Culver Town Council Holds First Reading Over Primary Plan for Culver Meadows PUD

The highlight of Tuesday night’s Culver Town Council meeting was a public hearing that was held to review a Planned Unit Development application for Culver Meadows.

Town Manager Jonathan Leist explained that this week’s hearing consisted of a review of the primary plan and rezoning request. According to Leist, the town has a zoning district that is strictly for PUDs, which allows for the development to have both commercial and residential structures. Continue reading

Materials From Old North Judson Fire House Used for Memorial Wall, Fire Chief Shares Grant Success

Picture Source: NJ Fire Department FB Page

The North Judson Fire Department plans to commemorate their old firehouse with a monument in front of the new building. At Monday night’s North Judson Town Council meeting, Fire Chief Joe Leszek explained that some material from the old firehouse was retrieved during the demolition process.

Leszek told members, “When the old firehouse was torn down, some of our members went over there and we salvaged some of the limestone and it was always our plan to build a small little memorial wall.” Continue reading

Busy Agenda Provided for Tonight’s Knox City Council Meeting

Knox City Council members will meet a little bit earlier than usual in order to cover the multiple items listed on tonight’s agenda.

Prior to the start of the meeting, a public hearing over the 5-Year Park Master Plan will be held at 6:45 p.m. Members will also consider a resolution to approve the Master Plan later in the evening.

The meeting will officially commence at 7 p.m. and another public hearing will be held over the petition submitted by J.W. Hicks for annexation into the City of Knox. Continue reading

North Judson Town Council Considers Ordinance Addressing Unresolved Request From the 80’s

A 30-year-old oversight is one step closer to being rectified after North Judson Town Council members held the first reading of an ordinance Monday night.

The ordinance that members considered addresses a request that was initially submitted in 1986 that asks for the town to vacate an unused alley that is located south of Dahlke Street and north of Lyle Street. Continue reading

The Registration Deadline for North Judson Mint Fest Pageants is This Thursday

Thursday, May 10th is the final day to register for the North Judson Mint Festival pageants! Sign-ups will be held at the Henry F. Schricker Public Library in Knox from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Starke County students ages 5 through 19 are permitted to sign up for the Mint Festival Queen and King Pageant. The registration fee is $20 and a fundraiser is required.

The county’s youngsters, ranging from newborns up to 4-year-olds, can register for the Mint Darlings Pageant, where a fundraiser is also required. Continue reading

Apply for a Habitat for Humanity Home at the Culver Sand Hill Farm Development

Sand Hill Farm Developer Kevin Berger recently reached out to community members to remind them about an exciting opportunity through the Habitat for Humanity of Marshall County.

The Sand Hill Farm development will be providing a site for a Habitat for Humanity home and the organization is still looking for a local family to fill it.

Officials are anticipating that the site will be made available later this year and construction will most likely begin in 2019. Interested parties are encouraged to apply now as they need to assess whether or not they fulfill certain eligibility requirements. Continue reading

Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum Offers Mothers Day Specials for Your Special Mother

If you’re looking for a unique way to celebrate Mother’s Day, the Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum has a few opportunities that may interest you.

The Guest Engineer Program will give adventurous moms a chance to operate a diesel locomotive. Guest Engineers are supervised and have the option to drive the train for 30 minutes or 1 hour for a nominal fee. Continue reading

Knox Planning Commission Continues Accessory Building Discussion, Addresses Existing Violations

As the Knox Planning Commission continued their discussion over amending the accessory building ordinance, members also considered what to do about residents who are currently in violation.

During their meeting Tuesday night, President Greg Matt mentioned there are a few residences that have structures that are violating existing rules, such as one that prohibits breaking the plane of the front of the house and another that deals with proximity to sidewalks. Continue reading

Culver Blessings In A Back Pack Seeks Donations, Program To Continue into Summertime

Volunteers with Culver’s Blessings in a Backpack program realize that hunger doesn’t halt just because school is no longer in session.

Thanks to the generous donations of committed community members, Blessings in a Backpack was able to expand their winter school program into the summertime last year.

This year, they will continue the summer program and will be working in conjunction with the USDA Summer Food Service Program to provide weekend meals to students who require additional assistance. Continue reading

Ancilla College President Dr. Ken Zirkle Announces Retirement, Board Appoints Replacement

Dr. Ken Zirkle, who has served as the president of Ancilla College for the past four years, has announced his retirement, effective Monday, May 14th.

During his time an Ancilla, the college saw a lot of growth. Two new residence halls and a student life center were built on campus and a few new programs were added including the Autism Program at Ancilla and the culinary arts and agriculture programs. Continue reading

BZA Meeting Scheduled for Pacific Avenue Property Owner

Knox Planning Commission members were informed about an upcoming Board of Zoning Appeals meeting when they met Tuesday night.

Planning Administrator Kenny Pfost stated that a notice of the meeting has been published and neighboring property owners have been notified.

The meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 14th at 7 p.m. in Knox City Hall. Property owner Tim Miller will be submitting a request for a variance on the rear-yard setback requirement since his site plan currently doesn’t meet the 40-foot requirement for commercial properties. Continue reading

Knox Planning Commission Reviews Site Plan Submitted by Traffic Control Specialists

A site plan from Traffic Control Specialists (TCS) was reviewed by the Knox Planning Commission when members met Tuesday night.

Engineer Lee Nagai served as a representative for TCS and went over the company’s plans to expand on their property. When asked what the company does, he informed members that they manufacture and perform maintenance on signs for multiple cities.

When discussing the site plan, he reiterated what was already presented to Knox Board of Works members last week; that officials are planning to build a 90×120 foot structure that will be placed behind their existing building on Pacific Avenue. Continue reading