Don’t Miss the Bus to the Tulip Festival

News Contributor, Ed Hasnerl

Ed Hasnerl

Kankakee Valley Broadcasting Travel Coordinator Ed Hasnerl has a few available slots for his upcoming trip to Holland, Mich. Enjoy the beauty of the annual Tulip Festival May 4-7. It’s just one of the adventures Ed has planned.

“Several people have talked to me about going to the Henry Ford Museum and eating dinner in an auto baron’s home – Edsel Ford, Edsel and Eleanor Ford’s home. It’s a wonderful home full of antiques and art, besides having dinner there,” Hasnerl said. Continue reading

Students Can Earn Scholarships for Driving Now, TXTing L8R

Multiple government agencies are partnering to give students scholarship opportunities.

The scholarships have been conducted in the past to help promote safe driving behind the wheel – especially when it comes to teens using their mobile devices. The “Drive Now. TXT L8R” campaign gives $5-thousand scholarships.

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Triple A Studies Teen Driving, Distraction Levels High

AAAA video analysis of teen driving has shown evidence that distracted driving is more of a problem than previous thought.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reviewed video evidence and found that distraction was a factor in about 6 of 10 moderate-to-severe crashes when teens were the drivers. Information released by AAA suggests that’s four times higher than the data suggests based on police reports.

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Palm Sunday Tornado Anniversary Tomorrow

This photo from the NOAA archives shows the "double tornado" destroying the Midway Trailer Park, on U.S. Route 33, in Dunlap, Ind. on Palm Sunday of 1965.

This photo from the NOAA archives shows the “double tornado” destroying the Midway Trailer Park, on U.S. Route 33, in Dunlap, Ind. on Palm Sunday of 1965.

Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Palm Sunday tornadoes here in the Starke-Marshall area.

Shortly before 6 p.m. after massive thunderstorms passed through the area, the first tornado of many reported that day touched down in Starke County a few miles southwest of Hamlet. It crossed U.S. 30 and tore directly across Koontz Lake.

One-hundred vacation cottages were damaged. As one of the cottages was blown to pieces, the man inside was lifted into the air and thrown to his death 600 feet away.

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Suspicious Vehicle Report Leads To Found Stolen Vehicle in Pulaski County

 A vehicle reported stolen on Thursday has been located in Pulaski County.

The Pulaski County Dispatch received a call about a suspicious vehicle on Friday morning in the area of country road 900 South and county road 1200 West. According to the caller, the 1997 Mercury van was sitting along the side of the roadway.
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911 Call Leads to Arrest of Starke County Fugitive

Sadie Wireman

Sadie Wireman

A Starke County fugitive is in jail after Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to an open-line 911 call in rural Medaryville last night. The call from a home in the 15000 block of West 160 North came in just before 9:30 p.m., according to a news release. Dispatchers called back and were told a child was playing with the telephone, and there was not an emergency. Continue reading

No New HIV Cases Reported in Immediate Area

drugsInjection drug use is pinpointed as a cause of a jump in HIV cases in Scott County.   No new cases of HIV  have been reported locally.

Governor Mike Pence declared a public health emergency in Scott County yesterday due to an outbreak of HIV cases. The Indiana State Department of Health has identified 79 cases of HIV originating in Scott County.

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Income Tax Filing Deadline is Quickly Approaching

Just three weeks remain to file income taxes on time. The deadline to file is Wednesday, April 15.

Katie McLear Public Relations Specialist with the Indiana Department of Revenue says taxes can be filed for free with the Indiana Free File program. If eligibility requirements don’t allow that option, McLear says the best option is to file electronically.

“There are a number of benefits to filing electronically,” explained McLear. “First for foremost you’re going to get your refund much faster. You’ll get that refund in about 10 to 14 days. You could wait up to 12 weeks if you file by paper.”

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Beware of State Tax Scam

State officials warn of a national telephone scam targeting Hoosiers. Callers claim to represent the Indiana Department of Revenue and say there is an outstanding tax warrant in the taxpayer’s name. They claim local law enforcement is on the way to arrest the taxpayer unless the debt is paid over the telephone. The scam artist sounds convincing and professional. They often have personal information about the taxpayer and can alter the caller ID to appear more legitimate.

