State Police Warn of Phone Scams During Tax Season


With tax season approaching, Indiana State Police are warning residents to be on the lookout for phone scams. Callers claiming to be from the IRS but often having foreign accents tell residents they may face a lawsuit or imprisonment if they don’t immediately send money for what they say is a delinquent tax bill. Then, they demand personal information to try to steal the recipient’s identity. Continue reading

Local Schools Report Low ISTEP Scores


ISTEP scores released today by the state indicate a double-digit decline in the passing percentage over last year. In 2013-14, 74 percent of public school students across Indiana passed both the English/Language Arts and Math standardized tests. The 2014-15 scores indicate only 52-percent of public school students made the grade on both tests. Both percentages are slightly higher when private and charter school students are factored in. Continue reading

James “Tony” Miller, Jr.

Funeral services for James “Tony” Miller, Jr., 74, of Medaryville, are Friday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. CST at Goodway Baptist Church, with visitation ther efrom 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Boersma Funeral Home in Wheatfield is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be given to the family.

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