Confusion remains over how much money new Pulaski County Highway Department employees are supposed to make. Highway Superintendent Terry Ruff brought the question to the county council Monday. “We hired two new guys,” he explained. “What’s the deal on their pay? What do I tell them they’re getting paid right now? I don’t know if it’s $13.77. Is it for six months, a year? What are we doing?”
With money remaining from the Blight Elimination Grant, Knox officials are looking for a few more eye sores to get rid of within the city limits.
In his report during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston stated that about $36,000 is left over from that grant.
Mayor Dennis Estok added that they can afford to eliminate two more structures and encouraged anyone who owns a blighted or abandoned building to contact his office as soon as possible. Continue reading
A public hearing over tax abatement requests from Standard Industrial was held during the Winamac Town Council meeting Monday night.
No public comments were provided but President Bryce Brumm spoke during the hearing and provided a bit of background information about his company.
He stated they began in 2004 with distribution and started manufacturing in January of 2015. Over the last three years, the company has seen some significant growth, going from 8 people initially to 38 employees today.
Brumm said he expects even more development in the coming year and he wants to make sure the Town of Winamac will see the benefits since manufacturing is a highly competitive market in the area. Continue reading
The West Central School Board members took action last week on several contract and salary items on the docket for discussion.
Culver’s golf cart ordinance may soon be getting some clarifications. An amended ordinance was presented for first reading during last week’s town council meeting, by Council President Ginny Bess Munroe. “Basically, nothing is changing,” she explained. “We are clarifying our ordinance because we find that when we try to enforce it, people don’t have an understanding of the fact that you shouldn’t have a four-year-old driving your golf cart. So we’ve added some language here, throughout this.”
A graduating senior student from Knox Community High School has been chosen as the 2019 Starke County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.
Madeline Krueger will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to the Indiana college or university of her choice. She’ll also get a $900 yearly stipend to cover the costs of required books and equipment.
According to a press release from the Starke County Community Foundation, Madeline plans to study Civil Engineering at Purdue University West Lafayette. Continue reading
The WNDU Studios in South Bend had to be evacuated Thursday after an emailed bomb threat was received. Our reporting partners at WNDU say that numerous police units responded and no credible threat was found during a search of the building.
They went on to say that dozens of bomb threats were reportedly sent to news outlets, government buildings, banks, libraries, schools and other businesses across the country, according to NBC News. Continue reading
A fight between two brothers at a Culver home reportedly ended with both of them being taken to jail early Thursday morning. Marshall County Police say that around 1:15 a.m., someone called 911 reporting that two adult brothers were fighting and one of them had a knife.
A Starke County Community Corrections officer was honored with the Starke County Sheriff’s Department Life Saving Award Thursday morning.
The demolition of a Medaryville home as part of a blight elimination project continues to create headaches for Pulaski County Building Inspector Doug Hoover, a year after the house was torn down. “Everything was done, completed,” he told the county council Monday. “[Building Department Assistant] Karla [Kreamer] and I did everything we were supposed to do. About a week before the last date, the state comes in and says they wanted it cleaned up. It wasn’t to their specs. Six months I waited. They could have told me six months ago. Now I had to jump through hoops.”
Knox City Council members considered an amendment to their existing water tap ordinance when they met Tuesday night. Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston informed council members that the ordinance presented was a combination of a few different documents. Continue reading
Winamac Town Council members opened bids for the Town’s cemetery mowing contract when they met Monday night. Council President Tom Murray opened the bids and read them into the record. However, he ran into a bit of an issue with identifying who the first bid was from.
Murray stated, “This first bid is for $2,650 per time.” Town Manager Brad Zellers inquired about the bidder and Murray replied, “There’s no name on it, there’s a date of estimate and it has a phone number on it but no name.” Continue reading
The West Central School Board members considered resolutions last week that deal with budget items.
Culver’s fire truck fundraiser may officially be over, but Fire Chief Terry Wakefield says donations continue trickling in. “Money keeps coming in,” he told the town council last week, “and hopefully it still does until we can get a number on this vehicle, to get it pegged down so everybody knows what’s going on.” Wakefield said that process was set to begin last week.
Santa will be at the Starke County Court Services office on Saturday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Starke County Annex Building No. 2 at 108 N. Pearl Street in Knox.
LaPorte County Police have released the name of the man killed in a single-vehicle crash on County Road 1000 North Tuesday afternoon. Brandon Michael Biolette, 18, of New Buffalo, Michigan, died of blunt force trauma, according to LaPorte County Coroner Bob Cutler.
A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed in connection with last week’s bus crash that claimed the life of Winamac Middle School student Owen Abbott. According to documents filed in Marshall Circuit Court Tuesday, Abbott’s mother, Britni Fritz, is suing the driver of the truck that allegedly crashed into the bus, along with the truck’s owner.
The Pulaski County Courthouse elevator should finally be ready for use tomorrow. “The state inspector will be here on Thursday, inspect the elevator,” Maintenance Director Jeff Johnston told the county council and commissioners Monday. “The elevator will be operational Thursday afternoon, I’m hoping.”