Week in Review for July 4th-8th, 2011

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

Wythogan Park

Irene Szakonyi and Kurt Snearly are not eligible to serve on the Knox Park Board because they are not members of the Board that named them to the Park Board. They are Ex-Officio members.

Ruth Matsey, President of the Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, says that she has been seeing a lot of child abuse in the form of neglect in Starke County. Matsey says that statistics show that more abuse happens where there is a lot of unemployment and Starke County does have a high rate of unemployment.

Thom Morin

Thom Morin, requested that the Knox City Council think about reserving handicapped parking spaces in residential neighborhoods in the City of Knox. The matter was tabled until a future meeting. Additional handicapped parking spaces have been created in downtown Knox and by the Knox Community Center.

The Starke County Commissioners toured jail facilities in Marshall and Fulton Counties this week in hopes to gain information on how they might configure a new jail in Starke County.

Pulaski County Commissioners

The Pulaski County Commissioners will review two bids for zero-turn radius mowers for the Pulaski County Recycling Center. The bid is expected to be awarded before the Commissioners’ next meeting.

The Starke County Commissioners accepted the Property and Casualty and Workers Compensation Insurance policies presented by First Source Insurance Agent, Bridget Markin. She told the Commissioners that the County paid $27,000 more in Workers Compensation claims last year.

Formal charges could be pending against a Knox resident who reportedly left her two dogs in a hot car and one expired due to the heat.

Starke County Commission President, Dan Bridegroom, reminded Highway Superintendent, Steve Siddall, to keep vegetation cut around road intersections so drivers can easily see for oncoming traffic.

Fire crews battle a structure fire at the corner of Davis and Main Streets

Firefighters were called to a structure fire in Hamlet at the corner of Davis and Main Street and a house fire at 0575 N. and 650 E. in Washington Township on Thursday morning. The incidents remain under investigation.

Mark Wilson, 41, of Grovertown, was arrested Tuesday on methamphetamine related charges after police found meth labs in his residence. Officers were executing a search warrant when they found the labs and precursors in his home.

Starke County EMS Director, Lisa Burger, informed the Commissioners this week that all of the ambulances were recently re-certified.

The Community Services of Starke County Food Pantry is in need of donations. The shelves are bare and any donations can be taken to the Food Pantry Monday-Friday from 8-4.

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