Week in Review for January 16th-20th, 2012

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

Governor Mitch Daniels gives Spc. Robert Tauteris, Jr.'s Bronze Star Medal to Matthew Tauteris

A funeral service for Spc. Robert Tauteris, Jr. was held Sunday at the Braman and Bailey Funeral Home in North Judson. Hundreds of people attended the service, including Governor Mitch Daniels, Congressman Joe Donnelly and State Representative Nancy Dembowski.

The Starke County Commissioners learned that the Bass Lake Campground has year-round residents and they stated that they would like it to stay a campground and not a trailer park.

Starke County Jail

Three Starke County Jail Committee information meetings were held this week where the jail project options were presented and the needs of the jail were addressed.

Pulaski County Maintenance Director Morry Demarco told the Commissioners about damage incurred at the Pulaski County Justice Center last week. Two sets of doors were damaged and criminal charges could be filed against the individual.

The North Judson Town Board appointed Marshall Horstmann as the Town Superintendent and Anthony Benson as the Building Inspector. Doug Vessely was retained as the Town Marshal and Cassandra Hine was retained as Town Attorney.

William Blankenship

William Blankenship III of Knox pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of Escape, Auto Theft, Fleeing Law Enforcement, and Criminal Mischief. He appeared before Judge Roger Bradford in Porter County Superior Court 1. He is accused of stealing a Kouts police car.

25-year-old Eric Corey, who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s Disease, passed away Wednesday. Eric and his family created the Turkey Tracks hunting event in Starke County.

Indiana Statehouse

House Democrats were fined $1,000 after walking out of the House Chamber yesterday and stalling the right to work bill. State Representative Nancy Dembowski said she and the other Democrats are trying to let the people have a say in the legislation before it becomes law.

A tax levy question will be put on the May ballot asking Oregon and Davis Township voters to raise the property tax levy so the school can continue to operate and serve the community the way it is now. A financial crisis has prompted this referendum.

Starke County Building Inspector Bruce Williams granted Julia Povilaitis Ford a permit for a structure at 6690 East 250 North in Grovertown. Neighbor Betty Dotlich tried to argue the issuance, but she was told to take her appeal to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

Linda Belork filed for Starke County Treasurer on the Democrat ticket this week. She will face Democrat Interim Treasurer Kasey Clark in the May Primary.

Dorene Matzat

Dorene Matzat of North Judson was honored at the Starke County Chamber of Commerce annual Henry F. Schricker dinner Thursday night. She is the recipient of this year’s Schricker Award.

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