Starke County Council and Commissioners to Meet Tonight


The Starke County Council will meet tonight with a full agenda.

The council members plan to adopt the North Judson-San Pierre 2018 budget and discuss a Rainy Day resolution request. A building corporation bond issue will be before the council along with discussions concerning transfer requests and additional appropriation requests by the IT Department, county highway, and Drug and Tobacco Free Starke County.

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Fundraiser Created to Keep Culver Sign

The temporary giant Culver sign located on the pedestrian bridge in the Culver Town Park can stay there on a permanent basis with the community’s help.

The Town of Culver began a “Creating Stellar Places” fundraiser where donors can win prizes for donating any denomination to retain the Culver sign . For example, the first 15 donors will receive a “Stellar Town Year Round” yard sign. Other donors could receive a Culver t-shirt, and a chance to be fire chief or police chief for a day in Culver.

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Culver Town Council Accepts Street Deed of Dedication

Culver Town Manager Jonathan Leist presented the town council this week with a deed of dedication for the streets for the Sandhill Farm workforce development housing project.

The proposed housing project will be constructed on W. Jefferson Street. The streets in the project may be extended as needed. The housing development will include 24 apartment units. It is part of the town’s Stellar Communities Designation Program application.

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Culver Town Council Establishes Economic Development Commission

The Culver Town Council approved the formation of the Culver Economic Development Commission.

A public hearing on the matter was held Tuesday night where a question about the purpose of the commission was raised. Town Council President Ginny Bess Munroe explained that the commission would be able to deem a residential project eligible for tax abatement. She further explained that a residential tax abatement differs from a commercial tax abatement, but the financial incentive is the same. A recommendation for a residential tax abatement has to be presented by the commission to the town council for approval.

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Armed Robbery under Investigation

An armed robbery suspect is in custody after an Wednesday morning incident at a LaCrosse business.

According to the La Porte County Sheriff’s Department, a black male entered the BP gas station in LaCrosse at 11:15 a.m. CT and demanded that the cashier open the register. Police say the suspect told the cashier that he had a weapon in his possession, but it was not displayed. The suspect fled the area south on Washington Street.

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Culver Town Council Supports Petition Against Proposed J-Turns

The Culver Town Council members are in support of a petition against INDOT’s proposed J-turn intersection at U.S. 31 and State Road 10 and Dewey Street and another at U.S. 31 and State Road 110.

The J-turn intersection would not allow a vehicle to turn left at a crossroad. Instead, the driver has to travel quite a distance in order to turn left, or the opposite direction to go back past the crossroad to turn left again to the desired location. INDOT feels that the construction would create a safer way for traffic to maneuver.

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Culver Town Council to Meet Tonight

The Culver Town Council will hold a public hearing tonight on an ordinance that establishes the Culver Economic Development Commission. The three-member commission will be formed to consider a residential tax abatement in the proposed workforce housing development. One appointment will be made by the town council president, one from the town council and one from the county council.

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One Dead, Two Injured in Pulaski County Accident


A three-car accident in Star City claimed the life of a Logansport man in Pulaski County on Sunday evening.

Indiana State Police troopers were called to 6274 U.S. 35 in Star City where a preliminary investigation found that a vehicle driven by Bradyn Bordenet, 20, of Lafayette crossed the center line on U.S. 35. He was reportedly driving south in the north bound lane, forcing a 1930 Ford Model A off the road. Police say Larry Williams, 67, of Knox, lost control of the Model A and rolled approximately three times.

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Combined Police Enforcement Conducted in Pulaski County

A recent multi-jurisdictional law enforcement effort in Pulaski County resulted in several citations and arrests.

The Indiana State Police All Crimes Policing Team out of the Lowell District, along with officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and Medaryville Police Department participated in the effort in addition to K9 units. In all, 17 traffic citations were issued, 58 warnings were given, two drunk driving arrests were noted, one minor was arrested for consumption of alcohol, 12 criminal arrests were made along with one felony arrest, and six arrests involved marijuana and methamphetamine charges.

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Bid Opening for Starke County Bridge Projects Delayed

Starke County bridge #47 is on the Community Crossings grant list for reimbursement

The bids that were to be opened Tuesday during the Starke County Commissioners meeting for Bridge #154 over the Robbins Ditch on 100 E. has been delayed until Monday, Oct. 2.

Highway Superintendent Rik Ritzler explained that funding is dependent on the announcement of Community Crossing grant awards which has been delayed.

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Starke County Commissioners Choose Vendor to Seal Parking Lot

Starke County Maintenance Director James Coad presented quotes to the Starke County Commissioners for sealing the parking lot at Annex Building No. 1.

Quotes were given in the amount of $1,700 from Les Jensen and $2,400 from Scott Lehiy. The commissioners chose to go with Scott Lehiy for this job as Jensen completed a recent job. Coad said he would like to give Lehiy the work and the commissioners thought they would support both local businesses. The commissioners approved a motion to award Lehiy the bid to do the work.

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Starke County Commissioners Select EMA Director

The Starke County Commissioners are prepared to offer the EMA Director position to one of the many candidates they interviewed for the opening.

Commissioner Kathy Norem commented that all of the applicants brought a varying degree of strengths that would have worked for what the commissioners had in mind for an EMA Director. Norem thought Danielle Stormy stood out as the candidate that would best fit the role for Starke County. Stormy has a degree in meteorology with a minor in emergency management.

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Coroner Pay to be Discussed at Next Commissioners Meeting


The coroner’s pay will be discussed at the Sept. 18 meeting of the Starke County Commissioners as Coroner Dannie Hoffer is also asking for an increase for his deputies.

The commissioners were prepared to present an increase in pay for the coroner in 2018, but when Hoffer asked about an increase for his deputies next year the commissioners decided to take a step back and research the request before making any formal offer.

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Town of Culver Prepares for Stellar Site Visit

The Town of Culver is beginning preparations for a visit from officials with the Stellar Communities Designation Program. The event is set for Oct. 5.

The goal of the Indiana Stellar Communities Designation Program is to help rural towns, like Culver, gather the resources needed to invest in improvements for economic revitalization. Those projects could include housing or other community-minded interests to renew spirit to the area or to alleviate decline.

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September is National Preparedness Month


It’s time to take action to be prepared when it comes to severe weather.

September is National Preparedness Month and officials urge you to put together a kit of emergency supplies that is geared to sustain family life for at least three days in the event of a severe weather event. It is suggested that one gallon of water per day per person could be included in the kit along with non-perishable food, battery-powered radio, flashlight, a first aid kit, extra medicine, cash, pet food, and seasonal clothing.

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Starke County Commissioners to Meet Tonight

The Starke County Commissioners have several items up for discussion when they meet tonight.

The three board members will discuss the coroner’s pay for 2018. Coroner Dannie Hoffer appeared before the board in August asking for a pay raise, stating that he’s the lowest paid coroner in the state.

The commissioners will also get an update on how the ambulance repairs are coming along and how the budget is faring for the Starke County EMS Department. Director Travis Clary and Clerk Mary Lynn Ritchie will present a monthly report.

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