Study Says Starke County Gets High Value for Property Taxes Paid

Property-tax-200x150A recent study says Starke County spends its property tax dollars effectively compared with others in the state.

The survey from SmartAsset shows places across the Hoosier State where residents are getting the most bang for their buck. The study includes statistical factors such as school rankings, crime rates, and the property tax levy rate.

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Filing Error Prompts Recertification of North Judson Town Ordinances

Certain residents living in North Judson could be prevented from voting in this November’s election.

During Monday’s Starke County Election Board meeting, ordinances dealing with the annexation of property developments from 2001, as well as an ordinance dealing with the establishment of Town Wards from 2012 were reviewed.
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IU Health Starke Displaying New Hospital Designs on Friday

IU Health Starke Hospital will be putting plans on display for what they hope will one day be a new hospital.

On Friday, the culmination of work that’s been going on this week will be showcased at the hospital for the public to view. Officials with the hospital have been busy putting together a mock-up of a proposed new building, this week.
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Sheriff’s Department Catches Trespassing Suspect in Closet, Locate Meth

Starke County Police gave chase during a Thursday incident in North Judson.

According to information released by the Sheriff’s Department, officers were responding to a trespassing call in the 5-thousand South block of Detroiter Lane. After arriving on scene, a suspect was identified and was given an order to stop.
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Election Board Continues HAVA Grant Work, Prepares for Election

Primary Election2The Starke County Election Board has received approval for the first phase of grant work.

During their meeting Monday morning, board members recommended accepting the grant funds to the Starke County Commissioners. The renovations come courtesy of a Help America Vote Act grant with the funds are being used to upgrade a door, parking lot, and wheel chair ramp at the North Bend Township Community Center and polling site.
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Starke Election Board Leaves Voting Hours Alone After Previous Approval

The Starke County Election Board advertised early and absentee voting hours, and then considered changing them the day before it’s supposed to start.

Following a vote at their last meeting to set the hours for voting prior to the primary election, Starke County Clerk Vicky Cooley brought a proposal to the board to reduce the number of hours early voting can take place.
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Sheriff’s Department Makes Arrest in North Judson Meth Case

IStarke County Sheriff's Department Badgenformation gained by the Starke County Sheriff’s Office led to an arrest in a methamphetamine case.

Authorities responded to the 2-thousand South block of 100 West in North Judson on Tuesday. The tip that came into the Sheriff’s Department led investigators to believe that a couple may have been manufacturing meth in the residence.
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Charges Filed After Investigation Into Infant Suffering Frostbite

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeCharges have been filed, and more information is being released after an early February incident that left an infant suffering alone in the cold.

The Starke County Sheriff’s Office was called to the area of 250 W. and 500 S. in Starke County on February 5th. According to the Sheriff’s Department, the call notified authorities of a vehicle accident.
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Community Foundation Offers Area Students Scholarship Opportunities

A deadline is approaching for students interested in scholarships from the Starke County Community Foundation.

The organization says it has about 30 scholarships available for Starke County students to pursue post secondary education. According to a press release, more than $55-thousand was distributed in 2014.
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Election Board Discusses Late Fees on Candidate Financial Forms

Candidates running for office in Starke County could be facing fines for not filing the appropriate financial disclosure forms.

During Tuesday’s Starke County Election Commission meeting, filing CFA-4 forms was discussed as important due to laws implemented at the state level. There are three financial documents that need to be filed for a candidate to be in compliance.
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Prescription Drop-offs Continue Hazard Prevention Efforts

Starke County Sheriff's Department BadgeThe Starke County Sheriff’s Department says their prescription drug drop-off program continues to bode well.

A box sits in the lobby of the Starke County Jail that’s intended to act as a receptacle for the prescriptions. Drop-off programs are designed to protect water supplies, prevent taking expired medication, and reduce the spread of medications used as an illegal narcotic.
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Hoekman Sentenced on Burglary Count

 The 23-year-old Knox man accused of burglarizing USA Café in August of 2013 was sentenced yesterday by Circuit Court Judge Kim Hall.

Michael Hoekman pleaded guilty to a single Class B felony count of Burglary as part of a plea agreement in front of a Magistrate Judge on Wednesday. The state dismissed all other charges as part of the deal.
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Starke County Ranks First In State for Meth Seizures

A new report says that while seizures of meth labs are up in Indiana, the number of labs is also up in the state.

The publication from Purdue Extension says Indiana saw nearly 1,800 meth lab seizures in 2013, the highest of any state in the country. Data supplied in the report describes the trends in illegal drug use in rural areas and proposes a few solutions to the problem.
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