Department of Revenue officials stress they do not call taxpayers without first corresponding through the mail and does not threaten to use local law enforcement. Commissioner Mike Alley says taxpayers should not be afraid to hang up the telephone if they suspect they are being targeted by a scam artist. Continue reading

2015 Congressional Art Competition to Feature Local Talent

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

High School students with artistic talent are encouraged to take part in the 2015 Congressional Art Competition sponsored by the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski invites students to submit artwork that could be chosen to hang in the U.S. Capitol. for a year. Entries will be judged by a panel of art professionals from the Second Congressional District. Teachers, fellow students, family members, and friends of the entrant can vote on their favorite piece when they are posted in an album on Walorski’s official Facebook page.

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Senator Dan Coats Will Not Seek Re-Election

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats

U.S. Sen. Dan Coats

Republican U.S. Senator Dan Coats announced today that he would not seek re-election in 2016.

He issued the following statement:

“Today I am announcing that I will not seek re-election to the United States Senate. This was not an easy decision. While I believe I am well-positioned to run a successful campaign for another six-year term, I have concluded that the time has come to pass this demanding job to the next generation of leaders.

“Until the end of my Senate term, I pledge to my constituents that I will continue to focus all of my time and energy on the major challenges that Hoosiers sent me to Washington to address.

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Loan Request Headed to Pulaski County Council

The Town of Monterey may take out a larger loan from Pulaski County.

Pulaski County Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer explained that the county agreed to loan the Town of Monterey $10,000 in order to provide matching funds for the proposed wastewater treatment facility project in Monterey. This was approved by Pulaski County government entities last year.

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Pulaski Memorial Hospital Accepts Book Donation

Pictured:  Dolores Schladenhauffen, Director of O.B. at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, MacKenzie Ledley, Executive Director of Pulaski County Public Library, Michael Rose, Systems Administrator of Pulaski County Public Library, and Richard Mynark, Chairman of the Pulaski County Public Library Board of Trustees.

Dolores Schladenhauffen, Director of O.B. at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, MacKenzie Ledley, Executive Director of Pulaski County Public Library, Michael Rose, Systems Administrator of Pulaski County Public Library, and Richard Mynark, Chairman of the Pulaski County Public Library Board of Trustees. Photo courtesy of the Pulaski County Journal and provided by the PCPL.

The Pulaski County Public Library recently donated books, so every child entering the world will get an early start on reading.

Copies of the book Little Blue Truck were presented to the staff at Pulaski Memorial Hospital. About 100 copies of the book were donated to the hospital. A book will be given as gifts to the families of newborn babies.

In addition to the book, parents will be provided with a brochure about early literacy and reading to children. The document includes information on how and when to read to babies, a timetable of what reaction changes to expect when reading books, and more books babies will enjoy.

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Man Injured in Two-Vehicle Accident

A man suffered head and upper body injuries in a Monday afternoon accident in Pulaski County.

The accident occurred at 12:45 p.m. ET when Terry Ecenbarger, 53, of Yoder, Indiana lost control of his vehicle while traveling westbound on State Road 14 near 500 West, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department. Ecenbarger’s vehicle crossed the center line and was hit by an oncoming semi driven by 45-year-old Roger Burman of Rensselaer. The eastbound semi t-boned the pickup.

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January Report Shows Increase in Unemployment Rates

Indiana Workforce DevelopmentStarke County returned to the top 10 in terms of unemployment in January.

Ron Gifford from the Starke County Economic Development Foundation said that all 92 counties went up by an average of 1.1% per county, but the state as a whole only went up 0.1%. Starke County reported an unemployment rate of 9.0 percent and was ranked seventh in the state. Pulaski County had an employment rate of 6.3 percent and ranked 52nd in the state. Marshall County reported 6.2 percent.

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Pulaski County to Move Forward with Formation of Redevelopment Commission

The Pulaski County Commissioners recently gave permission to move forward with a Redevelopment Commission for the county.

Pulaski County Community Development Commission Executive Director Nathan Origer approached the commissioners with the idea a few months ago and explained how it could help in terms of economic development.

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