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
Starke County will soon have its own flag to commemorate 200 years of Indiana statehood. 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 North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation has a couple of new policies in place for students who ride school buses.
Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin says the athletic department transportation policy will bring some uniformity to the sports traveling protocols.
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
Students throughout the Kankakee Valley REMC area are well equipped for the start of school, thanks to members and area residents. Continue reading
The meetings tentatively scheduled for next week to outline the scope of the proposed Starke Hospital lease are on hold. Continue reading
Recent storms have prompted the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to remind individuals they may report uninsured damage online.
Northern Indiana was pummeled with rain earlier this week, causing flooding, road closures, and rising streams and rivers. 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
The North Judson-San Pierre School Board wants more input from the public before making a final decision about whether future boards should be elected or appointed. They’ve posted a N.J.-S.P. Community School Board Input Google survey on their website to gauge input from all residents of the district. Those without computer access will be able to complete it at the junior/senior high school media center on Aug. 31 from 6 until 7 p.m. and Sept. 6 from 7 until 8 a.m. It will remain on the site through Sunday, Sept. 18th. Continue reading
The Starke County Highway Department is poised to save more than $300,000 by contracting out the replacement of a bridge with a culvert. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler told the county commissioners Monday night the bridge on 900 South half a mile west of U.S. 421 is the lowest rated in the county. Continue reading
A flood warning is in effect for much of the WKVI listening area until mid-afternoon. Areas covered by the warning from the National Weather Service include Starke, Northwestern Marshall, Northwestern Pulaski, Southeastern LaPorte and St. Joseph Counties. Since yesterday, between 4 and 8 inches of rain have fallen over the warning area, with additional showers expected to bring between one-fourth and one-half inch of additional rainfall. Continue reading
The Starke County Commissioners have tentatively set three public meetings for next week to go over terms of the proposed Starke Hospital lease. They’re still working out the last of the details of the agreement, which will clear the way for construction of a new hospital on the current site at the intersection of South Heaton Street and Culver Road in Knox. Continue reading
A longtime Alliance Bank executive died Sunday morning. Terry Stevens of Francesville worked at the bank for nearly 30 years and was currently serving as president and CEO. He was 59. Continue reading