteria staff.

Superintendent Dan Foster said she can help the staff in keeping up with federal guidelines.

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Medaryville Town Council Discusses Road Damage

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 19th, 2014

The Medaryville Town Council heard an update from the Pulaski County Highway Department in how some roads will be fixed in town.

The highway department comes in to patch the roads in town. They take care of potholes and seal cracks to prevent wear and tear.

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Buyer Beware When Hiring a Lawn Care Service

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 19th, 2014

With warmer temperatures finally entering the area and the itch to get your yard looking good for the season, you’ll want to be careful when hiring a contractor to take care of your lawn and garden.

The Better Business Bureau recommends that you make sure to shop around and get written estimates from three different companies before you settle on one price. The cheapest price isn’t always the best deal. Request a lawn inspection and get a free estimate.

It is also wise to obtain a written agreement once you’ve decided to move forward with a contractor. Document the duration and expected results of the lawn care service. Ask if the service is automatically renewed annually. If you choose a long-term contract, be sure to obtain information about cancellation rights.

Take time to understand the pricing, frequency of services and any guarantees. If the lawn contractor is not producing expected results, know what kind of recourse you can take.

The Starke County Youth Club Radiothon is Friday!

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 19th, 2014

The Starke County Youth Club Radiothon is set for Friday, May 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. CT on K99.3 WKVI.

Testimonials, special guests and challenges will be featured on the air as volunteers answer the phone to take your pledges toward this worthwhile youth organization.

The SCYC provides high quality homework assistance, engaging enrichment activities, and recreational centers with adults who care. SCYC provides innovative services to children and families every day at four sites across the county during the school year and the summer.

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Fire Hydrant Flushing Scheduled for This Week in Knox

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 19th, 2014

HydrantFire hydrant flushing in the City of Knox will take place Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25.

Flushing will take place during the day. If you come across standing water in the road, drive carefully or turn around and take a different route. If you experience rusty water, turn on the faucet and let the water run until it runs clear.

Water Superintendent Todd Gardner said crews flush fire hydrants to flush out any iron and sediment out of the water system that has collected over the summer months.

If you have any questions, call the Knox Water Department at (574) 772-4461.

Second Arrest Made in Hamlet Trailer Fire Investigation

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 18th, 2014

Another arrest has been made in a trailer fire investigation in Hamlet.

North Judson officers brought in Heather Mann on Monday, April 14 to question her about the Tuesday, April 8 trailer fire at 504 North Starke Street, lot 10 in Hamlet. Firefighters reportedly found a meth lab in the smoldering debris.

After the interview conducted by Hamlet police officers she was placed into custody and booked into the Starke County Jail. She was arrested on preliminary charges of manufacturing methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, possession of two or more precursors with the intent to manufacture methamphetamine, and visiting a common nuisance.

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Plymouth Man Sentenced to 28 Years in DOC

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 18th, 2014
Otis Young

Otis Young

A Plymouth man known to be a popular methamphetamine cook and for getting more and more people addicted to the drug over the past several years will be spending a lot of time behind bars after pleading guilty to several serious charges in a plea agreement with the State.

Marshall County Superior Court Judge Robert O. Bowen sentenced Otis Young to a total of 28 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections in a hearing Thursday afternoon.

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North Judson-San Pierre School Board Approves Contract for The Crossing

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 18th, 2014

The CrossingAll three Starke County schools have now approved a contract to be part of The Crossing alternative school.

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board approved the contract Tuesday night and will join Knox Community Schools and Oregon-Davis Schools in creating a Starke County Crossing school. The school helps those students who have fallen out of the traditional public school setting and helps them get a second chance at getting the education that they need.

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Medaryville Town Council Approves Ordinance for Compensation during Emergency Declarations

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 18th, 2014

The Medaryville Town Council approved an ordinance that would provide a town employee with the option of earning compensation time to make up for each day lost as a result of the closing of the Medaryville Town Hall due to inclement weather.

A state of emergency declared by The State of Indiana, the Pulaski County Commissioners and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department caused the town hall to close and forced town hall employees to choose between the loss of a pay day or utilizing their time off.

The town council wants to provide those employees with the option of earning time off with pay in lieu of overtime pay, known as compensation time, to accommodate the employee for having been forced to choose between the loss of a pay day or utilizing paid time. The employee would knowingly and voluntarily agreeing to accept compensation time in lieu of overtime pay.

According to the ordinance, an hourly employee may be given time off for time worked beyond the employee’s regular work schedule if the extra time off or compensation time is specifically requested and authorized by a supervisor and was created as a result of the emergency declaration.

This time policy will be effective as of Feb. 1, 2014.

In a related matter, the Medaryville Town Council approved an action to put $3,000 into the overtime pay for the Maintenance Supervisor as that item in the budget was depleted before April. The overtime was used for snow removal.

Eastern Pulaski School Board Approves Summer School Courses

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 18th, 2014

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board approved summer school classes during their meeting this week.

Superintendent Dan Foster said a few courses will be offered this summer.

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Restoration Work on Winamac Water Line Project to be Conducted Next Week

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 18th, 2014
Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Council learned this week that the company who installed water lines on the north end of town last year will be back next week to finish some work.

Town Manager Jim Conner said the finishing touches should start on Tuesday.

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Meeting Set to Discuss a Dog Recreation Park

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 18th, 2014

dog picA meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 19 to see what the interest is in creating a dog recreation park in Knox.

Those spearheading the idea ask that all dog owners/lovers attend the 10 a.m. meeting at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox to learn about information needed to get a dog park approved in the city limits.

Chuck Richardson previously told WKVI that he presented a list of names on a petition to start a dog park at the Knox Park Board meeting last month, but the board members reportedly told him that they would like to see people attend their next meeting who are in favor of the incident.

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