Week in Review for April 25th-29th, 2011

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

Patrick Sobieck
Richard Selva

The Starke County and Knox City Police arrested Patrick Sobieck and Richard Selva, Saturday, on preliminary charges of Burglary and Theft after they allegedly stole six steel tie plates from the rail yard in Knox.

Starke County Commissioner Kathy Norem says a committee is working to gather information on how the County can upgrade its ambulance service from Basic Life Support to Advanced Life Services. Starke County is one of two counties in the state that does not offer Advanced Life Service.

Starke County Treasurer, Linda Belork, reminds you that personal property taxes are due in her office on May 10th. To avoid long lines and extended waits, payments may be mailed to her office or you may drop off your payment outside her office in the Courthouse Annex.

Culver School Board

The Culver Community School Board members discussed the future of the Monterey Elementary School and how the Corporation is going to meet $856,000 in budget cuts at their meeting Monday night. The Board members discussed their options such as increasing the school tax rate, using the Rainy Day Fund, close Monterey Elementary School, or cut teacher positions.

Kimberly Hitchens

Kimberly Hitchens was sentenced in Starke Circuit Court Tuesday on one count of Assisting a Criminal, a Class D Felony. She was sentenced to 36 months in the Department of Corrections with two months suspended and two years of probation. With good time served, she will serve two-and-a-half months in the DOC.

The Starke County Food Pantry is in dire need of food items. Cereals, soups, macaroni and cheese, and canned items are needed. For more information how you can donate or volunteer, call 772-7070.

Knox City Council final #3

The Knox City Council discussed an ordinance regarding pawn shops purchasing stolen merchandise at its meeting this week. The ordinance was tabled for further consideration.

Archaeologists from IPFW are working at the Koontz Lake dam to excavate and preserve about 35% of the Koontz Lake Mill’s original 19th century foundation located there. The DNR is working to rebuild the dam and INDOT is working to straighten the road over the dam.

The Starke County Commissioners approved a bid from Northern Indiana Roofing and Sheet Metal in South Bend for $49,730 for a new roof at the Starke County Jail.

The Starke County Commissioners, County Council and IU Health Starke Hospital officials met Tuesday evening to discuss the future operation of the healthcare facility.

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