The Starke County Commissioners voted unanimously Monday to reject an invoice for repairs to the county’s radio system. They agreed vendor J&K Communications did not adequately fix the system as promised and contend they used existing equipment without authorization. J&K has since told the commissioners they need to spend an additional $4,000 on a new VHF antenna to ensure adequate county-wide coverage. Continue reading
Starke County property tax bills are in the mail. Treasurer Kasey Clark says changes at the state level pushed the mailing date back to April 19th. Spring property tax payments are due May 10th and can be made via cash, check or money order. Property owners are urged to bring their statements along for faster service. Continue reading
A veteran school administrator will soon be the principal at North Judson-San Pierre Elementary. The school board last night voted unanimously to hire Julie Berndt for the opening created by Mike McBride’s retirement. Continue reading
The Culver Community School Board received an update on the funding projection for the next school year. Corporation Treasurer Casey Howard said Monday night that solid numbers are elusive as figures constantly change from information given by the state.
Howard said that the corporation will see a reduction in grants and the February ADM count will cause a reduction in funding.
The Eastern Pulaski School Corporation will likely wait another year to upgrade its parking lots and sidewalks. Continue reading
The Oregon-Davis School Corporation has gotten a $2,500 donation, thanks to the Monsanto Fund and a local farmer. Superintendent Don Harman says the corporation was awarded the money as part of Monsanto’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program. Continue reading
The Town of Winamac is considering potential projects to undertake as part of the Love Your Community placemaking program. It offers local communities up to $10,000 in funding from the Community Foundation of Pulaski County. Continue reading
The Starke County Council last night cleared the way for a new tenant to move into the long-vacant Stelrema building north of Knox. Continue reading
Pulaski County is getting its blight elimination efforts back up and running. Building Inspector Doug Hoover told the county commissioners Monday that grant funding is available from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to buy and tear down blighted buildings. Continue reading
Starke County residents will have a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at the recently renovated former jail and courthouse during a program today. The facilities will be dedicated during an 11 a.m. ceremony on the courthouse lawn. Afterward tours of both buildings will be offered. Continue reading
Winamac Park Board members got several of their questions about the swimming pool rebuilding project answered Monday. They met with the town council for a joint work session. Continue reading
The Culver Community School Board opened the floor to members of the public to voice opinions on the proposed contract for a new superintendent.
The three-year contract begins in July of this year and ends June 30, 2020 with a salary of $105,000 during the school year which encompasses 260 days. According to the contract, “the board will pay for a family plan of the medical and prescription insurance, family plan of the dental and vision insurance, long term disability insurance and $100,000 term life insurance” for the duration of the contract. The superintendent will pay $4.00 toward the cost. No insurance or retirement benefits will be given once the superintendent retires.
The North Judson-San Pierre School Board will discuss proposed capital projects in a more formal setting when they meet this evening. Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin says members prioritized the list during a work session last week. Continue reading
The Starke County Community Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Preschool Fair for local children and their families this evening at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center in Knox. Several local preschools will be represented, including Marshall-Starke Head Start. Education Director Dawn Wallen says regardless of which school you choose, structured learning is essential to development. She says 85 percent of brain development occurs between birth and age 5. Continue reading
As prom season approaches, the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Office is offering some safety tips. Continue reading
The Town of Winamac continues to accept donations for this year’s Independence Day fireworks. Continue reading
Starke County officials are still refining a proposed truck route ordinance before scheduling a public hearing on the measure.
The measure under consideration restricts routes for vehicles with a gross weight of more than 36,000 pounds to specified county-maintained roads or highways. Continue reading
The future of Winamac’s park facilities will be discussed tonight when the town council and park board meet for a joint work session. It’s the first formal meeting between the two groups since the town council established the park board nearly a year ago. Continue reading
The Culver Community School Board will hold a public hearing tonight to hear comments on the proposed superintendent’s contract. That hearing will be tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET in the administration office on the school’s campus.
Interim Superintendent Chuck Kitchell will be retiring at the end of June. He has been with the Culver Community School Corporation for 28 years. Kitchell assumed the interim superintendent’s position at the end of December in 2015.
The Starke County Community Foundation is hosting its fourth annual Preschool Fair for local children and their families tomorrow evening at the Nancy J. Dembowski Community Center. Development Director Sarah Origer says a number of local programs will be represented at this one-stop shop. She encourages families to look seriously at early childhood education opportunities. Continue reading