The City of Knox ordinance with regard to downtown tattoo parlors will not be amended at this time. Instead the city council, at the recommendation of Mayor Dennis Estok, has opted to refer the matter to the plan commission. He says they can develop a special use permit to allow tattoo parlors, which are essentially prohibited by the restrictive ordinance language currently on the books. Continue reading
Safety upgrades are under way at North Judson-San Pierre Junior/Senior High School. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin told the school board last week one is the installation of a new key scan operating system. Continue reading
A single-vehicle crash in Pulaski County claimed the life of a Hamlet man and injured another. It happened Sunday afternoon at 3:22 p.m. on State Road 39 at County Road 100 South. Continue reading
Investigators from the State Fire Marshal’s Office are in Francesville this morning, where a grain elevator explosion yesterday severely injured two people. It happened around 2 p.m. yesterday at the Tate & Lyle facility on Bill Street. Firefighters were not able to go inside due to concerns about air quality and structural stability, and wind prohibited the use of a drone camera to assess the condition of the interior. Continue reading
Authorities in Pulaski County are investigating the cause of a grain elevator explosion that sent two people to a hospital with serious burn injuries. Continue reading
The Starke County Council has tasked Sheriff Bill Dulin with crafting a budget for courthouse security. Renovations currently underway include restricting access to the building and adding a metal detector to ensure the safety of employees and patrons. Continue reading
The Knox City Council has a light agenda for their meeting this evening. There are no specific action items listed on the advance copy. The council discussed amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance two weeks ago to allow tattoo parlors downtown, but did not take action. Concerns were raised during that meeting about preserving the downtown’s historic district, which was cited as a reason for the 500 foot rule that was passed in 2009. Continue reading
Mary Perren reporting from the scene.
Authorities in Marshall County say alcohol may have been a factor in a single-vehicle injury crash in Walkerton. It happened shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday on 1st Road east of Tamarack Road, according to officials with the Marshall County Police Department. Continue reading
School is back in session today at Oregon-Davis, but the corporation is under a boil water order through tomorrow. Continue reading
Starke County Jail inmates who are awaiting trial on drug offenses now have access to a treatment program. It launched last week and is led by Porter-Starke Services substance abuse counselor Leo Smith. Sheriff Bill Dulin says it’s separate from the Department of Corrections Therapeutic Community. Continue reading
The Starke County Council last week approved an additional appropriation for a program that helps children throughout the community. Rhonda Adcock is the director of Starke County CASA. The acronym stands for Court Appointed Special Advocate. Adcock says it’s an arm of Starke Circuit Court, with volunteers who advocate for children who are in family court due to abuse or neglect. Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Board will meet in special session tonight to approve a teacher contract for the current school year. That’s one of the items on the agenda for the 6 p.m. meeting at the administration building. Members will also discuss Hoosier Funds and consider a request to move the December board meeting from the 12th to the 19th at 6:30 p.m.
The Starke County Council this week balked at a request from the county EMS department to allocate money they’ve received for services rendered to purchase a new ambulance. Business manager Mary Lynn Richie says they’ve collected a significant sum from federal Medicaid reimbursements that were not paid in prior years. Continue reading
FFA members at North Judson-San Pierre High School are working to earn their way to the upcoming national convention. It will take place Oct. 19-22 in Indianapolis, which is the week of fall break. Continue reading
Get in the Halloween spirit with a trip to the Niles Scream Park…if you dare. Kankakee Valley Broadcasting is hosting a chartered bus trip to the popular seasonal attraction on Saturday, Oct. 15. Continue reading
Commissary items being flushed down the toilets at the Starke County Jail are causing problems for the Knox Wastewater Department. Superintendent Kelly Clemons told the county commissioners Monday night the city has lost two pumps since Sept. 6th due to trash like razors, toothbrushes and elastic underwear bands getting into the lines. Continue reading
The newly appointed Bluejay Strategic Planning Group will meet for the first time next week to discuss ways to market the North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin told the school board Tuesday night she’s selected nine volunteers from the community to bring much-needed perspective to the school corporation’s work. Continue reading
Associates at Starke Hospital will start next week with a beautification project at a local park. During their annual Day of Service on Monday, employees will be volunteering their time to install barbecue grills and park benches at the Hamlet Town Park. They will also be painting, weeding and sprucing up the facility. Continue reading
The North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation’s proposed 2017 budget reflects shrinking revenue, according to information shared during this week’s budget hearing.
Business Manager and Treasurer Guy Richie told the county council the proposal is very similar to what was approved last year, except the dollar amounts are less. The approved 2016 budget is $7.6 million, compared to $7,035,070 proposed for 2017 . Richie says the dip in funding is due to dwindling enrollment. Continue reading