2015 Pulaski County Pageant Royalty

[center] Macy Bischoff of Winamac was crowned Miss Pulaski County 2015 and was also chosen as Miss Congeniality .She is shown with (l-r) 2014 Queen Justine Kruger, first runner-up Melissa Bailey, and second runner-up Alyssa Bushman who also won the People's Choice award.

[center] Macy Bischoff of Winamac was crowned Miss Pulaski County 2015 and was also chosen as Miss Congeniality .She is shown with 2014 Queen Justine Kruger, first runner-up Melissa Bailey, and second runner-up Alyssa Bushman who also won the People’s Choice award.

The Pulaski County 4-H Fair kicked off with the annual Miss Pulaski Pageant on Sunday. Six local ladies came together to compete for the crown. Contestants included Briana Gallegos, Melissa Ann Bailey, Olivea Eschelman-Gorby, Macy Bischoff, Alyssa Bushman and Kallie Rasmussen. Since May the candidates have been meeting weekly to train for the pageant with things such as make-up application, dress rehearsals, mock-judging, interviews and public speaking. Continue reading

Arrest Made, Items Recovered in Fire Department Break-In

All of the items reported stolen from a rural LaPorte County fire house last week have been recovered, according to officials from the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office. They got a break in the investigation when a suspect wearing fire gear was arrested in New Carlisle early Monday morning by officers responding to a burglary-in-progress. Continue reading

N.J.-S.P. School Board Moves Forward With School Funding Referendum

North Judson-San Pierre Admin buildingThough the school board typically meets on the third Tuesday of every month, the North Judson-San Pierre Board of Trustees held a special school board meeting yesterday evening in which they considered and deliberated the need for a referendum tax levy to carry out their public education duty.

This means that in November the public will be asked to either confirm or deny the implementation of a property tax rate that will not exceed forty-seven and half cents on each one hundred dollars for the purpose of funding the general operations of the North Judson-San Pierre school corporation. This maximum rate will be reviewed annually during the seven calendar years immediately following the holding of the referendum. It will never exceed higher than this approved rate but could potentially be lowered based on revenue and expenditures. Continue reading

Despite North Judson Grave Offers, Local Family Awaits Further Information

The former First Farmers Bank and Trust building on Lane Street in North Judson will soon be the town hall.

The Town of North Judson has released documents pertaining to an occupied grave that one local family says belongs to them.

Public officials began a dialogue with members of the Derrickson family after it was learned that a non-related individual had been buried in a grave plot they have owned for about 20 years in Highland Cemetery.

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Pulaski County EMA Director Resigns

Pulaski County CourthouseThe Pulaski County Commissioners accepted the letter of resignation of their Emergency Management Agency Director.

Larry Hoover told the Commissioners last night that he would leave his position effective August 1st. Allowing for several weeks to make the transition also will allow Hoover time to prepare certain grant applications for the county.
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Filing Error Prompts Recertification of North Judson Town Ordinances

Certain residents living in North Judson could be prevented from voting in this November’s election.

During Monday’s Starke County Election Board meeting, ordinances dealing with the annexation of property developments from 2001, as well as an ordinance dealing with the establishment of Town Wards from 2012 were reviewed.
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Starke County Building Corp. Finalizing Jail Claims

Starke County Justice CenterThe Starke County Building Corporation expects to pay the final contractor and subcontractor invoices for construction of the new jail in September. Inmates moved into the facility a few weeks ago, but some contractors are still finishing up final projects at the site east of Knox on State Road 8. Continue reading

WKVIdol Deadline Extension

wkvidolHaven’t had a chance to make your submission for WKVIdol yet? Don’t fret, the deadline has been extended to allow more children the chance to compete in this year’s singing contest at the Starke County 4-H Fair. Though the deadline has been extended, you should still get your entries in as soon as possible in order to ensure your spot in the competition on Monday, July 13 at 8 pm in the show arena. Continue reading

