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
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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
Teachers Credit Union and the John Glenn School Corporation are working together to provide long-term resources to the students and families they serve. The partnership includes the addition of TCU signage to the John Glenn High School gym. It’s expected to be unveiled Feb. 12th. Continue reading
Starke County residents may be able to get some free help preparing this year’s income taxes. The Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox is hosting a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Continue reading
Don’t let your Super Bowl celebration end with a trip to jail or worse. The Governor’s Council on Impaired & Dangerous Driving and the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute are working with law enforcement around the state to ensure celebrations are safe ones. Continue reading
Funeral services for G. Jean Spoor, 93, of Culver, formerly of Winamac, are Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m. EST at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home Royal Center Chapel, with visitation there Friday, Feb. 5 from 4 until 8 p.m. EST. Memorials may be made to the Winamac Order of the Eastern Star.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Jeffery Vessely, 69, of Indianapolis, formerly of North Judson, will be celebrated Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. EST at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Indianapolis. Visitation is Friday, Feb. 5 from noon until 8 p.m. EST at Lauck and Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services in Indianapolis. Prayers will be said at the funeral home Saturday morning at 10:30. Memorial contributions may be made to the IUPUI School of Physical Education, Jeff and Susan Vessely Scholarship.
Cremation arrangements for Wanda Miller, 82, of Winamac, are pending at Frain Mortuary in Winamac.
Funeral services for Mary Monnett, 72, of Francesville, are Saturday, February 6 at the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, with visitation there from noon until the time of the service. Memorials may be given to the Francesville United Methodist Church.
Funeral services for Kyle Lowry, 27, of Winamac, are Monday, Feb. 8 at 10:30 a.m. EST at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with visitation there Sunday, Feb. 7 from 2 until 7 p.m. EST and Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be given to Olivet Nazarene University or Winamac Church of the Nazarene in memory of Kyle Lowry.
A celebration of life service for Janet Hartwick, 90, of South Bend, formerly of Winamac, will take place Tuesday, February 9 at 7 p.m. at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, beginning with Eastern Star services, with visitation there from 6 p.m. until the time of the services. Memorials may be given to the charity of the donor’s choice.
Funeral services for Charles A. Richardson, 65, of Kewanna, are Saturday, Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m. EST at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home Kewanna Chapel, with visitation there Friday, Feb. 5 from 5 until 8 p.m.
A Knox man accused of setting his business on fire will not stand trial a second time. C&C Salvage owner James Campbell’s second proceeding was supposed to start Monday. He was arrested on an arson charge about two weeks after a fire destroyed his business on U.S. 35 at Toto Road in March of 2014. A jury trial last March ended with a hung jury following 12 hours of deliberations. Continue reading
Pulaski County has brought an area farm into compliance with local zoning laws, but also opened the possibility for future expansion.
Time is running out for prospective candidates for county-wide elected office to declare their intentions. Tomorrow at noon is the deadline to submit candidate paperwork in the clerk’s office. Continue reading
The relatively mild winter has resulted in considerable savings for the Starke County Highway Department. The nine winter events recorded last month cost slightly more than $50,000, according to information highway superintendent Rik Ritzler shared with the county commissioners this week. That figure includes money spent on diesel fuel, salt, sand and employee overtime. Last January the county spent more than $86,000, and two years ago January winter operations cost more than $130,000. The savings will be invested in road maintenance. Continue reading
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