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New Recording Equipment Purchased for North Judson Police Department

Published: July 28th, 2014
Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff (left), Frank Thomas and Town Marshal Doug Vessely. Photo provided

Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff (left), Frank Thomas and Town Marshal Doug Vessely. Photo provided

Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff recently purchased new interviewing equipment for the North Judson Police Department.

The recording equipment was purchased with Pretrial Diversion funds which are used at the discretion of the prosecutor to help local law enforcement.

North Judson Town Marshal Doug Vessely said the equipment was desperately needed and everything is running smoothly.

Kindergarten Countdown Benefits 20 Students

Published: July 28th, 2014
Kids learned several important skills prior during the Kindergarten Countdown

Kids learned several important skills prior during the Kindergarten Countdown. Photo provided.

The Kindergarten Countdown program held at the Knox Elementary School in June was a success this year.

Twenty children received an early education before they enter Kindergarten this fall. Students who attend preschool often obtain better scores on tests, have better social skills and are more understanding of routines than those who do not attend a preschool program.

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Starke County Highway Department Chip Seals Record Number of Road Miles

Published: July 28th, 2014
Starke County Highway Superintendent Stephen "Rik" Ritzler

Starke County Highway Superintendent Stephen “Rik” Ritzler

The Starke County Highway Department recently finished chip sealing 47 miles of roadway, which ties 2013 as the most miles of roads done in the last 15 years. They did set a record by completing the work in nine days, compared to 16 last year. They credit good weather and minimal equipment delays with getting the work done quickly and say they have also developed a good system which allows them to be more efficient. Read the rest of this entry »

Smith Pleads Not Guilty to Charge of Assisting a Criminal

Published: July 26th, 2014
Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith

A woman who is reportedly connected with a Monday night battery incident in Wythogan Park in Knox was in Starke Circuit Court for her initial hearing Friday morning.

Samantha Smith, 19, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assisting a criminal, a Level 6 felony. Smith was reportedly in a car that left the scene of a battery incident in Wythogan Park. Timothy Lemon was appointed as her attorney.

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Local Primary Care Providers Accepting New Patients

Published: July 26th, 2014

School starts in a few weeks, and that has many parents scrambling to make sure their children’s immunizations are up to date. IU Health Starke Hospital Director of Patient Services Janet Gillon encourages them to take advantage of the services HealthLink has to offer. Patients of all ages who need a primary care provider can visit Dr. Nabil Abdo at Dr. Browne’s office. He also has a nurse practitioner on staff who can assist patients of all ages with their health care needs. A nurse practitioner is also available at HealthLink. Visit http://iuhealth.org/starke/ for more information.

New Gardening Award Given to a Starke County Green Thumb

Published: July 26th, 2014

greenleafA Starke County girl received a new award for outstanding gardening skills at the 4-H Fair. Knox resident Ashlie Fields was named the 4-H grand prize gardening winner. In addition, she was recognized by the fair as the Top Green Leaf 4-H Garden Award winner.

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Enjoy a Historic Tram Tour of Bass Lake This Weekend

Published: July 26th, 2014
The popular song "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" was written at the Center View Hotel at Bass Lake.

The popular song “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” was written at the Center View Hotel at Bass Lake.

Take a slow ride around Bass Lake this weekend on a historic tram and learn about the colorful history of the popular Starke County attraction. Jim Nierman says the tours only take place during the Bass Lake Festival. He and the other guides point out 40 or so attractions on the 90 minute rides. Nierman has been studying the history of Bass Lake for the past 60 years. He says parts of “The Wizard of Oz” and the book “Ben Hur” were written at the lake. So was the song “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” It was composed at the Center View Hotel.  Bass Lake was also a favorite vacation spot for Chicago mobster Diamond Joe Esposito in the 1920s. The Starke County Historical Society is a co-sponsor of this year’s tours.

They leave from the Bass Lake Property Owners Association building Saturday, July 26 at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday tours depart at 9 and 11 a.m. Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for children ages 12 and under.

Starke United Fund Committee Awards $12,000 in Grants

Published: July 26th, 2014

 Starke United Fund grants will be given to 13 Starke County charitable organizations this year.

Approximately $12,000 was available for this grant cycle. The Starke United Fund’s Grant Committee received 26 grant applications with requested amounts totaling $69,000.

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Missing Knox Man Found

Published: July 25th, 2014
Joshua Simpkins

Joshua Simpkins

Starke County Sheriff’s deputies have found Joshua Simpkins, 32, of Knox.

Simpkins went missing from a residence on 500 East and State Road 8 in Knox.

Community members and personnel from the sheriff’s department searched the area and he was safely located, according to officials from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department.

