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Starke County Commissioners Attempting to Buy Old Landfill Site

Published: July 23rd, 2014

The Starke County Commissioners are going to offer the owner of the former county landfill site what they believe is a fair price for the 22-acre property. The landfill on 750 East just north of State Road 10 has been closed for several years but is still subject to Indiana Department of Environmental Management monitoring to ensure levels of methane gas are in compliance. Read the rest of this entry »

Knox City Council Approves Tall Grass Ordinance

Published: July 23rd, 2014

 The tall grass ordinance was approved on the third and final reading by the Knox City Council members Tuesday night.

There was no further discussion. The minimum height any grass or rank vegetation may reach before being subject to an ordinance violation is eight inches. If there is a violation, the penalty will be $75. Any ignorance of the warnings given will result in a contractor mowing the property and a tax lien filed against the property owner.

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North Judson Council Sets Budget Workshop

Published: July 23rd, 2014

North Judson Water TowerMembers of the North Judson Town Council will meet Thursday, July 31 at 8 a.m. at the community center to work on the 2015 budget. Clerk-Treasurer Donna Henry says that meeting is open to the public. The initial hearing on the spending proposal will take place Monday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the community center. A final adoption date has not been set yet pending a non-binding review by the Starke County Council. That’s new this year and will take place sometime in October. Starke County is part of a pilot program for that process.

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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Suspect Detained in Battery Incident in Knox Park

Published: July 22nd, 2014

The Knox City Police Department is investigating the battery of a 14-year-old boy in Wythogan park on Monday night.

According to witness statements given to a Knox officer, a male juvenile had approached the victim in the park and struck him on the head. The victim fell and struck his head on the concrete walkway. The suspect, later identified as a Knox resident, was in a gold-colored passenger car with four other people that left the scene.

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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 »

Knox City Council to Discuss Ordinances

Published: July 22nd, 2014
Knox City Council

Knox City Council

The Knox City Council will meet tonight where more discussion will be held concerning two ordinances.

The tall grass ordinance is expected to be passed on third and final reading. At the last council meeting, the council members agreed to change the height from six to eight inches as the benchmark for needing to mow grass or rank vegetation. The other change the council members approved was an additional penalty. The current ordinance has a fine of $25 for any person who violates the ordinance. The members approved an increase to $75 for the violation.

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Knox Community School Board Meets Tonight

Published: July 22nd, 2014

Knox-School-Board-2014The Knox Community School Board is doing things a little differently this time around and is holding their second bi-monthly meeting on a Tuesday. Tonight the board will meet at 6:30 p.m in the administrative office in the Palmer wing of the Knox Community Elementary School.

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Starke County Sheriff’s Department Investigating Fatal Traffic Accident

Published: July 21st, 2014

A fatal Saturday crash on a rural North Judson road remains under investigation. It happened just before noon on County Road 350 West north of 500 South, according to a news release from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. Read the rest of this entry »

Starke County Commissioners Weighing Beach Options

Published: July 21st, 2014

starke-county-courthouseThe Starke County Commissioners will have some pointed questions for Bass Lake Beach and Campground Manager Richard Callahan and his attorney, David Wallsmith, when they meet tonight. They attend the evening meetings each month and give a management report. During the July 7 commissioners meeting, several residents complained about the conditions at the beach and campground over the Independence Day weekend. 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 »

Unemployment Rate Improving

Published: July 21st, 2014

The unemployment rate for Starke County stands at 6.6 percent which ranks the county 27th in the state.

Pulaski County rose .3 percent in June to 5.0, Marshall County was up .2 percent to 5.7 percent with LaPorte County up to 7.5 percent with a .1 percent increase.

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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 »

N.J.-S.P. Revises Budget Adoption Calendar

Published: July 19th, 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 has revised its budget adoption calendar. The corporation was selected as part of a state pilot program and as a result cannot adopt a budget until Oct. 15. The Starke County Council will conduct a public hearing on Monday, Aug. 18 on the school corporation’s general, debt, pension and transportation funds. The next day the school board will meet in special session to adopt the 2015 Capital Projects Fund and Bus Replacement Plan. Read the rest of this entry »

LeRoy Gudeman Retires from Law Practice after 57 Years

Published: July 19th, 2014
LeRoy Gudeman

LeRoy Gudeman

After having a long, successful law practice in Starke County, LeRoy Gudeman has decided to retire.

Gudeman worked by himself out of the same building across the street from the Starke County Courthouse in downtown Knox since moving to the area in 1957. He has been a part of the community in many activities and has been on the Kankakee Valley Broadcasting board of directors that oversees operations at WKVI for many years.

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North Judson-Wayne Township Library Director to Retire

Published: July 19th, 2014

The long-time director at the North Judson-Wayne Township Library, Jane Ellen Felchuk, has decided to retire.

Felchuk said she will be leaving after 38 years at the library.

“It was lots of fun and it was a challenge,” said Felchuk. “We feel the library has grown and I had a great staff so it was easy to do lots of things.”

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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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