Donald J. Clabaugh

Funeral services for Donald J. Clabaugh, 78, of Knox, are Saturday, Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. CDT at M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Knox, with visitation there Friday, Oct. 2 from 4 until 8 p.m. CDT.

Lois Elizabeth Maureen Vollmer

Funeral services for Lois Elizabeth Maureen Vollmer, 25, of Winamac, are Friday, Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. EDT at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with visitation there Thursday, Oct. 1 from 3 until 8 p.m. EDT and Friday one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be given to the funeral home to help with expenses.

Starke County Pursues Adult Jobs Training Grant


Starke County officials are applying for one of eight state grants to set up a job skills training program for local adults. Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver recently spoke to the commissioners about the need for such an initiative.

“The idea is that workers who are currently employed but are not utilizing the potential they have, or workers who are unemployed and seeking new skills, the goal was to find a program that could train them.” Continue reading

WKVI’s Sports Bet Food Drive Continues

Nathan Food DriveThere’s still time to make the Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry the big winner in this year’s Knox v. North Judson-San Pierre football rivalry. WKVI Sports Director Nathan Welter is a Knox graduate, and news director Mary Perren is a North Judson alum. Each year they make a friendly wager on the outcome of the county rivalry. Since North Judson won, Nathan had to dye his beard blue and host an hour-long food drive at Heartland Market, formerly Ray’s Super Foods, in downtown North Judson on Saturday. Thanks to the generosity of all who came out, he nearly filled a grocery cart and collected quite a bit of cash as well. Continue reading

Pulaski County Genealogical Society Announces Logo Contest

Pulaski County CourthouseThe Pulaski County Genealogical Society is looking for a logo. They’re running a design contest open to all students, artists and inspired community members to assist them in the endeavor to find something visually pleasing, creative, professional and easily recognizable. The logo should help promote the mission, which is “to encourage and dispense genealogical knowledge and cultivate fraternal relations among its members.” It should also be representative of Pulaski County. Continue reading

INDOT Hiring Seasonal Help


The Indiana Department of Transportation is getting ready for winter. The agency is teaming up with WorkOne of northwest Indiana to hire seasonal maintenance crew members and snow plow drivers. Positions are available across the entire northwest Indiana district, which includes Starke, Pulaski, Marshall, Fulton, St. Joseph, LaPorte, Porter, Lake, Newton, Jasper, White, Cass and Carroll Counties. Continue reading

Enjoy Falloween at John Glenn High School

Falloween 2015Head to John Glenn High School this weekend for the annual Falloween Fest. It features a carnival, food, games and family-friendly activities. John Glenn High School and John Glenn School Corporation organizations, along with community and civic groups and churches all take part. Proceeds go to student scholarships, with more than $125,000 raised between 2009 and 2014. Continue reading

WKVI Sports Bet Payoff Continues with Food Drive

WKVI Sports Director Nathan Welter, the N.J.-S.P. mascot and news director Mary Perren
WKVI Sports Director Nathan Welter, the N.J.-S.P. mascot and news director Mary Perren

WKVI Sports Director Nathan Welter isn’t done paying off his bet on the outcome of the Knox v. North Judson football game just yet. He’s a Knox graduate, and news director Mary Perren is a N.J.-S.P. alum, so they make a friendly wager on the game each year. North Judson beat Knox 21-14 at Community Field two weeks ago. Last week Nathan served lunch at the high school cafeteria and got glitter dumped on him by the four captains from the Knox game during the homecoming pep rally. He also presented a check for $25 to the Bluejay athletic department. Continue reading

Patrick James Marion

A memorial service for Patrick James Marion, 65, of Winamac, will take place in Pennsylvania at a later date. Frain Mortuary in Winamac is in charge of arrangements. Memorial Contributions may be given to the Indiana SPCA.

Robert “Bob” Maddox

Funeral services for Robert “Bob” Maddox, 81, of Winamac, are Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. EDT at Frain Mortuary in Winamac and will be followed by military services conducted by the American Legion and VFW. Visitation will take place Monday, Sept. 28 from 4 until 8 p.m. EDT at the funeral home, with Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. Memorial contributions may be given to American Cancer Society

Karen Berg Kulbieda

Funeral services for Karen Berg Kulbieda, 52, of Fort Charlotte, Fla., formerly of Walkerton, are Saturday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. CDT at Rannells Funeral Home Hamlet Chapel, with visitation there Friday, Sept. 25 from 4 until 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Informational Website Launched for N.J.-S.P. School Referendum

BluejayVoters who live within the North Judson-San Pierre School District can learn more about the corporation’s proposed general fund referendum by visiting a new website. explains the rationale behind the push for a property tax increase. Corporation officials say it’s necessary due to what they’ve described as a perfect storm of declining enrollment and changes in the way the state funds schools. Without it, they say significant, painful cuts will need to be made to programs and personnel. Continue reading

Lorraine R. Thomas

A funeral mass for Lorraine R. Thomas, 90, of Plymouth, will take place Thursday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. EDT at Odom Funeral Home in Culver, with visitation there from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.