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Starke County Council Approves Sheriff’s Vehicle Purchase

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeStarke County Sheriff Bill Dulin can order one of two 2015 Ford Police Interceptor SUV’s he plans to buy for his department this year and a light bar to go on the vehicle. The Starke County Council last night approved that expenditure. The vehicle will replace the department’s high-mileage Dodge Durango, which will be reassigned to Starke County Coroner Adam Gray for use as a body transport vehicle. The Starke County Commissioners previously approved the purchase, but the council’s approval was needed to spend the money. Continue reading

Ancilla College Officials Finalizing Residence Hall Construction Plans

Ancilla College NEWAncilla College officials hope to break ground on the school’s first residence hall within the next three to four weeks. Vice President of Development Todd Zeltwanger says the school’s board of trustees approved the construction late last year.

“By August we hope to have a three-story residence hall with about 96 beds ready for occupancy for students from all over the area to come and live on campus and experience Ancilla College in a whole new way,” Zeltwanger said. Continue reading

More Snow Headed Toward Northern Indiana

Mother Nature isn’t done with us yet. The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for the area from noon EST/11 a.m. CST until 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. CST today. Snow accumulations of between 2 and 4 inches are expected, with locally heavier amounts possible. Visibility may be reduced during periods of heavy snowfall. Motorists should expect snow-covered roads and plan accordingly. Remember, ice and snow, take it slow.

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Travel Watch Remains in Effect for Starke County

Starke County is still under a travel watch. That’s the orange level, and it means only essential travel such as trips to and from work is recommended. Pulaski and Marshall Counties have both downgraded to yellow advisory levels. Starke County Emergency Management Agency Director Ted Bombagetti says county officials will reevaluate the travel status this morning. He warns roads are still slick and hazardous, so be careful if you venture out. Find updated travel advisory information online at http://www.in.gov/dhs/traveladvisory/.

Scalding Injury Risk Increases in Winter

State health officials warn scalding risks increase significantly during the winter months, especially among young children and the elderly. Scalds occur when contact with hot liquid or steam damages one or more layers of skin. Injuries are painful and require prolonged treatment. They can result in lifelong scarring and possibly death. Frequent sources of scald burns include hot tap water, hot food and beverages and steam. Health officials say most burns occur in the kitchen or bathroom. Continue reading

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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