Summer Safety – Temperatures Inside Cars Can Easily Exceed 100 Degrees

l00kb4ulockDuring the coming months, summer temperatures are expected to soar. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration likes to annually remind care-givers of small children to never leave a child unattended in a vehicle. They report that on a 60 degree day temperatures inside a locked car can get well above 100 degrees very quickly. On hotter days that get up into the 80s and 90s outside, temperatures in a car can be a dangerous 130 to 160 degrees within minutes. These conditions are obviously incredibly dangerous to young children who can potentially die when their bodies temperatures exceed 107 degrees. Heatstroke does not always lead to death but can also cause various other health problems such as permanent brain damage, deafness and the loss of sight.  Continue reading

Mosquito Tips – From Keeping Them Out of Sight to Dealing With Bites, Be Sure You’re Handling it Right

skeetoWhen you consider the phrase “killer creatures” your mind most likely automatically turns to those creepy crawlers and vicious attackers of the animal kingdom such as snakes, sharks and other wild animals. You may be shocked to discover that the world’s deadliest creature is actually an insect. Mosquitoes kill more people world wild than sharks, wolves, lions, elephants, hippopotamuses, crocodiles, dogs, tape and round worms, freshwater snails, assassin bugs, Tsetse flies, snakes and humans combined! After adding together the reported number of fatalities from the animals listed above it came out to 586,220 deaths which is still 138,780 less than the astonishing 725,000 deaths from mosquitoes on a yearly basis. Continue reading

Starke County Commissioners to Discuss Employee Grievance Tonight

starke-county-courthouseThe Starke County Commissioners will discuss a grievance filed by an employee they fired at their last meeting when they meet tonight. Terry Turner was relieved of his duties as county veterans service officer on June 15. After the meeting, president of the commissioners Kent Danford said he has received several complaints about Turner’s job performance. Continue reading

Starke County Election Board to Discuss Election Costs

The communities of Hamlet, Knox and North Judson will have a better idea how much their fall elections will cost after this afternoon’s Starke County Election Board meeting. The advance agenda includes a cost estimated for the 2016 election. Continue reading

Pulaski County 4-H Achievement Royalty Crowned

2015 Pulaski County 4-H Achievement Royalty: Queen Madison Ruff and King Caleb Bucinski.  4-H Court is  Regan Culp, Donna Zehner, Peyton Newman and Brittany Fox

2015 Pulaski County 4-H Achievement Royalty: Queen Madison Ruff and King Caleb Bucinski.
4-H Court is Regan Culp, Donna Zehner, Peyton Newman and Brittany Fox

Achievement royalty reigns over the Pulaski County 4-H Fair. Caleb Bucinski and Madison Ruff were crowned king and queen during Saturday’s pageant at Winamac Nazarene Church. Their court consists of Regan Culp, Donna Zehner, Peyton Newman and Brittany Fox. Continue reading

Kid’s Closet Ministry Receives Grants to Help Starke County Youngsters

Kids Closet_01A foundation that focuses on providing for the community has recently received quite a substantial amount of money for their dedication to the well being of the children of Starke County. Kid’s Closet Ministry was not only gifted a $2,000 grant through the Starke United Fund but recently was approved to receive $3,000 thanks to the kind submission of a community member who realized the importance of the foundation. Continue reading

This Summer Give Your Blood to Something Other Than Just Mosquitoes

lovedriveThe Indiana Department of Transportation is hosting a drive this week and it surprisingly has nothing to do with cars. This particular event is the result of the INDOT Northwest Disrict teaming up with the American Red Cross for their 10th annual blood drive. On Wednesday, July 8 from 10 am until 3 pm (CST) citizens can come donate blood at the LaPorte District Office, located at 315 East Boyd Blvd. Continue reading

Annual Event Puts New Location on Display

The Starke County Historical Society plans to move into this building on South Heaton Street over the summer months.

The Starke County Historical Society plans to move into this building on South Heaton Street

An annual event will have a new atmosphere this weekend in Knox.

The Starke County Historical Society will be hosting its ice cream social – which takes place the first Sunday in July.

The event typically invites the public to view various exhibits and displays at the museum and find out more about the work being conducted. This year, however, the public is invited to tour the Historical Society’s new museum location.
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