All posts by Mary Perren

Final Work Scheduled on Klockner Drive Paving Project

roadworkThe final pavement work through the Knox Industrial Park should wrap up in the next few weeks. The contractor for the industrial park road improvement project is back in Knox for the next couple of days placing asphalt on Klockner Drive/300 East, Culver Road, Pacific Avenue and Hamilton Drive. All roads will remain open but will be down to one lane during the paving. Flagmen will direct traffic in the area. Continue reading

Paul Madsen

No services are scheduled for Paul Madsen, 80, of San Pierre. O’Donnell Funeral Home in North Judson is in charge of arrangements.

Donald E. Hawkins

Funeral services for Donald E. Hawkins, 88, of Mishawaka, are Friday, Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. EDT at St. Monica Catholic Church in Mishawaka. Visitation is Thursday, Aug. 27 from 3 until 7 p.m. EDT at the Hahn Funeral Home in Mishawaka and Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. He is father of Mary Kleinfehn of Knox. Memorials may be given to the Wish of a Lifetime Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Anthony F. “Tony” Viktora

Funeral services for Anthony F. “Tony” Viktora, 81, of Winamac, are Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 11 a.m. EDT at St. James-Salem United Church of Christ in Francesville. Visitation is Tuesday, Aug. 25 from 3 until 8 p.m. EDT at Frain Mortuary in Winamac and Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church. Memorials may be given to St. James-Salem United Church of Christ in Francesville.

Donald “Lightening” Griffith

Funeral services for Donald “Lightening” Griffith, 85, of Knox, are Saturday, Aug. 29 at 1 p.m. CDT at the United Baptist Church of Ober, with visitation there from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be given to the United Baptist Church of Ober. Rannells Funeral Home Hamlet Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

North Judson-San Pierre Presents Bare-Bones Budget

BluejayThe proposed North Judson-San Pierre School Corporation budget has been slashed considerably over the past several years. Corporation business manager and treasurer Guy Richie told the county council during last week’s budget hearing that revenue continues to decline due to changes in state funding and drops in enrollment. Continue reading

Starke County Recorder’s Office to Digitize Additional Records

starke-county-courthouseThe Starke County Recorder’s Office will use funds from user fees to make more records available online. Territory manager Greg Bachman with vendor Fidlar Technologies says a portion of records back to 1983 will be digitized. Recorder Lisa Minix eventually wants to go back farther, but opted for 1983 because title searchers often need access to records going back that far. Continue reading

North Judson-San Pierre School Board Recognizes Staff Efforts

BluejayNorth Judson-San Pierre support staff members are pulling extra duty due to the budget shortfalls the corporation is facing. In addition to extra work, Superintendent Lynn Johnson says they also had less time to get ready for the start of the school year. Students came back a week earlier this year due to the adoption of the balanced calendar. Continue reading

Starke County Officials Name Redevelopment Commission

starke-county-courthouseStarke County once again has a populated county redevelopment commission board. The volunteer body was established by the commissioners in 2006 and set up a tax increment financing, or TIF, district near the intersection of U.S. 30 and U.S. 35 in Hamlet. It allows property tax money generated in a specific area to be recaptured for infrastructure improvements in the area. By doing so, the land becomes more attractive to other potential business and industrial tenants. The five parcels of land in the Sysco TIF district have generated $15,427.71 for the county. That money is receipted by the auditor and parked in a special account. Continue reading

Pulaski County Prosecutor Files Charges Against Former Deputy Coroner

Tracy Rossman

Tracy Rossman

Formal charges have been filed against a former Pulaski County official who is accused of stealing items from a dead man. Prosecuting attorney Daniel Murphy tells WKVI News he’s charged 41-year-old Tracy Rossman of Winamac with official misconduct as a level 6 felony and theft as a class A misdemeanor since the items she is accused of taking are valued at less than $750. Continue reading