Culver Community School Interim Superintendent Attends Last Board Meeting

Chuck Kitchell

Culver Community School Interim Superintendent Chuck Kitchell attended his last school board meeting Monday night.

Kitchell served the corporation in several different capacities from teacher to coach and from assistant principal to interim superintendent. He ended the school board meeting with just a few words.

“I’d like to thank the board members for your courage and your support especially for the last year-and-a-half ,” said Kitchell. “More importantly I’d like to thank the administration, the staff and the community for allowing to work with the students of this community for 28 years. That was never my plan when I came to town (laughs). Exactly 31 years ago I was a basketball coach at the time and I was going to coach three or four years and then I was moving on. As so many of you know, something happens when you come to Culver. You have a tendency to want to stay here.”

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Salaries, Alternative School and iMacs on School Board Agenda

The North Judson-San Pierre School Board will discuss employee salaries when they meet tonight. The advance agenda for their 7 p.m. meeting includes consideration of the non-certified salary schedule for the upcoming academic year. Additionally they will discuss compensation for non-instructional salaried employees, administrative salaries and the superintendent’s contract. Continue reading

Pulaski Commissioners to Consider Contracts for Coroner’s Office

The Pulaski County Coroner’s Office may have to wait a bit longer before it gets to move into a new space, so some formal arrangements are being made for temporary offices. The coroner’s office plans to move into the Winamac Municipal Utility Complex, once the town’s police department moves into its new station downtown. However, Chief Deputy Coroner Jon Frain told the Pulaski County Council and Commissioners last week the new space may not be ready until next year.

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Eastern Pulaski School Board Accepts Memorial Contributions, Donations

Cord Colgrove

A popular Winamac Community High School athlete who was murdered earlier this year will be forever remembered at his alma mater. Cord Colgrove played soccer and baseball at Winamac Community High School. After his March murder in rural North Judson, Colgrove’s family asked that memorial contributions be directed to the Winamac Community High School Athletic Department. Continue reading

North Judson Council to Get Update from Starke County Economic Development Foundation

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

The North Judson Town Council will get an update from Starke County Economic Development Foundation Executive Director Charlie Weaver tonight. Recently, Weaver’s been discussing plans to bring U.S. 30 up to freeway standards in the northern part of Starke County, as well as efforts to develop properties around North Judson and elsewhere.

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Culver-Union Township Fire Chief Looking for Firefighters

Culver-Union Township Fire Chief Terry Wakefield is in need of firefighters.

He told the Culver Town Council last week that one more volunteer firefighter has left so the department is down to 17 firefighters. The department used to see around 23 to 25 firefighters on staff.

Wakefield is nearly set to hire one firefighter after the applicant passes drug testing and other requirements before hire. He previously served as a firefighter with Culver, but all of the procedures need to be followed before he is officially hired. The town council unanimously approved Wakefield’s request to move forward with testing.

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Opening on Culver Redevelopment Commission

Culver Town Council President Ginny Bess Munroe is looking to fill a seat on the Culver Redevelopment Commission.

CRC President Brandon Cooper will be leaving the organization after five years of service on that board. He will be moving out of the Culver area. He was also a member of the Culver-Union Township Fire Department and worked as an EMT.

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Monterey Deaths Under Investigation with Sheriff’s Department


Detectives and officers from the Starke County Sheriff’s Department are investigating the deaths of two Monterey residents.

According to Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin, a caller notified police around 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 17 that there was a cause for concern when a co-worker did not check in for work that day. The responding officer arrived at the home and talked to a family member who told the officer that two people were deceased inside the residence. The responding officer entered victim’s residence at 8893 S. Elm Street in Monterey where two people were found dead.

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One Arrested after Standoff in Starke County

One man is in custody after a standoff in Starke County.

Starke County Sheriff Bill Dulin said police responded to a residence around 5:30 p.m. CT at 700 E. and 400 N. in Grovertown where a subject had barricaded himself inside the house.

Police reportedly could not get him to exit the house and the Indiana State Police Swat Team was called to the scene. After a few hours, Sheriff Dulin said the subject was taken into custody without incident.

WKVI News will release more information about this incident when it becomes available.

Two People Found Dead in Monterey


The Starke County Sheriff’s Department and the Starke County Coroner’s Office are investigating the death of two people in Monterey.

According to Sheriff Bill Dulin, police were conducting a welfare check Friday night at a home in the 800 block of Elm Street when the pair were found. Autopsies are scheduled for Monday.

The incident remains under investigation and more information is expected to be released on Sunday.

North Judson Hosts 41st Annual Mint Festival

Head to North Judson this weekend for a car show, carnival rides, a pedal tractor pull, waterball fights, live music and more. They’re all part of the 41st annual Mint Festival, which celebrates the town’s top crop. Food and vendor booths are set up on Lane Street and at Norwayne Field, and carnival rides are in the Catholic Church parking lot across from the public library on Keller Avenue. Continue reading

Culver Town Council Approves Culver Lake Fest Event

The Culver Town Council received an official permit request for the annual Culver Lake Fest event.

The annual celebration is scheduled for July 14-16 at the Culver Town Park. Town Manager Jonathan Leist explained to the council that a trolley will be taking visitors to and from the event which is a new feature this year. Residents will park at the Culver Community High School and be transported to the location of the festivities.

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