IRS to Privatize Some Debt Collection

irs-logoThe Internal Revenue Service will be turning over the collection of certain overdue federal tax debts to private collection agencies. Starting this spring, the IRS will be assigning some accounts that it’s no longer working on itself to four private contractors: CBE Group of Cedar Falls, Iowa; Conserve of Fairport, New York; Performant of Livermore, California; and Pioneer of Horseheads, New York. Continue reading

Starke County Hopes to Take Possession of Former San Pierre Bank

The former San Pierre Bank building in its glory days. Photo courtesy of the Starke County Historical Society
The former San Pierre Bank building in its glory days. Photo courtesy of the Starke County Historical Society

Starke County may soon be able to move ahead with the demolition of a dilapidated San Pierre building. The former San Pierre Bank has become a safety concern for the community, to the point where the county has had to install barriers around the building. Continue reading

Park Board Suspends Bass Lake Beach Gazebo Demolition Order

bass lake beach-front gateThe gazebo at the Bass Lake Beach may be getting a new lease on life. The Starke County Park Board called for its demolition this past July, due to concerns that the structure was becoming a safety hazard, as well as a lack of funding to make repairs. Since then, however, members of the community have begun fundraising efforts in order to save the gazebo, organizing a raffle earlier this month to help raise money. Continue reading