Starke County Commissioners Discuss Funding Options for County Projects

Starke County Commissioners ( L to R ) Kathy Norem, Dan Bridegroom, Jennifer Davis

A special meeting was called by the Starke County Commissioners to discuss possible solutions to problems with some of the county buildings, as well as various options for funding some of their recent projects. Several issues were mentioned in particular, such as the jail being short on space under a leaky roof, the courthouse elevator in need of repair with cramped offices on the second floor, and the prosecutor’s office in need of handicap access to name a few.  Because of the expense of these projects, the commissioners met with representatives from H.J. Umbaugh & Associates and RQAW to discuss possible problem solutions and financial strategies.

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Pediatric Office Open in Knox

During Doctor’s Appreciation Week last week, we learned that there is a Pediatric Office open in Knox. The Nurse Practitioner in the office is Jody Rodgers, who works in collaboration with a physician to provide health care to the community. The office is located in the Mint Leaf Plaza, south of Knox.

“It’s going to be a great resource because we’ve got handfuls of Family Practitioners in the county but we don’t have a Pediatrician’s office,” said Jody Rodgers. “Now with the IU Health Pediatric clinic opening up here in Knox, parents and families will have an alternative and additional access to health care locally.”

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Starke County Students to See Chicago Shakespeare Theatre’s Macbeth Tuesday

Students from the three Starke County schools will be attending a Shakespearean play tomorrow afternoon at the North Judson-San Pierre High School Auditorium. Thanks to a grant from the Starke County Community Foundation and the Tri Kappa organization, it is possible for actors who star in Shakespearean plays at Navy Pier in Chicago to come to the County to present a classic play for the kids.

“This year they’re doing Macbeth,” said Knox Middle School Principal Steve Cronk. “All the eighth graders from Oregon-Davis, North Judson-San Pierre and Knox, as well as seventh graders from all three schools, as many as we can put in there, will see this presentation from Noon until 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5th.”

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Work Zone Safety Awareness Week; U.S. 31 Project Continues this Summer

With over $1.5 billion in new Indiana highway projects beginning work, 2011 is shaping up to be Indiana’s largest road construction season on record. As part of Work Zone Safety Awareness Week April 4th-8th, the Indiana Department of Transportation is helping educate motorists about the largest road construction projects that will impact local traffic this year.

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Knox Harvest Days Committee Working on This Year’s Festival

A view of downtown Knox during the 2010 Harvest Days Festival

It might be a few months off but Tony Radkiewicz, Sr. and the Harvest Days Committee are gearing up for another “bang up” weekend.

Bands this year will include: The Rolling Jones, Marbin Blues, PS 150, Night Shift, and Groupies Wanted.

Radkiewicz also announces that a Harvest Festival Talent Show is being planned for the Sunday of the Festival. They are looking for any reasonable type of talent from singers, magicians, dog acts, or comedy acts. The sky’s the limit. Jim Garner can be contacted at (574) 930-6364 for information on the talent contest.

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Knox and North Judson-San Pierre Teams Participate in Starke County Drug Free Double Dare Competition

Members of The Confused team proudly display their winnings after the conclusion of the Starke County Drug Free Double Dare competition

The Starke County Drug Free Double Dare Challenge was held Sunday, at the Knox Middle School. Four teams from Knox and North Judson-San Pierre competed. The High School team, The Confused, from North Judson-San Pierre won the challenge with 310 points. The Orange Dinosaur team from North Judson-San Pierre Middle School came in second, the Blue Man Group from Knox Middle School was third and the 7 Musketeers from Knox Middle School was fourth. They all did a great job in answering questions about drugs and the dangers of drugs. If either team did not know the answer to a question, they participated in a variety of physical challenges. Continue reading

Two injured in Three Car Accident in Front of Knoll Brothers Truck Stop

Three vehicles were involved in an accident in front of the Knoll Brothers Truck Stop in Starke County at about 7:23 p.m. CT Friday, April 1st.

