The Indiana State Police are looking for information about a car crash late last year in Starke County. Specifically they are looking for people who may have seen the early morning crash near Grovertown on Dec. 10. An Oldsmobile Alero was left unattended along County Road 1100 East about 630 feet north of County Road 300 North on the east side of the roadway after striking several large fence posts, according to information released by the state police. Witnesses say at least two vehicles drove by after the crash occurred. One of these vehicles may have been a large white straight truck or other large vehicle. The second vehicle may have been driven by a person named “Ray” or “Raymond” that picked up two individuals that were walking in the area. This vehicle purportedly broke down shortly thereafter.
If anyone was in the area of CR 1100 East and CR 300 North in the early morning hours of December 10, 2013 and has any information about the crash and/or above vehicles and their occupants please call Sgt. Scott Gilbert with the Indiana State Police at 219-696-6242 or 800-552-8917, or you may email him at email@example.com.
The former owner of a Buffalo-based private ambulance service pleaded guilty last week in federal court to conspiracy to submit fraudulent claims to Medicare. The charges against Roy Dunn, 60, of Winamac, involve ambulance transportation for northwest Indiana Medicare recipients. Court documents filed in November of 2012 indicate Hoosier EMS submitted claims to Medicare between May of 2009 and May of 2012 for reimbursement of more than $2 million worth of services that were never rendered. Dunn’s sentencing is set for May 20 in U.S. District Court.
The town of Medaryville is planning to apply for a CDBG grant worth $450,000. The amount of funds proposed to be used that will benefit low- and moderate-income persons is $279,000. The town is also expected to expend an estimated $400,000 in non-CDBG funds on the project. These funds will come from the Town of Medaryville and a bond issue.
A public hearing on this will be tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET at the Medaryville Town Hall, 409 E. Main Street. If you’d like to review information related to this project, you can view documentation in the clerk’s office between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. You may also contact Gene Payne, President of the Medaryville Town Council at (219) 843-2101.
The contract calls for a cost of $140,000 to redesign all four bridges. Wilson did a similar job for the county last year; the project came in under budget and two weeks ahead of schedule. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler said they are still on track to replace bad bridges over the next four years, and recommended that the commissioners accept the contract.
Commissioner Kathy Norem made a motion to accept the contract and it was approved unanimously.
The highway department will also be submitting four applications to the state for project funding, including work on Bridge 27, a road widening project on County Road 500 North, a shared-use path in the county, and a construction project on County Road 600 East. He said he hopes to get at least one or two of those projects funded.
Ritzler also mentioned that the county highway has been using their newly created Facebook page to keep people informed, and it’s been working well.
Community meetings are set for Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. ET at the Walkerton Elementary School; Wednesday, March 12 at 6 p.m. CT at the Oregon-Davis Board Room; Wednesday, March 12 at 7 p.m. ET at the Culver High School; March 13 at 6 p.m. ET at the Argos Administration Building; and March 13 at 7 p.m. ET at the John Glenn High School.
All schools that participate in the North-Central Vocational Co-op are attempting to gather public comment on the move to a balanced calendar for the 2015-2016. The schools affected include Argos, Culver, John Glenn, Knox, North Judson-San Pierre, Oregon-Davis, Plymouth and Triton.
School officials believe a balanced calendar leads to improved test scores, an increase in attendance and a dramatic decrease in discipline referrals.
The balanced calendar offers 180 days of instruction, but two week breaks within the school year to accommodate remediation possibilities and family vacations. A shorter summer would also help students retain information learned in the classroom.
These meetings are for information only and public comment is encouraged.
Superintendent Charles Mellon said the board decided to hire West Central High School Principal Don Street to take his place.
“Don has been in the corporation, I think, for 12 or 13 years now,” explained Mellon. “He’s familiar with the school and with the community. He’s always lived in the community. His administrative experience has not been in the superintendent’s seat, but the general knowledge of the position I think he’s versed in that.”
Mellon’s last day will be June 30 while Street’s first day will be July 1.
The board will now be actively looking for a high school principal to take Street’s place in that capacity.
The council will also meet with Nathan Origer, executive director of the Pulaski County Community Development Commission. Sheriff Mike Gayer is slated to present an update on the jail control pod, and request an additional appropriation as well.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. ET in the commissioners meeting room in the county courthouse.
The council members have a light agenda with a copier purchase request from Prosecutor David Holmes, a salary reimbursement grant request from EMA Director Clyde Avery and a transfer of funds within Sheriff Tom Chamberlin’s budget.
The governing body will also approve additional appropriation requests from the circuit court, the probation department and the clerk’s office.
Residents are welcome to attend. Public input is at the beginning of the meeting for your convenience.
Frain thanked the Chamber of Commerce, and said she has always felt that there are so many people who never receive thanks for their work for the community. She said she never thought she would receive such an honor.
“First of all, you have to know I’m very honored and humbled to receive this award. There are so many people who give up their time to make Pulaski County a great place to live. We’re a quiet county. I used to describe Pulaski County as very conservative but progressive and it still holds true. We may not have some of the amenities that other people talk about, but what we do have is heart. We have people who care about the community. We have people who go out but still bring it back home and I think that is very significant,” Frain said.
Frain has been on the Chamber of Commerce board since 1978, except for one year, and has served as vice president and president of the board for two years. Her husband, Dan Frain, won the award in 1991.
“Being married to Dan introduced me to community involvement. Senior service programs were just evolving and the Council on Aging was in its infancy. The mission seemed simple: identify the needs of the elderly and do something about it. When Mary Powers contacted me for the opening, she told me the job was lots of hours, do not do it for money, and I promise you it will be rewarding. She was correct on all three,” said Frain.
Frain is the Executive Director of Pulaski County Human Serices and has served on many community committees. Frain is a longtime chamber board member and serves on the Halleck Award committee. She is also a member of the Germanfest committee, a grant writer and administrator for the Pulaski County Family YMCA and conceived, implemented and continues to oversee the Coordinated Local Assistance Service Project (CLASP Toy Store) each December at Pulaski County Human Services. Frain also handles administrative responsibilities for the Pulaski County food pantry.
Kindergarten and preschool registration for Oregon-Davis students will be Wednesday, April 16 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT at the elementary school.
To be eligible for kindergarten enrollment, the child must be five on or before Aug. 1, 2014. Parents need to bring the child’s official birth certificate for age verification and immunization record. Parents will need to complete several forms and forms for the child’s physician and dentist will be given at this time.
Kindergarten students will attend full-day classes and bus transportation will be available for students to and from school.
Oregon-Davis officials will also register preschool students during this time. A child is eligible to attend preschool if the child is four or five years old and will be entering kindergarten during the 2015-2016 or 2016-2017 school year. There are a limited number of preschool openings. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information on either enrollment, call the Oregon-Davis Elementary School at (574) 867-2711.