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Lunch Prices to Increase at Eastern Pulaski Schools

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 17th, 2014

The price for lunch at the cafeteria at the Eastern Pulaski School Corporation will be going up slightly.

Superintendent Dan Foster said the increase was in line with federal guidelines.

“We did increase our cafeteria lunch prices again. We have to get up to that two-dollar-and-fifty-three cent limit or something like that so we begrudgingly increased our cafeteria lunches ten cents.”

DOE Releases Graduation Rate Data

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 17th, 2014

The Indiana Department of Education released graduation rate data Wednesday for the 2012-2013 school year.

The graduation rate is up from 2012. The average rate for all schools was 88.6% and most of the local schools are above that rate.

John Glenn Schools had the highest graduation rate of the local schools at 96.6% and Culver Community Schools had the lowest graduation rate at 77%.

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Adult Learning Center Registration Dates Announced

Published: April 17th, 2014

Center of Workforce InnovationsArea adults who want to take their high school equivalency test or brush up on some other skills can register now for classes in Starke County offered through the Center of Workforce Innovations Adult Learning Centers. Courses prepare individuals for the new Indiana High School Equivalency test, which replaces the GED. Courses in basic reading, math and language are also available. Some sites offer English as a Second Language instruction as well.

Classes in North Judson meet at the North Judson Wayne Township Public Library on Keller Avenue. Registration for that site is Monday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Call 574-896-2841 for more information. Registration for classes in Knox takes place each Monday and Wednesday except Monday, April 21 at the Starke County WorkOne office on North Shield Street. Call 574-249-8720 for more information.

Community Can Help Reduce Child Abuse

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 17th, 2014

The month of April is an opportunity for the community to come together and help children who have been victims of abuse.

There are 49 children in Starke County that are being served by the Department of Child Services who have been in abusive or unhealthy situations.

Child Abuse Awareness Month is a time when all individuals and organizations can play a role in making the community a better place for children and families. By ensuring that parents have the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to care for their children, it can promote children’s social and emotional well-being and prevent child maltreatment within families and communities.

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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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Pulaski County Commissioners to Discuss IT Contract in Emergency Session

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 16th, 2014

 The Pulaski County Commissioners will meet in emergency session today at 3:20 p.m. ET to consider an IT contract to prevent disruption of the 911 system at the Pulaski County Justice Center.

The IT contract was discussed at the Pulaski County Council meeting on Monday night and the members discussed getting some sort of agreement with the current contractor to continue. The council wants to move forward as quickly as possible so coverage doesn’t lapse.

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Indiana School Superintendent Names Indiana Four Star Schools

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 16th, 2014

 Indiana’s Four Star schools for the 2012-2013 school year were announced Tuesday.

Among the 331 schools named, four local schools achieved the status. Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Glenda Ritz announced that John Glenn High School, Kingsbury Elementary School in LaPorte, Webster Elementary School in Plymouth and Tri-Township Consolidated School Corporation in LaCrosse reached Four Star School status.

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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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Marshall County Clerk to Fill Two Positions

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 16th, 2014

The Marshall County Council approved a request from Clerk Julie Fox to hire two new employees in her office.

Fox explained that two of her deputies will be retiring, mostly due to the changes in retirement benefits.

Carolyn “Avon” Hansen has worked for 20 years with Marshall County. Fox said Hansen began in the clerk’s office and then moved to the child support division. She eventually came back to the clerk’s office and that’s where she will finish her career. Her last day will be May 30.

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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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Auto Parts Components Manufacturer to Move into LaPorte

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 16th, 2014

A German auto components company will be setting up shop in LaPorte.

Governor Mike Pence was recently in Germany and met with the executives of Jäger Group and its subsidiary Jaeger-Unitek Sealing Solutions, Inc. will be expanding operations in LaPorte. The expansion will include 52 new jobs by 2016.

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Three Killed in Jasper County Crash

By: Anita Goodan
Published: April 15th, 2014
Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Police

Photo courtesy of the Indiana State Police

Three Rensselaer residents were killed in a semi vs. car accident Monday night on I-65 south near the 227 mile marker.

A semi driver hauling 28,000 pounds of apples from Washington was slowed in the right lane to avoid backed up traffic for a previous crash. An SUV driven by Dr. Mallik Chaganti of Rennselaer failed to slow for traffic and rear ended the semi trailer.

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