North Judson Council Requests Petition, Before Moving Ahead with Urban Chicken Ordinance

The North Judson Town Council is willing to consider an urban chicken ordinance, but first, they’re asking for a petition with 300 residents’ signatures. Council member John Rowe proposed the petition Monday, to gauge the amount of support that exists out in the community and not just among people showing up at council meetings. Continue reading

Starke County Council Discusses Ambulance Finances

Starke County EMS officials approached the Starke County Council members Monday night to request a transfer of funds to cover ambulance repair costs.

Starke County EMS Director Travis Clary informed the board that an inactive rotation roster for primary and backup ambulances as led to a large amount of breakdowns recently. The costs for repairs have gotten to the point that funds have gone into the red with constant work being done.

There are five ambulances on the fleet: three primary and two backup.

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Culver Redevelopment Commission Discussed Theater Proposals

The Culver Redevelopment Commission members discussed a proposal from SRKM Architects during their meeting Monday afternoon.

The proposal outlined several actions the company could do to help the commission reach a decision about how to proceed with the theater. A structural assessment would be included along with a business plan, a chance to set up a public hearing to gather comments on potential uses for the building, marketing plan, preliminary budget, and more. The cost would be $8,530.

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Child, Dog Owner Bitten in Dog Attack

A Knox boy was injured Thursday evening after being attacked by a dog at the Jellystone Campground in Plymouth.

After an investigation, Marshall County Sheriff’s deputies say the boy went to a neighbor’s lot when the dog bit him. The 10-year-old was transported to the hospital for the injuries he sustained in the incident. The owner of dog was also bitten when he attempted to assist in the attack, according to police. The owner refused medical assistance.

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Three Arrested on Drug Charges in La Porte

An in-depth investigation by the La Porte County Drug Task Force resulted in the arrest of three people on charges of dealing cocaine.

Police say 34-year-old Carl K. Adkins, 44-year-old Stephanie Berg and 24-year-old Brandon Zachary were arrested on arrest warrants after investigating a resident complaint about suspicious activity at 214 Ohio Street in La Porte. Those warrants were executed Monday morning where officers were able to collect evidence, according to a press release.

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La Porte County Sheriff’s Office Investigating Inmate Death


A 35-year-old woman was found unresponsive in her cell in the La Porte County Jail on Saturday night.

Police say that around 10 p.m. CT a jail supervisor was conducting routine cell checks and inmate counts when Andrea Roberts was found inside her cell and not responding to the officer. The jail supervisor attempted resuscitation efforts. Roberts was transported to the La Porte Hospital where she was pronounced dead a half hour later, according to police.

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Starke County Council, Commissioners to Meet Tonight


Newly installed Starke County EMS Director Travis Clary will be before the Starke County Council tonight to discuss a transfer request and an amendment to the 2017 salary ordinance. Starke County Coroner Dannie Hoffer will present an update on autopsy fees, the annual Starke County Economic Development Foundation monthly report will be given as well as an appropriation for SCILL and the council members will set a date for the county budget workshop.

The Starke County Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. CT.

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Pulaski County Commissioners to Consider IT Director Appointment, Hear Department Reports

Pulaski County Commissioners: Bud Krohn Jr., Jerry Locke, Kenny Becker

The Pulaski County Commissioners may appoint a new county IT director during this morning’s meeting. They interviewed candidates last month, but decided to hold off on making a choice during their July 3 meeting. Pulaski County’s first full-time IT director, RB Walters, resigned from the position at the end of March.

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Culver Redevelopment Commission to Consider Movie Theater Proposals

The Culver Redevelopment Commission’s meeting this evening will include discussions surrounding the possible purchase of the movie theater.

The town council last week voted to present the redevelopment commission members proposals for the theater from the Troyer Group and SRKM that include plans for a public meeting to gather comments on the uses for the theater, a preliminary project budget for outlaying the capital costs for repairs on the building, a structural engineering assessment of the building, and a basic outline for a business plan with annual expenses versus revenue expenses for whatever concept may occupy the building.

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North Judson Town Council to Continue Discussing Animal Ordinance

North Judson Council President Wendy Hoppe; Police Officer Frank Thomas; Council Members Josh Brown, John Rowe, Jane Ellen Felchuk, James Young; Town Attorney Justin Schramm, Clerk-Treasurer Alicia Collins

North Judson’s animal ordinance will continue to be discussed during tonight’s town council meeting. Council members recently decided to enforce the ordinance more strictly, following complaints about chickens and other animals.

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Lake Maxinkuckee Amphitheater Plans Moving Forward

Now that most of the funds for the Lake Maxinkuckee Amphitheater have been gathered, officials can move forward with making the plan a reality.

Culver Town Manager Jonathan Leist told the town council last week that the plans for the construction phase of the project will be presented this week. Construction may begin in October of this year and be complete in April of 2018.

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Knox School Board to Consider Superintendent Recommendation

The Knox Community School Board will consider a recommendation for a new superintendent when they meet tonight.

The board held a public hearing on the superintendent’s contract last week where only one comment was received concerning the lack of the action of a rollover with the contract. The board will also approve that contract tonight during their regularly scheduled meeting.

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