Starke County Chamber Announces Shricker Honoree

Melba Shilling
Melba Shilling

A longtime Starke County Extension Home Economist is the winner of the 2015 Henry F. Schricker Award. Named for the former governor and Starke County native, the award is given annually to a resident who embodies Shricker’s credo of service before self. This year’s committee, comprised of Starke County Chamber of Commerce representatives and former Schricker Award winners, selected Melba Shilling as the honoree. Continue reading

Hospital Model Tours Scheduled Today and Thursday

IU HealthMembers of the public can check out the other half of the proposed new IU Health Starke Hospital this week. Workers have set up a scale model of the second half of the project at the former Freeman Products building at the corner of 300 East and Culver Road in Knox. Guided tours of the model, which has been dubbed “cardboard city” will be available from 4 until 6 p.m. today and Thursday. This part of the project features pharmacy, administration, registration, medical/surgical units and therapy services. Continue reading

Knox Artist Celebrates Blackhawks Poster Unveiling

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Precision Controls CEO Andy Arnold unveils the “Let’s Go Hawks” South Shore print painted by Mitch Markovitz of Knox.

A Knox artist was the guest of honor last night at an art gallery in Munster. The latest “Just Around the Corner on the South Shore Line” poster by Mitch Markovitz celebrates the Chicago Blackhawks sports dynasty. He was commissioned by CEO Andy Arnold of Precision Controls of Griffith to do a poster painting entitled “Let’s Go Hawks” to commemorate the team. Continue reading

Ancilla Officials, Bishop Dedicate Residence Hall

Blessing 8The new residence hall at Ancilla College is ready for the rest of the student body to move in on Friday. The Most Reverend Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese blessed the building during a ceremony yesterday in Donaldson attended by about 200 people. He says the word “Ancilla” is Latin for “handmaid.” When Mary was asked by the angel Gabriel if she would say yes to being the mother of the son of God, she answered, “I am the handmaid of the Lord, let it be done to me according to your work.” Bishop Rhoades says that act of faith inspired the sisters of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ to found Ancilla College. Continue reading

Steven D. “Maddog” Alma

Funeral services for Steven D. “Maddog” Alma, 62, of Royal Center, are Saturday, Aug. 1 at 11 a.m. EDT at the Harrison-Metzger-Rans Funeral Home Royal Center Chapel, with visitation there Friday, July 31 from 4 until 9 p.m. EDT. Memorials may be given to the American Heart Association or the National Parks Conservation Association.

Pulaski County Gauging Business Interest in Former Sportsman’s Site

sportsmans chain link fenceThe rubble at the site of the former Sportsman’s Bar and Grill remains according to officials with Pulaski County.

The building, owned by Courtney Hardin, collapsed earlier this year, prompting health and safety concerns in Monterey. The building is owned by an individual in Culver, but according to Pulaski County Commissioners, few are taking responsibility to clean-up the site. Continue reading