Starke County Highway Superintendent Elaborates on Road Funding

Starke County will be able to implement plans to pave 123 miles of local roads with asphalt over the next decade without raising taxes, according to Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler. He presented options to the county council Monday. They include using money from the Local Roads and Streets and County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds to draw down a maximum three-to-one funding match from the state. Continue reading

North Judson-San Pierre School Board Approves Purchases of Mower, Wall-Coverings

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board approved some purchases Tuesday. Board members voted to spend over $10,000 for a mower from Culver Power Equipment. Superintendent Annette Zupin said the corporation’s current mower is old and needs to be replaced. She added that money is included in this year’s Capital Projects budget for that purpose. Continue reading

Culver Community School Board Approves Cafeteria Prices

Prices for lunch will increase for all schools next year at the Culver Community School Corporation.

Food Services Director Carin Clifton said the lunch price variables were put into a calculator as part of the Indiana Department of Education paid equity requirements. It was determined this year that the price will go up another 10 cents. The statistic is based on students who are not on free and reduced lunch.

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BMV Branches to Close During Memorial Day Observance

 

All branches of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be closed Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

Branches will reopen with regular business hours on Tuesday, May 30. The Knox branch is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT while the Winamac and Walkerton branches are open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. The La Porte branch is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30p.m. CT.

For online assistance, visit www.myBMV.com.

Indiana State Police to Investigate Shooting in Starke, La Porte Counties

 

Troopers from the Indiana State Police will be taking over the investigation of a shooting incident Thursday afternoon that started in North Judson and ended in La Porte County.

According to police, at about 4:05 p.m., a North Judson police officer recognized the driver of a vehicle who was wanted on a warrant. The officer conducted a traffic stop on State Road 10 by the CVS Pharmacy where the driver allegedly gave the officer false information. Police say the driver then fled from the scene.

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Culver School Board Receives Update on Stellar Communities Project

Culver Town Manager Jonathan Leist presented an update on the Stellar Communities application to the Culver Community School Board that involves school grounds.

Improvements on a field behind the corporation office and improvements at the baseball fields are included in this year’s application. Leist said site control and which entity would be in charge of funding was brought up in last year’s process. Leist said he thinks he has found a solution and brought the idea to Interim Superintendent Chuck Kitchell.

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North Judson Recycling Drop-Off Site to Be Removed, Curbside Recycling Discussions Continue

 

Whether or not North Judson gets curbside recycling pickup, the recycling drop-off site currently offered by the Starke County Environmental Management District will be removed by July 1. That’s what town council member Jane Ellen Felchuk told the rest of the council Monday. Town officials say it’s been difficult to keep the site clean, and they want the bins taken away as soon as possible. Continue reading

Rain Delays Planting for Some Crop Farmers

Crop farmers are keeping an eye on the sky this week as they attempt to finish planting. The Indiana Farm Bureau estimates half of corn and soybean crops have been planted statewide. President Randy Kron says weather was ideal for most of April, but heavy rains at the end of the month, followed by cooler temperatures halted them in their tracks. Continue reading

Motorists Should Prepare for Summer Driving Season

It’s important to make sure your vehicle is set for vacations on the road this summer to avoid being stranded.

The AAA estimates that 40 percent of drivers are not prepared for emergency breakdown situations. Flat tires, vehicle lockouts and dead batteries are the top three reasons why the AAA is called in the summer.

Motorists are urged to schedule a vehicle maintenance checkup. Oil changes, fluid level checks, battery tests, and tire inspections could mean the difference between a smooth road trip or a disaster.

Emergency kits should be included in your car’s inventory which should include a mobile phone and car charger, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a basic toolkit with tire pressure gauge and adjustable wrench, windshield washer solution, jumper cables, emergency flares, drinking water, and extra snacks.

AAA also reminds residents to drive free of distractions and pull out of the way of traffic if your vehicle suffers a breakdown. If law enforcement is assisting a motorist, follow the state law which requires vehicles to move over a lane or slow down to give sufficient clearance from the scene.

For more tips, visit www.AAA.com.

Starke County Commissioners Adopt Truck Route Ordinance

Starke County’s truck route ordinance will take effect June 1 following adoption Monday by the county commissioners. It applies to all vehicles with a gross combined vehicle weight of more than 38,000 pounds, which is the same standard the state uses. They are prohibited from using light vehicle routes unless a free permit is issued by the highway department or they qualify for an exemption. Registered farm vehicles, delivery trucks and school buses are exempt. Continue reading