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Passenger Airlifted to South Bend Following Sunday Wreck

A passenger in a vehicle involved in a Sunday morning crash at the intersection of State Roads 10 and 39 east of North Judson was flown to a South Bend hospital. A news release from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department indicates multiple people were injured. The North Judson-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Department had to cut one person from the wreckage. Continue reading

Shooting Investigation Ongoing in LaPorte County

Officers from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a shooting that occurred Monday night at 5055 North Pawnee Trail.

When officers arrived at the scene, no victims were found but evidence was discovered that was consistent with a shooting, according to a news release.

Police say a short time later investigators were notified that a man entered IU Health LaPorte Hospital and another man entered Saint Anthony Memorial Hospital in Michigan City with gunshot wounds. One victim had a superficial wound on his hand while the other victim was transferred to the trauma center at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.

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Coroner Identifies U.S. 30 Crash Victim

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a Monday morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a Monday morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

A Hamlet man was killed instantly after the vehicle he was driving collided with a semi truck on U.S. 30 at Frontage Road in Hamlet late Monday morning. Starke County Coroner Kris Rannells says Lawrence Siegel, 72, died of massive blunt force trauma including head, neck, chest and internal injuries. Continue reading

One Driver Dies in Two Vehicle Accident in North Judson

Range Road wreckA semi vs. passenger car accident at the intersection of State Road 10 and Range Road just east of North Judson Monday morning resulted in fatal injuries.

Officers arrived at the scene shortly after 11 a.m. and found a semi tanker on its side engulfed in flames. The passenger car involved in the accident was located on the side of the roadway, according to the accident report. The driver was airlifted from the scene to South Bend Memorial Hospital where she later died of her injuries. The passenger and the semi driver were taken to IU Health Starke Hospital and later transferred to South Bend Memorial Hospital. Their medical conditions are unknown.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Holds 1028 Hearing

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board members held a 1028 hearing yesterday afternoon to give those in attendance a scope of an extensive project in the works at all three of the schools to begin in March of 2015 and to end in October of 2016.

The board members did a walking tour of the buildings and made the collective decision to update and modernize the schools. Technology is the wave of the future and the school board felt it necessary to recognize that fact and to create the infrastructure necessary for that need moving forward with curriculum and educational space.

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Culver Town Council Discusses Raising Water, Sewer Rates

The Culver Town Council members discussed raising the water and sewer rates to cover operating and maintenance costs.

Culver officials told WKVI News that the water rate has not been raised in several years as is the case with the sewer rate.

The 50-year-old wastewater plant is in need of some rehabilitation. The town is working on getting an OCRA grant to help the process.

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Starke County Chamber Hosting Nonpartisan Meet the Candidates Night

Starke County voters can meet candidates for federal, state and local office tomorrow evening at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in downtown Knox. The Starke County Chamber of Commerce Meet the Candidates night starts at 6 p.m. Executive Director Debbie Mix hopes for a good turnout. She notes the event is meet and greet, not a debate. Continue reading

Schricker Award Nominations Due Today

Henry Schricker

Henry Schricker

Today is the deadline to submit your nominations for the Henry F. Schricker award.

The award is given to a Starke County resident who has shown that he or she has put “service before self”. That was the motto of former governor Henry F. Schricker who exemplified that action while he served in office and as a resident of Starke County.

The Starke County Chamber of Commerce will review all submissions and a committee of former award winners will select this year’s recipient. A nomination form is available on the Starke County Chamber’s website at www.starkecountychamber.com. Include the qualities and deeds of your nominee. The entry should include the person’s voluntary contributions and benefits to Starke County.

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Informational Open House Set for Prospective Foster Parents

An informational open house for prospective foster parents is planned for Wednesday, Oct. 8 at the Starke County office of the Department of Child Services at 318 E. Culver Road in Knox.

Regional foster care specialist Renee Woodworth will be available to discuss foster parent responsibilities as well as the licensing process, including the home study.

There are 132 abused or neglected children in the region currently living in non-relative foster homes because it is not safe for them to live in their own homes. There are 5,046 kids statewide living in non-relative foster homes.

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United Way of Marshall County Blitz Week

The United Way of Marshall County has a busy week planned. Volunteers will be visiting businesses in the community to distribute information about United Way. They will be in Bremen on Wednesday and in Plymouth on Friday.

