Funeral services for Donna G. Harper, 82, of Longville, Minn., formerly of Star City, are Monday, Dec. 22 at 11 a.m. EST at Frain Mortuary in Winamac, with visitation there from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.
A contentious zoning issue surrounding the placement of a commercial office trailer on a property in Grovertown is back before the Starke County Board of Zoning Appeals. A Dec. 2, 2014 ruling by Special Judge Michael Shurn dismissed an appeal filed by Walter Ford and Julia Ford in August of 2013 against the Starke County Board of Zoning Appeals denying their building permit for a structure already placed on their property. Continue reading
The absence of smoke detectors in a Culver home is blamed for claiming a life. The Culver-Union Township Volunteer Fire Department responded to 504 Mill Street around 1:30 Thursday morning. Fire Chief Terry Wakefield tells WKVI news the lone occupant died in the blaze, which started accidentally. Continue reading
Funeral services for Francis Murphy Sr., 66, of Koontz Lake, are Monday, Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. CST at Rannells Funeral Home Koontz Lake Chapel, with visitation there from 11 a.m. until the time of the service.
William Jones pleaded guilty in a plea agreement with the state to a charge of domestic battery as a Class D felony. Judge Kim Hall accepted the plea agreement and Jones was sentenced to 18 months in the Indiana Department of Corrections with the entire sentence suspended to be served on probation. Jones must pay a $50 domestic violence fee along with court costs.
Batten down the hatches, we’re in for a blustery day. The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the WKVI listening area until 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. CST this evening. Southwest winds will increase to 25 to 35 miles-per-hour by mid to late morning, with gusts reaching 45 mph during the day. Continue reading
Continuing road work on Interstate 94 in Porter County will reduce the roadway to one lane for the next few nights, weather permitting. Indiana Department of Transportation contractors will be restriping the highway between State Road 249 and State Road 49 tonight and tomorrow night. That work will take place between the hours of 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. Continue reading
The Starke County Historical Society hopes to move its museum into a new building within the next three years. It’s currently located in the home of former Indiana Gov. Henry F. Schricker at 401 South Main Street in downtown Knox. Historical Society President Ron Vendl says the home is “jam packed with items of historical significance.” He adds there is no space left to store or display things. Family physician and longtime historical society benefactor Dr. Walter Fritz has offered to sell the historical society his medical office building at 1520 South Heaton St. to use as an additional museum. The 2,550 square-feet of space on the main floor is equal to that of the Schricker home, with an additional 2,100 square feet of storage space in the the basement. Continue reading
The former Walkerton-Lincoln Township Public Library Director has pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to two of the 10 felony charges filed against him. Scott Klingerman faced 10 counts of wire fraud. He’s accused of using the library’s debit card to pay for vacations, health club memberships and other personal business. Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation is the first in the area to adopt the balanced calendar concept. The school board voted 5-to-1 in favor of the plan, with board member Lee Nagai casting the lone no vote. Continue reading
A celebration of life service for Harold R. Bachman, 84, of LaPorte, will take place Monday, Nov. 17 at 11 a.m. CST at the Cutler Funeral Home and Cremation Center in LaPorte. Memorials may be given to the American Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation or the National Parkinsons Foundation or VNA Hospice.
The Hamlet Street Department reported last night to the Hamlet Town Board that it is well
prepared for the coming winter season. The 50-50 sidewalk replacement program has been successfully completed for 2014. The Town Clerk is receiving requests for the spring 2015
sidewalk replacement program. Continue reading
Funeral services for Marlene Cover, 71, of North Judson, are Friday, Nov. 14 at 2 p.m. CST at the Rannells Funeral Home Hamlet Chapel, with visitation there from noon until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be given to Heritage Baptist Church.
An Oregon-Davis teacher will serve 18 months on probation in Michigan after pleading guilty to numerous felony offenses. Eric Christopher Baierl, 31, of South Bend, was sentenced Friday in Cass Circuit Court, according to the “South Bend Tribune.” He pleaded guilty to bringing contraband into the Cass County Jail, possession of narcotics, possession of marijuana and an open container violation. Baierl was also ordered to pay $1,046 in court costs. Continue reading
Fire Chief Jeff Baker told WKVI News that crews were called to the scene on Nov. 2 at 3:30 a.m. and stayed on the scene on Roosevelt Road almost 12 hours later. Baker said they worked to get the fire under control until 9:29 a.m. and worked to secure the scene until after 2 p.m. ET.
Starke County Coroner-elect Adam Gray has a backup plan for morgue space in case a basic structure cannot be completed before he takes office in January. He told the county commissioners Marshall County Coroner Bill Clevenger uses space at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth and is talking to officials there about allowing Starke County to share that space as needed. Gray says the Jasper County coroner is also willing to let Starke County use space there if necessary. Continue reading
A motorist was admitted to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center with a broken neck Sunday morning after he unsuccessfully attempted to beat an oncoming train. Walkerton Police were called just after 8 a.m. to the crossing on County Road 104 in St. Joseph County. Continue reading
Funeral services for Barbara J. Glover, 86, of Granger, formerly of Knox, are Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. EDT at the Chapel Funeral Home in Osceola, with visitation there from 5 p.m. until the time of the service.
Representatives from Gibraltar Design presented updates in the building project to the Eastern Pulaski School Board Monday night. The project includes upgrades to the elementary, middle and high schools. Main entrances will be secured, restrooms updated, classrooms improved including the change of chalkboards to marker boards and replacing windows. Continue reading
Severe weather is possible tonight into tomorrow morning. The National Weather Service advises a strong cold front and upper level low pressure system will move into the Ohio Valley tonight and will cause a squall line of strong and severe thunderstorms to develop from Illinois south to the Gulf Coast. It will be capable of producing widespread damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, some hail, frequent lightning and heavy rainfall. Should any of that hit our area, the WKVI Information Center will be staffed to bring you the very latest.