According to Starke County police, Charles Peterson, of Dysart, Iowa, was crossing the median into the parking lot pulling an oversized load. His trailer was just short of clearing the westbound lanes when Virginia Doenges, of South Whitley, Indiana, crashed into the middle axle of the trailer. Peterson continued into the parking lot and stopped. Doenges was incapacitated and could not be questioned about the crash; However, a witness told police that she never slowed down and crashed into the axle of the trailer and then spun around, coming to rest with no lights on in the middle of both westbound lanes. A third driver, Jamshid Nazari, of Fort Wayne, Indiana, never saw Doenges’ vehicle and was unable to avoid striking the car in the front right fender. A witness told police that Nazari never slowed to avoid the crash.

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Tuesday Night Men’s League 03/29/11

Tuesday Night Men’s League 03/29/11
Team Standings:
1. Quarter’s 140.0-49.0
2. Konrad Cabinets 117.0-72.0
3. Hensleys 110.0-79.0
4. 1st Choice Pawn 108.0-81.0
5. WKVI 94.0-95.0
6. Bowlaway Lanes 93.0-96.0
7. Mark’s Body Shop 93.0-96.0
8. Time Out 88.0-101.0
9. Sandbar 84.0-105.0
10. Half Track 75.0-114.0
11. Simonis 68.0-121.0
12. Fishers 64.0-125.0
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Friday Night Mixed League 03/25/11

Friday Night Mixed League 03/25/11
Team Standings:
1. 4-Alarm Fire 77.0-43.0
2. Alley Aces 76.5-43.5
3. Rollin’ Thunder 68.0-52.0
4. Good Friends 66.0-54.0
5. Mariah’s Hill 63.5-56.5
6. Undecided 59.5-60.5
7. Raiders 58.0-62.0
8. Dolezal Family 57.5-62.5
9. Hard Times 57.0-63.0
10. Baugh Construction 53.5-66.5
11. Feel the Power 49.5-70.5
12. O’s Tap 33.0-87.0
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Baseball, Basketball, Softball, and Volleyball Sectional Realignments

Sectional 18

Hanover Central
Kankakee Valley

Sectional 19

Culver Academy
New Prairie
S.B. St. Joseph’s

Sectional 34

Boone Grove
North Judson
North Newton

Sectional 49

21st Century Chart.‐Gary
Campagna Academy
Covenant Chr. (DeMotte)
Gary Lighthouse
Morgan Township
Washington Township

Sectional 50

North White
South Newton
West Central

Sectional 51

Culver Community
Marquette Catholic
South Central


Police Recover Stolen Vehicle; Driver Arrested

Brandon King

A Knox man was arrested this week after police found him driving a stolen vehicle.

According to the police report, on March 24th, Rolland McVey, of Knox, reported his truck stolen. He was sitting at his kitchen table when two male subjects came walking into his kitchen from his back room. He asked them how they got in and they said their daughter had been bitten by a dog. McVey said he doesn’t own a dog and he got up from the table and started walking toward them. They turned around and took off running out the back door. He later he looked out and saw his truck missing. His keys were missing from the key hook that hangs next to the back door.  The vehicle is a 1997 teal-colored Ford pick-up truck.

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New Football Sectional Alignments

Here are the new sectional alignments for our area football teams for 2011-12 and 2012-13:

Sectional 17

Culver Academies
Gary Wallace
Hammond Gavit
Mishawaka Marian
South Bend St. Joseph’s

Sectional 26

North Judson
Prairie Heights

Sectional 33

Culver Community
Hammond Noll
South Central
South Newton
West Central

WKVI All-Area Girls Basketball Teams

Here is the list of our first ever WKVI All-Area Girls Basketball teams. We chose ten players from our nine area schools to comprise a 1st and a 2nd team. The decisions were based off of statistics, team success, and overall importance to the individual’s team.

1st Team:

Patrice McBee 6’3 Sr. Forward (Culver)

Gwen Zehner 6’1 Sr. Forward (Culver)

Stephanie Balon 5’10 Sr. Guard (South Central)

Marissa Hamilton 5’7 Jr. Guard (West Central)

Sarah Redweik 5’6 Jr. Guard (Winamac)

2nd Team:

Ali Zehner 5’5 Sr. Guard (Culver)

Brittany Tetzloff 5’7 Sr. Guard (Knox)

Jordann Frasure 5’6 So. Guard (North Judson)

Jesse Averone 5’7 Fr. Guard (Oregon-Davis)

Justine Kruger 5’7 Jr. Guard (West Central)

Congratulations to these 10 individuals on outstanding seasons!