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

Culver Town Council to Hear Public Input on Housing Project

The Culver Town Council will be opening up a public input session for discussion of the Sand Hill Farms workforce housing development project.

Town Manager Jonathan Leist explained that the project has been in the town’s comprehensive plan since the plan’s adoption in 2014. The lack of housing was identified as one of the main issues in the plan. Leist said a committee was formed to look into the project.

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Culver Amphitheater Crowdfunding Effort Underway

It was announced Monday morning that the Town of Culver is part of a crowdfunding campaign to gather funds to build an amphitheater in the Culver Town Park.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) is partnering with the town in this effort where the agency will match $30,000 if the town can raise $30,000 toward the project. The town has until June 30 to round up donations. About a third of it has been collected so far.

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Culver School Board Approves Technology Contract

Students in the Culver Community School Corporation will be using Apple iPads in the sixth year of the One-to-One Computer Initiative.

Technology Director Daniel Medesi said students in grades seven through 12 will be able to take their computers home while the addition of users in the third through sixth grades will leave theirs at the school. Kindergarten through second grade students will get to use the 10 iPads available in each classroom.

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North Judson Council Hires Engineering Firm to Evaluate 205 and 207 Lane Street

North Judson officials hope to move forward soon with the demolition of a downtown building. Pulaski Circuit Judge Michael Shurn approved an emergency demolition order Monday morning, allowing the town to tear down the structure at 205 and 207 Lane Street without having to go through a bid process. But before that can happen, Shurn also asked that a structural engineering report be completed, to determine whether Doug Cassel can safely remove several pieces of his personal property. Continue reading