Starke County Humane Society Welcomes Woof Studios in September

Who says the dog can’t be in the family picture? Woof Studios is coming to the Humane Society this Fall, so there’s no better time to get those pictures of man’s best friend. Woof Studios has been coming to the Starke County Humane Society for almost 20 years, providing an opportunity to get that difficult cat, dog, horse, or other animal to pose for some beautiful shots while helping out a worthy cause in the process.

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Reagent Announces Million Dollar Project

Reagent Chemical and Research Inc. announced a $1,000,000 expansion this week. The announcement was made through the Starke County Economic Development Foundation office.

A 10,600 sq. foot facility will be constructed which will house a general over-the-road truck maintenance operation, and will also repair, line, outfit, and maintain rubber lined tanker trailers belonging to the Reagent fleet. Reagent already installs rubber lining in new and used rail tank cars for its use and maintains and repairs its existing fleet of rail cars at the site.

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Pulaski Recorder, Auditor Offices to Be Open for Evening Property Research

Pulaski County Commissioners Tracey Shorter, Kenneth Boswell, Michael Tiede

Pulaski County Recorder Lynn Wilder and Auditor Sheila Garling requested that they open their offices for residents in the county during the evening for the purpose to research properties.

Wilder told the Pulaski County Commissioners that there are often times residents come in to research properties and they don’t have enough time to complete their research or it’s just inconvenient to come in during the work day. They would like to open their offices two times a week, at night, to offer that time to residents to look at their properties or historic properties and they will be able to answer any questions or concerns the public may have. The pair assured the Commissioners that there would not be any additional cost to the taxpayers to have this service available to them.

The Commissioners approved the request and WKVI will be notified when the offices will be open for this activity.

News from the Starke Circuit Court

Several cases were discussed in the Starke Circuit Court yesterday, with some charges dismissed and others prepared for trial.

All charges were dismissed in the case of Rodger Griffin yesterday afternoon, who was charged with Battery as a Class C felony, Trespassing as a Class A misdemeanor, and Battery as a Class A misdemeanor. The state moved to dismiss all charges prior to his jury trial, which was scheduled for today. The trial will not take place. Griffin also has another case in the Starke Circuit Court that is set for trial in the future for charges including Intimidation with a Deadly Weapon.

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Discussion on Gasoline Prices Set for Tomorrow in Knox

What’s happening with gasoline prices? Yesterday at 4:00 p.m., prices were everywhere from $3.18 to $3.79 in northern Indiana.

Want to find out how prices are structured at individual stations or why some stations are pricing below cost? What about who’s making money off you at the pump?

Tomorrow night, Scott Imus will join State Senator Ed Charbonneau, State Representative Nancy Dembowski, and Mayor Rick Chambers in trying to explain what’s happening at Indiana service stations.

Imus is the Executive Director of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association.

If you want to hear it straight “from the horse’s mouth,” be at the Knox Community Center tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m. CT.

Crops Not As Healthy As Last Year, According to Crop Report

Less than 40 percent of the corn crop this year is in good to excellent condition, according to the weekly Indiana Crop and Weather Report for the week ending Aug. 21. Most of the corn, 37 percent, is in fair condition. Thirty-eight percent of the soybean crop is in good condition. This is in contrast to last year, in which 59 percent of corn was in the good to excellent condition.

According to the report, scattered rains brought some relief to a few areas of the state, but it wasn’t enough to stop the crop conditions from continuing to decline. A lot of corn was planted late, causing some of the crops to mature later than expected. This could be problematic, as these late crops need ideal weather conditions in order to mature properly.

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North Judson-San Pierre School Looking Into Signage Possibilities

North Judson-San Pierre High School

Advances in signage technology have made it easier for advertisers to communicate with fans at sporting events. Faced with rising athletic costs, high schools are now getting into the advertising business.

Recently, Superintendent Lynn Johnson at the North Judson-San Pierre School district talked about signage with Athletic Director Rob Vessely.

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Pulaski County 4-H Fair Queen Earns Third Runner-up in State Fair

Stacy Gudas

Pulaski County’s 4-H Fair Queen, Stacy Gudas, was the 3rd runner up in the State Fair Queen Pageant held over the weekend. Erika Elaine Burghardt of Tippecanoe County topped 87 other contestants to earn the title of Miss Indiana State Fair. The event was held in the Pepsi Coliseum. Burghardt, a Mulberry native, is the third Tippecanoe County Queen to win the State Fair title and the first since 1996.

