Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum President Promises to Improve Communication with Town

HVRM Tourist Train

The Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum’s newly-elected president is looking forward to working with the Town of North Judson. Todd Flanigan introduced himself to the town council last week. He explained that he’s been a member of the museum since 1995, served on its board of directors, and also served as president in the past.

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North Judson Woman Dead, After Car Lands Upside-Down in Ditch along State Road 39

Starke County Sheriff’s Office photo

A North Judson woman is dead, following a crash on State Road 39. The Starke County Sheriff’s Office says that just after 6:30 Saturday morning, it got a report of a Honda Civic submerged upside-down in a drainage ditch in the 1500 south block of the highway. When emergency responders arrived, they reportedly found Shari Lynn Zimmerman, 53, dead inside the car.

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Knox School Board Gets Update on Donations, Grants

A Knox High School program that pairs special needs students with buddies in the general ed population has gotten a funding boost for one of its activities. The school board Tuesday accepted a $700 Target Field Trip Grant. That will help with the cost of tickets for the Best Buddies program’s upcoming trip to see a live production of The Lion King in South Bend.

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Starke County Election Board Member Questions Board’s Authority to Cut Its Own Pay

The Starke County Election Board’s authority to withhold its own pay is being questioned by one of its members. On Monday, the board voted two-to-one not to pay its members for 2020, if the board failed to approve a vote center plan to keep this year’s elections on-budget. Board Member Harrison Fields cast the opposing vote.

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North Judson Town Council Discusses Potential Change to Election Cycle

A bill for almost $11,000 has prompted the North Judson Town Council to consider changing the town’s election cycle. The bill for last November’s town election was eventually forgiven by the Starke County Council, but during Monday’s town council meeting, Council Member Josh Brown said the county might not be willing to do that in the future.

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Old Winamac Town Park Restrooms to Be Demolished Next Week

Entrance to the Winamac Town Park

After years of planning, the old Winamac Town Park restrooms will be torn down next week. “Monday or Tuesday, they’ll get the old restrooms down,” town manager and park board member Brad Zellers told the rest of the park board Thursday. “During that timeframe, I’m going to have a couple town employees at the gate. We’re going to close the park off while the contractor’s doing that, so there aren’t people going in, liability things.”

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