President of the Starke County Commissioners Jennifer Davis and Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen
Jennifer Davis has presided over her final meeting as president of the Starke County Commissioners. Instead of seeking reelection to that body, Davis opted instead to run for a seat on the Starke County Council.
“It’s been an honor and a pleasure to serve,” Davis said at the conclusion of Monday’s county commissioners meeting. Democrat Don Binkley is taking her place.
Davis attended yesterday’s reception at the Starke County Sheriff’s Department in honor of Sheriff Oscar Cowen. He’s held that office for eight years and is stepping down due to term limits. Democrat Bill Dulin will take over as sheriff in January.
Authorities in Marshall County are investigating after a woman’s body was found in a rural area near Bremen. Continue reading
North Judson-San Pierre students staged a sit-in to protest the relocation of the band room to the auditorium.
Students at North Judson-San Pierre High School staged a sit-in today to protest the school’s decision to move the band to the auditorium and turn the music suite into a weight room. Superintendent Lynn Johnson says in a letter to choral and band parents “the intention is not to devalue music.” She says the existing second floor weight room behind the bleachers is no longer structurally sound and must be located on the ground level. Johnson adds major renovations are not possible at this time due to financial concerns.
Her letter explains physical education is a required course of study for high school students, and the curriculum includes physical conditioning. Johnson says “this means all high school students use the weight room, not just athletes”.
Tonight’s Mega Millions jackpot is worth a whopping $125 million, which is the largest in six weeks. Tickets for the multi-state jackpot are $1 each and are available at more than 4,000 Hoosier Lottery retailers nationwide. Continue reading
A celebration of life service for Alvin Ray Cudworth, 86, of Monticello, will take place Monday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. EST at the Buffalo Christian Church, with visitation Sunday, Dec. 21 from 2 until 6 p.m. EST at Miller-Roska Funeral Home in Monticello, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Monday at the church. Memorials may be given to Buffalo Christian Church.
U.S. Army PFC Frank Ono
Starke County’s most decorated veteran is the recipient of another honor. PFC Frank Ono is among the latest South Shore Wall of Legends inductees. The wall is located at the Indiana Welcome Center in Hammond. Continue reading
A team of state officials will be in Pulaski County today to meet with local officials. The county is one of six finalists for the state’s new Hometown Collaboration Initiative. It seeks to help small communities expand their pipeline of local leaders, strengthen and expand jobs by building on existing economic assets and to improve attractiveness and quality of life of their hometowns. Pulaski County Economic Development Director Nathan P. Origer says he’s pulled together a group of 14 community members as part of the process. Continue reading
Last week’s resignation of a Starke County Park Board member has created a vacancy on that recently-populated board. Mike Meadows was named to the panel by Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall, who is now looking to appoint his replacement. Continue reading
A memorial service for Richard Anderson Jr., 58, of Knox, will take place Sunday, Dec. 21 at 3 p.m. CST at Rannells Funeral Home Koontz Lake Chapel, with visitation there from 1 p.m. until the time of the service.
Funeral services for Rodney D. Miller, 43, of Lafayette, are Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 11 a.m. EST at the Frain Mortuary Querry-Ulbricht Chapel in Francesville, with visitation there Monday, Dec. 22 from 4 until 8 p.m. EST. Memorials may be given to the diabetes association or mental health association.
Kevin Eugene Holcomb
A Star City man who faces attempted murder and aggravated battery charges in connection with a Sunday incident plans to hire his own attorney. Kevin E. Holcomb, 45, appeared in Pulaski Circuit Court on Wednesday, Dec. 17 for an initial hearing. Continue reading
Funeral services for Donna G. Harper, 82, of Longville, Minn., formerly of Star City, are Monday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. EST at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with visitation there from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
Kevin Eugene Holcomb
A Star City man faces attempted murder and aggravated battery charges in connection with a weekend incident in southern Pulaski County. Continue reading
A contentious zoning issue surrounding the placement of a commercial office trailer on a property in Grovertown is back before the Starke County Board of Zoning Appeals. A Dec. 2, 2014 ruling by Special Judge Michael Shurn dismissed an appeal filed by Walter Ford and Julia Ford in August of 2013 against the Starke County Board of Zoning Appeals denying their building permit for a structure already placed on their property. Continue reading
The Starke County Commissioners Monday chose a South Bend-based engineering firm for design work on two bridges slated for construction in the summer of 2015. Jones Petrie Rafinski submitted the lowest price of the four requests for proposals, coming in at $61,000. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler says they’ve designed several bridges for the county and will be able to realize additional cost savings by continuing that work. The company is now tasked with drawing up plans for a new bridge on 700 North over the Robbins Ditch and on 100 East over the Smith Ditch. Continue reading
Funeral services for Robert L. Gibbons, 86, of Plymouth, are Monday, Dec. 22 at 10:30 a.m. EST at First United Methodist Church in Plymouth, with visitation Sunday, Dec. 21 from 2 until 6 p.m. EST at Van Gilder Funeral Home in Plymouth.
Michael Tichenor Junior
A Valparaiso man faces numerous child pornography and child exploitation charges following an Indiana State Police investigation. Michael Tichenor Jr., 33, is accused of contacting juvenile boys through popular social media sites and having inappropriate sexual interactions with them.He also traded nude images with them, according to investigators. Continue reading
The suspect in a Nov. 30 stabbing that sent a Knox man to a hospital will make his initial court appearance this afternoon. Benton Christopher Howard, 42, is charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery. Continue reading
Bass Lake Campground patrons with seasonal site leases in good standing can leave their recreational vehicles there year-round. That’s the policy as adopted by the Starke County Park Board last night. Continue reading
Starke County Coroner-elect Adam Gray intends to maintain a separation between his full-time job and his elected office.
“When I am working at the sheriff’s department, I am working at the sheriff’s department. I am not working at the coroner’s office. I will have deputy coroners covering call when I am on duty for the sheriff’s department,” Gray told the Starke County Council Monday night.
Gray added he’s made arrangements to ensure calls are covered. Continue reading