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Police Warn of IRS Scams

Scammers claiming to be IRS agents are attempting to separate unsuspecting people from their money. That was the case recently in LaPorte, where a woman was swindled out of $600. She told police a man at “Russ Card Live” identified himself as an IRS agent, told her she was being sued and she needed to send $600 via Money Gram pre-paid card to an address in California. Continue reading

A Few Slots Remain on Kankakee Valley Broadcasting Tulip Festival Trip

News Contributor, Ed Hasnerl

Ed Hasnerl

Time is running out to make your reservations for the Kankakee Valley Broadcasting trip to Holland, Mich. May 4-7 to enjoy the beauty of the Tulip Festival. WKVI Travel Coordinator Ed Hasnerl says that’s just one of the exciting adventures he’s got planned. Continue reading

Marilyn Cunningham

Funeral services for Marilyn Cunningham, 79, of Hamlet, are Thursday, Feb. 26 at 11:30 a.m. CST at Hamlet United Methodist Church, with visitation there from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be given to Hamlet United Methodist Church or the National Kidney Foundation. The Rannells Funeral Home Hamlet Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


Ancilla College Rolls Out Revamped Nursing Curriculum

Ancilla College NEWAncilla College nursing students can complete their degrees in less time, thanks to the recently revamped curriculum. Director of Nursing and Health Sciences Ann Fitzgerald says the required number of credit hours has decreased from 72 to 63. By cutting a semester from the curriculum, Fitzgerald says students will be able to finish sooner and save both time and money.

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Starke County Conducts Certificate Sale

Starke County Courthouse

Starke County Courthouse

Nearly 75-percent of the properties offered as part of the recent Starke County Certificate Sale sold. A final report from the vendor that conducted the sale for the county indicates 36 of 47 properties sold Tuesday. All had previously been offered at tax sales and had not been sold. Both tax and certificate sales are designed to get properties back onto the county’s tax rolls. Continue reading

Community Services of Starke County Accepts Timely Donation

Monsanto CheckThe Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry will be able to assist even more families in need, thanks to a timely contribution. Ed and Deb Troike were selected as the Starke County winners in the Monsanto Foundation’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. As the winners, they chose the organization to receive a $2,500 donation from America’s Farmers Grow Communities and the Monsanto Fund. Continue reading

Wind Chill Advisory Issued for Kankakee Valley

cold temperaturesA wind chill advisory remains in effect for the Kankakee Valley until 11 Eastern, 10 Central. Dangerous wind chills of between 10 and 25 below zero are expected due to a combination of very cold air and strong winds. Bundle up if you do go out, as hypothermia can occur quickly. Area schools have delayed the start of classes this morning as a result of the cold temperatures. Find a complete list at


Murder Defendant’s Trial Remains On Schedule

The trial for a Knox man accused of beating his wife to death at their rural California Township home, kidnapping an employee from the Mark Bailey’s parking lot, stealing a second car in English Lake and leading authorities on a high-speed chase through four counties last June is still on schedule to start in April. Continue reading

Pulaski County Murder Defendant Due Back in Court in April

Paul Katschke

Paul Katschke

The final pretrial conference for a Denham man who is accused of killing his live-in girlfriend is scheduled April 9 in Pulaski Circuit Court. Paul Katschke is charged with murder in connection with the Aug. 11 death of Amber Renee Taylor, 34. Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and first responders found her dead at the couple’s home after receiving a 911 call about a dead, 30-something-year-old woman. Continue reading

Starke County Council Hits Pause on Highway Department Pay Scale Request

starke-county-courthouseStarke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler’s request to reorganize the wage scale for truck drivers is on hold for right now. He presented the concept to the county council Monday evening as a way to level the playing field between new hires and experienced employees who have worked for the county for several years. Continue reading

Fords Sue County Over Zoning Issue

A Grovertown couple who was ordered to remove an improperly placed structure from their property are suing the county for damages as a result of their ordeal. Walter and Julia Ford’s lawsuit names former Starke County Building Commissioner Bruce Williams, the Starke County Board of Commissioners and Board of Zoning Appeals of Starke County as defendants. Continue reading

Knox Man Sentenced to Prison for Burglary

 A Knox man who pleaded guilty to burglary in connection with a break-in at a friend’s home last January was sentenced to 10 years in prison for that offense with none of that sentence suspended. Glenn Manns, 29, was also ordered to pay $250 in restitution to Arthur Norem, Jr. Court documents indicate Manns and James Royce stole copper, automobile parts, shotguns, a rifle, bows, knives and other items from Norem’s home. Royce has already been sentenced to 20 years in the Department of Corrections. Continue reading

Two Defendants Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

 A Walkerton man will serve a total of 30 months on home detention through Starke County Community Corrections after pleading guilty to domestic battery and invasion of privacy charges. Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall also ordered Mitchell Platz, 29, not to have contact with his victim for 42 months and to complete counseling. Continue reading

Wind Chill Advisory Takes Effect This Afternoon

A wind chill advisory will take effect this afternoon and remain in place through midday tomorrow. Dangerous wind chill values between 10 and 25 below zero are expected late this afternoon through tomorrow morning. Prolonged exposure to extreme cold can lead to hypothermia and frostbite in 30 minutes or less. If you have to be outside, wear a hat and gloves and protect exposed skin.

Ancilla Schedules Financial Aid Night at Oregon-Davis

College financial aidAncilla College officials will be at Oregon-Davis High School tonight to share information about applying for college financial aid. They’ve scheduled a presentation about completing the FAFSA at 6 p.m. and will remain to help parents and students complete the form. It’s due March 10 and must be submitted in order to be considered for any federal grants, low-interest loans or scholarships. Continue reading