WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.
The Indiana Department of Transportation is chip sealing another section of highway in Starke County. Starting today, State Road 39 will be closed between State Road 10 and State Road 8. Work is due to wrap up Friday, weather permitting.
INDOT is also chip and fog sealing State Road 10 between 500 West and U.S. 421 this week. Continue reading →
Knox officials are still gathering information from other communities about how they regulate tattoo parlors before formally acting to relax their restrictions on such businesses in the downtown area. Councilman Tim Manns raised the issue last month and asked last night when it will be considered. Continue reading →
The Knox Police Department will begin enforcing the city’s golf cart ordinance today. That means golf carts operated within the city limits must have either a valid city or county-issued permit and be operated by a licensed driver, unless a waiver is granted by the city council. So far they’ve approved two. Continue reading →
The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation’s annual budget hearing before the Starke County Council will take place during their Sept. 12th meeting. The school board last week authorized the submission of the budget to the council for review. They also approved the advertisement of the 2017-19 capital projects and bus replacement plan in “The Leader” and the “Pulaski County Journal.” State law requires it be published in both counties since townships from both comprise the school corporation. Continue reading →
The Knox City Council will work on the 2017 budget prior to their regularly scheduled meeting this evening. Members will meet for a work session at 6 p.m. at city hall prior to the 7 p.m. session. Third and final reading of the city’s 2017 salary ordinance is on tonight’s agenda. Continue reading →
State Road 10 west of North Judson will be closed this week for chip sealing, weather permitting. INDOT crews will begin chip and fog sealing operations today and conclude on Friday, Aug. 26th. The work is done to preserve the road surface. Liquid asphalt emulsion is distributed on the roadway and covered with crushed stone. Excess chips are swept from the roadway after the asphalt cures. Continue reading →
North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin is still looking for community members to serve on a strategic planning group. She’s accepting applications through the end of the month from people who are interested in helping to market N.J.-S.P., increase community morale and improve communications between the school corporation and the community. Continue reading →
The Starke County Council and Commissioners will conduct budget workshops Monday morning. The meetings at the county annex building are open to the public, but times for individual department heads have not yet been determined. Sessions get under way at 8 a.m. Continue reading →
Hoosiers who sustained storm damage as a result of this week’s torrential rains are urged to proceed with caution when it comes to making repairs. The Indiana Attorney General’s Office warns home improvement scammers often lurk and prey on situations such as these by conning people into paying for shoddy, overpriced work. Continue reading →
The Starke County Commissioners took action this week to prepare for the renovation of the old jail and courthouse. Work will be starting soon, and the contractors will need a place to park their construction trailers and equipment. Continue reading →
The school year is off to a good start at North Judson-San Pierre, according to the two building principals. New Middle/High School Principal Jim Polite told the school board Tuesday enrollment is up by 14 over projections. Polite adds he was pleased with the tone of the initial staff meeting. Continue reading →
Starke County Jail inmates who are awaiting sentencing will soon have access to voluntary drug treatment while they are locked up. The county recently got a grant from the Indiana Department of Correction to add a local program. Continue reading →
The North Judson-San Pierre School Board is keeping options open with regard to the future of the elementary school building. It’s currently a kindergarten-6th grade school with 513 students enrolled. The board has discussed moving the elementary school into the now-vacant middle school building at the end of the current school year. Continue reading →
A 47-year-old Knox man faces a possession of child pornography charge. Officers from the Knox Police Department and Starke County Sheriff’s Office arrested Terry Reising yesterday. They executed search warrants on his home and vehicle and reportedly turned up pornographic photos of children. Continue reading →