Year in Review – Part One

This last week of the year we remember some of the biggest stories of 2011.

The municipal election was a big story in November, with North Judson Republican candidates capturing two positions in a traditional Democrat town. Town Clerk candidate Donna Henry won a squeaker over Connie Miller, and Dan Anderson was defeated by Tim Cummins.

Linda Belork’s removal from office as Starke County Treasurer dominated the news from August 13th. She was removed after a State Audit showed financial irregularities. After the financial situation was cleared up, the Starke County Commissioners continued to oppose her return to office and the matter has moved to a Jasper County courtroom.

And the request by IU Health LaPorte Hospital to purchase IU Health Starke Hsospital was being studied by hospital community board members and governmental officials at year’s end. If eventually approved, the sale would end the county ownership of the hospital.

We’ll identify more of the top stories of 2011 tomorrow.