A decision on the issue of criminal charges for the driver in a fatal school bus crash in Marshall County in December will be announced Friday afternoon.Continue reading
During the first meeting of the Starke County Commissioners to open 2019, Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler reported light winter operations due to the lack of snow. Ritzler said the picture changed drastically after that report and the information was completely opposite in his most recent update.
“The mild weather in December – as you know we reported last month we saved about $78,000 in snow and ice removal. If you look at the comparison in 2018 and 2019 in January, we went $68,000 more this month. It really highlights how our budget has to be flexible and weather really dictates our spending. I couldn’t highlight that more than in the last two months.”
Ritzler noted that crews worked 26 days in a row, but found relief this past weekend with warmer temperatures.
In an asset management chart compiled by the new Asset Manager with notes submitted by Ritzler, new drivers improved and the wet snow proved to be hard on the mailboxes. On Wednesday, Jan. 30, the subzero temperatures caused precautions to keep trucks operating as drifts formed from winds. The overall performance and attitude of the drivers was rated as excellent.
Crews continue to maintain equipment in between storms and monitor roads with snow melt and rainfall.
The commissioners expressed their appreciation to the highway department and all emergency services for their efforts during the inclement weather experienced in January.
The Tippecanoe River is on the rise and the National Weather Service has issued a flood warning until further notice. Rain and snow melt are causing water levels to rise.Continue reading
Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin presented several ordinance amendments to put more teeth into enforcement.Continue reading
A pretrial conference hearing was held Tuesday in Fulton County Superior Court in Rochester for a woman accused of striking four children while they crossed the road to get on a school bus in Fulton County.Continue reading
An outside company will be evaluating Starke County’s radio system for the firefighters in order to come to a firm conclusion on what issues plague the radio communication with the county and firefighters and the firefighters themselves.Continue reading
The Starke County Commissioners will meet today where Sheriff Bill Dulin will present several ordinance amendments and additional ordinances for consideration. He stated previously that those ordinances will address noise, animals running at large, vicious dogs, false alarms, and the golf cart ordinance concerning open containers.Continue reading
Knox Community School Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart updated the school board members on the state of the 2018 budget last week.
He said he was satisfied with the numbers.Continue reading
The Starke County Commissioners will submit a jurisdictional letter of support toward the Prairie Trails Club’s application for the state’s Recreational Trails Grant Program. Governor Holcomb has set aside $90 million in grant funding for walking and biking trails to connect throughout the state.Continue reading
Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin will be presenting some updates on current ordinances, or new ordinances in some cases, to help put teeth into some of the calls that officers are constantly responding.Continue reading
Knox School Corporation Transportation Director Tara Pitts presented bus bids to the school board members last week.Continue reading
The Culver Town Council members will continue their discussion on rates for the Damore Amphitheater in February.Continue reading
Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin and IT Director Richard Franks are working on updating the Computer Aided Dispatch system.Continue reading
The building that formerly housed the Independent Biker Association in downtown Knox will be demolished.Continue reading
Several parents of students in the Knox Elementary and Knox Middle School joined their students in learning tools on how to advocate for themselves.Continue reading
The Culver Town Council members will hold a work session on Tuesday, Feb. 5 to receive an update on where fundraising stands on the potential purchase of a new aerial fire truck for the Culver-Union Township Fire Department.Continue reading
Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin asked the Starke County Council members this week for an increase in pay for the Merit Board members out of sheriff’s budget.Continue reading
The owner of 1 and 3. N. Main Street in Knox promises to have more repairs done to the storefront in the coming month.Continue reading
The Knox Community Schools Culinary Arts program was the recipient of a grant worth $1,200 from the Northern Indiana Community Foundation. That grant money was used to purchase six stand mixers for the students to use.Continue reading
The Culver Town Council members approved a request from Tony Sellers to hold the Winter Fest event on Feb 8, Feb. 9, and Feb. 10.Continue reading