Culver Man Dies in Motorcycle Accident

A Culver man died in a Friday night accident in Lake County. The accident occurred on U.S. 30. Aaron Broeker, 27, died from blunt force trauma at around 11:15 p.m. CT when the motorcycle he was riding slammed into the rear of a car driven by a Cedar Lake resident.

Another motorcyclist was riding with Broeker at the time of the accident.

Broeker was pronounced dead at the scene.

Koontz Lake Dam Project on Schedule

Even though the weather hasn’t cooperated much with many outdoor projects this spring so far, the construction of the Koontz Lake Dam project seems to be on schedule.

Work is being done to replace the Koontz Lake Dam and straighten out the curve in the road that passes over the dam on State Road 23. According to officials, work is about 15% complete and work will begin on the piers for the new bridge soon. The project is expected to be complete in May of 2012.

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Mint Farming Legislation Big in This Session of the General Assembly

State Representative Tom Dermody

One of the most important pieces of legislation passed in the most current session of the legislature had to do with mint farming. Republican Representative Tom Dermody was the sponsor of the legislation and he talks about that bill today.

“When we saw what happened last summer, especially with what I consider is the overreaching of government into business, when mint farming and agricultural is so important to LaPorte and Counties, I put legislation together that will protect the mint farmers,” said Dermody. “It was protect them, especially during this season, against the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and allow them to plant while testing goes on to check for VOCs in the mint farming industry which we already know the mint farmers will pass. This does not allow them to regulate any new permitting on them and will protect them through the season. What the State has to realize is how important mint farmers are to our revenue source, jobs and to agriculture in general. This is something that was supported by many and it protects the overreaching arm of government.”

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Sheriff’s Memorial Service Today in Pulaski County

The employees of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department will be remembering their fallen comrades in a Sheriff’s Memorial service today at Noon ET at the Sheriff’s Department.

Honored will be Sheriff Charles Henry Oglesby, Sheriff Milo “Mike” Lewis and Deputy Sheriff Shadron Kiley “Shad” Bassett. These officers were killed in the line of duty while serving the citizens of Pulaski County.

All are invited to the service.

West Central School Board Recognizes Staff Members for Years of Service

Lisa Marlatt, Board member Gary Gudeman, and Cathy Risner

The West Central School Board recognized staff members for their many years of service to the School Corporation.

Lisa Marlatt and Cathy Risner were recognized for 15 years; Mike Harter, Pam Ledford and Monica Franscoviak for 20 years; Diana Culp for 25 years; Darla Tanner for 30 years; Susan Gift and Carol Tanner for 35 years; and Jennifer Garten for 40 years. Susan Gift, Keith Schladenhauffen, Susan Overton and Peggy Harris opted to retire after this school year and were also recognized.

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Monday’s Memorial Day Services

The Knox VFW Post #748 will be hosting Memorial Day services until Noon on Monday, May 30th, where the the closing ceremonies and the retiring of the guard will be held at the Post Home. Several veterans, firefighters, police officers, and National Guard members will be standing vigil at the Post and a Civil War camp will be set up in the back of the facility.

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24-Hour Vigil at Knox VFW Post

Nancy Dembowski

Memorial Day Services in the Kankakee Valley began Sunday at the Knox VFW Post 748. The posting of the guard ceremonies began at 12:00 noon. Speakers included Tim Shepherd of the VFW, Dewayne Arndt, representing Congressman Joe Donnelly, State Representative Nancy Dembowski, and Knox Mayor Rick Chambers.

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J.W. Hicks, Inc. Announces Dual Expansions in Knox

The second expansion will be located at 501 S. 300 E. in Knox

J.W. Hicks, Inc., with locations in both Knox and Merrillville, has announced plans to proceed with two expansions in Knox while continuing the operation in Merrillville. The company has been in Knox since 1998 and these expansions will mark the third and fourth such expansions since the plant has been in Knox.

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Week in Review for May 23rd-27th, 2011

Here is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:

Todd Zeltwanger at Ancilla College during Triathlon

The third annual Ancilla College Triathlon was held last week where over 100 individuals competed in the swimming, running and biking event.

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Knox City Police Investigates Burglary at ALCO

The Knox City Police Department is investigating a burglary at the ALCO store in the Knox Mall.

According to police, on Tuesday, May 24th, officers were called to ALCO in reference to a burglary. Officers arrived on scene and found the glass in the south entry door broken out. The K9 unit was sent inside but no suspects were found in the store. Police found that a glass case containing video game systems was broken and game systems were stolen. When police reviewed the security tape, officers saw the suspect was wearing a ski mask, gloves and a hooded sweatshirt at the time of the incident and could not identify him. If you know anything about this incident, you may call in an anonymous tip to the Knox City Police Department at (574) 772-4122.

Harry L. Keller Post to Provide Honor Guard for Ceremony at Frank Ono Park

Frank Ono

The Harry L. Keller American Legion Post 92 is honored to have been asked to provide an Honor Guard for the Westville Community at the Frank Ono Park Saturday.

Ono posthumously received the Medal of Honor 10 years ago. Then-Lt. Governor Joseph Kernan presided over the services at Norwayne Field in North Judson.

Ono, a North Judson High School graduate, received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroic action on Hill 140 in Italy on July 4th, 1944.

The Harry L. Keller American Legion Post 92 will fire a 21 gun salute and blow taps.

Other services conducted by the Harry L. Keller Post will be:
Sunday: 11:30 a.m. CT at Round Lake Cemetery
Monday: 8:45 a.m. CT Parade; 9:00 a.m. at Pioneer Cemetery; 10:00 a.m. at San Pierre Cemetery; 11:00 a.m. Wreath deposit on the Kankakee River on Highway 421. A ceremony at the Vel Mar Park in LaCrosse will follow.

Rolling Prairie Man Arrested in Knox

James Childress III

James Childress III, of Rolling Prairie, was arrested by Knox City Police Wednesday after an accident and a brief foot pursuit from police.

According to the police report, Childress was reportedly driving his vehicle in the Giles Court area and went off the road a hit a tree. Childress fled on foot. The vehicle caught fire in the engine area after the incident and the fire was extinguished by the Knox-Center Township Fire Department. The vehicle displayed false and fictitious plates.

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Memorial Day Services in Knox, Hamlet

The Knox VFW Post #748 will be hosting Memorial Day services beginning this Sunday, May 29th. Opening ceremonies begin at Noon on Sunday with the posting of the guard for a 24-hour vigil. Congressman Joe Donnelly will be speaking, along with State Representative Nancy Dembowski and Knox Mayor Rick Chambers. The Candlelight ceremony will be Sunday at 8:30 p.m. and all of the POW MIA soldiers’ names from the Iraq and Afghanistan War will be read. At Noon on Monday, May 30th, the closing ceremonies and the retiring of the guard will be held at the Post Home. Several veterans, firefighters, police officers, and National Guard members will be standing vigil at the Post and a Civil War camp will be set up in the back of the facility.

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