Across the country, thousands of kids in foster care are waiting for forever families. Each year, courts celebrate National Adoption Day to raise awareness.
Last week, Starke Circuit Court opened four of its adoption hearings to the public. Judge Kim Hall says it’s the only time of the year the Indiana Supreme Court allows video and photography in the courtroom.
The Town of Winamac
is outlining some of the capital projects it has planned for the next couple
years. The town council last week passed an ordinance detailing how Winamac
will use its share of the revenues of Pulaski County’s
economic development income tax in 2020 and 2021.
The Knox School Board took action last week to replenish the
corporation’s Operations Fund. Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart says the
board unanimously passed a resolution to transfer $1 million from the Education
Four families celebrated the final step of their adoptions with the public Friday. As part of National Adoption Day, Starke Circuit Court welcomed the public to watch the normally-closed-door adoption hearings.
Many area children continue to attend school outside of
their own public school district. The Indiana Department of Education released
transfer report Wednesday. The Oregon-Davis School Corporation continues to
see a large chunk of its district’s population going to other schools, with
more than 43 percent of the state-funded students who live there attending
class someplace else.
Town of Winamac employees won’t be getting pay raises in 2020 but they might get some extra insurance benefits. Town Manager Brad Zellers told the town council Monday that health insurance quotes came in almost $39,000 less than last year’s.
A Knox woman has been charged with felony neglect of a dependent, after allegedly failing to send her daughter to school for several months. A probable cause affidavit says Deanna D. Fultz notified Knox Middle School last November that her daughter would have “irregular daily attendance” due to an illness.
Upgrades to Pulaski County’s 911 Center are finally getting underway. Sheriff Jeff Richwine told the county commissioners Monday that final preparations are taking place for the installation of the CallWorks dispatch system.
The Knox School Board approved the corporation’s 2020-2021
school calendar Monday. Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart says students’
first day of class will be August 4, 2020, with the last day on May 25, 2021.
Unemployment rates are relatively steady in Starke and
Pulaski counties. Starke
unemployment rate was 3.5 percent, according to the latest
report from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. That’s down
from 3.6 percent the month before and 3.8 percent during the same period last
The Pulaski County Commissioners are considering a few
options, when it comes to IT services. The county’s current IT contractor, DeGroot
Technology, plans to quit in January. On Monday, the commissioners heard from
two companies interested in taking over.
Funding arrangements for the Winamac ambulance garage expansion were discussed during last week’s Pulaski County Council meeting. EMS Director Brandon DeLorenzo explained that the contractor that won the bid can’t start until next year, meaning that most of the cost can’t come out of this year’s budget.
Some Winamac silos will soon be reinvigorated with public art, thanks to a grant from the Tippecanoe Arts Federation. Anne Rebeck serves as the federation’s Pulaski County representative. “We, through them, have a $10,000 grant for public art,” she told the Winamac Town Council Monday. “So I have permission from Mary Sue Link to use the silos that are on the Panhandle Pathway, and we’ll hopefully get that done by early summer.”