 

Official 2014 Starke County 4-H Fair Results

Published: July 25th, 2014

ACHIEVEMENT RESUME

Ashlie Fields – Blue Honor
Grand Champion – Ashlie Fields

AQUATIC SCIENCE

Division 1
Madeline Hewlett – Blue Honor
Mckenzie McIntire – Blue Honor
Division Champion – Mackenzie McIntire
Division Reserve Champion – Madeline Hewlett
Grand Champion – Mackenzie McIntire
Reserve Grand Champion – Madeline Hewlett

ARCHITECTURAL MODELS

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Knox House Fire Under Investigation

Published: July 25th, 2014

The cause of a Thursday night house fire in Knox is under investigation. The Knox-Center Township Volunteer Fire Department was called to a home in the area of 200 South and 200 East just before 8 p.m. and returned to the station after 11 p.m. The Bass Lake Volunteer Fire Department assisted.

Starke County Man Sentenced to 22 Years in DOC

Published: July 25th, 2014
Zachary Bastin

Zachary Bastin

A 22-year prison sentence was handed down to a Grovertown man in Starke Circuit Court on three serious charges.

Zachary Bastin, 21, was sentenced within an agreed recommendation filed with the court.

Bastin pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary as a Class B felony and was sentenced to 12 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. Bastin also pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary as a Class C felony and was sentenced to five years in the DOC. He was sentenced to two years in the DOC on a charge of receiving stolen property as a Class D felony. No part of any sentence was suspended.

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Sobieck Sentenced in Starke Circuit Court

Published: July 25th, 2014

 A co-defendant in a case involving Zachary Bastin was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court this week.

Cody Sobieck pleaded guilty to a charge of burglary as a Class B felony and was sentenced to six years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with three years suspended to be served on home detention. Sobieck also pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal mischief as a Class D felony. He was sentenced to 14 months in the DOC with seven months suspended to be served on home detention.

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Another Suspect Arrested in Battery Incident

Published: July 25th, 2014
Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith

Another arrest has been made in the Monday night battery incident at Wythogan Park in Knox.

Samantha Smith, 19, was arrested Tuesday night for her alleged involvement in the incident. She was reportedly in a car during the altercation.

The battery occurred Monday night inside Wythogan Park. A juvenile boy was struck in the head by another juvenile. The force resulted in the victim falling to the ground where his head hit the cement walkway. Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and transported the boy to IU Health Starke Hospital. The victim was then airlifted to an Indianapolis hospital.

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Starke County Council Approves Inkeepers Tax Amendment

Published: July 25th, 2014

Starke County business owners who pay the inkeepers tax will now send their money to the county instead of to the state.

That’s one of the changes made recently by the county council. That new policy takes effect on Sept. 1, 2014. Notices will be mailed to affected taxpayers advising them of the changes.

The tax rate is not changing, but the penalties for non-compliance have been increased significantly. Failure to pay the tax timely will result in a 100-percent penalty.

Knox Mayor Gives Update to City Council

Published: July 25th, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

Knox Mayor Rick Chambers informed the city council this week that a new crossing guard is needed for the new school year. It’s a part time position and the candidate will be required to assist children in the morning and in the afternoon at the intersection at Main Street and Culver Road all school year. Any interested candidates can call the mayor’s office at 772-4553.

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Knox School Board Approves Administrative Changes

Published: July 25th, 2014

Back to school season is upon us.

Teachers are prepping their lessons and classrooms for their incoming students, students are choosing new school ensembles as well as the best supplies to buy and administrators are settling in to their new positions. The Knox Community School Corporation has shuffled around their principals and added on a new member.

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The Crossing Set to Open Next Week in Knox

Published: July 24th, 2014

The CrossingStarke County’s newest school is set to open on Friday, Aug. 1. The Crossing has leased the old Sears retail location south of Knox on U.S. 35 for it’s alternative school. The mission statement on the Goshen-based nonprofit organization’s website says The Crossing believes in “empowering struggling students to become contributing members of their communities through academics, job training and faith-based mentoring.” Read the rest of this entry »

Starke County Commissioners Crack Down on Bass Lake Campground

Published: July 24th, 2014

The year-round campsite leases at the Bass Lake Beach and Campground run afoul of the guidelines under which the state turned the property over to the county. The Land and Water Conservation Fund does not allow for permanent enclosed structures like campers to be placed on public campsites. President of the Commissioners Jennifer Davis advised Bass Lake Beach and Campground manager Richard Callahan and his attorney, David Wallsmith, that the practice will no longer be allowed. Read the rest of this entry »

Firearms Policy Discussed by Oregon-Davis School Board

Published: July 24th, 2014

The Oregon-Davis School Board members approved the first reading of a firearms policy during their meeting this week.

Superintendent Greg Briles said the school’s policy will reflect the state’s policy. As per state law, firearms may be in a school employee’s locked car out of the sight of the public.

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