The volunteers will be accepting contributions from businesses to go towards the community. United Way of Marshall County Executive Director Linda Yoder says these visits show businesses how United Way can help.

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Two Arrested after Vehicle Stops on Tracks

A trip for two men didn’t go as planned after the car they were in became disabled on train track near Tipton Street crossing in LaPorte.

In the overnight hours on Saturday, LaPorte police were called to the scene where they found a pickup stuck on tracks west of the location, near Detroit Street. The staff in the dispatch center was alerted to contact the railroad and stop all train traffic until the vehicle could be removed.

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Lighthouse Autism Center Still Considering Marshall County Expansion

Lighthouse Autism CenterOfficials with a Mishawaka-based Autism treatment center say there is definitely a need for a facility like theirs in Marshall County. Lighthouse Autism Center co-founder and Controller Sandy Maggioli says their open house last week drew a lot of people who are passionate about the issue.

A physician who sees children with autism, community leaders, parents and grandparents were among the 50 or so people in attendance. Maggioli says she wants to hear from families in Marshall and surrounding counties whose youngsters could benefit from the intensive, one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis treatment Lighthouse Autism Center offers. Continue reading

Motorist Killed in Crash on U.S. 30

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a late morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

One driver was killed and a second was injured in a late morning crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet.

A tractor-trailer versus car crash on U.S. 30 in Hamlet late this morning claimed a life. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, Indiana State Police and Hamlet Police Department are investigating the wreck. Continue reading

Starke County Sheriff’s Department Respond to Accidents

Crews work to investigate an accident that occurred between a car and a semi on U.S. 30  just east of Hamlet

Crews work to investigate an accident that occurred between a car and a semi on U.S. 30 just east of Hamlet

Officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department were called to two accidents Monday afternoon. One accident occurred at the intersection of Range Road and State Road 10 while another occurred on U.S. 30 and Frontage Road.

State Road 10 will be closed for some time while officers complete their investigation.

Additional information will be given once the investigations are complete.

Paving Prep to Begin At State Road 8 and 300 East

Motorists who use State Road 8 to travel west of Knox may want to find a new route for the next few weeks due to continued work to rebuild the intersection with Starke County Road 300 East. Starting Wednesday, traffic on the highway will be reduced to one lane with flagmen so the edge of the highway can be saw cut and removed to begin preparation for paving. Continue reading

Local County Entities Receive Local Government Cooperation Award

Representatives of Marshall County and St. Joseph County accept Local Government Cooperation Award

Representatives of Marshall County and St. Joseph County accept Local Government Cooperation Award

The decision to being dark fiber optic infrastructure into the counties of St. Joesph and Marshall plus the City of Plymouth has prompted the Association of Indiana Counties to award county officials for that effort.

The entities were the recipient of the 2014 Local Government Cooperation Award for the Metronet project.

The Metronet project that extends dark fiber from St. Joseph to Marshall County will assist businesses in obtaining the highest speed of internet available to streamline operations and to create economic development. The project was funded by Marshall County government, St. Joseph County government and local businesses.

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Marshall County EMA Director Encourages Safety this Winter Season

It may be a little early to think about snow and ice, but county officials are already making plans for when system and lake effect snow could impact travel in the area.

Marshall County Emergency Management Agency Director Clyde Avery informed the Marshall County Safety Committee last week of the different levels of advisories that could be issued during severe weather this winter.

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JAG Students Helping Promote Literacy to Homeless

Students in the Knox JAG class sanitize and organize books for distribution. Photo provided.

Students in the Knox JAG class sanitize and organize books for distribution. Photo provided.

Several students in the Job’s for America’s Graduates (JAG) program are helping to promote literacy among the homeless.

Students were given approximately 40 books, ranging from elementary level to adult reading. Students were then tasked to select a homeless shelter or community location where services are available for the homeless and deliver those books.

Knox High School is one of the schools that participates in the JAG program. The educational program is dedicated to helping at-risk students overcome barriers to high school graduation.

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Purdue Extension Pulaski County Hosting Poverty Simulation

Purdue Extension LogoPurdue Extension of Pulaski County is having a poverty simulation tomorrow. The simulation is designed to sensitize those who frequently deal with low income families. It’s an interactive educational experience that teaches people what it is like to live at a poverty level. Continue reading

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