Week in Review for September 26th-30th, 2011

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

Oregon-Davis Jr/Sr High School

The Oregon-Davis School Board received a request from the Township Trustee for the purchase of school property for a new fire station. The property is across from the Starke County Fairgrounds.

Ellis Clemons, Brandie Kotras, Tracie Young and Steve Wilson were arrested Friday morning after officers from the Knox City Police Department and Starke County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at 202 W. Locust Dr. in Knox.

North Judson Town Board

The North Judson Town Board approved a resolution to allow a trade of equipment between the North Judson-Wayne Township Fire Department and the Knox-Center Township Fire Department.

Samantha Rife of Star City was crowned Miss Kankakee Valley in the scholarship pageant held Saturday. Katlynn Surfus was selected as Miss Kankakee Valley Outstanding Teen.

State Representative Nancy Dembowski

State Democrats are paying back their fines from when they left the state to delay discussion and passage of bills in the General Assembly. 17th District State Representative Nancy Dembowski said all but a few hundred dollars of her $3,100 fine has been paid.

The West Central School Board learned that the average daily membership is down 37.5 students which could mean a loss of $225,000 in funding for the Corporation.

The Starke County Planning Commission approved changes to the proposed dog kennel ordinance at its meeting last week. The ordinance will now be sent back to the County Commissioners for final approval.

Oregon-Davis School Superintendent, Dr. Steve Disney, has been chosen as the District One Superintendent of the year for 2012. He will represent the District in the American Association of School Administrators National Superintendent of the Year Program.

Michael Watts

Michael Watts of Knox was arrested Saturday after reportedly admitted to stealing an air conditioning unit from Marks Body Shop in Knox.

Knox City Council and Starke County officials got together to discuss Knox City Court and how to make it solvent. County officials said they can’t do much for the City Court but the Starke County Prosecutor may be able to direct some money to the court from the pre-trial diversion fund.

Gas prices are going to go up again. Don Good from the Good Oil Company in Winamac said that prices will go up 20 cents and fluctuate in the next couple of weeks.

Starke County Economic Development Foundation Director Charles Weaver feels that residents in Starke County need to be prepared when filling skilled positions in industry and other workforce opportunities. The Foundation will be partnering with the three Starke County schools to provide education for those students and adults to make them skill ready.

Kristen Thompson of Knox and Donnie Fletcher of North Judson were arrested on preliminary charges of Residential Entry and Habitual Offender after they were found in a residence on 150 North in Starke County without permission.

Haven Ewing, who was to go on trial in Starke Circuit Court this week on charges of Burglary, will instead face misdemeanor charges of Conversion and Criminal Mischief, two counts each, in Knox City Court.

And that is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week.