Summer Food Service Program Sites for Starke and Pulaski Counties

More than 250 Indiana schools and community sponsors will be kicking off their Food Summer Service Programs this week, with a number of local sites included.

June is the busiest month for the program since many families begin seeking additional nutrition assistance in the summertime. For that reason, Governor Eric Holcomb issued a statewide proclamation, declaring the week of June 4th through the 8th Summer Food Service Program week.

For more than 40 years, the program has provided eligible children and teens ages 18 and under with access to free, nutritious meals and snacks during the summer months. Last year, more than 3 million meals were delivered across the state. This year there are various sites set up across Starke and Pulaski County to help hungry kids here in our community. Continue reading

Knox Clerk-Treasurer Free to Begin Budget Process After City Council Approves Fund Transfer

Knox City Council members had to move a little money around before the budget season begins.

When members met at the end of May, Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston explained that the budget process will begin in June. He noted that all accounts need to be in black and alerted them that there were only two funds that needed attention before he could proceed. Continue reading

Culver-Union Township EMS Gains New Employee, Prospective Buyer Looks at Ambulance

Culver-Union Township EMS gained a new employee after town council members approved a hiring request from EMS Director Kathy Hart at their final meeting in May.

Director Hart asked the council to consider hiring Stephen Kobitz as fulltime employee. Council President Ginny Bess Munroe asked the director to state the rate for the record. She said that the new hire would be making $16 per hour and would be required to work 36 hours per week. Continue reading

June is National Safety Month

June is recognized as National Safety Month and there are a number of things you can do to help keep yourself and your family safe this summer and all year-round.

Unfortunately, accidents and emergencies can pop up at any time and while you can’t control when they happen you can help by being prepared. Officials from Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion have a few helpful tips to keep in mind when it comes to staying safe. Continue reading

District 4 Knox City Councilman Formally Resigns, Caucus to be Held Within the Next 30 Days

Starke County’s Democrat Chairman Kenny Wallace is in the process of scheduling a caucus to find a replacement for the District 4 Knox City Council seat after Tim Manns submitted a formal resignation this week.

Mayor Dennis Estok noted that as city officials were in the process of preparing the bill of impeachment for Manns, his letter of resignation was delivered to the City Hall drop box. Chairman Wallace said that in order for it to be officially recognized, the document has to be submitted to him so he retrieved a copy from the mayor. Continue reading

Dual-Generational Playground Equipment Idea Presented to Culver Town Council

Three students from Culver Academies presented town officials with a project idea during the last town council meeting in May.

One of the students, Alan Yang, told council members that after discussing the importance of responsible citizenship in one of their classes, the students brainstormed some ideas of ways they could assist the community.

Yang said they decided to do something at the park since that is an area that is utilized by individuals of all ages and it is one of the major focal points of town. Continue reading

FEMA Representatives Are Still Determining If Starke County Will be Granted Individual Assistance

Starke County Emergency Management Agency Director J. Nier is still waiting to hear back from FEMA representatives about individual assistance for the county.

When FEMA initially declared which counties were eligible for individual assistance for flood damage, Starke County was not included. However, Nier explained that was due to an error with the organization’s reporting app, not because the county didn’t need the help. Continue reading

Culver Town Council Approves Donation for St. Joseph Regional Medical EMS Fund Raiser

Culver Town Council members considered making a donation to the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center EMS Fundraiser when they met last Tuesday.

EMS Director Kathy Hart explained that there are a few pieces of equipment that the hospital is interested in purchasing.

She said nothing is finalized but they’re looking to laptops for the rigs as well as an automatic chest compression device. Continue reading

Knox Mayor Mentions Success of Spring Dumpster Days Event, Suggests Holding More than One During the Year

Knox Mayor Dennis Estok acknowledged the success of the Dumpster Days Spring Clean-Up event when the City Council met last Thursday.

Mayor Estok mentioned that a total of three dumpsters were utilized when the event was held on Saturday, May 19th and Sunday, May 20th.

Though the event was scheduled to run through 5 p.m. on Sunday, the mayor said they had to shut it down a little early because all of the rented dumpsters were filled up by 2 p.m. Continue reading

Resolution Passed to Prepare Bill of Impeachment For District 4 Knox City Councilman

Knox City Council members took another step to address the consistent absence of the Councilman for District 4 when they met on Thursday.

City council members have been discussing the continuous absence of Councilman Tim Manns for several months. Because Manns is an elected official he continues to be paid per meeting, despite missing 20 out of 24 meetings in 2017 and failing to attend a single meeting in 2018 so far.

According to an Employee Compensation Report through IndianaGateway, Manns raked in about $4,000 in 2017, making approximately $333 per month. Continue reading

Culver Town Council Establishes Special Summer Schedule for Town Employees

Special summer hours have been established for Culver Town Hall and town officials will be trying out a new summer hour schedule as well.

During the summer season, Culver Town Hall will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. At last week’s Culver Town Council meeting, a new employee schedule was proposed.

President Ginny Bess Munroe said she collaborated with Clerk-Treasurer Karen Heim and Town Manager Jonathan Leist about a “morale-boosting” schedule that will give employees a chance to enjoy their summer. Continue reading

North Judson Town Council Members Discuss Potential Expansion at Highland Cemetery

North Judson Town Council members are considering what to do at Highland Cemetery now that space is becoming limited.

Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe alerted council members last week that there are only about 12 to 20 grave spaces remaining at Highland Cemetery.

He noted that if they were to cross a highway or county road, a whole new cemetery would have to be established so they’re looking into the possibility of land acquisition. Continue reading