Charles A. Richardson

Funeral services for Charles A. Richardson, 65, of Kewanna, are Saturday, Feb. 6 at 1:30 p.m. EST at Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home Kewanna Chapel, with visitation there Friday, Feb. 5 from 5 until 8 p.m.

Motion to Dismiss Filed in Arson Case

 A Knox man accused of setting his business on fire will not stand trial a second time. C&C Salvage owner James Campbell’s second proceeding was supposed to start Monday. He was arrested on an arson charge about two weeks after a fire destroyed his business on U.S. 35 at Toto Road in March of 2014. A jury trial last March ended with a hung jury following 12 hours of deliberations. Continue reading

Starke County Highway Department Reports Winter Savings

 The relatively mild winter has resulted in considerable savings for the Starke County Highway Department. The nine winter events recorded last month cost slightly more than $50,000, according to information highway superintendent Rik Ritzler shared with the county commissioners this week. That figure includes money spent on diesel fuel, salt, sand and employee overtime. Last January the county spent more than $86,000, and two years ago January winter operations cost more than $130,000. The savings will be invested in road maintenance. Continue reading

Oscar Arnett

Funeral services for Oscar Arnett, 75, of North Judson, are Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. at M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Knox, with visitation there Friday, Feb. 5 from 4 until 8 p.m.

Charles W. Morrison, Sr.

A visitation for Charles W. Morrison, Sr., 85, of Wanatah, will take place Saturday, Feb. 6 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Wanatah Funeral Chapel, with burial to follow in the Hanna Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be given to VNA Hospice of Porter County.

O-D Board Prepares for Superintendent Search

Oregon-Davis School Board members (seated) Andrea McIntosh, Shirley Budka. (standing) Christopher Lawrence, Kurt Hayes, Lee Nagai
Oregon-Davis School Board members (seated) Andrea McIntosh, Shirley Budka. (standing) Christopher Lawrence, Kurt Hayes, Lee Nagai

The Oregon-Davis School Board still hopes to have a permanent superintendent in place by July 1. Greg Briles left the corporation at the end of December for a position in Delphi. The board hired retired New Prairie Superintendent Jim Dermody to fill that role on an interim basis. Continue reading

Alta Baker

Funeral services for Alta Baker, 83, of South Bend, are Saturday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. EST at the Rannells Funeral Home Koontz Lake Chapel, with visitation there from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Additional HIV Cases Prompt Warning from State

healthyAdditional HIV cases in southern Indiana have prompted a warning from the Indiana Department of Health about risky behavior. The four new cases bring the total number of people who have tested positive for HIV to 188. State officials say the outbreak has been linked to shared needles among injection drug users. All of the newly diagnosed cases are contacts of cases previously identified in the outbreak, according to health department officials. Continue reading

Starke County Jail Prepares for D.O.C. Inmates

Starke County Justice CenterOfficials at the Starke County Jail are preparing for an influx of inmates this week. They are Department of Correction prisoners who have been sentenced to an extensive drug treatment program. Starke County was approved late last year for the state’s first non-prison-based therapeutic community, thanks to the efforts of State Sen. Jim Arnold, Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall and others. Sheriff Bill Dulin says there’s plenty of room in the jail for up to 48 D.O.C. inmates without displacing any local prisoners. Continue reading