SCILL Center to Honor Graduating Students

SCILLThe Starke County Initiative for Lifelong Learning is hosting an award ceremony to recognize the accomplishments of their 2015 class. The program takes place tonight at 1300 Kloeckner Drive in the Knox Industrial Park and will commence at 6 pm (CST) .

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American Red Cross May Close Marshall County Office

The American Red Cross office in Plymouth is slated to close on June 30. Northern Indiana Regional Executive Director Sue Gulley says services and programs will still be offered. She adds shutting the office down will allow the nonprofit organization to combine valuable resources while still providing programs like CPR training, disaster response and blood drives. Marshall County Red Cross volunteer Carol Arnett works closely with emergency management and other local officials when disasters like gas leaks, fires and floods occur. She says local volunteers can respond within minutes versus the hours it takes for South Bend to mobilize.
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Knox City Council Defers Action on Yard Sale

Knox officials have not decided yet whether to schedule a second city-wide yard sale during the upcoming Harvest Festival in September. They are considering having a sale Sept. 17-21. During last night’s meeting, city council members said they need more time to research the availability of clothing recycling centers and dumpster rentals before making a decision.

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Starke Republicans Meeting to Assess Candidates for Office

Republican Party Elephant

Republican Party Elephant

Following May’s Primary Municipal Election, the Starke County Republicans now have a few decisions to make.

The contested races during May’s primary in Knox were limited to Democrats seeking seats on the City Council. Members of the Starke County Republicans, however, still have several weeks to find nominees.
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Starke County Council to Consider Salary Ordinance Changes Tonight

starke-county-courthouseThe Starke County Council will take up the agenda from their rescheduled May 18 meeting during a special-called 5:30 p.m. session tonight. It includes a request to create a new position and proposed amendments to the county’s salary ordinance. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler is also on the agenda to request a transfer and an amendment to the salary ordinance to create an administrative assistant position. The meeting will take place in the first floor meeting room at the county annex building.

Culver Town Council Meeting New Legislative Challenge in Annexation Pursuit

The Culver Town Council is working its way through new guidelines for the annexation of property.

Culver is currently considering annexing land to its Northwest to increase the Town’s assessed valuation and potentially offer the land up for development. Surveys have been sent to the landowners affected by any future decisions. 22 have been returned.
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Starke County Sheriff’s Office Hosts Successful Relay for Life Lockup

Relay for Life FundraiserThe first “inmates” to be locked up at the new Starke County Jail successfully bonded out for a good cause. Last week the sheriff’s office partnered with Starke County Relay for Life to raise money. Volunteers either “surrendered” to a jail staff member or had an “arrest warrant” issued. Continue reading

Nominations Sought for Bicentennial Torch Relay Torchbearers

Indiana BicentennialThe Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay is accepting nominations from the public for torchbearers in each of the state’s 92 counties. Nominations recognize Hoosiers who demonstrate exceptional public service, excellence in their profession, acts of heroism or volunteer service to their neighborhood, community, region or state, according to a news release from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Continue reading

IU Health Starke Attempts to Incorporate Local Food Into Nutrition Programs

Moderation is key.

That’s the advice IU Health Starke Hospital’s new Dietician Jana Hileman says is important for success in lifestyle changes. The hospital’s dietician is responsible for oversight of which foods patients at the hospital can consume during their stay.
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Starke County Postal Patrons Help Stamp Out Hunger

Starke County postal patrons did their part to “stamp out hunger” during a recent U.S. Postal Service food drive. Donations placed next to mail boxes on Saturday, May 9 were picked up by mail carriers and given to the Community Services of Starke County food pantry. Executive Director Joan Haugh says they got 1,739 pounds of food. The Knox Post Office collected 1,230 pounds of food; North Judson picked up 475 pounds, and the Hamlet Post Office delivered 34 pounds of food.

O-D Students Perform Well on ECA Tests

 The End of Course Assessment (ECA) test results at Oregon-Davis Schools have the administration excited about the progress the students are making in Math and English/Language Arts. The ECAs are taken at the end of the school year to measure student growth.

Superintendent Greg Briles boasted the efforts of the 10th grade students.

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NJ-SP Elementary Students Learn Value of Charity in Cancer Education

NJSP ElementaryStudents at North Judson-San Pierre Elementary School had the chance to learn about health and cancer prevention, last week.

Students in each grade level participated in the American Cancer Society’s “Relay Recess” program. The event takes cancer education to the classroom by recognizing those afflicted with the disease and teaching students about charitable causes.
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Healthcare Careers Camp Scheduled in June

IU HealthThe second annual Healthcare Careers Camp is set for June. High school juniors and seniors interested in a career in healthcare are encouraged to attend the week-long event.

Students will be able to immerse themselves in real-life experiences of health professionals at Indiana University Health LaPorte Hospital. Topics include nursing, becoming a physician, professionalism in the workplace, diagnostic imaging, pharmacy, physical therapy, CPR certification, heart and vascular care, and sports medicine. Participants will have an opportunity to interact with physicians, healthcare providers and executives, and will have direct access to observing patient care.

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Starke County Officials Celebrate Justice Center Completion

Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall and Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin prepare to cut the ribbon to officially open the Starke County Sheriff's Office and Detention Center

Starke Circuit Judge Kim Hall and Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin prepare to cut the ribbon to officially open the Starke County Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center

Starke County’s new jail is ready for occupancy. Officials celebrated the completion of the 144 bed, state-of-the-art facility yesterday with a public dedication and ribbon cutting, attended by more than 300 people. The $15.4 million project came in on time and under budget and gives Starke County the distinction of going from the oldest jail in the state to the newest. The old facility across from the courthouse opened in 1977. It will be renovated into office space for Starke County Community Corrections and the probation department. Continue reading

Authorities Release Death Investigation Details

The man believed responsible for the disappearance and death of a South Bend woman whose body was found near Culver on Wednesday has been formally charged with murder. Investigators say Alberto Cruz, 24, has been a suspect in the disappearance of Alma Del Real, 22, since she was first reported missing last month. Continue reading