Week in Review for January 24th-28th, 2011

Here is a look at some of the news that made the news in the Kankakee Valley this week:

Starke County Courthouse

The Starke County Commissioners had a brief discussion last week on added security at the Starke County Courthouse. Employment of extra officers to man a metal detector and if one were installed, it would mean only one entrance into the Courthouse could be used as all door couldn’t be provided with a detector.

The Knox Community School Board approved base bids for the high school renovation project. The bid went to Brown and Brown Contractors for $1,567,000.

Stuart Gast

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Tuesday Night Men’s League 01/25/11

Tuesday Night Men’s League 01/25/11
Team Standings:
1. Quarter’s 111.0-29.0
2. Konrad Cabinets 82.0-58.0
3. 1st Choice Pawn 80.0-60.0
4. Hensleys 80.0-60.0
5. Mark’s Body Shop 78.0-62.0
6. WKVI 72.0-68.0
7. Bowlaway Lanes 68.0-72.0
8. Sandbar 62.0-78.0
9. Time Out 60.0-80.0
10. Half Track 56.0-84.0
11. Simonis 46.0-94.0
12. Fishers 45.0-95.0
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Friday Night Mixed League 01/21/11

Friday Night Mixed League 01/21/11
Team Standings:
1. Alley Aces 54.0-30.0
2. 4-Alarm Fire 53.0-31.0
3. Dolezal Family 51.5-32.5
4. Good Friends 47.0-37.0
5. Mariah’s Hill 43.5-40.5
6. Rollin’ Thunder 43.0-41.0
7. Hard Times 41.0-43.0
8. Undecided 38.5-45.5
9. Raiders 37.0-47.0
10. Baugh Construction 35.5-48.5
11. Feel the Power 31.0-53.0
12. O’s Tap
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Police Arrest Knox Man after Brief Foot Pursuit

Michael Smith

A Knox man was arrested, Thursday, after Plymouth and Starke County police officers searched for him as a suspect in an auto theft incident.

Officers went to 1175 E. 850 S. in Starke County where a stolen car was reported as abandoned in a field at that intersection. Police located the vehicle and found that it had been stolen from Goshen. Officers went to a nearby residence to attempt to locate the suspect and when they first approached the residence, officers spoke to the homeowner, who identified himself as Terry Jordan, who denied the suspect was there. Officers left the residence and were able to obtain a BMV photo of the male at the residence and found that it was not Terry Jordan, but another male whose name is not being released at this time due to an ongoing investigation. The male who was there has an outstanding warrant out of Marshall County.

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Knox City Council Discusses Friends of the Park Funding, Tax Exempt Status

Knox City Council #2
Back Row: Mayor Rick Chambers, Ed Blue, Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston, Greg Matt and Attorney David Matsey. Front Row: Linda Berndt, Jeff Berg and Ron Parker

The Knox City Council, which has been asked to make a monetary donation to the Friends of the Park organization, is demanding better accounting of the money received from donations and booth fees before voting to approve the request.

“I do think we need to get a better report on their funds and on their flow of cash this time than what we have been demanding from them,” said Clerk-Treasurer, Jeff Houston.

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Starke County Chief Detective Gives Meth Awareness Presentation at Soil and Water Conservation Meeting

Ken Pfost, Jr.

Starke County Sheriff’s Office Chief Detective, Ken Pfost, Jr., was the guest speaker at the annual Soil and Water Conservation meeting Tuesday night at the Knox United Methodist Church. He gave a presentation about the dangers of methamphetamine.

Pfost told those in attendance about the ingredients in methamphetamine.

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Dave Kesvormas begins Work as Starke County Food Inspector

Dave Kesvormas

Dave Kesvormas has signed a Food Inspector contract and is out conducting inspections. He signed a contract for the part-time position in Starke County last week.

Food inspectors are responsible for inspecting food establishments for possible violations with serving, storing or preparing food. He also educates establishments on handling food.

