New Charges Filed Against Convicted Murderer, Child Molester

Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff's Office lead Richard Dobeski, 67, out of an Indianapolis library. Photo provided by the LaPorte County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office lead Richard Dobeski, 67, out of an Indianapolis library. Photo provided by the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office.

A convicted murderer and child molester is back in jail after his arrest yesterday at a public library in Indianapolis. Richard Dobeski, 67, was picked up on a LaPorte County warrant for four counts of failure to register as a sex offender. All are Level 6 felonies, which carry a penalty of between 6 months and 2.5 years in prison. A failure to register charge will also be filed in Marion County, according to officials with the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department. Dobeski was released last week from the Indiana Department of Correction New Carlisle facility. Continue reading

Knox Sewer System Requires Expensive Upgrades

City_of_Knox_LogoThe City of Knox wastewater treatment system needs some costly upgrades to address aging infrastructure. Superintendent Kelly Clemons told the board of works this week a sewer main that broke near the White House Motel a few weeks ago is 80 years old. Crews patched it together, but that’s not considered a long-term fix. Continue reading

Pulaski Health Department Faces 50-Percent Budget Reduction

Pulaski County will be considering its fiscal year budget in August, but the Pulaski County Health Department must first reduce its expenses by a significant margin.

The Health Department has seen a reduction in revenue due a reduction in the number of immunizations provided. Tax draws have also been reduced, impacting several departments in Pulaski County.
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Culver Gathers Budget Information Prior To Decision Time

The Culver Town Council is preparing next year’s budget, but a bit of extra information is needed prior to making cuts.

Budget work sessions were scheduled in preparation for fiscal year 2016. During the work sessions, department heads meet with members of the Culver Town Council to explain their budget line items.
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Historical Marker Commemorates Knox Drugstore Site

Koffel buildingA historical marker now stands on the site of one of downtown Knox’s first commercial structures. The Koffel Building at the corner of Main and Lake Streets was completed in 1891, a year before the city’s streets were paved with brick, four years before municipal electrical service was offered and 17 years before city water was available. Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver says drug stores were a vital part of a booming business district.

“Always in the drugstore the fountain was a big thing. From the very beginning there were tables where it was appropriate for the ladies to come in to have coffee, tea or a soft drink or whatever from the fountain. That became quite a social center in the day.” Continue reading

Mosquito Samples from Several Indiana Counties Test Positive for West Nile Virus

westnilevirusThis summer’s above average amount of rainfall has been ideal for mosquito breeding. According to state health officials, West Nile Virus has been confirmed in almost 10 Indiana counties. The virus has only been spotted in mosquito samples and no avian or human infections have been reported or confirmed thus far. Continue reading

Haugh Reflects on Community Services of Starke County Career

!IMG_5294Community Services of Starke County Executive Director Joan Haugh is wrapping up her four-decade tenure with the local nonprofit organization. She started working at the then-Starke County Council on Aging 41 years ago and is preparing to retire at the end of the month. Haugh says the agency has evolved to meet needs that have arisen in the community. Continue reading

Back-To-School Fair Showcases New HealthLinc Location

HealthLincThe month of July is coming to a close and we all know what that means, the start of school season is upon us. Some students are returning to school as early as the first week of August. The start of the school year can be just as stressful for parents as it is for kids. There are so many things to attend to, registration, breaking summer sleeping habits, obtaining supplies and then of course, there are the required inoculations and physicals. Luckily, HealthLinc is offering an easy way to check some of those things off your to-do-list while simultaneously having a fun time with the whole family. Continue reading

Starke Clerk’s Office says New Candidates File for Office

The Starke County Clerk says a new candidate has entered the race for North Judson Town Clerk-Treasurer.

Candidates are still lacking to hold a town convention in North Judson, but Alicia Collins has filed the necessary paperwork to run as a Democrat in November. She will be challenging incumbent Republican Donna Henry for the seat.
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Culver Expecting New Medical Office in Main Street Building

culverCulver could soon welcome a new medical office to the community.

During Tuesday night’s Culver Plan Commission meeting, a site plan was submitted for review by St. Joseph Health Systems. The location of the medical office will be on the first floor of the Main Street Building just south of Culver’s Downtown.
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Hamlet Council Talks Town Improvements

Hamlet Town HallThe improvement of the downtown area in Hamlet was discussed Wednesday night by the Town Board with business owner Lee Nagai.

Nagai is remodeling a downtown business building and is an advocate for the installation of conduit to serve new street lights in the area over the next several years. The lights may be financed by offering sponsorship to businesses and individuals. Continue reading

North Judson Surplus to Be Sold During Townwide Yard Sale

North Judson Water TowerAt their Monday evening meeting, the North Judson Town council spoke about excess items in the former fire department building which is now the community center. Some old items have accumulated in the building and are no longer being used. The Council decided to include these items in the town-wide yard sale on August 8th. Continue reading

Bass Lake Festival Starts Tomorrow

basslakefestTomorrow marks the start of the annual Bass Lake Festival and this year’s fest is even more full of fun activities for the whole family.

Kick the weekend off with the fishing derby being held on Friday and Saturday at 3612 South CR 210. The entry fee is $1 for participants under 18 and $2 for those 18 and older. Registration for the water pong tournament will be at 5 pm and the event will from from 6 until 11 pm across from the Fingerhut Bakery. Continue reading

Starke County Bicentennial Committee Awaiting Torch Route Approval

Indiana BicentennialThe proposed route through Starke County for travel of the Indiana Bicentennial torch in October of 2016, has not yet been confirmed. Starke County Committee chairperson, Councilman David Pearman, says the routes are being confirmed by the state committee, county by county, according to the order of torch travel. Starke County is near the end of the route. Continue reading