The North Judson Town Council will soon consider increasing water and sewer rates for the first time since 2008. CPA Eric Walsh with Umbaugh and Associates says the current rates are not adequate to cover operating costs, which has forced the town to dip into its reserves. Continue reading
The Winamac Park Board is ready to apply for grant funding for the town’s swimming pool rebuilding project, but it’s under some time constraints. Continue reading
Starke County EMS is working to expand electronic billing in an effort to improve the efficiency of the service. Office manager Marylynn Richie is now able to electronically bill both traditional and railroad Medicare, BlueCross and Medicaid. By the end of the year she hopes to have all of the companies that can be billed electronically set up and running. Continue reading
Pulaski Memorial Hospital is hoping to get a Rural Health Clinic designation for its Francesville nurse practitioner’s office. The Pulaski County Commissioners approved a resolution Monday authorizing the hospital to apply for the designation. Continue reading
Residents can invest in the future of Starke County by making a contribution to the Starke County Youth Club. They’re taking over the WKVI airwaves today for their annual radiothon fundraiser. Executive Director Irene Szakonyi says tax-deductible contributions to the local nonprofit can help make changes happen in our community by helping youngsters to find success. Continue reading
The Culver building trades class has scheduled an open house for their finished project.
Culver Community Interim Superintendent Chuck Kitchell told the school board this week that the students have completed a garage underneath a small house. The owners wanted a different concept for the project that was selected for this year. Kitchell said it was unique task and the students have done an excellent job in completing the work.
One of the greatest moments in the history of sports still has implications today, right here in Starke County. That’s the message former WSBT-TV sports anchor Charlie Adams shared during the National Day of Prayer breakfast in Knox yesterday. He’s studied the “Miracle on Ice” at length. It took place in Lake Placid, New York during the 1980 Winter Olympics. An unlikely group of young men, mostly from the Midwest, stunned the world when they beat the Soviet Union’s hockey team during the first game of the medal round . Continue reading
The Town of North Judson will be picking up leaves Monday. Residents are asked to place leaves along the curb for pickup. Continue reading
The Starke County Emergency Management Agency has issued a flood warning for the Kankakee River at Davis Route 30. The warning is in effect until Tuesday, May 9.
At 4 p.m. CT on Thursday, the flood stage was at 9.5 feet and steady. The flood stage is at 10 feet. Minor flooding is forecast.
North Judson’s utility rates will be discussed during a special town council meeting this evening. Accounting firm Umbaugh and Associates has been studying the town’s rates. Representatives are expected to share their findings with the town council tonight at 6:00. Continue reading
The Winamac Park Board will consider how to proceed with a potential grant application during tonight’s meting. The swimming pool rebuilding effort or other park projects may soon be able to move forward, now that the town is eligible for grants from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. Continue reading
Mowing crews from the Starke County Highway Department are making their first pass of the year. Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler told the county commissioners Monday six mowing tractors and two brush choppers are actively clearing rights of way. Continue reading
The Pulaski County Commissioners have approved a major equipment purchase for the highway department. Continue reading
Starke County Community Corrections is putting its new office space in downtown Knox to use for a new family support group meeting.
The first SMART Recovery Family & Friends meeting will take place this evening from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. at the recently renovated Annex 2 building across from the Starke County Courthouse. Continue reading
The Starke County Youth Club’s after school and summer programs are helping to prepare youngsters in all grade levels for life after graduation. Program Director Melissa Smith-Watkins oversees all six sites. Ultimately she says they want to help Starke County thrive by teaching skills like collaboration, problem solving and goal setting to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Continue reading
The Culver Community School Board Monday night approved a field trip request for the BPA students to participate in the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida.
Five students qualified for the event, but due to funding restrictions only three will attend. Culver Middle/High School Principal Brett Berndt said only half of the needed $12,000 has been collected through fundraising efforts. He noted that only one student may get to go if the funds aren’t there.
May is Hepatitis Awareness Month, and state health officials are encouraging Hoosiers to get tested for the disease and learn how to prevent it. They say more than 7,000 cases of viral hepatitis were reported in Indiana in 2015. Additionally the number of reported acute Hepatitis C cases has risen by 400 percent since 2010. Continue reading
Starke County Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler wants to hear from local farmers and over-the-road truck drivers before presenting the final truck route ordinance to the county commissioners for approval.
During a public hearing Monday evening, he stressed farm vehicles will be exempt as long as they have a farm plate issued by the BMV. Continue reading
Pulaski County officials are considering a switch in the county’s court software. The county commissioners Monday were presented with a choice between CSI, the case management system the county currently uses and employees are happy with, and Odyssey, which is used by most of the rest of the state. Continue reading
The Culver Community School Board will be looking for a person to fill the position of middle/high school assistant principal and test coordinator.
The board members on Monday night accepted the resignation of Julie Berndt who occupied those roles at the school corporation. During her career at Culver Community Schools, Berndt served as assistant principal at Culver Elementary, principal at Culver Middle School and principal at Monterey Elementary.