All posts by Mary Perren

Marshall County Law Enforcement Agencies Release Operation Pull Over Results

Plymouth Police and Marshall County Sheriff’s Department officers worked extra shifts last month as part of a crackdown on impaired driving. During the Operation Pull Over blitz, county officers made five criminal arrests for offenses like operating while intoxicated – controlled substance, possession of marijuana, driving while suspended and driver never licensed. They also issued 132 traffic citations and warnings. Continue reading

National Weather Service Cautions Against Burning

Northern Indiana is under a Red Flag Warning until 8 p.m. EDT/7 p.m. CDT this evening. That means critical fire weather conditions are either occurring now or will develop shortly. In this case a combination of gusty wind and low relative humidity will cause any fires that develop to spread rapidly. Outdoor burning is not recommended. Be careful when discarding cigarettes and cooking on grills as well.

James Keith Hauser

Funeral services for James Keith Hauser, 84, of Winamac, are Friday, April 17 at 10 a.m. EDT at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with visitation there Thursday, April 16 from 4 until 8 p.m. The American Legion and VFW will conduct military graveside services. Memorial contributions may be given to the Winamac Volunteer Fire Department.

Essie L. Shepherd

Funeral services for Essie L. Shepherd, 93, of Plymouth, formerly of Winamac, are Saturday, April 18 at 11 a.m. EDT at Calvary Baptist Church in Knox. Visitation is Friday, April 17 from 4-8 p.m. EDT at Frain Mortuary in Winamac and Saturday, April 18 one hour prior to the service at the church. Memorial contributions may be given to Calvary Baptist Church in Knox, Church of the Heartland in Winamac or the Pulaski County Community Foundation.

Status Hearing Set for Arson Defendant

  The owner of a Knox business destroyed by fire last March is due back in Starke Circuit Court next week for a status hearing. James Campbell owns Starke County Recycling, C&C Salvage and Campbell’s Tire Barn on U.S. 35 just south of Toto Road and is accused of setting the buildings on fire. Continue reading

Marshall County Sheriff’s Department Adds Crash Investigation Equipment

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Department has new crash investigation equipment to pinpoint exactly what a vehicle did before, during and immediately after a wreck. Crash data retrieval allows officers to download and analyze data stored in a vehicle’s airbag module. Event Data Recorders record information, including the vehicle’s precise speed several seconds before the crash, the timing of the braking of the vehicles involved and whether seatbelts were fastened. Continue reading

Income Taxes Due Today

Federal and state income taxes are due today. Michelle Bachtel from H&R Block says you need to file an extension if you can’t finish your return. Doing so gives you six additional months to file but does not  defer payments due. If you owe, pay as much as you can. Otherwise you will be assessed interest and penalties from April 15th. Continue reading

North Judson Council Considers Revolving Loan for Businesses

North Judson Water TowerA buyer has expressed interest in Ray’s Super Foods in downtown North Judson but is looking to the town council for financial assistance to close the deal. Town Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry recently sought guidance from the State Board of Accounts as to what the council may be able to do. If Ray’s closes, North Judson will be without a grocery store. Continue reading

Don’t Ignore Income Tax Filing Deadline

Federal and state income tax returns need to be filed tomorrow. Michelle Bachtel with H&R Block says you have options if you owe and are not able to pay. She adds the most important thing is not to panic

“If you can’t pay the full amount by April 15, just pay what as much as you can,” Bachtel said. “Even though interest will accrue on the amount owed, you’re not going to be arrested, and they’re not going to come knock on your door and seize your home.” Continue reading

Itemizing Pays If You Qualify

Federal and state income taxes are due Wednesday. Michelle Bachtel from H&R Block in Knox says taxpayers can either take the standard deduction or itemize, depending on which will be most advantageous for their personal situation.

For individuals who are filing single or married filing separate, the standard deduction is $6,200. For a married filing joint couple or a qualifying widower with a dependent child, that amount is doubled to $12,400. And for a person filing head of household the amount is $9,100.

Bachtel encourages taxpayers to study their options carefully. Continue reading

Tax Deductions and Credits Can Save You Money

Double check your federal tax return for any missed deductions and credits before you file it. Michelle Bachtel with H&R Block in Knox says deductions decrease your taxable income, which lowers the amount of money you owe. She says the IRS estimated last year over 4 million people failed to claim tax deductions to which they were entitled last year.  Continue reading

Starke County WIC Office Relocating

indiana-wic1Starke County’s WIC office is moving to a new location. They’re relocating from 17 to 15 North Main Street in Knox. Program officials say the move will save the county money, as the $600 monthly rent for the new site includes utilities. WIC provides nutrition assistance to expectant and new mothers and children up to age 5 who are at nutritional risk and meet income guidelines.

Starke County Commissioners Hit Brakes on Road Improvements

starke-county-courthouseA request for funds to further improve Klockner Drive through the Knox Industrial Park hit a speed bump in Monday’s Starke County Commissioners meeting. Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver asked for a significant appropriation from the county economic development income tax fund to rebuild the intersection with Division Road. The project carries an estimated cost of $343,000. Continue reading

Healthcare Marketplace Event Scheduled at IU Health Starke Hospital

MDwiseIndividuals facing tax penalties for not having health insurance in 2014 still have a chance to sign up for coverage through the healtcare marketplace. Enrolling between now and April 30 will ensure they avoid additional fees when filing their 2015 taxes. Learn more about that process during a “MDwise Health Benefits Connection” event today at IU Health Starke Hospital. Continue reading

Bring Essential Documents to Your Tax Appointment

If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, time is running out. Federal and state income taxes are both due Wednesday, April 15. Michelle Bachtel from H&R Block in Knox says you need to have personal information for everyone on your return handy before you start. This includes Social Security numbers, birth dates and full legal names as registered with the Social Security Administration. You will also need documentation of all of your income from wages, tips, savings, investments, retirement, rental property, self-employment or farming. Continue reading