Week in Review for December 20th-24th, 2010

Here is a look at some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:

Pulaski County Officers elected into office in the General Election were sworn into office Tuesday afternoon. Officers were sworn in by Pulaski Circuit Court Judge Michael Shurn and Superior Court Judge Patrick Blankenship.

Starke United

Starke United Executive Director, Edie Hall, told WKVI that the WKVI-Starke United Auction netted $7,669.

The employees of the City of Knox participated in a food drive at City Hall and collected 233 pounds of food.

Michaelene Houston

Starke County Auditor Michaelene Houston is preparing to leave office after serving 22 years in the Auditor’s office, either as the Auditor or the Deputy Auditor.

The Winamac Town Board approved the salary ordinance for employees and elected officials at its recent meeting. A one-and-a-half percent increase was approved.

The City of Knox and the Town of North Judson received grants from the federal Community Development Block Grant program. Knox received $837,095 and North Judson received $736,553. The money will be used for storm water infrastructure.

The Starke County Chamber of Commerce announced that Marvin D. McLaughlin of North Judson is this year’s winner of the Henry F. Schricker Award winner.

Starke County Prosecutor Julianne Havens explained claims for law enforcement needs and the funding sources for these items to the Starke County Commissioners during a meeting Monday night. The Commissioners said that if the money is in the funds, they would approve the claims.

The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a theft from the Monterey Elementary School. $5,000 in iPod touch devices and 2 laptop computers were stolen.

Knox City Council final #3

The Knox City Council approved a proposal by Starke County Development Foundation Director, Charles Weaver, to change the name of the Knox Industrial Park to Starke County Rail Park.

John Brooke, a suspect in events surrounding a shootout at Bass Lake in February, and his attorney have failed to come to a satisfactory plea agreement with the court so they will move forward to trial. The trial is scheduled for the week of February 21st.

And that is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week.