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INDOT’s Trash Bash Underway

By: Nathan
Published: April 17th, 2014

With the spring season finally upon us, cleaning of our highways and byways will be getting underway.

INDOT’s annual Trash Bash will be running throughout this month and coincides with National Earth Day to aid in raising awareness of litter. Over 20,000 bags of trash were collected by INDOT maintenance crews, Indiana Department of Correction offender crews, and Adopt-A-Highway volunteers last year.

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Solid Waste Bills Included in Tax Statement in Starke County

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 16th, 2014
 

 

If you see an additional amount on your Starke County property tax bill, you’re not seeing things.

Starke County Treasurer Kasey Clark previously told WKVI that the solid waste bills are included in this year’s tax statement. The solid waste bills had been sent out separately, but this year they will be included in the property tax statement.

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Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon Strikes Tonight

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 16th, 2014

It’s an activity your family, friends or co-workers can enjoy and you’ll be helping a youth organization at the same time. It’s the annual Junior Achievement Bowl-a-Thon.

The Bowl-a-Thon is tonight at 6 p.m. CT at Bowlaway Lanes in Knox and teams are needed to help gather funds for Junior Achievement. Bridget Markin, a Junior Achievement representative, says this fundraiser is a worthwhile program for Starke County students.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board to Consider Contract with The Crossing

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 16th, 2014

 The Eastern Pulaski School Board has started a discussion about The Crossing which is a school that helps educate students who have dropped out of school, transitioned to home school or who were expelled at one time during their educational career.

Superintendent Dan Foster stressed that the board is only in the discussion phase at this point.

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IU Health Executive Outlines Physician Recruitment Plan

Published: April 16th, 2014

IU Health is aggressively recruiting primary care physicians in order to keep up with demand in Starke County. Vice President for Strategy Brian Donnelly says there are nine currently practicing here.

“By 2017, four of those nine physicians will have reached age 72. I personally am not aware of any retirements pending. I don’t know that we’ve gotten a firm date from any of these folks. That’s not up to me to decide how long doctors practice, but at least in terms of looking at reality four of the nine physicians will be late in their careers when we get to 2017. This to us looks like a shortage,” Donnelly told the Starke County Commissioners.

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Relay for Life Pageant Winners Crowned

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 15th, 2014
Caloe Perretti, Zoe Seese, Autumn Redlark, and Olivia Timm.  Not pictured: Christine Fransen

Caloe Perretti, Zoe Seese, Autumn Redlark, and Olivia Timm. Not pictured: Christine Fransen

The Starke County Relay for Life pageant was held Sunday afternoon and over 200 in attendance. All funds raised during the event will go toward the fight against cancer.

The winners include:
Teeny Tiny Relay – Christine Fransen
Tiny Relay – Caloe Perretti
Tiny Relay Runner-up – Olivia Timm
Little Miss Relay – Autumn Redlark
Miss Relay – Zoe Seese
Charity Queen: Kendra Whitt
People’s Choice Queen: Caloe Perretti

Taxes are Due Today, Don’t Miss the Deadline

Published: April 15th, 2014

Today is the deadline to either file your federal and state income taxes or electronically file an extension request in order to avoid hefty penalties and interest from the IRS and Indiana Department of Revenue. If you’ve waited until the last minute and won’t be able to get your return done, H&R Block senior tax advisor Michelle Bachtel says you have an option if you act quickly. “File the extension, because the extension alone is going to save you money. Even if you can’t afford to give them a penny, just file the extension,” Bachtel says. That extension will need to be filed electronically. It will give you six months to complete your return without late filing penalties, but Bachtel says any taxes you may owe still need to be paid today if possible in order to avoid failure to pay penalties and interest. Read the rest of this entry »

Jail Water Line Delay Potentially Costs County $29,000

Published: April 15th, 2014
This building on SR 8 at CR 550 E will soon house the new Starke County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center.

This building on SR 8 at CR 550 E will soon house the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center.

The Starke County Building Corporation may have been able to save $29,000 had the water line extension from Henry Drive east to the new Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center been finished by its April 1 deadline.

The existing water lines to the building on State Road 8 at County Road 550 East are not wide enough to provide enough pressure should the building catch on fire. The county and city opted last fall to run new lines to the facility and contract the work out. The Knox City Council accepted a bid from Mark Milo Enterprises to do the work.

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April 13-19 is National Telecommunicators Week

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 15th, 2014

  This week is National Telecommunicators Week.

When you call 911, the dispatcher is the first person you speak to in an emergency. The dispatcher helps communicate emergency services to police officers, ambulance services and fire departments.

In one second, a dispatcher may be relaying license and registration information to an officer and the next second that dispatcher may be signaling fire, EMS and police to the scene of an accident or coordinating communication for a high speed pursuit.

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North Judson-San Pierre School Board Members to Tackle Topics in Regular Meeting

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 15th, 2014
Michael Shireman, Jim Menis, Larry Lambert Marsha Reimbold and Patricia Goin

Michael Shireman, Jim Menis, Larry Lambert
Marsha Reimbold and Patricia Goin

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board will meet tonight in regular session.

The board members are expected to discuss budget reduction recommendations. More than $1 million needs to be cut from the budget and it is the goal of the board to eliminate positions instead of jobs.

During the board’s last meeting in March, Superintendent Lynn Johnson said it may take some creative scheduling in order to accomplish that goal. The corporation has until May 1 to issue reduction in force notices to affected teachers if the process goes in that direction.

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No Burn Ordinance in Effect in the Knox City Limits

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 15th, 2014

 The weather has dipped below the level where it was over the weekend, but meteorologists say it will be nice again this weekend which could lead to outdoor chores.

The Knox City Council members want to remind residents that there is a no burning ordinance within the city limits. According the ordinance listed on www.cityofknox.net, “no person shall start, kindle, cause, allow or maintain any form of leaf burning or wood burning of any kind, on private or public property, except as specifically authorized”.

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Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Offers Easter Trains This Weekend

By: Nathan
Published: April 15th, 2014
HVRM Tourist Train

HVRM Tourist Train

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum in North Judson will be giving Easter Train Rides beginning on April 19th.

The excursion is a round-trip from the depot and crosses the Kankakee River and English Lake in a trip that goes over five miles. The trip also travels to a park along the tracks where passengers disembark to take part in an Easter Egg Hunt.

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Road Closure on U.S. 35 Begins Today

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 14th, 2014

U.S. 35 will be closed between County Road 800 South and County Road 900 South, about two miles south of State Road 10 in Starke County.

Indiana Department of Transportation officials say the closure begins today and will reopen in late April. Crews will be replacing a pipe across the road.

Southbound drivers will be detoured west on State Road 10, south on State Road 39, east on State Road 14, and back to U.S. 35. Northbound drivers will be detoured west on State Road 14, north on State Road 39, east on State Road 10, and back to U.S. 35.

Knox School Board Spotlights Archery and Hunter Safety Courses

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 14th, 2014

The Knox Community School Board members heard a presentation on the high school’s hunter education and archery programs during their meeting last week.

Superintendent A.J. Gappa said Rob Krueger, Jake Skelly and DNR Representative Zachary Howerton gave the presentation about the hunter safety class that’s offered to sophomores and an archery class.

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