Winamac High School Students to Hold Memorial Service and School Safety Advocacy Event Today

Students and staff at Eastern Pulaski Community Schools have been engaging in discussions about student safety ever since February’s school shooting sparked some concerns within the community.

While school officials are working diligently to address safety, students are also getting involved. For instance,  students with the Winamac High School Presidential Council have organized for an assembly to be held today, in memory of students lost in the Parkland, Florida shooting.  Continue reading

Winamac Fireworks Display Donations Must Be Made at Clerk-Treasurer’s Office After Donation Collector Resigns

Winamac Town Council members were alerted of a major change that will be taking place with the collection of fireworks display donations when they met Monday night.

Clerk-Treasurer Melanie Berger provided members with a letter from Scott Roudebush where he announced that he will no longer be soliciting donations for the town’s fireworks display. Continue reading

Looking for More Ways to Help Out Local Kids? Attend Starke County CASA’s Training Course This Spring

There is still time to register for the spring session of Starke County CASA training for anyone interested in being the voice for a local child in need.

A “CASA” or a Court Appointed Special Advocate works with local children who have had abuse or neglect reported to the authorities. Starke County CASA Director Rhonda Adcock has been a CASA volunteer for 10 years and has served as Starke County’s director for 8 years.

Adcock reported that since becoming the director, she’s seen the number of cases in the county triple. While they have seen in increase in the amount of volunteers over the last few years, Adcock said this next class will be very important in helping eliminate the CASA waiting list in Starke County. Continue reading

Knox Board of Works Members Approve Bid for Pearl Street Blight Elimination

The blighted structure at 202 N Pearl Street in Knox is one step closer to being eliminated. Knox Board of Works members approved a demolition bid from Jackson Trucking and Excavating when they met in special session Monday morning.

Initially, members opened bids in February, but due to some confusion over bid specifications, members voted to re-bid for the project with requirements more clearly specified. This time only one bid was received from Harvey Jackson with Jackson Trucking and Excavating for a total of $10,000 for demolition and asbestos testing. Continue reading

Winamac Town Council Approves Firefighter Recommendations

The Winamac Volunteer Fire Department is now two members stronger after town council members approved recommendations submitted by Fire Chief Bill Weaver at their meeting Monday night.

Weaver explained that officials with the Fire Department have recently been interviewing prospective applicants. He said the two individuals they found who seemed like they’d be a good fit were Brittany Rotering and Blake Sowder. Continue reading

Knox City Council to Meet Tonight

Amendments to the existing curfew ordinance for the City of Knox will be considered during tonight’s city council meeting at 7 p.m.

According to the council packet provided by administrative assistant Peggy Travis, the curfew ordinance currently in place was originally adopted in October of 1989.

City council members are also anticipated to receive a presentation from Starke County Economic Development Foundation Special Projects Coordinator Ron Gifford. As usual, a monthly progress report will be provided. Continue reading

Indiana State Police Assist with Double Homicide Investigation in Pulaski County

Ross Stacy – Mug Shot Provided by ISP

On Friday, Indiana State Police were called to Pulaski County to investigate a suspected double homicide.

According to ISP representatives, evidence from the investigation lead to the arrest of 32-year-old Ross Stacy, of Winamac, the morning of Saturday, March 10th. Ross Stacy is being held in the Pulaski County Jail and has been formally charged with Murder. Continue reading

NJ Town Superintendent Discusses Funding for Paving and Sidewalk Upgrades

North Judson Town Superintendent Marshall Horstmann told council members that the town was recently awarded $158,160 in Federal Highway Administration funds for phase three of their ADA compliance project.

At their meeting last Monday, he mentioned since planning and engineering costs haven’t been factored in yet, that won’t even be the complete amount awarded. He also told members that with all three phases of the ADA compliance projects, the town has been awarded a total of $406,360 so far. Continue reading

Knox Planning Commission Discusses Accessory Buildings and Temporary Structures

The Knox Planning Commission continued their discussion over the definition of accessory buildings when they met last week.

Plan Commission Attorney Martin Bedrock was absent from the meeting where members initially discussed accessory buildings and other storage structures. He asked them to recap their progress so far during last Tuesday’s meeting.

They shared that they’ve been distinguishing the difference between temporary and permanent structures. Continue reading

Zoning Request Accepted by Knox Planning Commission Will Go Before City Council for Final Approval

Knox Planning Commission members held a public hearing over a rezoning request when they met Tuesday night.

In February, Timothy Miller came before the commission requesting permission to rezone a piece of property on Pacific Avenue from residential to commercial. At Tuesday’s meeting, he reminded the members of the specifics related to his request. Continue reading

Highland Cemetery Concern Brought Before North Judson Town Council

Some concerns about the Highland Cemetery were brought to the attention of the North Judson Town Council Members when they met Monday night.

Resident Vicki Richey informed members that she was speaking on behalf of everyone who has a loved one buried in the cemetery.

She stated that she used to own a tree-service company and recently looked over the land at Highland and found about 45 tree stumps. She added that there is also split tree that should be taken care of because if it falls it runs the risk of damaging some headstones. Continue reading

North Judson Police Officer Rico Simpson and His K9 Partner Complete Week 2 of Training

Photo Courtesy of NJPD Facebook Page

North Judson Police Officer Rico Simpson is at the tail end of week two of K9 training at Vohne-Liche Kennels and according to Town Marshal Kelly Fisher, things are going really well.

At Monday’s North Judson Town Council meeting, Marshal Fisher told members that Officer Simpson and his K9 Partner Jimy already have a phenomenal bond. Continue reading

New Member Welcomed to Knox Planning Commission Tuesday Night

The Knox Planning Commission welcomed a new member during their meeting Tuesday night.

Mayor Dennis Estok appointed Jim Strong to the commission and he is filling Steve Dodge’s seat. His term will end on December 31st, 2019.

Commission President Greg Matt said that Strong resigned from the BZA to be on the Planning Commission, leaving a vacancy on that board. Mayor Estok explained that with Strong switching over to the Planning Commission, there are now two open seats on the Board of Zoning Appeals. Continue reading

Starke County Economic Development Foundation to Hold Community Retreat

The Starke County Economic Development Foundation will be holding a community retreat at their office in Knox on Tuesday, March 20th from 7:30 a.m. until noon CT.

Interim Executive Director Larry Wickert spoke to the North Judson Town Council members about the session during their meeting Monday night. He cleared up some confusion about the focus, stating that the event will be open to all municipalities in the area and will not solely be about development in North Judson. Continue reading

Culver Community School Board Awards Bus Bids to IC Collins

According to Culver Superintendent Karen Shuman, school board members awarded bus bids during their meeting Monday night.

Shuman explained that the school corporation was looking to sell three buses as a part of their bus replacement plan. They had two 66 passenger buses that were included in one bid and then another bus that holds 54 passengers that was bid out on its own. Continue reading

Multiple Agencies Continue to Work Together on Top Priority Death Investigation

Ever since 37-year-old Knox resident, Barbara McCurdy was discovered deceased over a month ago in Winamac, the Pulaski County Coroner has continuously been coordinating with a number of law enforcement agencies to work on her death investigation.

Pulaski County Coroner John Behny mentioned that this is a top priority case. He said the Coroner’s Office continues to work in conjunction with the Indiana State Police, the Knox and Winamac Police Departments, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and the Starke County and Pulaski County Prosecutor’s Offices, collecting pertinent information related to the case.

According, to Coroner Behny the official cause and manner of death are still pending. Continue reading