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Marshall County Highway Supervisor Getting Quotes for Pug Mill

The Marshall County Highway Department will be working toward getting a pug mill to save money on paving costs.

Supervisor of County Highways Jason Peters told the commissioners this week that they have been using Starke County’s pug mill and have patched roads with the stone, oil and sand mixture. Compared to a hot asphalt mix, having a pug mill will save the county thousands and thousands of dollars. He said the materials for other paving options are getting more expensive.

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Metronet Project Done, 7th Road Project Awaiting Completion

Marshall County Commissioners (L to R) Deb Griewank, Kevin Overmyer and Kurt Garner

Marshall County Commissioners (L to R) Deb Griewank, Kevin Overmyer and Kurt Garner

This week, the Marshall County Commissioners approved and signed paperwork to complete the acceptance of the Metronet project along Glen Overmyer Drive. The work ended on Nov. 12 with all punch list items checked off the list. The installation of conduit for the three phases of the Metronet project is now complete.

The conduit will house dark fiber capable of distributing high-speed internet to business and industry in Plymouth. The conduit was installed in the city limits and along old U.S. 31 through LaPaz, LaVille, Lakeville and into South Bend. LaVille School Corporation and Hoosier Racing Tire have already lit dark fiber to begin using the product.

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NJ-SP Superintendent Explains Delay Procedure

North Judson-San Pierre High School

North Judson-San Pierre High School

While most schools in the area call for two hour delays when weather plays a factor in traveling safely to school, North Judson-San Pierre schools operate on a 90-minute delay.

Superintendent Lynn Johnson explains that at least six times each semester, Bluejay Collaboration Time takes place the first 90 minutes of the school day. This is a chance for teachers to take time to analyze data and form Response to Instruction Groups. Continue reading

More Cuts to be Made in Pulaski County Budget

 Pulaski County Auditor Shelia Garling informed the commissioners this week that The budget order from the state has returned. Over $48,000 needs to be further cut from the budget as well as $153,000 in the highway budget. She said several errors were made when putting the budget together in some line items. It is the hope that additional appropriations won’t have to be made unless necessary.

Dave Bennett from Bennett Insurance gave the commissioners some good news. The county will be getting a refund of $205,499 as claims were down in 2014. Garling said that refund will come in three installments with the first payment already received in December.

Starke County Sheriff Names Department Heads

Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin has installed new department heads since he assumed office at the beginning of the year.

Dulin named Kenny Pfost as chief deputy sheriff, Christina Suprenant as matron, Randy Brown as jail commander, Dawn Bau as chief dispatcher and Rob Olejniczak as a detective.

Olejniczak recently graduated as a K9 handler from the Von Liche Kennels in Denver, Indiana. Olejniczak and K9 Terror are currently working with the county in that capacity.

Court Ruling Puts Grovertown Zoning Issue Back in County BZA’s Hands

 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

Marshall County Coroner Identifies Culver Fire Victim

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

Domestic Violence Defendant Sentenced to Probation

 A man was sentenced to probation in a hearing in Starke Circuit Court Tuesday afternoon.

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.

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Wind Advisory Issued Through Evening Hours

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

INDOT Restricts Overnight Traffic on I-94

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

Starke County Historical Society Announces Museum Capital Campaign

Starke County Historical Society

The Starke County Historical Society Museum is currently located in the former Gov. Henry F. Schricker home at 401 S. Main St. in Knox.

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

Former Walkerton Library Director Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

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

Oregon-Davis Adopts Balanced Calendar Concept

Oregon-Davis-Jr_Sr-BuildingThe 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

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