Week in Review for January 3rd-7th, 2011

Here is just some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:

Andy Howes

Several bones that were returned to the Army in 1988 have been positively identified. They belong to Andy Howes, the young soldier from Knox who was MIA for over four decades after the helicopter he was in went down in Vietnam. Howes’ MIA bracelet is displayed in a case in the Knox Community School Board meeting room.

Starke County Courthouse

The new year brought new appointments to government boards. Dan Bridegroom was retained as President of the Starke County Commissioners, Mark Smith was retained as Starke County Council President, and Dan Anderson was retained as the President of the North Judson Town Board. Bob Howard was replaced as a member of the Starke County Health Board. Howard had served for 10 years on the board, 8 of them as President.

Amy Singleton and Ireland

Amy Singleton of Knox gave birth to the first Starke County baby of 2011. Ireland Rose Furlong was born on Saturday, January 1st at 6:26 a.m. CT at the LaPorte Regional Health System, LaPorte Hospital. The first baby in Pulaski County, Katilyn Michelle Baker, arrived on Tuesday afternoon at Pulaski Memorial Hospital. Lisa Nicholson and Levi Baker of Star City are Katilyn’s parents.

The Indiana General Assembly began its legislative session this week. One of the issues that the legislators will focus on is the state’s rapidly increasing prison population.

The body of Robert L. Lemke, 82, of North Judson was found Wednesday morning in a wooded area by his home. Police believe he left home on foot sometime between the evening hours of Sunday, January 2nd and Tuesday, January 4th.

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