North Judson Town Council Considers Request From Building Inspector

North Judson Building Inspector Jeff Abrams appeared before the town council requesting to establish a permit for gas line inspections when members met Monday.

“When there is a house vacated and the gas has been shut off, Nipsco wants an inspection done so I think that we should be able to charge for that because I have to go out and look at it.” He explained, “They have to do a pressure test it and it has to hold pressure for a day.” Continue reading

North Judson-San Pierre School Board Reviews Corporation Plans

North Judson-San Pierre School Board members considered multiple corporation plans on first reading when they met this week.

In early April, a work session was held to establish what to include in the school’s technology, wellness and strategic and accountability plans. When members met on Tuesday, Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin reviewed the content with board members.

Dr. Zupin said the two major focuses of the technology plan are professional development and the implementation of eLearning. Continue reading

North Judson Town Council Informed About Unresolved Request from the 1980s

A matter that has gone unresolved for more than 30 years was brought before the North Judson Town Council Monday night.

North Judson Resident and former town council member, Tim Cummins informed the council that even though the North Judson Plan Commission and Town Council took steps to vacate a 16-foot alley between Dahlke and Lyle Streets back in the 1980s, the final step of sending the documentation to the Starke County Recorder was not completed so the alley was never officially vacated. Continue reading

North Judson-San Pierre School Board Holds First Readings Over Employee Handbook Revisions

North Judson-San Pierre School Board members held the first readings over the revisions to the certified and non-certified handbooks when they met Tuesday night.

Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin shared that the certified handbook is a fairly recent addition, as state laws changed what is allowed to be included in the master contract for teachers. She noted, “The teacher contract can only have monetary issues but there are a lot of things to answer outside of what is monetary and so a handbook was created and we just need to update those.” Continue reading

North Judson Truck Driver Honored to be Guest at White House Rose Garden Event, Finds Hoosier Ties in D.C.

Vice President/Former Indiana Governor Mike Pence and Jeff Tetzloff

A North Judson native was chosen from thousands of truck drivers to represent his profession and his company at an event in the White House Rose Garden last Thursday.

Jeff Tetzloff has been a truck driver for 34 years and has been an employee of Crete Carrier for the last 27 years. He has over three and a half million miles of safe driving under his belt, has won driver of the year multiple times and serves as trainer and mentor.

Because of his impressive resume, the CEO of Crete Carrier Tonn Ostergard approached Tetzloff with a unique opportunity to attend an event with “senior government officials.” He said it wasn’t until he received an email from the White House that he realized he would be attending an event where the president would be speaking. Continue reading

Winamac Town Council Opens Bids for Community Crossings Grant Projects

Paving bids for Community Crossings Grant projects were opened during last week’s Winamac Town Council meeting. Members opened bids from the companies Walsh and Kelly, E&B Paving, Central Paving and Reith Riley when they met last Monday.

E&B Paving’s bid was the highest with a $146,865 total bid. Reith Riley’s provided the next highest with a total bid of about $159,239. Walsh and Kelly submitted the second lowest total bid at $139.993 and Central Paving’s total bid was the least expensive at about $121,537. All total bids included the company’s base bid plus an alternative bid. Continue reading

North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Highlights Summer School Opportunities

North Judson-San Pierre Superintendent Annette Zupin outlined some summer school opportunities when school board members met Tuesday night.

One thing she highlighted was NJSP’s Countdown to Kindergarten which is an opportunity for incoming kindergarten students to familiarize themselves with the school experience. Dr. Zupin said it will be held for two weeks with students coming in for four days each week. That will run from July 16th through 19th and July 23rd through the 26th.

Additionally, Zupin mentioned that the Starke County Community Foundation provided a $7,000 donation to help fund the Kindergarten Countdown program, as they’ve done for the past few years. Continue reading

First National Bank of Monterey Provides Presentation to North Judson Town Council Members

The North Judson Town Council was informed that First National Bank of Monterey is willing to raise the town’s interest rate on their general fund when members met Monday night.

The Town currently has their general account at the First National Bank of Monterey and has recently been considering a switch over to First Farmers Bank and Trust. Continue reading

Local Veteran Receives Assistance from Knox VFW

A local veteran is expressing his gratitude to the Knox VFW for assisting him as he recovers from a stroke.

Robert Gonzalez is a Knox resident who reported that a stroke left him utilizing a wheelchair for the time being and it has limited his ability to venture outside his home.

