All posts by Mary Perren

Starke County Commissioners Approve CenturyLink Agreement for New Jail

starke-county-courthouseThe CenturyLink equipment used by the Starke County Sheriff’s Office will be upgraded when they move into the new jail east of town. The county commissioners Monday approved an agreement for $1,431 for one-time upgrades and a monthly fee of $5.75 for the next three years. IT Director Joe Short advised the communications company is recommending new equipment at the new facility. Continue reading

Starke County Sheriff and Prosecutor Encourage Safe Celebrations

 Prom season is here, and graduation is right around the corner. Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin and Prosecutor Nick Bourff want local youth to celebrate both safely and soberly. Dulin notes it is illegal for anyone under 21 to possess or consume alcohol. In spite of that, he says young drivers make up a significant proportion of drunk drivers causing traffic crashes on Indiana’s roadways. Drivers under 21 who are caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in their systems will have their driving privileges suspended. Continue reading

North Judson Schedules Brush Pickup

North Judson Water TowerNorth Judson residents can put any brush they would like to have hauled off by the town alongside their alleys for pickup starting Monday. If the home doesn’t have an alley, brush can be placed along the curb. Either way, clerk-treasurer Donna Henry says it needs to be in place by 7 a.m. Monday to ensure pickup, as crews will only make one pass through town. She adds this pickup is for brush only, as leaves will be collected again this fall.

Dog Credited with Saving Homeowner from House Fire

A dog bite may have been the difference between life and death for a Bass Lake man. Fire Chief Les Jensen says his department was called to a house fire in Boa Shores around 3:30 Saturday morning. The homeowner was asleep when the fire started. Continue reading

Starke County Council Authorizes Mailing of Inkeepers Tax Letters

starke-county-courthouseStarke County inkeepers taxes are now payable to the county treasurer’s office each month. The forms that need to be submitted with those payments are available on the county’s website, and any questions can be directed to the treasurer’s office. Payments were previously submitted to the state. Continue reading

Local Grower Places Hopes in Hops

HopsStarke County is generally known for growing three crops: corn. soybeans and peppermint. A local man plans to join a dozen or so other Hoosier farmers that are now planting hops – a main ingredient in beer that could become a major local crop.

Typically grown in the Pacific Northwest, there are half-a-dozen varieties adapting to Hoosier weather.  Hops are essentially flowers that grow on a vine. The crop requires a tall trellis system about 20 feet tall and then every year you have to tie strings to the top of the trellis and anchor them down. Continue reading

March County Unemployment Rates Reflect Two Extremes

The March unemployment rates in Starke, LaPorte and Jasper Counties are well above the state average, while Marshall and Pulaski Counties are slightly under that number. That’s according to figures released by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Continue reading

North Judson Town Board Approves Mowing Contract, Issues Sewage Reminder

North Judson Water TowerThe lone contractor to submit a timely cemetery mowing bid to the town of North Judson will do the work this year. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry says the town council awarded the bid to Shef’s Lawn Care Services. Their $15,000 bid includes mowing of Highland and Pioneer Cemeteries and other miscellaneous lawn care around town. Continue reading

Starke County Council Approves Mower Purchase for Jail

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeStarke County officials have opted to do their own lawn maintenance and snow removal at the new jail in an effort to contain costs. On Monday the county council approved the purchase of a mower with a commercial grade deck for the facility. It will be paid for with tax money set aside for construction of the building east of Knox on State Road 8. Continue reading

Sisters for Life Executive Director to Headline Marshall County RTL Banquet

NewbornA born-again Christian who had two abortions during her teenage years is the featured speaker at this evening’s Marshall County Right to Life banquet. Angela Minter is the founder and executive director of Louisville-based Sisters for Life. Continue reading

Industrial Park Road Rehab Forces Temporary Closure of 300 East

Road Closed SignPart of Starke County Road 300 East through the Knox Industrial Park will be closed overnight and through the day tomorrow to allow concrete to cure. Contractors are working in the area to restore lawns and driveways that were disturbed by last year’s road widening project. Continue reading

Paul F. Schmidt

A funeral mass for Paul F. Schmidt, 78, of Culver, will take place Friday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. EDT at St. Mary’s of the Lake Catholic Church, with visitation from 3:30 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be given to the Charles B. and Lenore M. Keitzer Scholarship Fund or the Center for Hospice and Palliative Care. Odom Funeral Home in Culver is in charge of arrangements.

Grovertown Man Faces Theft, Drug Charges in Marshall County

A Grovertown man faces theft and drug charges in Marshall County following a weekend undercover investigation. A patrolman from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the theft of truck rims and tires which the victim had located for sale on Craigslist. Continue reading

Structural Concerns Delay LaCrosse Feed Mill Explosion Investigation

Boom 28Concerns over the stability of a grain elevator that exploded last week, injuring four employees, have delayed the investigation into the cause of the blast. Experts at the LaCrosse Feed Mill site say some work will need to be done first to make the structure safe for entry. Continue reading