Debris Removal in Monterey to Begin Today

Sportsman bar second dayEfforts to remove remnants from a downtown Monterey building will begin today.

The structure that housed the Sportsman’s Bar and Grill collapsed Thursday around 5 p.m. The building was empty at the time of the incident and attempts continue to notify the owner.

A fence surrounds what is left of the former business. Monterey residents helped Pulaski County Building Administrator David Dare and officials move the debris to a central location on the property to avoid injuries.

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Winamac Considers Future Efforts For Greenspace Group

Winamac Town Hall

Winamac Town Hall

The Winamac Town Council will be working to get to organizations to cooperate.

A meeting was called for Tuesday morning to discuss future projects for Winamac Greenspace. The group is formerly known as the Tree Commission. The group is supposed to work with Arrowhead Country Resource Conservation and Development.

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Town of North Judson Appoints New School Board Member

North Judson Water TowerThe North Judson-San Pierre School Board will soon have a new member. Board members are appointed, and the North Judson Town Council recently interviewed three candidates for their seat. It is currently held by Marshal Reimbold. Continue reading

North Judson-San Pierre Students Ready to Rock the ISTEP

ISTEP Crue 1Students at North Judson-San Pierre Elementary are ready to rock the ISTEP. Exams begin this week. On Friday teachers took a break from instruction for fun activities like movies, healthy snacks and class parties. The day was capped off by a rock concert on the high school football field from the ISTEP Crüe. The band consisted of principal Mike McBride, aka James Michaels, on guitar and lead vocals, drummer Tommy Lee Wilbanks, better known to many students as computer teacher Bob Wilbanks, and guidance counselor Chuck Rebeck, moonlighting as Crüe bassist Chucky Sixx. They jammed out to tunes like “Born to Take ISTEP,” “Keep on Testing Me Baby,” “Rock ‘n Roll All Nite (and ISTEP Every Day) and the always popular “Takin’ Care of ISTEP Business.” Continue reading

Preschool Fair Highlights Necessity of Early Learning

 An event designed to enhance early educational opportunities in Starke County will be taking place on Tuesday.

The second annual Starke County Preschool Fair will be offering youth and their parents chances to explore the various pre-K outlets in Starke County, as well as a few of the enrichment activities for children.
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Starke County Youth Club Radiothon Set for Friday

Mark your calendars, and get your checkbooks ready. The 8th Annual Starke County Youth Club Radiothon on WKVI will take place this Friday. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi  says the organization has been serving youngsters with after-school, summer and recreational programs since 2001.

“It really is a wide variety of activities and projects to meet kids where they are, keep them learning, support working families and build community,” Szakonyi said. Continue reading

Pulaski County BZA to Consider Variance Request

The Pulaski County Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing tonight for the purpose of taking action on a variance request submitted by Wallace Pork Systems.

The petitioner is requesting a variance of 20,070 square feet for a storage building to house feed at 7567 W. 950 S. in Winamac.

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Bids for Knox Sidewalk Program to be Awarded May 8

Seven applications for the 50/50 sidewalk replacement program have been reviewed by Knox Street Superintendent Jeff Borg.

Borg told the Knox Board of Public Works last week that he has invited contractors to bid on the projects. He has taken one contractor around to all of the proposed sites. The bids will be awarded in a special meeting on Friday, May 8.

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Starke County Fireworks Fundraiser Set for May 16

 In just a few short months, America will be celebrating another birthday. The City of Knox is hoping to offset costs of a local celebration with several fundraisers.

A port-a-pit chicken sale is set during the city-wide yard sale in May. This fundraiser will be May 16 at the Knox South Side Fire Station. Volunteers will sell half chicken orders for $7.00 plus pit-tatoes for $3.00 from 10 a.m. until sold out. All proceeds will benefit the county-wide fireworks celebration on Friday, July 3.

Tickets for this event can be purchased at Knox City Hall.