Chris Kisela, a representative of VFW Post 748, stated that when VFW members met for their monthly meeting on Sunday, April 8th, they approved a request to build ramps at Gonzalez’s residence and contracted the work out to Ron Biddle. Continue reading

North Judson Town Marshal Kelly Fisher Reports Immediate Results from K9 Program

Officer Rico Simpson, K9 Jimy & Town Marshal Kelly Fisher
Photo Source: NJ Town Photographer Peggy Bohac

North Judson K9 Officer Rico Simpson and his K9 Partner Jimy have been very busy now that they’re out of training and patrolling the town. Town Marshal Kelly Fisher provided a brief synopsis of some of the work that the two have accomplished in their first week of deployment during Monday night’s town council meeting.

Since April 9th, K9 Jimy has already assisted with several traffic stops and indicated the presence of suspected narcotics, marijuana, heroin and drug paraphernalia. Continue reading

Winamac Clerk-Treasurer Shares Findings From Umbaugh’s Utilities Analysis

Winamac Clerk-Treasurer Melanie Berger reviewed the findings from Umbaugh’s budget report when town council members met last Monday.

The town’s financial advisors at Umbaugh looked at the current rates for the electric, water and wastewater utilities and then provided a projection of whether or not current rates will be able to sustain the accounts over the next five years. They also indicated whether or not the utility would see a positive or negative cash flow. Continue reading

North Judson San Pierre School Board to Meet Tonight

North Judson-San Pierre School Board members will receive information about the General Obligation Bond Resolution when they meet tonight at 7 p.m.

The technology plan, the wellness plan and the strategic and accountability plan will be considered as well. These plans were discussed in a work session earlier this month and will be up for first reading at tonight’s meeting. Continue reading

Culver Technical Review Committee Approves Amended PUD Application, Next Step Plan Commission Review

The Culver Technical Review Committee met with Developer Thomas Beste on Friday to go over his plan for the proposed Planned Unit Development at the site on State Road 17 and State Road 10.

According to Town Manager Jonathan Leist, Beste amended his original plan in order to address a recommendation that Plan Commission members made when he initially submitted his application Continue reading

Knox City Council Considers One Petition For Annexation and One for Vacation

Knox City Council amended their agenda to consider two petitions when they met last Tuesday. The first petition was from JW Hicks for voluntary annexation of a piece of real estate into the city of Knox. Members unanimously approved a motion to enter the petition into their minutes and to advertise for a public hearing over the request.

Members also addressed a request from business owner Tim Miller related a dual-purpose structure he’s trying to build on Pacific Avenue. Miller’s petition asks the city to vacate a 66-foot easement behind his property so he can meet the 40-foot set back requirement for rear-yards on commercial properties. Continue reading

Winamac Town Council Discusses Parking Concerns Downtown

Parking issues at a Winamac establishment were addressed when town council members met last Monday.Councilman Alvin Parish asked about addressing an issue with regular vehicles parking in the spots designated for motorcycles and golf carts at a downtown restaurant on Market Street.

Council President Tom Murray said he believed the police should be ticketing the vehicles but said they are currently unable to do so since there isn’t a specific town ordinance prohibiting the parking. Continue reading

North Judson Town Council Meets Tonight

The cemetery mowing service contract will be revisited during tonight’s North Judson Town Council meeting.

Town Marshal Kelly Fisher, Fire Chief and Code Compliance Officer Joe Leszek, Town Superintendent Marshall Horstmann and any other department heads in attendance will deliver reports to the council. Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe will provide a report with relevant business regarding the town’s operations and Attorney Justin Schramm will be present to alert the council of any new legal updates. Continue reading

Knox Man Reportedly Spotted Defacing Campaign Sign Faces 10 Counts of Criminal Mischief

A Knox Man has been charged with 10 counts of criminal mischief and one count of reckless driving after he was reportedly spotted vandalizing a campaign sign Saturday afternoon.

According to a press release issued by the Knox City Police Department, shortly before 1:50 p.m. on April 14th, Knox Police Chief Harold Smith was traveling north bound in his personal  vehicle on Highway 35 just north of 200 S. As he was coming into Knox, he observed a vehicle parked on the west side of the highway. Continue reading

Knox Water Department Crews to Conduct Fire Hydrant Flushing Soon

Knox Water Department crews will begin flushing fire hydrants throughout the city on Monday, April 16th and work will continue through Thursday, April 19th. The work will be conducted during the day so motorists are asked to avoid driving through areas where they see employees working.

As a result of the hydrant flushing, tap water may appear brown, according to a press release from the Mayor’s Office. The release indicates that the water is safe to drink and can be cleared up by running cold water from a bathtub or outside faucet. Continue reading

Winamac Town Council Considers Adopting Amended Employee Handbook Ordinance

The 2018 employee handbook ordinance was up for adoption at the Winamac Town Council meeting Monday night.

At a meeting in March, council members found some inconsistencies with the document so they decided to send it back to the company New Focus for amendments before considering it for adoption. The inconsistency they discovered was related to grievance procedures. Continue reading