The Starke County Republican swearing-in ceremony is set for Monday, December 31 at 3:00 p.m. CT.
Starke County Commissioner Kathy Norem ran unopposed in the General Election and was retained in her District and Kent Danford won in his District over Dan Bridegroom in November. They will take the oaths of office along with newly elected Starke County Council member, Bryan Cavendar.
New Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is slated as a speaker Saturday night at the Starke County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner. The event, to be held at the newly remodeled Bass Lake Community Center, will begin with a social hour at 6:00 p.m. and the dinner at 7:00 p.m. CT.
Other local and state candidates are expected to be in attendance as well as Second District Congressional candidate, Jackie Walorski.
It’s another feather in the cap for the Starke County Republican party. Because Republican Secretary of State candidate, Charlie White, defeated Democrat, Vop Osilli, in the 2010 November Starke County election, the Republican party will be in charge of this year’s Primary Election.
Here are a few of the stories that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:
Megan Smithson, 19, of Illinois, died in an auto accident Sunday afternoon at the intersection of State Road 10 and State Road 35 in Starke County. Police say she pulled out onto US 35 and into the path of a vehicle driven by Tony Wagner of Winamac.
We heard from three of the four Starke County Councilmen who attended their last meeting December 20th. Chuck Estok, Bill Dulin, and Bruce Fingerhut (pictured right) said that they enjoyed working with the people of Starke County.
Gerald L. Broude, Jr. was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court, Tuesday. Judge Kim Hall sentenced him to 50 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections. A jury had found him Guilty on four counts of Child Molestation on December 1st.
The Starke County Republican elected officials were sworn into office last night in the Starke County Circuit Courtroom. Superior Court Judge Patrick Blankenship swore in Judge Kim Hall. Judge Hall then swore in the rest of the candidates.
“It was a wonderful evening and a great opportunity to place these fine folks under oath to faithfully and impartially perform their duties,” said Judge Hall.