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North Judson Storm Water Project Begins Today

The storm water project is beginning in North Judson today. The area of construction will be the north side of North Judson from Main Street and Keller Avenue south to Lesley Street on State Road 39. The project is expected to take approximately three weeks to complete.

The project is expected to get underway at 7:30 a.m.

The town board of North Judson would like to apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to its residents.

Gasoline Forum Set for Thursday Evening

Scott Imus, the Executive Director of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, is going to be in Knox Thursday night to discuss gasoline pricing. If you have ever been frustrated with gas prices that seem to be on a yo-yo, now is your chance to hear why.

Imus explained just why it is that you hear about crude oil prices dropping, but your cost at the pump rises.

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Oregon-Davis Students Return to School

Oregon-Davis Jr/Sr High School

There was excitement in Superintendent Steve Disney’s voice as he talked Friday about the beginning of the school year at Oregon-Davis. The school ended the summer on a high having seen ISTEP scores increased greatly in the 2010-2011 school year. Disney said the staff is building on the momentum of that accomplishment. He talked about walking through the elementary school last week, and feeling that excitement.

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Gasoline Forum to Be Held in Knox Thursday

What drives gasoline prices up or down at the pump? If that question is perplexing to you, or if you see greed at the end of the gasoline hose, you’ll want to attend a program sponsored by WKVI, State Senator Ed Charbonneau, State Representative Nancy Dembowski, and Knox Mayor Rick Chambers.

Scott Imus, Executive Director of the Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, will be in Knox Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. at the Knox Community Center to answer your questions on gasoline prices. He’ll also give you his best estimate of where prices are going, and how to prepare for the eventual price.

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Two Violent Felons Arrested in North Judson

Two individuals were apprehended in North Judson after police received a complaint regarding people manufacturing methamphetamine and in possession of firearms at 1860 W Dawn Drive. After a brief investigation, the Starke County Sheriff’s Department discovered the suspects have been convicted serious violent felonies in Indiana and Michigan. Officers from the Starke and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Departments, a Knox K-9 officer, and North Judson Police went to serve an arrest warrant at that address for Illegal Purchase of Ephedrine.

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Autopsy Findings Released for Victim of Salvage Yard Accident

Marshall County Coroner William Cleavenger released the preliminary autopsy finds in last week’s fatal accident at an auto salvage facility in Plymouth.

Forty six year old Brian Lehiy died of injuries that were consistent with positional traumatic asphyxiation when a car fell on him while working at the salvage yard. Lehiy was an employee of the business where the incident occurred Wednesday.

La Crosse Man Reacts to Indiana State Fair Tragedy

Just over a week after the tragedy at the Indiana State Fair, a La Crosse man expressed his reaction to the stage collapse and ensuing tragedy on the ground at the Sugarland Concert in the Northwest Indiana Times.

Tim Greiger said he didn’t like the way the sky looked so he hustled his family to safety. If he hadn’t, they would have been under the stage as it fell.

He ushered his mother and wife into a bathroom, and went back out toward his seating area. In the article Greiger said, “I saw a lot of things I wish I wouldn’t have seen, I saw people dying, and hurt all over the place.”

Greiger, 34, said he considers himself very lucky to have been spared the fate of those sitting in the area around him.

Meanwhile the mourning continues for Beth Urschel of Wanatah, the life partner of Tammy Van Dam. The estate of Van Dam is suing for $50 million dollars, and a lawsuit for Urschel is listed at $10 million.

At a press conference Friday, Urschel said, “It was Tammy’s birthday weekend, and I was taking her to see her favorite band.”

Urschel has a broken clavicle, tissue damaged in her arm, a severed little toe that was reattached and another toe that was crushed according to an article in Saturday’s Post Tribune.

North Judson Man Perishes in Accident with Semi

A man from North Judson has died after an accident Friday morning that took place in LaPorte County. At around 9 a.m., Thomas Schwab, 46, was hit by a semi truck as he was crossing U.S. 30 on Ind. 39 near Hannah.

The damage to Schwab’s vehicle trapped him and he had to be removed by authorities. He was pronounced dead on the scene. The county coroner said alcohol was not involved, and an investigation is underway to determine which vehicle had the right-of-way.

Funeral arrangements are pending at O’Donnell Funeral Home in North Judson.