Organization Representatives Encouraged to Attend Tonight’s Starke County COAD Meeting

The Starke County Community Organizations Active in Disasters (COAD) will meet tonight at 6 p.m. where members will continue to discuss the development of a board.

Though Starke County EMA Director J. Nier has helped form the COAD by reaching out to some key people in the community, the organization is meant to be run by community members. Continue reading

North Judson Town Council Meets Tonight

Discussions over the potential installation of a splash pad at Norwayne Field will continue during tonight’s North Judson Town Council meeting.

Vortex Splash Pad Expert Bill Smith will return to continue talking about the various design options available as well as particular costs savings efforts that will help ensure that the water feature will be financially feasible for the community. Continue reading

Prices at the Pump are the Highest They’ve Been Since 2014

Motorists traveling over the Labor Day weekend can expect to see an average of $2.84 per gallon of gasoline. That’s a 20 cent increase from Labor Day 2017.

According to a news release from Gas Buddy, consumers have seen the most expensive summer at the pump since 2014, with an average of $2.73 per gallon thus far. On average, motorists have shelled of more than $1.11 billion per day on gasoline purchases this season, up from a decade low of $912 million per day in the summer of 2016. Continue reading

The City of Knox is Cracking Down on Vehicles Zooming through School Zones

Knox City officials have noticed an excessive amount of drivers ignoring the speed limits posted around the schools and they’re preparing to crack down on the problem.


In his report during Tuesday’s city council meeting, Mayor Dennis Estok addressed the issue. He explained that students aren’t the only offenders. Apparently, some bus drivers, parents and other adult motorists are also guilty of traveling too fast in the area. Continue reading

Splash Pad Talks Continue in North Judson

A representative from Vortex Aquatic Structures came before the North Judson Town Council last week to provide them with a bit more information about the Splash Pad that’s being considered for Norwayne Field.

Vortex Splash Pad Expert Bill Smith talked with the council and stressed the fact that their goal is to build a feature that fits the town’s needs. To address concerns with water usage, Smith noted that play value isn’t dependent on using a lot of water.

To drive that point home, Smith said he likes to use a garden hose as an example. Continue reading

Kersting’s Cycle Center to Serve as a Stop in Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run

Motorcycle lovers should mark their calendars! Kersting’s Cycle Center and Museum in Winamac will be one of the stops along this year’s route for the Motorcycle Cannonball.

The Motorcycle Cannonball is a coast-to-coast endurance run done on pre-1929 motorcycles. In early September, more than 100 Cannonball riders will start on a two-week journey across the United States. Continue reading

Winamac Town Council Considers New Insurance Agency

Winamac Town Council members considered a change to the town’s insurance agent when members met in a special meeting Monday night.

The town’s current provider is Budd Insurance Agency. They offer the town liability and property insurance for $57,291 and workers’ compensation for $16,271 for a total charge of $73,562. The town received a counteroffer from ONI Risk Partners. Representative Alex Dickman noted that they could broaden the services for the town while simultaneously providing them at a lower cost. Continue reading

Tree Stump Removal Discussed by North Judson Town Superintendent

North Judson Town Superintendent Marshall Horstmann provided Town Council members with a few different quotes for stump removal when members met last week.

Horstmann said that Practical Tree Service offered to remove all four tree stumps by Highland Cemetery for $1100. He added that the company C&J provided a quote $200 a piece for the three smaller stumps. A representative for that company said they would be unable to do the largest stump at the corner of Central Avenue since their machinery would not be able to access it. Continue reading

Knox City Council to Hold Work Session Over Budget Prior to Regular Meeting

Knox City Council members will hold a work study session to discuss the 2019 Budget before their regularly scheduled meeting tonight.

The work session will start at 6:15 p.m. At their last meeting, members decided to hold this session in order to get more familiar with all the details surrounding the proposed budget prior to the public hearing over it which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11th.

The council’s regular meeting will start at 7 p.m. Continue reading

Moving Starke County Forward Recognizes Progress of Walking Challenge Participants with Drawing for Prize

MSCF Secretary Joan Haugh Beatty presents winner Peggy Bohac with a Fitbit

To recognize all the progress that participants have made in the Moving Starke County Forward “Moon Walkers” initiative so far this year, a drawing for a Fitbit was recently held.

North Judson resident Peggy Bohac was randomly selected and MSCF representatives were pleased to award her with the prize. Another prize will be presented at the end of October when the campaign wraps up for the year. Continue reading

The Next Stellar Step for North Judson is to Create a Comprehensive Plan

Coordination between North Judson officials and representatives at the Kankakee Iroquois Regional Planning Committee (KIRPC) is happening as the town prepares to have a comprehensive plan created.

When North Judson town council members met on Monday, Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe shared a bit about the recent meeting held at Starke County Economic Development Foundation offices about local Regional Stellar efforts.

He said the next step for North Judson is to start putting together a comprehensive plan. Continue reading

North Judson-San Pierre Receives Metal Detectors, Policy Development and Staff Training to Follow

Back in July, Governor Eric Holcomb announced that handheld metal detectors would be provided to public, private and charter schools at no cost as one element of the state’s comprehensive approach to bolster school safety efforts. North Judson-San Pierre was one of more nearly 370 Hoosier schools that requested metal detectors.

At last Tuesday’s NJSP school board meeting, Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin reported they recently received the four detectors that were requested. She said now that they have these devices, a few more steps will have to happen before they can be utilized. Continue reading

Ongoing Code Violations at Ostrander Court Residence Addressed by Knox Board of Works

Knox Board of Works members held a public hearing on Wednesday morning to go over a handful of rental properties that have been a topic of discussion for months.

Building Administrator Kenny Pfost has issued several orders against Melvin Zeiters for properties with code violations, starting back in March. He also informed members in the past that none of the properties have been registered for 2018.

The property owner was present at the hearing. When addressed about the registration and inspection fees not being turned in for the year, Zeiters told the members that he did fill out and mail in the paperwork and it must have been lost somehow. Continue reading

North Judson Town Marshal Highlights School Involvement

At Monday night’s North Judson Town Council meeting, Town Marshal Kelly Fisher highlighted some of the ways that the police department stays involved with the school corporation.

She told the members that she and Officer Rico Simpson recently assisted with a drill at the North Judson-San Pierre Schools.

Fisher explained, “I was very impressed, especially with the high school kids. We went into the school and if I didn’t know any better, I wouldn’t think that there was staff or students or anybody anywhere in the school.” Continue reading

Need for More Firefighters Addressed at Winamac Town Council’s Special Session

One of the first matters brought up when the Winamac Town Council held a special meeting with members of the Fire Department on Monday was the need for more firefighters.

Fire Chief Bill Weaver stated there are 16 members on the roster right now but two are inactive. He added that they’re looking at some prospective candidates currently. He explained that they’ve posted about the need for more members but haven’t had much luck getting people interested in serving. Continue reading