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Rubble in Building Collapse to be Removed Monday

Sportsman bar second dayWork continues to secure an area in Monterey where a building collapsed this week.

The structure that once housed Sportsman’s Bar and Grill gave way around 5 p.m. ET on Thursday. The building was vacant at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported.

Pulaski County Building Administrator David Dare told WKVI news that work has been ongoing to move the rubble into a central location for removal next week. Efforts are being coordinated to remove the remaining debris beginning on Monday. Dare said fencing and caution tape surrounds the area to create a safer environment. Dare mentioned that several Monterey residents assisted officials in clean-up and securing the area.

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Absentee Voting Available Today

Only a few opportunities remain to vote absentee in the City of Knox Primary Municipal Election.

Voters can cast an absentee ballot today from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. CT in the Starke County Clerk’s Office in the courthouse. In-office absentee voting is also available Monday through Friday next week from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The courthouse will be open Thursday, April 30 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. CT in addition to regular voting hours in the day. The last two opportunities to vote absentee in-office are Saturday, May 2 from 8 a.m to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Monday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to noon. The Primary Municipal Election is Tuesday, May 5.

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Starke County Commissioners Approve CenturyLink Agreement for New Jail

starke-county-courthouseThe CenturyLink equipment used by the Starke County Sheriff’s Office will be upgraded when they move into the new jail east of town. The county commissioners Monday approved an agreement for $1,431 for one-time upgrades and a monthly fee of $5.75 for the next three years. IT Director Joe Short advised the communications company is recommending new equipment at the new facility. Continue reading

Fair Aims To Bring Inspiration To Women In Addiction Recovery

Women Anchored in HopeA local organization is looking to provide women in the community with a bit of inspiration.

This Saturday at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center, a women’s fair called “Makeover Your Life” is being presented by the group Women Anchored in Hope. The fair is designed to help women build self esteem, with an emphasis on addiction recovery.
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Kersting’s Hosts Biker Festival This Weekend

Motorcyclists gather for the ride

Motorcyclists gather for the ride

Area bikers will have a chance for some food, and some spirituality, this weekend.

Kersting’s Cycle Center in Winamac is hosting its annual Biker Festival. Part of that festival includes giving the motorcycles of those in attendance a proper blessing.
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Starke County Sheriff and Prosecutor Encourage Safe Celebrations

 Prom season is here, and graduation is right around the corner. Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin and Prosecutor Nick Bourff want local youth to celebrate both safely and soberly. Dulin notes it is illegal for anyone under 21 to possess or consume alcohol. In spite of that, he says young drivers make up a significant proportion of drunk drivers causing traffic crashes on Indiana’s roadways. Drivers under 21 who are caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in their systems will have their driving privileges suspended. Continue reading

North Judson Schedules Brush Pickup

North Judson Water TowerNorth Judson residents can put any brush they would like to have hauled off by the town alongside their alleys for pickup starting Monday. If the home doesn’t have an alley, brush can be placed along the curb. Either way, clerk-treasurer Donna Henry says it needs to be in place by 7 a.m. Monday to ensure pickup, as crews will only make one pass through town. She adds this pickup is for brush only, as leaves will be collected again this fall.

Starke County to Celebrate Lincoln Funeral Train Anniversary

Abraham LincolnThe western Starke County community of San Pierre will be the focus of area attention the afternoon of  Saturday, May 2nd. Starke County’s Historical Society has planned a program to commemorate the travel of President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train through the area on May 1, 1865. Continue reading

Downtown Monterey Building Collapses

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Sportsmans BarThe building that housed a former Monterey business collapsed Thursday night.

Pulaski County Commission President Larry Brady told WKVI News that Sportsman’s Bar and Grill at the corner of Walnut and Main Streets in downtown Monterey fell at about 5 p.m. ET. The building was vacant at the time and there weren’t any injuries reported. A few bricks had fallen from the structure earlier in the day.

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