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Wentz Earns M.D. from IU

Scott M. Wentz, M.D. has graduated Doctor of Medicine through the Indiana University School of Medicine. He graduated with Highest Distinctions and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He will begin his residency training in Ophthalmology at the Indiana University School of Medicine beginning July 1 st. His parents are Norm and Janet Wentz. His grandparents are Norman Wentz Sr. and the late Patricia Wentz and Lillian Gollnick and the late J. Richard Gollnick. Scott was a 2006 graduate of Knox High School.

90th Annual Pulaski County Extension Homemaker Achievement Program Held

Provided by Purdue Extension Pulaski County

The Annual Achievement Program was held at the Winamac Presbyterian Church on June 1st.  Following a delicious carry-in dinner was a program by Joyce Lawyer on quilting called “Around the Block.” Kelly Ortman gave a memorial tribute to Pam Rausch, former EH County President, who passed away last year after the fair.  The new county officers were installed: President – Lenora Hoover; First VP –Pat Walded; Second VP– Karen Good; Secretary – Jean Rife; Treasurer – Marcia Link; Advisor – Julie Kasten. Congratulations to them!

Special awards given went to:

Club with Most Guests and a tie for Most New Members went to Patchwork Pals

Most New Member Award also went to Extension Chords

Community Service Club award was awarded to Nite Liters EH Club who helped a family in need to learn some cooking skills.

Behind the Scenes Award for 2015 went to Lenora Hoover of Patchwork Pals for all her hard work, many times without recognition.

Homemaker of the Year for 2015 went to Sue Rosenbaum of Patchwork Pals for all her work she has done for Extension Homemakers and 4-H the past 30 years.

Quilted “rug mugs” were made for each member present by the Patchwork Pals. The chair Hostess club for program/meal was the Country Friends, and Happy Homemakers were over the registration.  Thanks to all who  participated!

Oregon-Davis Adopts Balanced Calendar Concept

Oregon-Davis-Jr_Sr-BuildingThe Oregon-Davis School Corporation is the first in the area to adopt the balanced calendar concept. The school board voted 5-to-1 in favor of the plan, with board member Lee Nagai casting the lone no vote. Continue reading

All Aboard for the Knox High School Marching Brigade’s Premiere Performance

06-07-14 Music Recycled picMarching band members and musical instructors have been hard at work all summer with band camp. Their dedication has paid off and the group is scheduled to perform an exhibition of this year’s show, “All Aboard” on Thursday, August 7th. Continue reading

Siren Test Scheduled for La Porte County Today

dontpanicA test of the La Porte County Emergency Warning siren system is scheduled for today.
During the test two one-minute signals will sound, with one minute of silence in between signals.

If it were an actual emergency a three-minute signal would sound with a short period of silence between signals, repeated one or more times, to warn residence and visitors.

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Traffic Restrictions for Today’s YMCA Triathlon

ynottriToday the La Porte County Family YMCA is hosting it’s 35th annual Triathlon starting at Soldier’s Memorial Park. It is scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. The course includes roads located inside Soldiers Memorial Park, those bordering the park, and Small Road from Garden Street to County Road 700 West. The course will be closed to through traffic beginning at 7:45 a.m.  Continue reading

Free Cervical and Breast Cancer Screenings Available

healthyThe IU Health La Porte and Starke hospitals’ mobile health clinic is offering free cervical and breast cancer screenings in the area. Screenings are held inside the mobile health unit, which has two private exam rooms.
Screenings will take place in Knox from 8 a.m. until noon, on Aug. 1, in North Judson from 9 a.m. until noon on Aug. 6 and in La Porte from 9 a.m. until Noon on Aug. 17.
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Open House for The Crossing

The CrossingThe new alternative faith-based school, the Crossing, hosted an open house Wednesday at their location in Knox. So far about 10 students are enrolled to attend. They will be hosting another open house today from 8 a.m until 3 p.m at the old Sears store in the Mint Leaf Plaza off of U.S. 35.

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Grain Bin Safety

Indiana Department of LaborSince 1980 grain bins across the U.S have been responsible for more than 180 deaths and 675 injuries. Just last year, a Hoosier farmer in La Porte county was killed in a grain bin accident. This month a 9-year-old Wisconsin boy was killed after falling into a grain bin. With harvest time approaching the Indiana Department of Labor wants to remind everyone of the hazardous nature of working with grain bins and offer some tips to assure safety.

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Free Dental Exams at I.U. Health La Porte Dental Center for Children Who Qualify

toothThe Indiana University Health La Porte Dental Center is offering free dental exams to children to kids with no dental insurance. The exams are by appointment only on August 4th, 5th, 7th and 8th from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. and August 6th and 13th from 4 p.m until 6 p.m. Not only will children receive an exam that fulfills area school requirements but children will also get a free bag of dental-related gifts. Continue reading

Something Fishy Pets is Moving

20140724_151730A child recently had his finger bitten at the pet store that is located at 1700 S Heaton Street in Knox. Though signs are posted warning customers to keep fingers away from cages since animals are unpredictable, a child sustained a minor injury.

Due to this recent incident, the store owner Sue Webb was asked to cease selling rodents within city limits by July 31st. She sells her domestically-bred rats and mice to individuals for carnivorous reptiles. According to Webb it makes up 50 percent of her business.

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Seven Companies Face Lawsuits for Scamming Homeowners Out of More than $14,000

scamUnfortunately those struggling financially can be the most vulnerable to scams. The federal government as well as Indiana general attorney,Greg Zoeller, took action against schemers who have taken more than $14,000 from unsuspecting homeowners. On Thursday, Zoeller filed lawsuits against seven companies running fraudulent mortgage rescue or relief schemes.

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New Gardening Award Given to a Starke County Green Thumb

greenleafA Starke County girl received a new award for outstanding gardening skills at the 4-H Fair. Knox resident Ashlie Fields was named the 4-H grand prize gardening winner. In addition, she was recognized by the fair as the Top Green Leaf 4-H Garden Award winner.

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Official 2014 Starke County 4-H Fair Results


Ashlie Fields – Blue Honor
Grand Champion – Ashlie Fields


Division 1
Madeline Hewlett – Blue Honor
Mckenzie McIntire – Blue Honor
Division Champion – Mackenzie McIntire
Division Reserve Champion – Madeline Hewlett
Grand Champion – Mackenzie McIntire
Reserve Grand Champion – Madeline Hewlett


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Winamac Lacks a Skate Park, Boy Scout’s Solution: Build One

boyskateA Winamac Eagle Scout candidate is taking community service to the extreme. The 18-year-old Eastern Pulaski School Senior said he was inspired to build a skate park for the community as his Eagle Scout project.

Clark Gudas of Boy Scout Troop 229 said the idea first developed a few years back.

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