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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 »

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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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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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 »

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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Bass Lake Festival Pageant Results

Published: July 24th, 2014
Bass Lake Property Owners Association building

Bass Lake Property Owners Association building

The winners of last weekend’s Bass Lake Festival Pageant walked away cash prizes as well as other gifts. Friends and family gathered at the Bass Lake Property Owners Association building over the weekend to witness this year’s Bass Lake Festival Pageant.
The title of Little Miss Bass Lake went to 4-year-old Leah Novotney. Her mini escort was 4-year-old Isaiah Allsop who was granted the title of Little Mister Bass Lake. Both lucky little winners received $50 each. Stephanie Thompson was the pageant coordinator for the 3 to 6 category.

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Kankakee Valley REMC Shows Support for the Starke County Fair with a Generous Donation

Published: July 23rd, 2014
2014 Starke Co. Fair (2) (2)

KVREMC Communications&Marketing Director Amanda Steeb presents a donation check to Starke County fair board members, Roger Ferch and Ed Troike.

Kankakee Valley REMC is committed to serving their community. They provide electric services to approximately 18,000 individuals in Starke, Pulaski, Porter, Lake, Marshall, St. Joseph and La Porte counties.

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Starke County Council Establishes Park Board

Published: July 22nd, 2014

starke-county-courthouseStarke County now has a parks and recreation board. The Starke County Council established the body to oversee amenities like the Bass Lake Beach and Campground, Starke County Forest and other county-owned recreational areas. Read the rest of this entry »

Bridge Repair To Start Today on 700 East

Published: July 22nd, 2014
Repair work on the bridge over the Yellow River on 700 East will start today.

Repair work on the bridge over the Yellow River on 700 East will start today.

A LaPorte-based contractor will begin repairs on the bridge over the Yellow River on County Road 700 East today. It’s been closed since a tree floating down the river struck one of the bridge supports earlier this year, rendering the structure unstable. Read the rest of this entry »

Oregon-Davis School Board to Discuss Firearms Policy

Published: July 21st, 2014
Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

Oregon-Davis Jr./Sr. High School

The Oregon-Davis School Board is working toward the start of school and the members are expected to make several employment and transfer decisions in tonight’s meeting. A recommendation of a non-certified benefit package will also be decided.

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Back to School Immunization Requirements

Published: July 21st, 2014

aAre your children up to date on their immunizations? Before school starts, you must be sure they are. Read the rest of this entry »

INDOT to Close SR 23 for Chip Sealing

Published: July 21st, 2014

Motorists who take State Road 23 through Walkerton will need to find a new route for the next few days. INDOT is closing the road between U.S. 30 and U.S. 6 to perform chip and fog sealing. The process preserves the road surface. INDOT officials stress the work is dependent on dry weather and may be delayed if conditions are not ideal. Southbound motorists can take U.S. 6 south to U.S. 35 and east to U.S. 30 to get around the closure. Northbound motorists can use the opposite route. Read the rest of this entry »

Local Kids Compete in the Bass Lake Pageant Today

Published: July 19th, 2014

pageantThe Bass Lake Festival is next weekend and but the fun starts early this weekend with the annual pageant.

Boys and girls from ages 3 to 6 will be competing for the title of Little Miss or Little Mister Bass Lake. Ladies from the ages of 14 to 18 are vying for the title of Miss Bass Lake.

The pageants are this afternoon at the Bass Lake Property Owner’s Association Building. Contestants must be there at 3 p.m. Doors open to the public at 4 p.m for the Little Miss and Little Mister Bass Lake Pageant and the Miss Bass Lake Pageant starts at 6 p.m.

For further information contact pageant coordinator Jill Piunti at 219-365-9148.

Competitive Grant Awarded to Help Treat Offenders with Mental Disorders

Published: July 18th, 2014

A grant in the amount of $175,000 has been awarded locally to provide treatment to adult offenders diagnosed with a mental disorder.

Starke Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall and Porter Circuit Court Judge Mary Harper worked together with Porter-Starke Services to secure this competitive grant which requires no local match money. Only 12 grants were distributed.

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Kersting’s Cycle Center Can Help You Learn to Ride

Published: July 18th, 2014

kerstingsAre you ready to ride? Kersting’s Cycle Center offers a four hour, Saturday class which goes over the basics of motorcycle riding that can help you get ready. ‘Learn to Ride” is a pre-training program for people to get acquainted with motorcycle riding before heading out on the road. Read the rest of this entry »

Local Music Group Receives Grant

Published: July 18th, 2014
REMC Representative:Amanda Steeb, Director:Susie Szynalski, Treasurer: Joan Stepien and President: Pat Vanek

REMC Representative Amanda Steeb presenting  Director Susie Szynalski, Treasurer Joan Stepien and President Pat Vanek of the Choralaires with the grant

If you hear music in the air, it could be coming from the Choralaires. The Starke County Choralaires are a chorus group that is a part of Melody Makers of Indiana. The Melody Makers of Indiana is the only chorus of it’s kind in the United States.
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School Registration Beginning Soon at John Glenn Schools

Published: July 17th, 2014

school-kidsIn one month, students will be back in the classrooms.

The John Glenn School Corporation will open doors on Tuesday, Aug. 12 for students. The elementary schools will begin with instruction at 7:53 a.m. and dismiss school at 2:45 p.m. ET. Students in the middle school will start the school day at 7:55 a.m. and with a 2:50 p.m. dismissal and high school students will begin at 8 a.m. and dismiss at 3 p.m.

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Spare Some School Supplies for Struggling Starke County Students

Published: July 17th, 2014

schoolsupplydriveThis Saturday July 19th, you have the opportunity to assist a child’s educational experience. This weekend is the back to school supply drive where Kid’s Closet will be collecting any school supplies for their annual ‘Pack a Back Pack’ event. Read the rest of this entry »

Starke County 4-H Fair Achievement Royalty

Published: July 17th, 2014
Taylor Kemble & Katie Back

Taylor Kemble & Katie Back

Monday evening two very dedicated members of 4-H were granted the title of 4-H Achievement Royalty. Read the rest of this entry »