In other news from the Starke County Health Department:

Even though flu cases in Indiana are multiplying more quickly than normal, Starke County Health Nurse, Frank Lynch, told WKVI that he has heard that residents are suffering from a variety of flu symptoms but no serious cases have been reported. Lynch reminds residents to get a flu shot if they haven’t gotten one. Wash your hands frequently and cover coughs and sneezes.

Pulaski County Health Nurse, Andrea Keller, reports no severe flu cases in Pulaski County.

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Named H.J. Halleck Award Winner

Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Michael Shurn

Last week we announced that Michael Shurn, the Circuit Court Judge in Pulaski County, was named the H.J. Halleck Award winner for 2011.

One of Judge Shurn’s special interests has been scouting. We asked him if he has always been interested in youth activities.

“Not really, I was involved in youth activities, I guess, from just following my children around and then when I became Judge, I have so many juvenile cases that it was sort of a natural fit to continue on in scouts. My son went all the way through so I just stayed there.”

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Ted Hayes Presents New Friday Program

Iccie and Seabern Bailey family. Back row: Forrest, Carl, Troy, Ivory, Marie and Lassie. Middle row: Coaet, Sharon Lea, Seabern, Betty Lou (on knee), Iccie, and Ray. Front row: Beech, James Edward and Morris

Ted Hayes begins a new Friday show today on WKVI. It’s called “Ted Hayes Remembers” and allows him to talk with interesting people and tell stories from his four decades at the station.

Ted follows the migration of the Seabern Bailey family from Kentucky to Starke County. Besides the mother and father, there were 12 children and in their own way each became a success in business and their personal lives.

One of the children, Ed Bailey, said there was love, church and work in the family.

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Special Prosecutor Named in Brooke-Hitchens Joined Trial

A special Prosecutor has been named for the joined trial of Kimberly Hitchens and John Brooke in Starke Circuit Court. Howard County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Michael Krebes, has been appointed to represent the State of Indiana. The request for a special Prosecutor was made by Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff as Bourff had previous consultations regarding representation of the defendants.

The trial scheduled for this February has been postponed allowing the Special Prosecutor time to prepare for  trial.

Knox City Council Discusses Community Center Rental Agreement

Knox Community Center

Mayor Rick Chambers has given Knox City Council members copies of the newest Community Center Rental Agreement.

One of the sections of the agreement spells out the restrictions of serving alcohol at an event. If alcohol is to be served, the renter must apply for and obtain a temporary beer/wine permit from the Indiana Alcohol Beverage Commission. Only a licensed bartender may supply or dispense alcoholic beverages. And security is required through the Starke County Sheriff’s Posse at the renter’s expense. The Posse members on duty must stay for the entire duration of the event and lock the facility. All events where alcohol is served must be ended by 12:00 midnight.

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USDA Declares 52 Indiana Counties Disaster Areas

Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has asked the United States Department of Agriculture to designate 52 counties disaster areas due to losses caused by drought conditions that occurred in 2010.

Upon reviewing the loss reports, the USDA has determined that there were sufficient production losses to warrant a Secretarial disaster designation. In our area, LaPorte County and Newton County fall within the primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by drought that occurred from August 1st through December 31st, 2010. Starke County and Jasper County have been listed as contiguous disaster counties. A Secretarial disaster designation makes farm operators in both primary and contiguous counties eligible to be considered for assistance from the Farm Service Agency, provided eligibility requirements are met. Farmers have eight months to apply for emergency loan assistance.

Local FSA offices can provide affected farmers with further information.

Stuart Gast to be Laid to Rest Today

Stuart Gast

The Town of Winamac says goodbye to one of it’s favorite sons today. Attorney Stuart Gast, who passed away at 98 Sunday, will be laid to rest following services at Frain Mortuary.

Yesterday evening his fellow Kiwanians said goodbye in an joyful service that saw many of them reminisce about their friend. Gast was a member of the club for 72 years. Our own Ted Hayes was honored to be Master of Ceremonies at the service. Pulaski County Circuit Court Judge Michael Shurn, who was hired as a law partner of Mr. Gast, spoke about him as the perfect mentor.

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