Week in Review for March 12th-16th, 2012

A public informational meeting concerning the proposed property tax levy for Oregon-Davis Schools is scheduled for Tuesday, March 20th. Terry Minix, President of the Oregon-Davis Education Political Action Committee, said that discussion will be held concerning what will happen if the tax levy is approved or not approved.

Three homes have now been hooked up to the newly operational Koontz Lake Regional Sewer facilities. 938 connections have yet to be made which will take up to six months to complete.

Starke County Commissioners

The Starke County Commissioners rejected a proposal to annex four roads in the Chesapeake Run Subdivision to the ownership of the county.

A new sponsor has taken over the Harvest Fest in Knox. Knox Mayor Rick Chambers said that Knox-Winamac Health Care System has met and formed committees and vendors were contacted to help with this year’s celebration.

Four people were arrested on March 6th in Medaryville after an alleged battery incident. Drug possession and battery charges will be reviewed in the case by the Pulaski County Prosecutor.

A gospel music jam is scheduled for Saturday, March 24th at 3:00 p.m. CT at Grand Central Station in North Judson to help raise money for Salyersville, Kentucky residents affected by the March 2nd tornadoes.

Starke County Clerk Evelyn Skronski said that unopposed candidates will appear on the May Primary ballot this year. The General Assembly overturned a law this year that required that unopposed candidates not appear on the ballot.

Curtis Hill from Elkhart has been named as the special prosecutor in the case against Starke County Sheriff Oscar Cowen where claims of impropriety have been filed by former deputy Don Ferguson.

The President and CEO of LaPorte Regional Health System praised the board and staff at IU Health Starke Hospital for helping financially turn around the Knox hospital.

Community members attended this week’s Eastern Pulaski School Board meeting this week to address bullying problems at the schools.

The North Judson-San Pierre band students are collecting coins to help the Henryville, Indiana School Corporation rebuild. The money will be used to buy musical instruments, athletic equipment, school supplies and other basic necessities for school students.

Culver sixth grade students participated in a successful Soup for the Soul event Wednesday that helped gather funds for the food pantries in the Culver School District and to a family in the Oregon-Davis schools.

Ernest Wireman

Ernest Wireman’s cumulative error claim was recently dismissed by the Indiana Court of Appeals. The Appeals Court found that Wireman knew that he was doing something legally wrong when he killed his wife, Mary Wireman, and shot her son, Jeremy Risner, in June 2009.

House Bill 1213 was passed on the last day of the General Assembly. The bill allows Starke County to increase the County Economic Development Income Tax to finance, construct and equip a jail facility.

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