WKVI News Director Mary Perren is glad to be back home in northern Indiana and on the radio. She’s a North Judson native with more than 20 years of news experience. She’s worked in print and radio news in Indianapolis, Hopkinsville, Ky., Nashville, Tenn. and most recently in Winamac before taking over as news director for Kankakee Valley Broadcasting in February of 2013. Her work has been honored by the Associated Press, StateNets News Association, Curb Foundation, Hoosier State Press Association and IBA. When she’s not sitting in the anchor chair or chasing down news, Mary enjoys shopping for antiques, attending concerts and taking long walks and rides in her vintage Saab convertible, weather permitting. She’s also a hopelessly devoted Chicago Cubs fanatic who still cringes at the mention of Steve Garvey and Josh Beckett and maintains it wasn’t Steve Bartman’s fault.
A new semester at area schools is bringing another opportunity to meet qualifications to become a Certified Nursing Assistant at Ancilla College.
Ancilla is offering the CNA courses beginning February 2nd, but spots are still available for those interested. CNA’s have opportunities to work in long-term care, in home, hospitals, and doctors’ office facilities in the workforce. Continue reading →
An Oregon-Davis High School student among those selected from around the region for a youth leadership program. Hannah Clark is the only student from Starke County chosen for the South Shore Leadership Youth for Community Engagement (SLYCE) program. She was among 70 applicants interviewed by a selection committee. Continue reading →
The Culver Town Council will have a very similar look after being reorganized on Tuesday night.
The council is required to select leaders under state statute. Ginny Bess Munroe was re-elected as the Culver Town Council’s President for another term. Munroe has served on the board for the last seven years. Continue reading →
Another competition is being put on by the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission and, this time, it involves pizza.
The NITDC held a similar competition last year to declare the top burger restaurant in the Northern Indiana region. This spring 56 of the top locally owned pizza restaurants will be squaring off to determine the areas’ best pies. Continue reading →
Students from several organizations at Winamac Community High School took time to volunteer for the Salvation Army during the holiday season. Principal Rick DeFries says they raised a significant amount of money for the organization during their annual bell ringing campaign. Of the $5,600 raised, the students brought in $2,500. DeFries told the Eastern Pulaski School Board an estimated 10 groups raised that amount of money in 20 hours.
State park patrons are encouraged to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service on Monday by signing up to volunteer at an Indiana State Park in 2015. Opportunities include maintaining trails, assistance with clerical work and helping out at nature centers. More information about volunteering can be found online at stateparks.IN.gov/2443.htm. Continue reading →
One of the most frequent questions Starke County Veterans Service Officer Terry Turner gets is how one who has been honorably discharged from the service obtains an identification card. He says the only ID cards issued by the VA are for medical purposes. However, Turner says veterans can take their discharge papers to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch and have a “v” put on the back of their license or state identification card. Continue reading →
Mat had been actively involved in many local organizations that continue to provide benefits to young and old alike. His interest in area youth is exemplified by his support of 4-H activities and of the Starke County Development Foundation because he said, he saw students leaving the community due of a lack of jobs, and was hopeful that the exodus could be stopped. His involvement in the Starke County Community Foundation and its many scholarships for area youth in another example. And, as a member of the Board at Ancilla College, yet another.
His service and expertise benefited almost every not-for-profit organization at one time or another. He served as treasurer of most and president of many.
Veterans who are having issues with Medicare, Social Security, VA or other types of federal programs can enlist help from Starke County Veterans Service Officer Terry Turner.
“If they come talk to me, I can help them fix that. It’s been several times where they’ve had hospital bills that run up to about $6,000, and I’ve been able to get them hardships,” Turner said. “I got one call that the bill was $700 and they cut it to $20. If you’ve got problems with the hospital or doctors as far as money, give me a call. I might be able to help you.” Continue reading →
The Pulaski Animal Center will be reducing the cost of spaying and neutering your pets.
Millions of animals are entered into shelters around the country each year due to overpopulation and a general inability to care for the animals. This can lead to overcrowding in facilities and eventually euthanizing the animals that can’t find homes. Continue reading →
The Starke County Highway Department has a fresh supply of salt for the next winter weather event. Superintendent Rik Ritzler says 400 additional tons of have been added to the pile. So far this season 447 tons have been used. Last year the county had already gone through more than 1,200 tons of salt by mid-January. The garage foreman has also replenished the sand/salt mixture in anticipation of the next snow. Continue reading →
The Town of Culver may soon have a new Town Manager.
A vote was taken Tuesday night that saw the Culver Town Council approve making an offer to the potential candidate. A name has not been released at this time while the Council awaits the candidate to accept the position. Continue reading →
The former Starke County Sheriff’s Department prisoner transport van will soon be converted for use by coroner Adam Gray. President of the Starke County Commissioners Kent Danford tells WKVI news he’s checked the vehicle out and deemed it road-worthy for the coroner. Continue reading →
A design team from a local company has been honored for their innovation in high efficiency oil-fired furnaces.
According to a release from the Starke County Economic Development Foundation, engineers from Thermo Products were recently inducted into the Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana. Continue reading →
Starke County organizations are being asked to help provide more students and adults access to higher education
The College Success Coalition is newly formed and is sending a steering committee to attend workshops in Plymouth. Starke County will join about 20 other Indiana counties for the sessions as they develop the coalition. Continue reading →