Red Cross Seeks Volunteers for AmeriCorps

acSince the founding of the Red Cross AmeriCorps in 1994 more than 800,000 members have contributed over 1 billion hours in service across the nation by tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve. If you’re looking to make a real difference in your community and wish to gain new skills and experience then you should consider signing up for the Red Cross AmeriCorps. Continue reading

Infant Mortality Speaker Addressing Indiana Health Problems


Indiana has one of the worst infant mortality rates in the nation.

That’s why the Indiana Youth Institute is bringing a speaker to the Pulaski County Public Library in Winamac to discuss the issue.

According to data provided by the Youth Institute, an infant dies every 16 hours in the state. That puts Indiana newest residents at a 25-percent higher risk of death than their peers.

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Continuing Cold Leads to State Homeland Security Recommendations


First FEMA, and now the Indiana Department of Homeland Security is advising against being out in the bitter cold.

Wind Chill readings were expected to be in the double-digits below zero. Cold weather moved into the area yesterday, but will continue through midday. Wind gusts may not be helping matters, but the IDHS says they are urging residents to take precautions against the cold.
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State Revenue Sources Fall Short, Wagering Beats Estimates


The state of Indiana has gained a bit of revenue for January compared to the previous year, but fell short of revised estimates.

According to the monthly revenue report from the State Budget Agency, General Fund revenues were $1.3-billion in January. That’s 2.4-percentage points above revenue collected for the same period last year. Those figures are still below estimates for the 2015 fiscal year published in December.
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Charbonneau Focuses on Indiana’s Water Resources

State Senator Ed Charbonneau
State Senator Ed Charbonneau

State Senator Ed Charbonneau is touting two bills that received unanimous approval in the Indiana Senate.

Both bills attempt to analyze and secure the Hoosier State’s water resources. Senate Bill 473 requires the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to monitor water resources and provides an avenue for volunteers to conduct the work. It would focus on areas where water withdrawals could exceed the natural replenishing rate.
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Karsynn Ann Dulin

Karsynn Ann Dulin, still-born daughter of Chad and Katey Dulin, of Knox, passed away Monday, September 3, 2012.  Graveside services will be Sunday, September 9, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. CT at the Round Lake Cemetery.   The M.C. Smith Funeral Home in Knox is in charge of arrangements.

Former Starke County Woman Found Murdered in Rochester Home

A former Starke County woman was found murdered at her home in Rochester.

Indiana State Police officers responded to 6832 W. Olson Road where the owners of the residence reported a possible murder. The residents came home from work and reportedly found a rear door to the house open. Police say the owners found Wilma Upsall’s body on the floor of the residence and investigators say she was shot and died from her injuries. An autopsy will determine an exact cause of death.

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Andrew “Drew” Shearin

Andrew “Drew” Shearin, 17, of Plymouth, Indiana, formerly of Knox, Indiana, passed away Monday, October 10th, 2011. Funeral services will be Friday, October 14th, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. CT at the Knox High School Gymnasium. Visitation is Friday from 4:00-6:00 p.m. CT at the Knox High School Gymnasium. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Drew Shearin Memorial Music Scholarship. The Rannells Funeral Home, Hamlet Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

From the WKVI Archives: Kingsbury Ordnance Plant

Workers put together munitions at KOP.

It was 71 years ago today that one of the defining moments in Starke County history occurred. On September 28th, 1940, LaPorte had been chosen as one of 73 sites in the country for the construction of an ordnance plant. That led to the building of the Kingsbury Ordnance Plant better known as KOP.

For residents of Starke County and those who followed them here, that meant loading shells, assembling fuses, boosters, detonators and primers, and packing complete rounds of ammunition.

After the government had cleared all the families off the 13,454 acres of land it had purchased, it began construction of KOP. By May of 1942, the number of people employed reached a high of 20,785. Nearly half of the people employed were women. For many it was their first job outside the home.

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While the Weather Remains Calm, INDOT Prepares for More Winter Weather

We’ve enjoyed a few snow free days in this new year, but don’t get too excited. As we all know, Indiana weather can change quickly from one day to the next which means we could see another big snow event at any time.

The Indiana Department of Transportation is ready for the next event as their top priority is snow and ice removal. INDOT uses all available resources to keep roads open, maximize the mobility of the traveling public and help minimize accidents due to winter traveling conditions.

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Indiana Department of Transportation Ready for Snow this Christmas Holiday

Accumulated snow combined with below average temperatures will ensure that much of Indiana will remain blanketed in white this Christmas holiday. With a chance of winter weather forecast on Christmas Eve, the Indiana Department of Transportation stands ready to plow and treat highways ahead of the holiday traffic. Yellow plow trucks are deployed ahead of predicted winter weather to make state highways as safe as possible, but winter driving safety is a partnership where motorists play an equally important role.

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Department of Education Releases Graduation Rates; Oregon-Davis over 90%

Dr. Steve Disney

The Department of Education has recently released graduation rates for schools in Indiana and for the first time, Oregon-Davis has gone over 90%. Superintendent, Dr. Steve Disney, was understandably proud of the accomplishment.

“We’re just so proud and we do have one of the highest rates around,” said Dr. Disney.

Ted Hayes asked Dr. Disney what he attributes the increase to.

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