Estok Updates Knox Council on Plans

Knox Elected Officials
Knox Elected Officials

Knox Mayor Dennis Estok’s recent town hall meeting is the first of many. He told the city council last night the turnout exceeded his expectations. An estimated 65 people showed up for the informal gathering. Estok says he’s already gotten requests for more. No dates have been set yet. He says they will either take place every other month or quarterly. Continue reading

Starke Highway Safety Plan Results in Fewer Wrecks

starke-county-courthouseThe safety program implemented in March 2013 by the Starke County Highway Department is apparently paying off. Superintendent Rik Ritzler cites crash data from the state.

“Our crashes in the past two years have dropped dramatically. It was at 196 in 2012, 154 in 2013 and 128 in 2014. We believe it’s even lower than that in 2015. They should be getting those statistics out sooner this year because they have it more automated than they’ve had in the past.” Continue reading

O-D Board Tables Calendar, Discusses ISTEP Results

Oregon-Davis School Board members (seated) Andrea McIntosh, Shirley Budka. (standing) Christopher Lawrence, Kurt Hayes, Lee Nagai
Oregon-Davis School Board members (seated) Andrea McIntosh, Shirley Budka. (standing) Christopher Lawrence, Kurt Hayes, Lee Nagai

During a busy agenda last night, the Oregon-Davis School Board tabled approval of the 2016-2017 calendar, until dates for statewide fall testing are determined. The proposed calendar follows those of Knox, North Judson-San Pierre schools and the Jesse cooperative. Continue reading

Additional Candidates File in Starke County


Friday’s candidate filing deadline brought a flurry of activity in Starke County. A total of six Democrats are seeking their party’s nomination for the Commissioner District 3 seat held by Republican Kent Danford. He is not running again. Candidates include Karen Tibbs, Anthony R. Bailey, Robert G. Manning, Tony Minix, Kenneth Arnett and Joseph Woods. The winner will face Republican Charles Chesak in November. Continue reading

Filing Deadline Brings Competitive Pulaski County Races


Several contested primary and a few general election races have cropped up in Pulaski County. Friday was the last day for candidates for county-wide elected office to file. Incumbent District 1 Commissioner Terry Young has drawn several primary opponents. Jerome C. (Jerry) Locke and Kenneth (Ken) Dunn are both running on the Republican ticket, setting up a three-way GOP primary. The winner will face a general election challenge from Democrat Derrick Stalbaum. Continue reading