Mint Festival Reviewed at North Judson Town Council Meeting

A brief synopsis of last weekend’s Mint Festival was given during Monday night’s North Judson Town Council meeting.

Event Organizer Donna Henry said though the weekend was pretty toasty, the festival was a success and there were no mishaps.

She took some time to thank the council, Town Superintendent Marshall Horstmann, Town Marshal Kelly Fisher and the officers with NJPD for their help with preparing, setting up and patrolling the event. Continue reading

One Occupant Sustains Injuries After 2-Vehicle Crash on 300 E and 250 N

One person was transported to the hospital for injuries, following a two-vehicle crash in Starke County on Thursday afternoon.

According to the Starke County Central Dispatch Center, a pick-up truck and passenger car collided at the intersection of 250 N and 300 E. The Starke County Sheriff’s Department, the Knox Fire Department and Starke County EMS responded to the scene. Continue reading

Letters of Interest for the Open Knox City Council Seat Must be Submitted by Tomorrow

Time is running out to apply for the open seat on the Knox City Council. Individuals who reside in District 4 and are registered Democrats have until Friday to submit their letter of interest for consideration. Any letters that come in after the deadline will not be eligible

Letters must be delivered to Starke County Democrat Chairman Kenny Wallace. They can be sent by mail to his Knox residence located at 5175 East 200 South. Continue reading

Local Emergency Planning Committee Brainstorms Ideas for Grant Application

Starke County EMA Director J. Nier alerted members of the Local Emergency Planning Committee that she has received permission to proceed with the LEPC Grant process.

She mentioned that the grant is due July 13th and it is offered through the Indiana Emergency Response Commission. She said she wasn’t given a specific cap but she was told they could potentially apply for up to $10,000. Continue reading

North Judson-San Pierre School Board Considers Salaries and Contracts

When North Judson-San Pierre school board members met Tuesday night, various contracts and salaries were up for approval.

Superintendent Dr. Annette Zupin shared that the non-certified salary schedule was updated to include $8 per hour as the starting rate and the number of categories listed was reduced in order to make payroll and HR matters less complicated. Continue reading

Knox City Council Approves Amended General Obligation Bond Ordinance

Knox City Council members considered an amended General Obligation Bond Ordinance when they met last Tuesday.

As a reminder, the city of Knox will be purchasing a pumper truck for the Knox-Center Township Volunteer Fire Department to replace an aging model that is more than 30-years-old.

In order to finance the purchase, the city will be utilizing general obligation bonds. Continue reading

Local Emergency Planning Committee to Hold Make-Up Meeting Today

Members of Starke County’s Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet this afternoon to discuss details surrounding a recent hazardous material incident and how it was handled successfully.

The LEPC will meet at 2 p.m. in the lower floor of the Starke County Annex Building #2 (the old jail) in the Purdue Extension Office meeting room.

The members were scheduled to hold their meeting last week but there were not enough members there to have a quorum so the meeting was rescheduled. Continue reading

America’s Run for The Fallen to Pass Through Pulaski County, Local Marine to be Recognized

America’s Run for the Fallen aims to commemorate the brave heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice by “blazing a tribute trail across our nation”.

Starting today and running through June 30th, the Run for the Fallen will make its way through Indiana. The established trail will be making a local impact; by utilizing IN-14, volunteers will pass through Francesville and Winamac, recognizing service members of the community along the way. Continue reading

North Judson Officials Plan to Attend Open House Celebrating the Upcoming One-Year Milestone of a Local Business

Outstanding Trade Exhibit Services, also known as OTES Signs and Graphics is coming up on their one year anniversary of being established in North Judson. Local officials intend to celebrate the company’s one-year milestone this week.

When the North Judson Town Council met Monday evening, Council President Wendy Hoppe reminded the members that an open house to celebrate the anniversary will be held at the business on Wednesday. Continue reading

Knox City Council Members Vote to Move Forward with Street Print Project

Preliminary Design for Street Print Project

Knox officials are currently working to implement some of the projects established in their 2015 comprehensive plan.

When the city council met last Tuesday, Mayor Dennis Estok reminded the members about some of the projects that were included in the plan. He mentioned that the mural that will be painted on the wall behind Serenity Gardens was a part of it.

That project is currently in the design phase and city council members will now be tackling another project in the comprehensive plan, the street print project. He said, “We’ve talked about the street print to put on the corner of Lake and Main streets.” Estok reminded them, “You’ll have designed crosswalks and the city emblem in the middle of that intersection.” Continue reading

Starke and Pulaski County Unemployment Statistics From May

The most recent Indiana Department of Workforce Development unemployment report reveals a growing labor forces in Starke and Pulaski counties and fairly consistent unemployment rates.

From April to May, the labor force in Pulaski gained 338 additional workers and 321 more people were described as employed. Conversely, there were 19 more people determined to be unemployed and the rate rose slightly from 2.9 to 3.0 percent.

Starke County’s rate remains higher than that of their neighbors to the south and west. However, the county did see a slight decrease from April to May, going from 3.9 to 3.8 percent unemployment. Continue reading

Knox Mayor Aims to Bring Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Grant Funds Back into the City

Mayor Dennis Estok told City Council members last Tuesday that he’s taking steps to bring the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation Grant back into Knox.

Mayor Estok explained that this specific funding assistance allows residents with lower incomes to apply to receive assistance with various home repairs. Estok said that in the past, recipients of the grant were awarded up to $15,000 in some cases. Continue reading

INDOT Closes Section of State Road 17 For Chip and Sealing Operations

Starting today, Culver residents and commuters should be prepared for an ongoing road closure on State Road 17.

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced that State Road 17 in Marshall County will be closed between State Road 8 and State Road 10 as crews perform chip sealing operations. The work will begin today and that section of road is expected to reopen by the end of the day on Friday, June 22. Continue reading