State Trooper Discusses Meth Dangers

Methamphetamine is made from common household ingredients like these
Methamphetamine is made from common household ingredients like these

Indiana has the dubious distinction of leading the nation in the number of meth labs seized in both 2013 and 2014. Trooper Maggie Short with the Indiana State Police Clandestine Lab Team says the highly addictive stimulant can be manufactured easily from ingredients that can be purchased at any hardware or drug store. Continue reading

Economic Development Director to Outline Plans Tonight

starke-county-courthouseStarke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver will present his long-term vision for funds from the county economic development income tax to the county council when they meet this evening. In previous meetings Weaver has expressed a desire to invest in road improvements in the Knox Industrial Park to make it more attractive to businesses looking to relocate or expand. He’s also made mention of improvements in the Hamlet area. Continue reading

Hamlet Town Council Reorganizes

Hamlet Fall 5The Hamlet Town Board met last night with a new member, Connie Bailey, who replaced Frank Lonigro Jr. in the November election. David Kesvormas was re-elected Town Board President. Re-appointed were Martin Bedrock, attorney;  Frank Lonigro, town marshal; Fred Rowe, street superintendent; Henry Ruiz, Water and Waste Water Operator; Connie Bailey, KIRPC representative; and Brian Earnest, Starke County Development Foundation representative.

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Local Lawmaker Announces Reelection Bid

Senator Jim Arnold
Senator Jim Arnold

A state lawmaker whose district includes most of LaPorte and part of Starke Counties running for reelection. Sen. Jim Arnold, D-LaPorte has formally announced his intention to run for a third term. The former LaPorte County Sheriff has worked across party lines in the Republican-controlled General Assembly to achieve legislative victories for his constituents. Continue reading

Hamlet Officials Move Forward With Demolition Plans

Hamlet Town HallThe Hamlet Town Board last night took action to accept a proposal from JD Excavating to raze two abandoned houses in the town. The work will begin pending the building inspector’s final approval.

Discussion followed a resident’s inquiry about providing Hamlet residents access to a Bank ATM near the Town Hall. An alternative plan also under discussion was for the town itself to purchase am automatic teller machine to provide the service. Continue reading