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Pacific Avenue Intersection to be Closed Today

Crews working on the 300 East project in the Knox Industrial Park are moving onto another phase of the project.

According to the project manager, the west side of County Road 300 East is complete and now workers will begin construction on the east side of the road. They will be working at the intersection of Pacific Avenue and County Road 300 East today. That intersection will be closed today from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT to ensure maximum work with a minimum closure time. Emergency vehicles will be allowed access.

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Knox City Council Discusses Budget Pilot Program Analysis

 The Knox City Council members received information about the budget this week from Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston.

The city, along with all other taxing entities in Starke County, is part of a pilot program with the state this year. A meeting was held on Oct. 6 where a state analysis was reviewed. Houston said the county then provided the city with a non-binding recommendation. The city could face a huge cut in 2015.

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Ancilla College to Offer Valedictorian-Salutatorian Scholarship in 2015

Ancilla College NEWAncilla College is rewarding students who finish at the top of their class.

Beginning in 2015, Ancilla College will be offering free tuition scholarships to top graduates from Marshall, Fulton, Porter, Pulaski, Jasper, Starke, LaPorte, St. Joseph, Elkhart and Kosciusko Counties.

President Ken Zirkle said top students can get their college journey started with the Valedictorian-Salutatorian Scholarship. The college will offer as much as $13,500 each year to local graduates who graduated at the top of their high school class and commit to attend Ancilla College. Local salutatorians will be offered up to $10,000 in free tuition.

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Burning Leaves? Use Caution

 With the arrival of fall, leaves are starting to gather in yards and it’s time for the removal of those leaves.

Knox-Center Township Fire Chief Kenny Pfost asks you to be cautious if you plan to burn leaves on your property.

“First of all, try not to burn on a windy day,” said Pfost. “It seems like that’s when we have the most fires is when it’s really windy. Choose a calm day. Also, make sure you’re compliant with local ordinances. Have a water source and try not to burn outside of what you can handle. Don’t burn after dark.”

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Starke County Extension Homemaker of the Year Honoree Announced

Purdue Extension LogoA longtime extension homemakers member who is active in several community activities is this year’s Starke County Extension Homemaker of the Year. Vicki Jernas is a 16 year member of the Town and Country Homemakers and volunteers for committees and projects when needed. Jernas has served as the club’s citizenship officer for many years. Her special project is ad sales for the 4-H Fair Yearbook. She also assisted with the establishment of the Mint Juleps club. Continue reading

Ed Hasnerl Salutes Long-Time Listener

A long-time resident of the Golden Living Center in Knox was joined by many of his friends at a “going-away” party yesterday.

The throaty voice that reverberates across the gathering area of the Golden Living Center each time I walk in the front door, won’t be greeting me there after Monday.

61-year-old Tim Crum, who, every day, stakes out the southwest corner of that room for his own, is moving to Branson, Missouri.  Tim has made this care facility his home for the past 37 years. He’s moving closer family members.

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Funeral Services Today for Middle School Principal

Rodger Seats

Rodger Seats

A middle school principal will be laid to rest today.

Rodger Seats, 56, served as the assistant principal at the Rensselaer Central Middle School. As a long-time educator, he served in the capacity of athletic director, assistant principal and a teacher at many school corporations including West Central, North Judson-San Pierre, Kankakee Valley, Delta, and Union Schools. He also coached a variety of sports including football, baseball, cross country and wrestling.

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Gas Prices Continue to Drop

The price of a gallon of unleaded gasoline has been dropping.

Don Good from the Good Oil Company in Winamac says the prices will continue to drop.

“For the foreseeable near future, the trend is to continue down,” said Good. “We’re probably going to bottom out not too far from here. There are a lot of places that are starting to get under three dollars. That’s kind of under cost for some of them, but they’re trying to beat that three dollar mark. For the long term, we should be under three dollars and unless there’s a world event that changes that we’ll probably stay in that range for a while.”

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Three Arrested on Trafficking Charges

Johnesha Reed

Johnesha Reed

Brittney Sanders

Brittney Sanders

Maria Burks

Maria Burks

Three women were arrested at the Michigan City Superior Courthouse for their alleged role in trafficking and conspiracy to traffic with an inmate.

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Plymouth Business Robbed, Owner Arrested on Warrant

Hubert Dulworth

Hubert Dulworth

A burglary and robbery incident at a Plymouth business is being investigated by the Plymouth Police Department.

On Wednesday night, a report was made regarding a burglary and robbery that took place in the 1500 block of Hoham Drive in Plymouth. Hubert Dulworth, 40, told police that an unknown subject had broken into his business and then attacked him. He added that he was hit on the head and became unconscious. A large amount of cash was also reported stolen.

Dulworth was taken to the local hospital for treatment.

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Horse Saddle Theft Reported in Bremen

Shane Querry

Shane Querry

Marshall County detectives received a report of stolen horse saddles from a stable at a residence north of Bremen on Oct. 13.

The theft occurred during the day in the 800 block of Elm Road on Monday. Officers had a report of suspicious persons at the stable during the time of the theft that led officers to an address in Starke County.

A suspect was located and questioned regarding the theft. Shane Querry was arrested and was booked into the Marshall County Jail on the charge.

A portion of the stolen property was able to be recovered

Sentence Modifications Heard in Starke Circuit Court

 A sentence modification was approved in the case of Douglas Beem.

He requested the judge to move from Community Transition Program (CTP) to probation and/or to home detention. The state objected to a move to probation but accepted a move to daily reporting home detention with Starke County Community Corrections. The request was granted by Judge Kim Hall.

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Motorist Taken to Hospital After Striking House

The driver of a car that hit a house in Koontz Lake late last night was taken to IU Health Starke Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash. It happened at 11:10 p.m. in the 7000 block of State Road 23, according to a news release from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department. Continue reading

MedfFight Called to Crash at 8 and 23

Starke County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating a crash at the intersection of State Roads 8 and 23 that sent one person to the hospital via MedFlight. The wreck happened around 6 last evening. The officers found one person pinned in a vehicle, according to a sheriff’s department news release. Continue reading

February Jury Trial Set for Denham Murder Suspect

Paul Katschke

Paul Katschke

A Denham man accused of killing his live-in girlfriend is scheduled to go on trial in February. Paul Katschke is charged with murder in connection with the Aug. 11 death of Amber Renee Taylor, 34. Pulaski County Sheriff’s Deputies and first responders found her dead at the couple’s home after receiving a 911 call about a dead, 30-something-year-old woman. Continue reading

Pleasant View Rest Home up for Historic Preservation Consideration

Pleasant View Rest Home

Pleasant View Rest Home

Written comments are still being accepted by the Division of State Historic Preservation and Archaeology for consideration to classify the county home in Pulaski County as a historical structure.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources notified county officials last week that the Pleasant View Rest Home has been proposed for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Indiana Division of Historic Preservation will consider the nomination during their meeting on Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m. ET at the Indiana Government Conference Center in Indianapolis in conference rooms one and two. Pulaski County residents are welcome to attend this meeting.

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